The Victorians would
have loved digital printing
One of the things I like about turn-of-the-century signage is the penchant for plastering every available surface in hand-painted advertising. In a hundred years' time will people look back at our printed plastic shopfronts and find them utterly charming too? Who knows!
At the beginning of my career I worked on a low-budget TV show about the building of the Titanic where, to cut costs, it was decided that all background signage would be digitally-printed. This was a huge mistake, as it turns out nothing screams "Adobe Creative Suite!" louder than digitally-printed background signage. Note: the Edwardian people of early 1900s Belfast did not have access to Photoshop. My new rule quickly became: if it were made by hand at the time, make it by hand now, and if it were made by a machine at the time, then I can get away with making it with a machine now. For example, the signs below were hand-painted for Penny Dreadful's street scenes – but the 'letterpress' street posters were designed and printed using digital fonts:
The next Weekend Workshop is open for booking!
We'll be studying signage in period filmmaking in my next workshop in some depth, as well as a practical tutorial in how to cheat effectively at hand-lettering for film. I have one space left in February, and a new date announced for the 18-19th of March at my studio in Dublin – you can now book your place here. Come and celebrate St Patrick's Day in Dublin! As usual, spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
Available in values of €100, €300 and €600, gift vouchers for my workshops are printed on top quality thick cream card stock and I personalise each one with your name in calligraphy using a quill and sepia ink. Drop your hints now!
Hope to meet you in Dublin next month...
Graphic design for film, games & real life