The sign hanging outside Origins Juicery, 150 S. First St., is the result of a random reunion of two San Jose State industrial design classmates.
Jerrold Ancheta ran into Origins co-owner Jesus Gonzales at Tech Shop one day as Gonzales sought help with the sign for his new business.
“I was in the right place at the right time,” Ancheta recalls, adding that he also assisted Gonzales and Leo Lopez on the inside look of the cold-pressed juice store.
He used Tech Shop machines to precision-cut the wood and metal for the sign. The owners finished putting the pieces together, giving the sign an organic look and feel.
“I look at the sign and it says to me: ‘This is San Jose. This is different. This is one-of-a-kind. I need to check this place out,’ ” Ancheta said.
This was his second sign, he added. Several of the signs made by the young businesses at SoFA Market and San Pedro Square Market such as Toasted Craft Sandwiches have been similarly created by local product designers, he said.
“I like supporting local talent and businesses,” he said. Ancheta can be reached at email@example.com.