Ashill Inn Devon Sign Design

Ashill Inn Devon Sign Design

In May 2012 we drafted a design which was adopted for the Ashill Inn public house sign which still hangs outside the pub today. This replaced the original sign which featured the wrong picture of the pub.
The picture was designed using Adobe Photoshop on a Mac, we decided to encorporate some images of a hunt scene outside the pub, featureing a couple horses and the hounds.

Below are some more images of the various stages we went through to end up with the finished result.
Workflow

We took an original photo image of the pub which we manipulated and used various filters to try to achieve a slightly animated but old public house sign effect. We experimented with the plastic filter that is featured in Photoshop CS6 also which did give us an interesting result also. The final design that was used would need to be printed on to vinyl as opposed to hand sign written/painted, like most earlier pub signs were done.

My personal preference is the original technique of sign writing by hand but seems to be a dying trade now days. Most modern signs are finished using modern vinyl lettering and more recently vinyl printed on and then applied to the signs surface. Only the test of time will tell us how long these signs will last compared to the original hand painted signs that have lasted for decades in most cases.

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