Signs have been making businesses stand out from the rest since commerce itself was just a wee nipper. Nowadays, with 99% of signage being designed on a computer and made with vinyl, you can make your business stand out with the human touch, via a Signwriter who is geekishly passionate about letterforms and layout, with just his hands, some brushes and a bit of paint.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Soooooo, after a long and overdue re-think, I've finally abandoned the company name Sign Flu. As I do with most of my own jokes, I found it very funny, but the whole Swine Flu thing was only in the news for a little while back in 2009, and the longer it hasn't been in the news, the less likely people have been able to make any kind of connection.  Plus, just having the word 'Flu' in your company name it pretty gross. Probably should've realised that a long while back.  I knew it was time to change when somebody enquired about effective flu treatments. So now I'm just Dapper Signs, plain and simple.  Doing the same stuff, hand building and painting signs and making businesses look prettier, one sign at a time.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Glandyfi Castle...

Here's the pounce pattern - a pencil drawing, with the edges perforated with a star - or pounce - wheel.  The pounce pattern is then put in place on to the prepared sign board...
...and then chalk is rubbed over, leaving a faint outline that can be wiped off after the paint is dried.

Glandyfi Castle roughs...

I was asked to make two small signs for a client's beautiful guest house/impenetrable castle in west Wales for either side of the gate entrance.  After discussing what it was she wanted, I sketched out a few roughs to try and whittle down exactly what it was she wanted me to make.  

After a couple of days, she decided on the rough below, and after deciding on a colour scheme, I got started....

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Tit at home...

Recently made this for a mate - he gave it to his old man for his birthday, who in turn gave him a pic of the new tenant less than a week after he put it up.

Monday, 26 March 2012

The Lido Kitchen

New Tapas bar/lido/boozer/seaside recreational spot down in Portishead, right on the water (a really lovely spot) on a freakishly beautiful sunny day, meant that my Irish complexion not only went VERY red, but my eyes nearly went VERY blind from the glare of the white wall and the fact that I forgot my sunnies. 

Friday, 23 March 2012