Inside the Workshop of a Master Neon Signmaker

Neon is an essentially modern phenomenon—it was discovered in 1898, at the cusp of the modern age. But paradoxically, working with neon still requires an extraordinary handicraft. A new video shows us the process of blowing and molding a (badass) neon sign courtesy of Mike Heist, a Neon artist based in Portland. » 10/09/14 11:20am 10/09/14 11:20am

The Lonely Process And Lovely Work Of Hong Kong's Neon Craftsmen

Hong Kong's neon sign trade is fading in the face of new technology, but there are still skilled workers who craft the glowing lights by hand. The process is, by their own admission, painstaking, solitary, thankless, and steadily losing popularity, but these guys are still going at it. Watching them make the magic… » 3/25/14 10:20am 3/25/14 10:20am

USB Neon Signs Add That Greasy Spoon Café Look To Your Desktop

That little USB socket gets put to some weird and whacky uses in the name of decorating your desk, and now here's yet another: USB neon signs. If you're a terminal cubicle customizer, you might be able to brighten things up a bit with these $20 gizmos, available in @, :-) and "bar" designs. Just put the smiley away… » 3/13/08 10:07am 3/13/08 10:07am