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! 

"Funerals to suit all classes" – admitting to your class divide in style. 

"Funerals to suit all classes" – admitting to your class divide in style. 

 

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: 

 

Nev the painter and Lar the sign-writer on the set of Penny Dreadful in Dublin. 

Nev the painter and Lar the sign-writer on the set of Penny Dreadful in Dublin. 

 

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. 

Gift Vouchers   
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... 

Annie Atkins
Graphic design for film, games & real life

One of my all-time favourite graphic props: Mary Poppins' magical measuring tape.

One of my all-time favourite graphic props: Mary Poppins' magical measuring tape.