Just a quick post linking to this piece that KQED’s ARTS section did on my sign-sketching obsession.
Here is the video.
And a link to a longer piece on their website.
A big thank you to Creo Noveno for shooting this piece.
If you’re interested in knowing more about the signs of San Jose, here are some resources:
I blog all my sketches on VintageSignsSanJose. ( and, the book of sign sketches is available there)
The San Jose Sign Project on Facebook is a great group to follow. Their book, The San Jose Signs Project’s Guide to the Vintage Signage of San Jose is available at Recycle Bookstore or by contacting them on their facebook page.
On flickr, follow Heather David for all things Mid Century Modern. She is San Jose’s resident expert on signs.
If you’d like to help Save the Dancing Pig, (thank you to everyone who has donated!), you can do that right here at preservation.org/donations
If you’re in San Jose at VivaCalleSJ this Sunday, come stop by at the Save the Pig booth ( near Faber’s Cyclery at 702 S 1st St.) ,make a donation and get yourself a wonderful t-shirt.
And if you’re interested learning to sketch these signs, I’ll be doing an urban sketching workshop around them, with proceeds from the workshop going to, what else, Saving the Dancing Pig. Watch for updates about that and other workshops on this page.