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Make it Happen aims to improve signmaking skills

Make it Happen aims to improve signmaking skills

Signmakers who want to learn how to produce better fabricated and illuminated signage should look no further than Make it Happen, a signage consultancythat aims to help companies properly capitalise on all of the opportunities open to them.

The brainchild of Sam Armstrong, who previously spent 16 years working for a sign industry fabricator, Make it Happenoffers workshops that are designed to cover everything from the production of simple flat-cut and built up letters through to more complex signage, such as solar-lit totems.

Sam explained: “I realised that were very few training opportunities available for fabricated and illuminated signage, which leads to a lot of opportunities being missed. Make it Happen has been created to remedy this deficit. We work with both newcomers to the industry and more established businesses and at our workshops we demonstrate more techniques in a day than many sign companies ever use.

“The benefits are a more educated and enthused work force, which is better able to identify and fulfill more lucrative opportunities.”


Sam continued:  ‘A typical workshop will cover a lot of bases, including the manufacture of flat cut, built up and illuminated letters, stencil cut panels, lightboxes, hanging and projecting signs, and totems, plus choice of fixings and printing and engraving.  Wealso offer advice on the most appropriate substrate choices and provide lots of handy hints and tips such as the importance of laying out artwork and font choice.”

Make it Happen workshops can be held at a fabricator’s premises or at a client’s own headquarters.  According to Sam, those who have attended a fabricator workshop have found it extremely worthwhile.  She said: “It helps sign and print companies to see the various manufacturing stages involved once they have hit the ‘order’ button, as it gives them a better insight into the whole production process and underlines the level of technical expertise and craftsmanship involved.”

She added that previous attendees, whohave ranged from complete novices to experienced project managers, designers ad production staff, have all equally enjoyed the same workshop, saying, “Our aim is to ensure that everyone learns something new and judging from the positive feedback that we’ve received from previous delegates, it seems that we have succeeded!”

The cost of a workshop, which runs from 10.00am to 3.00pm, is £150+ VAT per delegate, which also includes refreshments and lunch.

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