MLB.com & the Oakland Athletics called me the

greatest sign maker

in MLB history.

My name is Ian Sagabaen, a graphic designer & a super fan of the Oakland Athletics. I started designing, creating, & bringing large signs to A’s games since the beginning of the 2012 MLB season. Browse my creations below, or read about how this obsession began.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are you? How often are you at baseball games?

Ian Sagabaen of Redwood City, but born & raised in San Jose. During the 2013 baseball season, I attended more than 30 games in Oakland, a handful during Spring Training, & a few games in Arlington & Houston on a baseball road trip.

What is  your professional background and how it led to the creation/branding of "Greatest Sign Maker" and your A's posters?

I pursued my career as a graphic designer straight out of high school. I gained my Bachelor's degree at San Jose State University in Graphic Design & minored in Photography. I've spent my whole career in both Adobe Photoshop in trying to either design websites or producing marketing print collateral or retouching photos.

When I watch ball games on TV & see fans in the crowd holding home-made signs, I figured that I could do something similar. In fact, my very first sign was a hand-drawn one, but took hours to complete. Since it's easier & faster for me to design things on my computer, I now just conceptualize & produce my concepts digitally.

In December 2012, I won an A's Twitter contest & was awarded the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. To encourage all my friends & family to come support me on a cold Tuesday night game in April, I promised them that I would get them on the TV broadcast somehow. This is where the idea of creating flashy fan signs was born, so I created & brought seven to that game. An MLB.com blog writer was roving the stands that evening & caught a glimpse of my signs. He took a photo & posted them on the Cut4 blog with the title "Ian Sagabaen has to be greatest sign-maker MLB history". The name stuck after that, so I ran with it. Besides, as a graphic designer, this does wonders for me professionally having my name ranked so high on Google when searching for the greatest sign maker.

What is the best part about being a fan of the green and gold?

Risk of sounding too cliché, the fan base is what makes this organization so amazing. When the Coliseum is packed, the air is electric. On those weeknight games when the crowds are thin, the atmosphere in the bleachers is usually festive & intimate.

Another reason it's awesome to be an A's fan is that the club is continually being dismissed as the underdog, so it's always a great feeling to prove the doubters wrong, whether this means that the team exceeds many experts' expectations, or the puzzled reactions of non-A's fans wondering how our games are so much fun, despite our aging Coliseum that lacks the glitz of a new ballpark.

Got any signs in the works? What are you most looking forward to for this team heading into 2014?

Always! Fellow A's fans on Twitter are an awesome source of inspiration. If they have a cool idea for a sign, I add it to my ever-growing list of signs to create. As a fan sign maker, new players acquired in the off-season creates abundant opportunities to create new & funny sign ideas. For example, Craig Gentry was traded to the A's last December. His nickname, oddly, is "Kitten Face". The sign possibilities are endless.

Got any signs in the works? What are you most looking forward to for this team heading into 2014?

Always! Fellow A's fans on Twitter are an awesome source of inspiration. If they have a cool idea for a sign, I add it to my ever-growing list of signs to create. As a fan sign maker, new players acquired in the off-season creates abundant opportunities to create new & funny sign ideas. For example, Craig Gentry was traded to the A's last December. His nickname, oddly, is "Kitten Face". The sign possibilities are endless.

Are your signs for sale?

It depends on the sign. Since most of my sign designs use imagery that I don't own, I can't legally make any profit on copyrighted work. Let me know if you're interested in a specific sign & I can let you know if I can sell it or not.

Can I hire you to design a sign for me?

Sure! Share your sign ideas with me & we can collaborate to make something magical.

Will you make signs for other teams?

If it's a non-baseball team, we can work something out if you have a specific concept you want me to try. If it's an MLB team, as long as it's for the A's, I'd love to help you out!