I was 23 on that cloudy, cold Sunday morning as I sat on the couch listening to a church sermon delivered by Dr. Robert Schuller. He spoke about the Parable of the Talents, and how "our talents are not given to us by God to be wasted". That was God's way of telling me that it was time to use the talents he had blessed me with.
That very next morning in 1985 I started Charboneau Sign and Lettering Company, and began a lifelong career in the sign industry as a self-taught letterhead.
That was 35 years ago and since then a lot has changed in our industry. The hand lettering that was once king has now become a luxury sign option reserved for those willing to pay the fee for the old-school hand lettered look. And to think that when vinyl cut letters hit the market in the early 90's that hand lettering would have survived at all... but it has and it still carries it's own weight in the sign world today. I still hand letter for those who want the hand lettered look.
Around 2006 was when I decided to focus my services and provide exceptionally high-end illustrations and sign design packages to owners of medium sized sign companies as their "Private Designer" for their key clients who need and deserve special attention. In this way, they could allow their staff designers to focus on their daily design tasks for the other sales people, without over burdening their already hectic design schedules.
After years of helping a variety of sign companies from all across the U.S., I have realized that there are so many extremely talented commercial sign shop designers out there who simply need someone to put together a comprehensive, easy-to-understand training program on how an electric monument sign is designed, built and installed. With these skill sets, the creative vinyl banner and truck wrap designer can now offer it's employer a whole new design ability that can broaden the market scope and type of sign projects the company can offer.
So, whether you are needing a project designed, or you have a really creative designer that is ready to take their abilities to a whole new level, you've come to the right website.
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Yep... I'm getting a new head shot taken eventually... this one is only 3 years old. (the affects of time have not been kind... LOL)
Theo the Watchdog
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Theo is pretty much by my side 24/7. He's my buddy. A rescued pup from the streets of Thailand. He's here with me 24/7 and you will probably hear him during the webinars I conduct.
"We started working with Matt in 2010 and my only regret is we didn't work with him much sooner. I always call Matt our Secret Weapon because we never, seriously, NEVER lost a project that he was involved with. He has a creative intuition that enables him to wrap himself up oi a project and the end result always delivers a WOW factor for the client. It is rare in this industry to be able to find someone that has the ability to confidently deliver a design package that is well thought out in the critical areas of design, fabrication and installation.
Prior to a design even being started, Matt saves us countless hours of fabrication and install time just by working through the project and brainstorming with our team to make sure he delivers not only a WOW design to the client, but also an efficient structural detail drawing to our fab and install team, making their job easier in the shop and out in the field.
Matt is a consummate sign professional that always brings his A game to the table. Give him a project, you'll be glad you did.
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