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...

Repaint Our Community Sign

Repaint Our Community Sign

For lack of a better description, we'll call this project, "repaint our community entrance sign" at Ponder Cove in Edgewater, MD. The condition of this sign was beyond repair, but we fixed it nonetheless. As shown in the photo below, the paint on the sign was failing...

Transom Numbers In Gold Leaf

Transom Numbers In Gold Leaf

Right on Florida Ave in DC Here you'll find a standout piece of work at 1231—the transom numbers in gold leaf. They're bold, bright, and they scream quality. Putting them up is an all-day job, but it's worth every minute. Here's how the process wors: we start with a...

Gold Transom Address 308

Gold Transom Address 308

Gilding on glass in Washington, DC This 308 gold transom address in the District of Columbia begins with thoroughly cleaning the glass to ensure the surface is free of debris. Any debris left behind on the surface can be potentially disastrous once the gilding process...

Mirror Stainless Steel Letters

Mirror Stainless Steel Letters

Elevate your brand's presence Make a statement with the sleek look of mirror stainless steel letters, a signature offering from Designs & Signs. Recently, we had the privilege of installing such letters for Price Benowitz in Washington, DC, showcasing the power of...

Palladium Leaf Quarterboards

Palladium Leaf Quarterboards

Set sail on a journey Palladium leaf quarterboards, handcrafted by the artisans at Designs & Signs. This stunning piece, held with pride, showcases the art of using palladium. This rare and lustrous metal creates lettering that reflects not just light, but also...

Mahogany Boat Name Boards

Mahogany Boat Name Boards

Fabulous mahogany boat name boards Custom boards from Designs & Signs. Introducing "TATA - NO FEAR," a prime example of our excellent craftsmanship. Now on display at The Burgee Bar in Key Largo, FL, this sign embodies nautical pride and craftsmanship. Superior...

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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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