Light Craft is an interactive publication about the science, history, and art of neon signage. This publication would have been very dry if it weren’t for the help and advice of neon experts Mark Paneli, Steve Spiegel, Eric Lynxwiler, Lili Lakich, and Kim Koga.
When I was a trainer for Apple retail, I had the privilege of working with a woman named Tessie Dong, a neon artist in Los Angeles, CA. During one of our training sessions, she told me that the only way to make neon was by hand.
This stuck with me, and when I had the opportunity to make an interactive editorial publication, I knew exactly what topic to choose: Football! Just kidding, Neon.
I learned the basic history of Neon, both as a noble gas and its use in signage. However, I was missing my favorite part of any story: the human element.
I sat down with Eric Lynxwiler at the Museum of Neon Art to learn more about Neon’s wonderful and fickle history.
Interview with Eric Lynxwiler
Interview with lili lakich
Books: Lakich, Flickering Light, Spectacular Illumination, New York Neon
Tools Used: After Effects, Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Sketch