Aesthetics yes, safety emphatically!

Aesthetics yes, Safety emphatically!

Essential considerations when designing, fabricating and installing signs

Although dealing primarily with what he calls the ‘nuts and bolts’ end of the supply chain, David Catanach knows that in the professions served by the Society, a lot of detail needs to be understood and adhered to by more than just sign making companies. Nowadays, it is the way of the world that a lot of responsibility trickles down the chain reaching those who design signs. Getting it right is more likely to keep them out of blame in the event of a sign failure e.g. a sign falling down. The aim of this presentation is to increase awareness of responsibilities and raise standards. Although aimed fairly and squarely at sign makers, David’s material will be essential knowledge for all those involved in the procurement, design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of signs.


David Catanach began his career in the sign industry with Modulex in 1986 working with architects and designers on wayfinding systems or stand-alone signs. Worked for various other sign companies more in tune with modular systems and wayfinding projects but covering most aspects of the sign catalogue. Prior to taking over as Director at the BSGA (2010), was at Spandex for 10 years in charge of the modular aluminium systems that were being sold to sign companies in the UK and distributors world-wide. Since joining the BSGA, has worked to raise the Association’s profile and value to the industry and its clients. The remit of the BSGA is to encourage sign companies to make themselves more professional, competent and qualified to design, manufacture, install and maintain signs. Signs (pun intended) that it is going in the right direction are good.  

Date: 13th October 2016

Time: 6.30 pm

Venue: Pascall + Watson, The Warehouses, 10 Black Friars Lane, London, EC4V 6EJ


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