De.signs Nanaimo was born from the mountains, the founder and owner Andy Bowen, was looking for a job that would allow him to bike, ski, be creative and work with his hands. Making a few signs for a ski hill in the Canadian Rockies was all it took. Andy, who now has over 20 years experience in the sign industry and over 28 as a graphic designer took to signs right away. He enjoyed working for many sign shops in BC and Alberta learning the skills along the way that would enable him to open his own shop here in Nanaimo.
Art and design were a big part of Andy’s education, in high school and college. Studying both illustration and design in high school and college, painting sets for school plays and athletic murals in the gym, were the roots in his interest in signs and large format graphics.