JIM GUNN SIGNS

SIGNS & ART THAT GET YOU NOTICED. FAST.
JIM GUNN SIGNS WINDSOR

GUNN BROS. SIGNS  c. 1930

 

 INTRODUCED TO THE  SIGN AND COMMERCIAL ART TRADE BY THEIR FATHER, ROBERT... BROTHERS BRUCE, FRED AND BOB WORKED THROUGHOUT THE GREAT DEPRESSION and THE WAR YEARS ENTHUSIASTICALLY TACKLING SIGNAGE PROJECTS, ACROSS THE MIDWEST. 

 BRUCE GUNN CARRIED ON THE FAMILY BUSINESS BASED OUT OF WINDSOR, ONTARIO AND SERVING SOUTHERN ONTARIO FOR OVER 60 YEARS. A LOT OF HAPPY   CUSTOMERS ! 

JIM  GUNN  SIGNS ...EARLY YEARS

ONE OF MY FIRST JOBS "ON MY OWN",  ABOUT 1974. BEFORE, AND AFTER THAT , I LEARNED THE TRADE OF CREATING SIGNS AND COMMERCIAL ART FROM MY FATHER, BRUCE GUNN WHO HAD A GREAT REPUTATION AS  "THE FASTEST GUNN IN THE EAST".  FAST AND GOOD. MY DAD LOVED HIS TRADE AND LOVED PEOPLE. HE WANTED TO SEE THEM SUCCEED IN THEIR BUSINESS AND ALWAYS "GAVE A LITTLE EXTRA".

I THINK I LEARNED FROM THE BEST.  TOGETHER,  WE LETTERED COUNTLESS TRUCKS, WINDOW DISPLAYS,CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT. BANNERS, LARGE AND SMALL . SIGNS ON METAL, WOOD, PLASTIC, PAPER, WALLS. SIGNS FOR TRADE SHOWS, RETAIL, AUTOMOTIVE, PROFESSIONALS, OFFICES AND RESIDENTIAL CLIENTS.

ALL OF THIS WAS DONE BY HAND. SPECIAL SKILLS. CRAFTSMANSHIP.  

THE SIGN AND COMMERCIAL ART TRADE HELPED TO PUT ME THROUGH UNIVERSITY,WHERE I EARNED AN HONORS DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR. AFTER THAT, I RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN FROM THE ART INSTITUTE OF FT. LAUDERDALE.

 

  FOLLOWING MY DAD'S RETIREMENT, I FORMED JIM GUNN  SIGNS and DESIGNS. I WAS NOW "FAST AND GOOD". THE SIGN INDUSTRY WAS CHANGING ,THOUGH , AS COMPUTERIZED SIGN MAKING MACHINES BECAME A TOOL FOR SIGN SHOPS, ALLOWING LETTERS AND GRAPHICS TO BE CUT FROM VINYL . JIM GUNN SIGNS INVESTED IN THIS TECHNOLOGY IN THE EARLY 1990's AS AN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL HAND LETTERED AND HAND PAINTED SIGNS AND COMMERCIAL ART.

WHAT WAS A TOOL FOR PROFESSIONAL SIGN SHOPS, BECAME A "GODSEND" TO OTHERS,  WHO WITHOUT TALENT, TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE SUDDENLY APPEARED AS "SIGN EXPERTS".

 LAYOUT and DESIGN SUFFERED AS STERILE , GENERIC SIGNS BECAME MORE PREVALENT. IT SEEMED THAT ONE OF THE OLDEST SKILLED TRADES, THE SIGN ARTIST WAS TO BE "A LOST ART".  PROFESSIONAL, CUSTOM MADE SIGNAGE DESIGNED WITH THE CLIENT IN MIND, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY  BRINGING CUSTOMERS TO THE CLIENT.. THE SKILL, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERTISE AND VALUE THAT A SIGN PROFESSIONAL  PROVIDES -A LOST ART ?

NOT AT JIM GUNN SIGNS, WHERE WE CONTINUE THE TRADITION OF QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP, BOTH IN THE  HAND PAINTED SIGNS and COMMERCIAL ART THAT WE CREATE FOR OUR CLIENTS, AS WELL AS THE VINYL LETTERING AND GRAPHICS THAT WE MANUFACTURE.

A CENTURY OF TRADITION.  ADVERTISING THAT WORKS.  FAST AND AFFORDABLE.

JIM GUNN SIGNS

 

 

HELPING YOU GET NOTICED

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TODAY

 AT JIM GUNN SIGNS WE CREATE ATTRACTIVE, EFFECTIVE SIGNS AND COMMERCIAL ART FOR A WIDE RANGE OF CLIENTS. RETAIL, COMMERCIAL, AUTOMOTIVE, INDUSTRIAL, INSTITUTIONS, RESTAURANTS AND RESIDENTIAL.

 A  VARIETY OF SIGNAGE PROJECTS-WALL SIGNS, WINDOW LETTERING AND ADVERTISING,VEHICLE AND BOAT LETTERING / GRAPHICS, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR SIGNS AND BANNERS.  FAST SERVICE. QUALITY.

ANY THEME. ANY EVENT.

THE LOOK YOU WANT. THE RESULTS YOU NEED.  YOU DESERVE THE ATTENTION.

LOOK GOOD. GET NOTICED. FAST. JIM GUNN SIGNS WINDSOR

 

BEAUTIFUL MURALS TO ENHANCE YOUR DECOR AND SET A MOOD. THEATRICAL SET  DESIGN & PAINTING. LOGO DESIGN.

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