It's True! The computer has all but killed the signwriter, and it was the signwriter that made our business unique. The customers and idle bystanders stood and watched in awe as the letter forms that flew off the tips of our brushes. The customer seldom concerned himself with type style or layout. The sign shop was almost always owned and operated by someone with a creative gift and a true love and passion for signs.
While many other sign shops began to incorporate the crude vinyl machines into their shops in the '80s, we rebelled. We lettered faster than they could vinyl. Not to mention the fact that all of their signs looked the same and were void of any character. We were proud, content, and perhaps a bit smug.
It didn't take long for the computer geniuses to turn the PC into a design and production tool with which we could live. In 1985 Stafford Spicer Signs, added a used Apple computer for accounting and a then powerful 386 PC to cut vinyl. We could now merge our creative designs and layouts with precision each and every time.
In a short time technology was proven and was obviously here to stay. But, something terrible happened along the way. The sign business became one of the hot franchise investments. The computer had allowed scores to enter the sign business with no experience and creative ability. And, worst of all, there was no love, respect or understanding of the craft.
Stafford Spicer Signs, has been family owned and operated business for nearly 60 years. We have the benefit of generations of sign experience and most importantly a respect for the craft. With the exception of the occasional wall job or request for hand-painted custom job, we are entirely automated. We've gone from the one 386 PC in 1985 to 16 PCs and Five Super Powered Macs to maximize our production and creative applications. We have assembled a team of twenty one "All Stars" that are as talented as they are dedicated. As we continue to expand and embrace all that technology has to offer, we never lose sight of where we came from. Welcome to Stafford Spicer Signs.