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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Architectural Mural – EJ Codd Co

Architectural Mural – EJ Codd Co

Historical architectural mural in the Baltimore City neighborhood of Fells Point, installed by Designs & Signs. Painted by hand. For this mural we use a technique called "cutting in". First the wall is painted with white block filler. After that we apply the...

Carved Stone Lettering – WWII Memorial

Carved Stone Lettering – WWII Memorial

Carved stone lettering in granite 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 memorials in...

Gold Leaf Boat Name – Bessy

Gold Leaf Boat Name – Bessy

Brendon Brandon applies a gold leaf boat name to Bessy, a fine wooden boat designed and manufactured by Mast and Mallet Boatworks in Edgewater, Maryland. First the name and port are applied to the transom with charcoal powder and a pounce pattern. Size is then brushed...

Architectural Gilding – Navy Stadium

Architectural Gilding – Navy Stadium

Architectural Gilding at The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Designs & Signs applied traditional gold leaf to carved monument letters. These photos show both phases of a typical surface gilding project. First size is applied to the...

Glass Gilding – The Mt Washington Tavern

Glass Gilding – The Mt Washington Tavern

Glass Gilding at Mt. Washington Tavern in North Baltimore. Brendon Brandon applies backup paint with a lettering brush. Glass gilding at The Washington Tavern, a newly renovated restaurant in Mount Washington just north of Baltimore. 23 karat gold leaf is applied to...

Gold Leaf Yacht Lettering – Audrey

Gold Leaf Yacht Lettering – Audrey

Beautiful hand-made boat names by Designs & Signs. We install gold leaf yacht lettering with traditional materials and techniques. 23 karat XX double leaf! Obiously this pounce pattern is not in the right place yet. It will have to be leveled properly before the...

Carved Teak Quarterboards – Mallard

Carved Teak Quarterboards – Mallard

These beautiful carved teak quarterboards are shaped and carved by hand. We use only the finest 23 karat XX Gold Leaf. We clean the boards first with teak cleaner to release the oils before varnish. We use Awlgip Awlspar OM3131 Varnish. Amazing Detail - Hand-Carved...

Sandblasted Cedar Sign Cardinal Plaza Shell

Sandblasted Cedar Sign Cardinal Plaza Shell

Cedar Signs A sandblasted cedar sign for Cardinal Plaza Shell. We were contacted by the owners of Cardinal Plaza Shell with request to build a custom cedar sign. The custom layout was created by Travis Brandon to the specifications provided by our customer. The design...

Quarterboards With Gold Leaf Lettering

Quarterboards With Gold Leaf Lettering

Quarterboards with gold leaf lettering and hand-painted black outline. Transom boards to match! The boards are shaped from teak which we select for the best grain possible. We buy teak and mahogany from Exotic Lumber in Annapolis. Drawings are provided for review...

Gold Leaf Sign – Josephine Butler Parks

Gold Leaf Sign – Josephine Butler Parks

Gold Leaf Sign - A sandblasted sign with 23 karat gold leaf finish. Brendon Brandon poses with a shovel? The faux stone frame is actually made of HDU, SignFoam... Another Classy GOLD LEAF SIGN... A sandblasted HDU sign finished with gold leaf, and installed at The...

Unique Boat Graphics – Educat

Unique Boat Graphics – Educat

Unique Boat Graphics - Educat - Designs and installed by Travis Brandon at Designs & Signs in Edgewater, MD. First I will usually work by hand with a sharpie to create the line art needed for a custom graphic, in this case a "smart cat". I'm not a cat person but I...

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We have a lifetime of sign make experience, we offer a wide range of high quality manufactured signs and services.
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