Have artist and calligrapher Pier Gustafson design a suitable for framing interactive sign-in board as a momento of your next event.


This piece was designed for a swanky wine-tasting event, (the location, date and other such details are inscribed on the label) Guests were asked to describe themselves in oenologist's terms writing uopn the large glass in the foreground. Had you been invited, how might you describe yourself? "A luscious red with hearty bouquet" or a "cheap domestic white wine gone bad"?

Sign-in boards can be focused to a particular group or interest. They can demand deep thinking, or simply requiring a signature. They can be solemn or bawdy. But I'll make them all sophisticated and specific to your needs.


Holiday parties, too, can have specific sign-in boards designed to record the thoughts and opinions of your guests. Here's one designed for hallowe'en. Guests incribed the tombstones with their "costumed" personae. The large central tombstone had the event's title and date inscribed upon it.
Here you see a board designed for an annual Memorial Day Picnic-Birthday Party.
The birthday-girl's name and date are written in the gold braid of the rope. Guests were to inscribe birthday wishes on the stars and stripes of the flag.

Consider having a sign-in board designed for your New Year's Eve party, family reunion or your annual summertime BBQ.


Bat and Bar-Mitzvahs are a great event to memorialize with a sign-in board that matches the theme of the party. Sophie's shows her name entwined with the torah.

The baseball shows the name of the boy in its stitching. His guests "autographed" the ball.

When discussing board options with Richie's mother, she mentioned that he's very much into current events. The newspaper idea struck me instantly. Mini-headlines told of his various interests. Guests added stories of their own in the space that remained.

Here's one for a boy named EZRA who loved playing the game RISK. His friends were to name each country after themselves. Had I been a guest I may have named my country "Piergrovia", "Pierlandia" or "Piergustenburgheimistan".


Significant birthday parties deserve to be comemorated. Turning 40 seems to be a big event. Here's a board which shows a well-traveled suitcase covered in labels from past:
milestones such as "childhood", "puberty" and turning "21".

Guests were to inscribe within the suitcase those items he'll need for the future as he travels down the road of life...a supply of Viagra, perhaps.

A similar idea was expanded upon in this one. It was designed for the 40th birthday of an avid yachtsman. Guests filled in what he needed on his voyage into the future, the name of his vessel as well as things he should avoid

This sign-in board was designed for an avid reader in honor of his 60th birthday. Family and friends recorded their favorite story about him upon the open pages.
The title page I provided had the name of the man in question as well as the date and place of the party.

Titles seen on the closed books in the composition refer to his long professional career and some of his hobbies and passions.

  • The sign-in board on the right shows an image of numerous post-cards scattered about. Guests were to write their comments upon the backs of the post cards. The blank fronts were to be used as small canvasses for the artist-birthday girl to decorate in any way she chose. All the postage stamps are designed with a small J, the first name initial of the star of the event. By the way. the woman in question works in the mail center of a local college.
Here's a good point to take a little break from examples to ask an important question.

Do you want to focus your guest's comments? Asking for a particular type of response, or letting them run wild with anything that comes to mind? Focusing their attention might seem to make it first, but once they see examples of what others have written the guests who follow have a fun time coming up with something equally fun. If there isn't a focus the comments tend to be blander. Things like "Good Luck" or "Here's to you" tend to be the average response.

So, I'd suggest we'd plan a focus.

This birthday sign-in board incorporated the profession of the birthday boy (a high-performance auto mechanic). I drew a plausable advertisment for a "1952 Dow" (which incorporated the birth-year and last name of the man).

His friends (most of whom were in the same profession) translated his "human" characteristics into automotive ones.
"Ample back seat" and "Slipping clutch" were just a few inscribed.

Sign-in boards are also a method of gathering important information for your business.

One might be a fun way of gathering a mailing list during an open-house.
Another might be used for asking your clients, stock-holders or employees what they might like to see your company do for them.

"More money" was included as part of the composition: the large dollar sign you see in the center of the image.

Speaking of money, these sign-in boards start at about $350.

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