Frisco sign shop’s work garners awards on an international level |

Frisco sign shop’s work garners awards on an international level

ROBERT ALLENsummit daily newsFrisco, Colorado
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

FRISCO – Local sign maker Roger Cox – whose iconic work is noticeable across Summit County – was recognized among peers on an international level this month with first- and third-place awards from trade magazine Sign and Digital Graphics. The sign for Cabin Fever on 122 S. Main St. in Breckenridge received first place in the magazine’s “Portfolio Sign Design Contest.” “This sign has it all – totally appropriate to the business, no question of what’s inside. Classy ruggedness fits the outdoor theme. Great use of color, shape, balance and attention to detail…” according to judge Mike Z in the magazine’s December issue. Cox’s business House of Signs in Frisco marks its 20th anniversary this year, and the custom hand-made signs have become logos for many of the entities they represent. Examples include the Frisco Bay Marina and Grand Lodge in Breckenridge signs. As much as 50 percent of the business signs in Frisco and Breckenridge originated in Cox’s shop. The Cabin Fever sign took about two months to complete and includes all cove edges finished with 23-karat gold leaf – one of Cox’s signature design elements. There’s an image of a deer-antler lamp, which Cox said he decided to use after he “walked around their store for about 30 minutes to kind of get a feel for what products I could pull from to include in some sort of pictorial,” according to the Sign and Design Graphics article. Other sign makers receiving awards hail from New York, Massachusetts, Canada and as far as Australia. The third-place winner is Cox’s sign for The Barnyard at 104 Main Street in Frisco. The pet supply store’s facade was repainted to match the sign, which includes crushed glass and was Cox’s favorite project of the year, according to the article. Cox graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver in 1988. He moved his shop to 211 Main Street in Frisco three years ago, and an estimated 95 percent of his work comes from referrals.

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