Offenbar ist das alles immer noch echte Handarbeit. Ich kann mir durchaus vorstellen, dass es hier und da auch maschinelle Lösungen gibt, allerdings verfolgt diese kurze Dokumentation den Handwerksbetrieb der Neon Family, in der Gérald Collard mit gutem Augenmaß ein Zeichen herstellt, das am Ende in seiner pinken Pracht erstrahlt. Die Dokumentation stammt von Stereokroma und sie schreiben dazu:

Did you know that neon signs are making a comeback? That’s right, with so many years of safe corporate signage to bore us, neon is coming back as an art form for indoor signs. This is no longer your typical pizza or “Open” sign, but images, symbols, statements in all different colours and shapes, popularized by science fiction movies and the cyberpunk subgenre. In this video, we are with The Boss from the Neon Family, Gérald Collard, who has been making neon signs for several decades. He is a hidden gem in the Saint Henri neighbourhood of Montreal. Historically, neon was a secret craft, so it is a special opportunity to be able to learn about it. He will be showing us the process of making a pink neon sign of a hand making what is considered an “Okay” symbol, a symbol of confirmation or satisfaction in the Western world.

Interesting facts about neon signs:
Neon is actually a very durable and efficient form of “lightbulb”. It is comparable to fluorescent and can last up to 50 years! Unlike consumer-grade lightbulbs, it is designed to last so as to require less maintenance, as you can image it would get fairly expensive if you have a complex image. Neon signs are making a comeback indoors because they are easier to maintain without weather as a factor to deterioration. The colours of neon are produced by different gases and different coatings. The main gases used by Gérald are neon and argon gas.

Das ist nicht zu verwechseln mit den Neon-Röhren, die man aus diversen Großraumbüros kennt. Die machen leider nicht so viel Spaß, sind nicht so schön anzuschauen und verbreiten alles, aber keine gute Stimmnug. (via)