Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

Signs That Sell!!

Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

Signs That Sell!!

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THEY ARE EVERYWHERE, beseeching you with their beguiling naivete to purchase the most diverse products and embrace lost causes. Signs painted with vivid colors selling the delights of reconditioned clutches, pearly false teeth, homemade underwear, and slightly used coffins. They are the latter-day frescoes of small town merchandising. Signs for future archeologists that will help them describe and decipher a culture full of enigmatic objects and forgotten obsessions.

In an age of mass merchandising and slick promotional transnational campaigns for products with well-known logotypes, these popular icons are a reminder of the vanishing world of the sign painters, the clear-sighted interpreters of local taste. Their medium is the public space of our cities and their work is one of a kind.

These anonymous illustrators exhibit the most diverse styles and iconography. The point is to transparently communicate the product or service being sold, usually in places where literacy is not high. Their message must be simple and clear, appealing to the local population with a direct visual language.

Whatever style they use it is always with strong, brilliant primary colors, usually glossy enamel or industrial paints. The materials must be able to withstand the rigors of local weather and adapt to the walls on which they are painted. …

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