Which tools do you use to complete your work?

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A signage designer is not only using the computer as center of the universe but uses different kind of tools to complete the (design) job. In this article I’ve compiled a list of most important tools that I use to design, create and produce signage, wayfinding and other related design products.

Top 10 of most important tools

Which tools do you use for your job

  1. The Fundamentals of TypographyA great book full of examples about designing with type.
  2. Stanley Tape RuleMade of steel, one of the most important hand tools I use to quickly measure something.
  3. Stainless steel rulerExcellent for measuring narrow size items, exact to the millimeter.
  4. Steel caliperTo measure the distance between two symmetrically opposing sides and to measure the thickness of materials.
  5. AcrySign color samplesMaterial color may differ from standard color systems like Pantone, therefore I use a sample chain to check the color.
  6. PANTONE Color Bridge CoatedPantone Color Matching System (PMS) is the worlds standard color usage system, can’t live without it. Most design studios (graphic) work with PMS.
  7. Sikkens RALA color system mainly used used for paint colors. On of the most popular color is RAL 9010 (white).
  8. Black permanent FinelinerUsing it all day for writing, designing, quick scketches and more. Using dozens of them.
  9. SrewdriverThe small srewdriver represents a variety of machinery used to develop & create signage systems.
  10. CalculatorTo use for design calculations, mathematic relations, finance and more.

More items on the list

To complete the manufacturing part at the company we use various machinery like: Vinyl cutter & plotter, laser engraving, laser cutting and CNC engraving machinery. The design elements are developed with the Adobe Design Suite CS3, we especially work with Adobe Illustrator which is the probably best professional drawing program (in my opinion) for creating vector based design & signage systems. Other programs like Autocad and specific engraving software are used to manufacture the products. We make use of 3rd parties for painting jobs and creating metal structures.

Some signage examples

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Landmark Signage with the logo Boutercheese cutted in 8 mm Acrysign and painted in different PMS colors.

Signage example

Bronze engraved nameplate for Heineken Headoffice in Amsterdam.

Signage example

Vinyl cutted selfadhesive foil, cutted in a blueprint pattern of large cities around the world for TomTom Headoffice Amsterdam.

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Boxed LED signage for IDEXX, a laboratory testing company in the Netherlands.

Share your tools and creations

Thank you Katy for the inspiration idea: “What’s in My Purse?”

So.. tell me! – I’m interested to know the tools you use to complete your (design) job.

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