Tailor made signs

We manufacture sandblasted signs, carved signs, and gold leaf signs. We offer on-site architectural gilding and glass gilding services for restaurants, specialty shops, and residential buildings in Annapolis and Washington, DC. 

What We Do

We make a wide variety of signs and services for local property management companies and real estate companies. We install 4×8 alumalite leasing signs with decorative pvc posts and caps.

Design

We design your customized sign.

Manufacture

We handcraft our products.

Install

We install our products at your place.

Our History

Designs & Signs was founded in 1976 by Brendon J. Brandon. Mr. Brandon has a lifetime of sign make experience, working in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and the United States. He is past President of the International Society of Gilders, and for six years he was head editor of it’s magazine, “The Gilders Tip”. He has taught gilding and sign making classes for The Smithsonian Institute, The Society of Gilders, The International Sign Association, and The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

From The Portfolio

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Carved Stone Lettering – WWII Memorial

Carved Stone Lettering – WWII Memorial

How did we make perfect carved stone lettering at The World War II Memorial in Washington, DC?  Kevin handles all of our sandblasting projects. He has more than thirty years of carving experience. Designs & Signs has carved and gilded various monuments and...

Teak Boat Nameplates

Teak Boat Nameplates

We carve beautiful teak boat nameplates by hand. All of our gold leaf is 23 karat XX gold. Before varnishing, we clean the boards with a teak cleaner to release the surface oils. We use Awlgip Awlspar OM3131 Varnish. Teak wash exposes some of the surface grain,...

Architectural Mural – EJ Codd Co

Architectural Mural – EJ Codd Co

Historical architectural mural in the Baltimore City neighborhood of Fells Point; we painted this mural by hand. We use a technique called "cutting in." First, we paint the wall with white block filler. After that, we apply the pounce patterns, and then we come back...

Gold transom numbers

Gold transom numbers

Take a look at these gold transom numbers (art deco transom numbers) on a residence in Washington, DC! Brendon finished each number with real 23 karat gold for a finished appearance that adhesive films can't imitate. As a result, Designs & Signs offers authentic...

House Number Ideas, with palladium and gold leaf.

House Number Ideas, with palladium and gold leaf.

Our house number ideas will ignite your imagination. Indeed, new gold leaf house numbers are a great addition to any home. Take a look at the gallery below. Undoubtedly you will find many different house number ideas that will indeed look good at your house too. Here...

Gold Leaf House Address, at 2126 in DC.

Gold Leaf House Address, at 2126 in DC.

Rendering a gold leaf house address on site The 2126 gold leaf house address was created and installed by Designs & Signs in Washington, DC. More often than not, transoms are large, which permits ample natural light to enter. However, this particular transom above...

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We have a lifetime of sign make experience, we offer a wide range of high quality manufactured signs and services.
Contact us today for a quote and get ready to stand out!
We look forward to working for you!

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