While writing sign design rules and principles can feel overwhelming, once you feel comfortable with the general rules, it becomes much easier to get started. For this to happen you need to know a few things. First, the sign should be designed to express a certain message. Some people (like my parents) prefer to do a simple one-line message, say ‘Hello’, while others (like my mother) like to keep their sign on two sticks. As long as it still communicates the message ‘Hello’, it’s fine.
Second, you will need to know the type and size of signs that you will be making. Many people like to make only the same sized signs to allow them to have a variety of designs. This may not come as a surprise to most parents, but it is a big mistake since I have found that many signs get too big for their own good. So, I usually recommend only buying a certain size so that I can get everything to fit easily on a single piece. For example, I would recommend getting a sign that is 14 x 18 and 4′ high so that it goes well up over your head.
Third, the color of the sign (often green) and how it is laid out should reflect the message to which it is being directed. When making signs, you want every piece of wood you make to make a particular sort of music, or maybe a particular sound when they are turned on, or when you turn on your radio. You need to make it clear what message the sign is trying to represent.
Lastly, look how many sticks you have. You need each sign to have a maximum of 20 sticks, and some people like to make a lot of signs while others prefer a smaller or small size.
When I started getting up to speed with my sign design principles, I was able to quickly create lots of signs, but I would quickly hit a wall. If you just made a single stick with the right size and shape, then it would all go together like glue on a wet sheet of wood. There was really no way to control how the stick would move relative to the other sticks, or so I thought.
It was then that I began to understand that my parents were very successful, and my mom was not. My mother loved to make a bunch of designs that were very creative and interesting, but she tended to get overwhelmed quickly because she had so many different designs to try and it was hard to keep things coming together.
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