Sign Initiatives

Ghost sign projects and events.




Restored painted sign advertising Knis & Gunnink coffee and tea house in Kampen 8
Tekens Aan De Wand (Writing on the Wall) is a book documenting the collective efforts of local historical societies across the Netherlands to restore ghostsigns. It is published by Trichis and features over 170 pages of beautiful painted signage, graphic design and archival photography. Sadly […]

Tekens Aan De Wand: Ghostsign Restoration in the Netherlands







Layout of painted sign on paper for Cabury Bournville Cocoa
The Lewis & Skinner archive is a collection of materials relating to the work of a Melbourne signwriting company from the first half of the last century. These were fortuitously discovered by Dr Stefan Schutt last year and he has since been working to archive […]

Lewis & Skinner Exhibit Featuring Ghostsigns and Live Signwriting


Hand-painted sign saying 'Sign painters do it in 1 shot' 13
The Sign Painter Movie is now on tour with dates booked in until November, including Scotland and New Zealand for those outside the film’s USA base. I was treated to a preview screening and also got my hands on the book that accompanies the film. […]

Sign Painters: The movie, the book and the resurgence


Information flyer for ghost sign hunting seminar 2
I am very excited to announce a forthcoming seminar in which I will be speaking alongside Stephen Banham, author of Characters and something of a typographic legend, and Stefan Schutt, curator of the Lewis and Skinner archive and author of the Finding the Radio Book […]

Ghost Sign Hunting: Melbourne Seminar





Hand painted sign in sky blue on a building advertising Radio 2KY
I’ve just come across this article in ProDesign magazine which profiles Mark Spurgeon of the Preserve project in New Zealand. I’ve written about Mark’s work before and how there are parallels with my own interest in ghostsigns.  This article reinforces those similarities. You can visit […]

Mark Spurgeon’s Preserve project in ProDesign



Signpainter applying red paint to coca cola sign on a white wall 2
The Salisbury Ghost Sign Restoration Project is an initiative of three enthusiasts in North Carolina. They have recently unveiled their first two restorations, both for Coca-Cola signs, so I thought it was time to catch up with one of the trio, Justin Dionne to find […]

Salisbury Ghost Sign Restoration Project


Hand painted sign on a building in Melbourne advertising Jans Bros 1
Finding the Radio Book is a fascinating piece of work being undertaken by Dr Stefan Schutt of Victoria University. It all started with a piece of paper floating in the wind and has now evolved into a research project focussed on the archival records of […]

Melbourne’s Ghostsigns with Finding the Radio Book




Ukranian Ghostsign Pasazh Andreolli 1
Areta Kovalska just added a link to this post about ghostsigns from Lviv in Ukraine to the Ghostsigns Facebook page.  It not only has some fascinating images but also some insightful observations on the meaning of these pieces of painted advertising from the former Soviet […]

Ukrainian Ghostsigns: Shadows of a Forgotten Past






Lemoore Can't Bust Em Overalls ghostsign by Ken Jones 5
Dr Ken Jones is a former NASA imaging expert whose work in the 1970s included digitally photographing the surface of Mars. This required the use of image ‘mosaics’, a technique which he is now applying to the more terrestrial subject of ghostsigns.Dr Jones’ work starts from […]

Dr Ken Jones’ mosaic technique for ghostsigns photography






Laura Carletti Certificate
Congratulations to Laura Carletti who took home an award for her presentation of the most recent paper on the Ghostsigns Project at the Digital Engagement conference in Newcastle.  The paper is available for download here, with the following note regarding copyright: “Permission to make digital […]

Ghostsigns Research from Laura Carletti Scoops Award