About Us

A Passion for Excellence

Design Works was founded in 1982 by President/Sign Artist Larry Plummer. Larry’s passion for fine art and lettering led him to become an airbrush muralist, and later spurred him on to train for six years with a full service sign company. His growing desire to incorporate elements of fine art into the commercial sign industry was the driving force behind his decision to open his own studio in Trenton, NJ. In 2002, Larry moved his studio to Hillsborough, NJ where he served the northeast, tri-state area.

Over next thirty years, Larry has earned a reputation as one of the area’s finest sign artists and designers. He is well respected by his peers and his many satisfied clients. Larry’s work has won several international sign design awards, and has been showcased in many sign industry publications.

In 2002, Larry and his wife Mary Ann moved to their current location in beautiful Upstate South Carolina. While still serving his clients in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, Larry now offers SC clients his expertise and superior craftsmanship from his new studio. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Design Works serves Greenville South Carolina, Asheville and western North Carolina, northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee.

Integrating the Old and the New

While terms like “Expert Craftsmanship” and “Fine Artisan” may be overused today, there are no shortcuts to gaining the skills necessary to earn these titles. It requires many years of countless hours of practicing classic techniques such as hand lettering, relief carving, traditionally applied gold leaf and creating realistic illustrations using traditional oil, acrylic, watercolor and airbrush painting techniques.

It is critical to stay abreast of the latest cutting edge technology: computer aided design, CNC (computer- controlled) machining as well as high- tech composite materials and coatings.

The Artistry Makes The Difference

With more than 30 years of experience, Design Works Custom Studios brings together the very best of craftsmanship and the latest in cutting edge technology.

What makes the difference is our commitment to the artistry. A true artist will:

  • integrate skills and experience with intuition and a strong visual sense; and
  • take in information and gather stylistic cues from a client; see it the mind’s eye, and create something tangible, compelling and unique from an abstract idea.

You are Personally Invested – so We Get Personally Involved

Whether you are the Owner of a retail store, restaurant, or professional office; a school Administrator, Mayor, town Planner, or church Pastor – you are personally invested in your endeavor. That is why, at Design Works Custom Sign Studio, we get personally involved. We take the time to listen and to understand that which makes you unique.