About Us


Our Solara UV inkjet prints for the Alaskan Brewing Co. were featured in Sign Craft magazine, an international journal for the sign industry.


Over 55 Years of Innovation and Service


  • 1954 - The Studio, founded by Edith Willis, sells fine art painting and custom illustrations. Sign work quickly takes over.
  • 1958 - Name changed to The Studio of Commercial Art by new owner Rudy Ripley (Edith’s son).
  • 1959 - Silkscreening posters and vinyl decals.
  • 1959 - Alaska becomes the 49th State.
  • 1963 - Name shortened to Commercial Art.
  • 1965 - A weekly TV schedule Capital Entertainment Guide first published (printing is jobbed out).
  • 1974 - With expanding cable service, the TV schedule becomes Info Juneau eventually becoming a 96 page 5.5” x 8.8” booklet with articles and other features.
  • 1977 - Trans Alaska Pipeline completed.
  • 1981 - Off-set printing press bought along with folding and stapling equipment. Soon a Heidelberg windmill style letterpress is added for doing numbering, perffing and flat stamp foil work.
  • 1985 - First Signmaker equipment in Southeast for cutting vinyl letters.
  • 1991 - The World Wide Web begins.
  • 1994 - Business is sold to Daryl Miller, who’d been with the shop since 1980. The name is changed toCommercial Signs & Printing to reflect our ever expanding products and services.
  • 1999 - 3-D Computer driven router added for mass production of dimesional signage.
  • 2005 - First full color, wide-format solvent (waterproof) inkjet printing in Southeast Alaska on vinyl, paper & banner materials.
  • 2009 - Bookmaker installed which automatically colates, folds staple and trims.
  • 2009 - Southeast’s first full-color flat-bed UV cure printer added as a greener alternative to high VOC content paints and inks.
  • Our very own www.commercialsignsandprinting.com is launched officially making us the oldest business in the free world to finally get a web site.
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