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Bristol is home to the Voodoo DesignWorks. Our Bristol-based roots connect us directly with some of the most revolutionary technological developments the sign and allied industries have ever known. We’re more than just a signmaker in Bristol. We’re innovators. We think and deliver new. Ours is quite a story…

Bristol is home to the Voodoo DesignWorks. Our roots connect us directly with some of the most revolutionary technological developments the sign and allied industries have ever known. We’re more than just a signmaker. We’re innovators. We think and deliver new. Ours is quite a story…

Our  roots connect us directly with some of the most revolutionary technological developments the sign and allied industries have ever known. We’re more than just a signmaker. We’re innovators. We think and deliver new. Ours is quite a story…

Signmaker The Signmaker was the world’s first Signmaking Computer.

Signmaker The Signmaker was the world’s first Signmaking Computer.

Signmaker The Signmaker was the world’s first Signmaking Computer.

 

Cafe Sign in close up. Warm wood. Warm Welcome

Cafe Sign Promises a Warm Welcome

Five Grains’ Cafe Sign

The five grains comprise a grouping of cereals that were regarded as sacred in ancient China. Not a lot of people know that. The Five Grains is also a great cafe in Bristol and thanks to a great cafe sign by Voodoo, that’s something a lot of people do know.

Voodoo and signs for cafes are no strangers to each other. Restaurant signs in general have much to communicate beyond the name of the business that’s under the shopfront. In the case of Five Grains, its cafe sign has to say “wholesome” in a pretty big way and it has to play well with shopfront window graphics too. We think we got it right.

Cafe Sign and Shop Front

We started with as honest-a-looking slab of pine as you’ll ever see and turned it into the fascia sign’s background. It looks like it has seen a few summers but it’s well protected from the elements. Next comes the cafe signs’ lettering. That’s a fret-cut material with some very subtle things going on, if you look closely, those little design wrinkles are informed by elements of the superb printed window graphics underneath.

The cafe window graphics are printed on a great material that makes the window look as though it has had thousands of pounds lavished upon it in traditionally etched work. It hasn’t. Its a rather special film that we know how to work with and which can be removed if needed. There’s some eye-catching busy scribbles going on in the window graphics’ design and it counterpoints the simplicity of the shop front signs – goes against the grain you might say.

Cafe Sign window graphics. It's all in the detail
Cafe Sign lettering in detail. Perfect type face for the application

View a cafe signing fascade like this an an ensemble and we present something that clearly works. Behind the fascia, there’s a great business serving wholesome foods and lovely infusions to customers attracted by the ambience the business radiates. We’re proud to have played a part in delivering this experience and it’s a bit beyond the signs for cafes you might be used to seeing.

Give us a call if you think we could do the same for your cafe or restaurant.

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Watch those apostrophes

Signs in Bristol go from badder to worstest…

THE GRAMMAR VIGILANTE IS IN TOWN AND SIGNS IN BRISTOL GO BACK TO SCHOOL…

It appears that things are just going from badder to worstest with signs in Bristol. Signs and graphics in Bristol are apparently littered with errant apostrophes, misplaced contractions and other crimes against modern English and her grammar.  A self-appointed “Bristol Grammar Vigilante” has taken up arms and he’s out there, correcting Bristol based signmakers’ errors wherever he sees them.  Could your business sign be the next beneficiary of his campaign?

BBC News has tracked down our language’s guardian prowling the city’s streets. Under cover of darkness and cowled in a hoodie, he corrects errors where he sees them. His medium is cut and applied vinyl which he uses to obscure what might offend the eye. Stuck on like sticking plasters, his work makes good what others, in his view, have made bad.

Is it a crime? He thinks not. The Grammar Vigilante says “It’s more of a crime to have the apostrophes wrong in the first place!” Where he’ll strike next is not known. All that can be said with any certainty is, he’ll be gravitating to signs in Bristol that in some way or other don’t speak The Queen’s.

We don’t know how far he’ll take his crusade. We don’t know who’ll join and strengthen his ranks. Maybe someone will be looking at shopping centre signs as a speciality. Maybe there will be a superhero crusader tearing through supermarket signage changing “Ten Items or Less” to Ten Items or Fewer.”

All the foregoing raises a smile and it makes a serious point too. If a sign maker in Bristol can’t get something as fundamental as grammar delivered properly, then what does it say about his quality overall?

Here in the Voodoo DesignWorks, we punctuate where design tells us we can and we do it properly. We have processes designed to trap grammatical errors before they’re immortalised in the signs we make and install in Bristol. We’re a Bristol based sign company whose work the Bristol Grammar Vigilante will stop in his tracks. Maybe he’ll take the time to adhere a little gold star somewhere discrete. Our work, after all, is widely regarded as best in class.

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