Fabrication Arts Studio Tour
Platt College was recently invited by Fabrication Arts to tour their studio and get an inside look at the groundbreaking work they do.
Fabrication Arts treated the students to a variety of the company’s works, ranging from local sign designs such as Imperial Beach to the ever famous signage seen at Disney Parks and the prestigious Getty Museum. The students were greeted by the vice president of Fabrication Arts, John O’Connell, who gave a brief history of Fabrication Arts followed by a very unique look into the world of sign design.
When one hears about companies creating signs for businesses and places of interest, they think of basic plastic or metal molds that are covered with vinyl graphic overs or just plain painted colors. Fortunately, Fabrication Arts is not your typical sign business. In fact, John explained that the signs they create at Fabrication Arts are meticulously designed pieces of art. Every sign they create, whether it is a street sign or a sign giving directions, is purposely made to fit the environment. Some of their works actually require sculpting with a variety of materials such Redwood, Hungarian Wood, or various heated metals. As John said, “We know we did our job when people look at our sign and don’t even realize it was a sign…”
Throughout the tour, John pointed out how each sign was created, showing a great sense of accomplishment for each piece. Interesting tidbit of the day: did you know that Fabrication Arts is the sole provider for signage throughout all the Disney Parks? Interesting…
Though photography was not permitted at the studio, the students were able to take one photo as a goodbye present. A great big thank you to John O’Connell and his staff at Fabrication Arts for inviting Platt College to this inspiring tour!