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BU’s Sign Maker

For more than a decade, Wendy Haig-Ramage has been helping us find our way

You may not know her face or name, but you’ve seen her work. It’s all over campus.

Since she arrived at BU in 2003, Wendy Haig-Ramage has been plying her craft as director of BU’s sign shop. Working out of a small space in the back corner of the sprawling BU Facilities Management & Planning facility on Ashford Street, she turns out signs, maps, and directories.

Haig-Ramage cannot recall a time when she wasn’t drawing or creating art. After graduating from college in Arizona, she moved to Boston and opened her own sign shop in 1983. Her company—staffed almost entirely by women—made signs for buildings all over the city and surrounding towns.

When Haig-Ramage started at BU, she was the only tradeswoman employed at the University. By her own reckoning, she’s made thousands of signs over the past 12 years. And while they may not be high art, they are indispensable. Students have her to thank for all those signs announcing the names of buildings, the room numbers outside of classrooms, where to find a wheelchair ramp or a bathroom.

She says she loves being known as BU’s sign lady. “It’s a very creative job and offers a lot of variety,” she says. Best of all, she knows that her work helps the University run a little smoother. As she points out, “Everyone needs to know where to go.”

Bill Politis can be reached at bpolitis@bu.edu.


19 Comments on BU’s Sign Maker

  • Lisa Doherty, Director of Facilities, CAS on 11.16.2015 at 10:17 am

    Wendy, imagine all those University signs and you are a staff of ONE!! CAS thanks you for your service!

  • COM staffer on 11.16.2015 at 10:39 am

    What a cool job! Wendy your portrait work is beautiful. I hope you still have plenty of time to indulge your amazing talent.

    PS Signs are one of the most important pieces of art on campus! Think of all those visitors and prospective students and parents who are helped by your work. Plus they look great. Need an apprentice?

  • Brooke MacNee on 11.16.2015 at 10:44 am

    Awesome! Wendy is one of the hardest working, smartest, most kind hearted woman I know, her talent is amazing! You go girl!!!!!!

  • Tricia Gilpatric on 11.16.2015 at 10:51 am

    BU is so lucky to have Wendy. She is dedicated to her craft and it shows all over campus. Thank you, Wendy!

  • Sarah G. on 11.16.2015 at 11:13 am

    Thank you, Wendy! You’re a star!

  • Lauren Alzate on 11.16.2015 at 1:30 pm

    This is awesome! Wendy, thanks for all you do for us here at FM&P and the whole University!

  • Lisa Tornatore on 11.16.2015 at 4:52 pm

    Wendy is the best! She is so supportive of everything we do and is a pleasure to work with.

  • Sara on 11.16.2015 at 5:12 pm

    Well done! This is beautiful. Wendy, thanks for getting us where we need to go!

  • Mary Winters on 11.17.2015 at 8:47 am

    Wendy is the absolute best! We at the BUPD can always rely on Wendy’s expertise and recommendations. The service she provides is top notch and timely. Thank you Wendy for your invaluable service to BU!

  • Mary Jane Doherty on 11.17.2015 at 9:14 am

    Wendy is wonderful and makes wonderful things. It’s important to note that her story comes through because the video portrait itself is so good. So, kudos to BOTH Wendy and to the videographer, Bill.

  • maureen barry on 11.17.2015 at 9:21 am

    Wendy, Great job!

  • Pedro Falci on 11.17.2015 at 9:21 am

    Thank you to Wendy for all her hard work and to BU Today’s staff for profiling such an unsung hero on our campus.

  • Eugenia Smith on 11.17.2015 at 10:07 am

    Isn’t wonderful to do a job that you love and are great at doing it, and get paid too!! Keep the joy in your work, and the work in your heart.

  • Karen M. on 11.17.2015 at 12:54 pm

    What a great profile of Wendy. Brava!

  • Michelle on 11.17.2015 at 2:56 pm

    Wendy does amazing work.

  • Sus on 11.17.2015 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you, Wendy, for helping my daughter find her way around BU her 4 years there! You are amazing!

  • MJ on 11.18.2015 at 7:10 pm

    Wendy makes all the signs for Commencement. There’s hundreds of signs, with a million details, but they all get done, including those last minute changes. Impressive!

  • denise wallace-spriggs on 12.06.2015 at 10:09 am

    Wendy, As the daughter of a sign maker ( who began by carving wood signs) I am so please to see a woman in this position at BU. Great Work!

    Denise Wallace-Spriggs

  • DA Lynch on 03.24.2016 at 8:37 am

    Thank you! I would be lost without your signs . . .

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