Sign Builder Illustrated November 2012

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Design Winners


Sign Builder Illustrated // November 2012

bottom: freestanding sign, illumination. middle: multimedia.

Bristol, Pennsylvania—The judging is in, and the 2012 USSC Sign Design Competition demonstrates that the members of the United States Sign Council are highly creative designers— coming up with some of the most innovative ideas in sign design throughout the country. Gary Johnson, owner of The Great American Sign Company in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was awarded First Place in the “Carved/Dimensional Sign-Freestanding” category and “Best in Show” for his "Seymore the Lawyer" sign for the Bedminster Community Garden. First Place winners included: “Banners, Murals, or Supergraphics” – Graphic Visions, Inc., of Northville, Michigan (company)/Sue Dillon and Jeff Wild (designer) (Protect Cell) (project); “Building Sign, External/No Illumination” – Gable Signs & Graphics of Baltimore, Maryland/Curtis Arbaugh (Clipper Mill); “Building Sign, Illuminated” – Metro Sign & Awning/Susan MacGregor of Tewksbury, Massachusetts (Oliver’s Nightclub); and “Carved/ Dimensional, Affixed to a Building” – The Great American Sign Company/Gary Johnson (Bedminster Public Library). Other First Place winners: “Electronic Message Center Sign” – Green Sign Company of Greensburg, Indiana/Shawn Green and Mike Harvey (Erich K’s Collision); "Freestanding Sign, External Illumination or Non-illuminated” – Quint Creative Signs of Piqua, Ohio/Brian Quinter (Purk Automotive); and “Freestanding Sign, Illumination” – Horst Signs of Myerstown, Pennsylvania/H. Horst and R. Bergey (Horst Signs & Truck Lettering). And: “Monument Sign, External Illumination or Nonilluminated” – Gable Signs & Graphics/Steve Roupe (Deep Creek Village); “Monument Sign, Illuminated” – DeNyse Companies of Douglasville, Georgia/Joe Ballew (Allen Ridge Apartments); “Multimedia” – Gable Signs & Graphics/Curtis Arbaugh (Two Rivers Steak & Fish House); “Sign Systems” – L&H Companies of Reading, Pennsylvania/Scott Long (River Walk at Millennium); and “Vehicles” – Countryside Signs of Seekonk, Massachusetts/ Mike Szczoczarz and Jay Szczoczarz (Scorpio Towing). Judges this year were Marty Jacobson of Forman Sign Co., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Bill Weigand of H.A. Weigand, Inc., in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The winning entries will be featured in the USSC’s 2013 Sign Design Calendar; meanwhile all entries will be on display at this year's Sign World International being held November 30 to December 2 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. To view photos of all the First Place recipients, visit