The One That Started it All

Back in 2010, I was a Graphic Designer for the Alamosa Convention & Visitors Bureau. I was put in charge of a project for their newly renovated, historic train depot building. The building housed the Colorado Welcome Center, The ticketing and boarding area for the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, The Alamosa Chamber of Commerce, The Small Business Administration, The Development Resource Group and the Alamosa CVB.

Whew…. Anyways, they needed signage designed to unify the building and usher people to the correct areas. Because it was a hub for tourists, we needed some real attention getting signs. I loved the history and architecture of the building so I thought it would be best to tie into that and keep things looking like they belonged there.

At that time, I was not making signs so I began to research sign making and try to see who could keep things traditional while adding a modern twist. I found Southern Colorado Sign Company and discovered that the owner was an old sign painter and was doing a lot of modern signs. Perfect.

I designed the signs with a sandblasted/3D effect, added a full color LED message board and mixed in some architecture style into the project. The structure of everything is steel, the signs are sandblasted urethane sign foam, and everything was painted with enamel. We brought the same look and feel to the signage inside as well.

The project turned out better than expected and is a crowning entrance to Alamosa!

Working closely with Bill from Southern Colorado Sign Company caused a major life change… My wife and I purchased the sign company and our lives have definitely never been the same!

Matt Beckner