Profession sign maker

Sign makers design and develop signs for a variety of uses such as flyers, traffic signs, billboards and business signs. They use different materials and techniques and if necessary they install the sign on site. Furthermore they also perform maintenance and repairs.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

Skills

  • Make numerical calculations

    Work with numbers and perform complex calculations. An understanding of the basics of maths is crucial.

  • Collaborate with designers

    Communicate and collaborate with fellow designers in order to coordinate new products and designs.

  • Develop design concept

    Research information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production. Read scripts and consult directors and other production staff members, in order to develop design concepts and plan productions.

  • Conduct research on trends in design

    Conduct research on present and future evolutions and trends in design, and associated target market features.

  • Develop design plans

    Develop design plans by using computer-aided-design (CAD); work in accordance with budget estimates; organise and conduct meetings with clients.

  • Monitor developments in technology used for design

    Identify and explore recent developments in technology and materials used in the live performance industry, in order to create an up-to-date technical background for one’s personal design work.

  • Draw design sketches

    Create rough pictures to assist in creating and communicating design concepts.

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

    Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.

  • Develop design ideas cooperatively

    Share and develop design ideas with the artistic team. Conceptualise new ideas independently and with others. Present your idea, gain feedback and take it into account. Make sure the design fits with the work of other designers.

  • Plan new packaging designs

    Come up with new ideas concerning the size, shape and colour of packaging.

  • Present detailed design proposals

    Prepare and present detailed design suggestions for a specific production to a mixed group of people, including technical, artistic and management staff.

  • Design package

    Develop and design the form and structure of a product's package.

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

Optional knowledge and skills

printing techniques manipulate glass prepare equipment for textile printing paint ship decks collaborate in the development of marketing strategies operate monogram-printing device process man-made fibres translate artistic concepts to technical designs follow safety procedures when working at heights supervise work on design planning types of paint types of moulded fibres translate requirement concepts into visual design cut glass maintenance of printing machines printing media