This was my first experience participating in the Invitational Sign Challange. The theme of this years contest was “Time” and aside from guidelines for physical size, the rules are pretty much non-existant. Simply stated, it was a great experience. I was able to rub shoulders with some really talented and exceptionally nice folks, learn new techniques and visit new and familiar vendors in a stress free environment.
The entries were all exceptional done and as setup day drew to a close, I could honestly say that picking a winner would be a tough one. In the end, the votes were counted and Dan Sawatsky from the Imagination Corporation won the large sign category and Mo Flint from the Atomic Barn Studios won the small sign category.
Our host for the Invitational was the trade magazine “Signs of the Times” We took over about half of their booth with our collection of “signs” and stuff. The entire staff of the magazine was very supportive, both in person and in print. We received a lot of attention with on-line releases in their e-magazine leading up to the event and daily updates through the show. I don’t think we could ask for a better sponsor!
Lastly, a very special thanks to the Invitational organizer Jim Dawson from Synergy Signs and Graphics. Jim did an awesome job of organizing the event, managing logistics, rounding up sponsors and just making it all come together.
Next year, the ISA show goes to Orlando in March. The theme has been announced for next year’s Invitational, “Less is More”. I’m sure that we can do something interesting with that one!