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Browsing Archive: October, 2011

First victim, er, willing customer.

Posted by Mark I on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : Auto repair sign process 

(above) The sign layout on screen in the 2D stage of design. The red line on the
left and bottom indicated the edge of the substrate and isn't part of the sign.

I recently visited our mechanic to drop off some used motor oil (he heats his shop by burning recycled motor oil), and on the way out he asked if I could letter his door. Well of course I could. But lettering doors isn't what excited me right now, so I asked a few more questions, and found out that he didn't really care what I did, as l...
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Picking up speed

Posted by Mark I on Wednesday, October 19, 2011,
When we left Colorado for our 1-year tour of the United States ( we left behind our home, our sign business and loads of friends. We also left behind a hectic schedule, and the snow- so there were good and bad sides to that hiatus.

It's just this week that I feel like we're really back up to speed personally, and in the sign shop. Of course, we lost some customers that continued on in business despite our absence (who we hope to earn back). The phone kept ringing, and we ref...
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The beginning- Greetings from Canada

Posted by Mark I on Monday, October 3, 2011,

The rainy view from the Serenity Room at Hazelgreen B&B, just a mile from Sawatzky's (and only $60/night)

Gazing over the hazelnut orchard, with sheep grazing among the trees from my twin bed at a bed & breakfast in Yarrow, BC (Canada) is a great way to start the day. Truth be told, it is the first morning I've actually been able to see out of the window, and I'm packing for the road trip back to Seattle, for my return flight to Colorado.

Yarrow BC is the home of a man that creates signs, and t...
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Signs of Life, Inc   Estes Park, Colorado

... meet the signmaker

Mark Igel It all started in 1992, I was working full time as a Paramedic and made a few signs on the side. The word got out, so I made a few more... People will pay me to make signs? I was in! This business is an exciting creative outlet that has allowed me to use cutting edge technology and release the ideas from inside my head- while offering effective signs to our customers. Today alongside my wife Kelly, we're doing our best to raise 7 children from 8-17 years old. I continue to volunteer with the Fire District, and enjoy Scouts with our sons.