TransitDesign

Custom Wall Art, Subway Signs, Vintage Posters & Prints

Traverse City, Michigan
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Announcement    I design and make Custom Wall Art on wood, canvas and paper. Fun things like: Custom Subway Signs, Pet Portraits, Hand-Painted Farmhouse Signs, Social Justice Posters, or Vintage Posters and Prints.

You’ll find cool Personalized Gifts, Home Decor, Michigan Art, colorful Travel Posters, Fine Art Prints, and Canvas Photo Art — all handmade here in the United States.

I create unique artwork for your living room, kitchen, dining room or entryway. Pieces that add new life to your home, apartment, dorm room, studio or office.

Personalized home decor, transit signs, and canvas wall art make delightful gifts. All of my travel art prints, Art Deco posters, and wall signs are made-to-order. Expertly designed and made in the United States on natural wood, durable artist’s canvas or archival paper.

If you don’t see the design or color you want, please ask, I'm happy to help.
I can customize many of my designs just for you.

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I also design funny, irreverent Greeting Cards as my other shop: Smirkantile
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Smirkantile

Browse my on-line store:
www.TransitDesignShop.com

Transit Design has been featured in:
HGTV Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Prairie Style, The Washingtonian, Holiday Matinee, Better Living Through Design, and Traverse Magazine.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 15, 2023

I design and make Custom Wall Art on wood, canvas and paper. Fun things like: Custom Subway Signs, Pet Portraits, Hand-Painted Farmhouse Signs, Social Justice Posters, or Vintage Posters and Prints.

You’ll find cool Personalized Gifts, Home Decor, Michigan Art, colorful Travel Posters, Fine Art Prints, and Canvas Photo Art — all handmade here in the United States.

I create unique artwork for your living room, kitchen, dining room or entryway. Pieces that add new life to your home, apartment, dorm room, studio or office.

Personalized home decor, transit signs, and canvas wall art make delightful gifts. All of my travel art prints, Art Deco posters, and wall signs are made-to-order. Expertly designed and made in the United States on natural wood, durable artist’s canvas or archival paper.

If you don’t see the design or color you want, please ask, I'm happy to help.
I can customize many of my designs just for you.

*******************************
I also design funny, irreverent Greeting Cards as my other shop: Smirkantile
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Smirkantile

Browse my on-line store:
www.TransitDesignShop.com

Transit Design has been featured in:
HGTV Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Prairie Style, The Washingtonian, Holiday Matinee, Better Living Through Design, and Traverse Magazine.

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About TransitDesign

Sales 2,674
On Etsy since 2010

Transit Design was Born in Bed.

I created Transit Design one snowy morning in 2009 while living in Northern Michigan. I was searching for an unusual piece of artwork for my home, and discovered that collectors were buying vintage subway art (also known as bus scrolls, subway signs, tram rolls, roll signs or transit signs) to frame and display.

As a graphic designer, I have long loved the beauty of typography. These vintage signs – with their unusual destinations and bold lettering on black canvas – appealed to me. I soon found that original bus scrolls were expensive and difficult to find so I decided to make my own. (Creating my own custom subway art with personalized destinations was more fun anyway!)

It occurred to me that if I wanted my own personalized bus scroll, that others would too, and Transit Design was born. Since that time, I have introduced more artwork – including travel posters, inspirational quotes and city art.

On a typical day, you’ll find me working on freelance design in my studio, making custom bus scrolls and signs, or dreaming up new ideas. Design is my passion and I think everyone deserves to be inspired by the things they have around them!

My Portfolio: www.TransitDesign.com
My Shop: www.TransitDesignShop.com

Shop members

  • Michael Jon Watt

    Owner, Designer

    Design is my passion and I think everyone deserves to be inspired by the things they have around them!

  • Berkeley

    Feline Relations

    At any given time Berkeley can be found napping in the sun.

Production partners

  • a Professional Print Shop

    United States

    My artwork is professionally printed by a small U.S. print shop. We use archival paper and canvas. Canvas pieces are stretched by hand on wooden stretcher bars, UV sealed, and come complete with hanging hardware. My designs are not mass-produced and each one is made to order for you.

  • Local Sign Shop

    Traverse City, MI

    My wood designs are hand-painted with the help of a local artisan.

  • a Wood Print Shop

    United States

    My wood signs are printed by a small professional print shop here in the United States, carefully selected for their quality and attention to detail. We use solid birch board with UV safe inks. Each piece is made to order and comes ready to hang.

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Last updated on Sep 22, 2021

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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Can I see a mock-up of custom piece?

I always send a proof of your custom artwork once you have placed your order. I do not create mock-ups prior to receiving your order, as my design time is factored into the price.

Can I order a different color or font?

I'm happy to help if you're looking for different color or font options – just let me know. I can create most any color combination you desire, and I can provide you with a link to color swatches if needed.

Can I order a different size or custom piece?

Let me know if you need a specific size or customization. I have done all sorts of custom sizes for my customers. Please contact me for pricing.

Can I choose another font or typeface?

I have several typestyles or fonts that I have chosen to reflect the look and feel of vintage subway art and signs. I would be happy to work with you to create a piece that you love.

What's the difference between rolled and stretched canvas?

My canvases are available Rolled or Stretched.

Most customers choose a ready-to-hang Stretched canvas. This canvas has gallery wrapped edges stretched over a wood frame. (The canvas sides are the same color as the front.) Hanging hardware comes already attached.

Sometimes the Rolled canvas option is more suitable. Rolled canvas is trimmed to size and suitable for custom framing under glass or hung with a poster hanger.

Where do I send my photo for a Pet or Family Portrait?

Please send your high-resolution photo to: info@transitdesign.com or via the Etsy message system. Photos from your smartphone or digital camera are perfect. Photos that are pulled from social media, like Facebook, do not work because they are too low of a resolution for my process.