Often we are asked, “What color should I choose to match the return to, when the logo is multi-colored?”
Looking at the photo on the left, does it seem obvious to you what color the returns (sides) should be on these foam letters? Should the returns be all the same color? Should they match the faces? What face color should we match? Green or black?
For each set of exterior foam letters we install on buildings, we look at the individual logo and recommend the color with many things in mind. In this particular case, the logo had green on the edges, so we thought it would look best to have the color green continue down the returns to give it more depth. If we had made the returns black, the logo would have looked like it was “sitting” on top of the panel. Therefore, we chose a color that would separate the top image and show a change in color. Case in point: See how the black “L” looks separated with a green return? It does not seem as “solid”.
Does it make a difference that from the ground you see two different return colors? We think it makes this these foam letters look more interesting!
Like to see more combinations? More examples of exterior foam letters can be seen on our website.
This beautiful retail store needed a finishing touch. The answer.... a sign panel behind the reception area. They wanted to feature a sign that complemented the clean design of the interior, added color to the neutral displays, and was a “nod” to their eye ware products by putting their logo on clear acrylic.
The panel is light and airy with dimensional letters and a raised dimensional logo with a colorful digital print applied. Solid brushed aluminum standoffs, allow the panel to “float” off the wall, creating a sub-shadow of the lettering on the wall.
A handsome and inexpensive sign solution! We shipped this sign “ready to hang” to D'Iberville, Mississippi.
Like the clean look of acrylic? Want a sign that can be easily moved from one location to another? More examples of acrylic logo panels can be seen at our website.
You won’t find a toy store for miles that has the welcoming look and feel of a rustic mountain lodge, both by the sign featured out-side, and the displays inside, except if you happened to be shopping in the Circle of Orange, CA.
Located in an area of town where the city wants to preserve and encourage an “old town” feel, the owner wanted to comply with the cozy look. She also wanted her exterior hanging sign to complement the interior of her store, which features rough beams, period lighting and a general old fashioned flavor of days gone by.
We came up with an economical solution, printing directly onto both sides of 1/2” thick Birchwood, and protecting it with a clear coat finish. The edges show the natural wood composite layers, adding to its charm. Simple eyehooks and cable secure it to the sheltering overhang. To see this sign in person (and shop for classic toys and games), Tiddlywinks is located at: 129 N. Glassell Street, Orange.
Need some sign ideas for your store? More examples of retail signs can be seen at our website.
Amazingly, for many, many years the building that houses the Boys & Girls Clubs for three local cities only had a very small site sign identifying who they were. Upon receiving some modest funding, their Board decided it was time to properly sign their building. An older building structure, with Spanish style architecture helped to dictate the type and color of signage that was appropriate.It is important to try to tailor such signage to blend with the architecture and color scheme of the building. Even font selection is important in this process. We helped steer the client towards ¼” thick flat cut aluminum letters painted a “medium bronze” color displayed in both a Times New Roman font for the main lettering and an Arial Bold font for the smaller letters. This combination helped to make the signagebecome an integralpart of the building and enhance its aesthetic.Finally, we suggested that the lettering follow the curve of the main door archway giving it a nice transitional effect. And oh, by the way, it made it much easier for all patrons to find!
More examples of flat cut painted aluminum letters can be seen on our website.
As sign professionals, we are always looking at signs everywhere we go. Because that’s our business, we are considerably more critical of what we see than the average observer. What we see a lot of times are new, expensive, classy looking monument signs that flank entrances into upscale housing developments, with less than par letters! Trying to save a few dollars on the lettering and incorporating inferior sign material can ruin the aesthetic of a brand new sign. All the tile, decorative elements and cool design are mitigated if the letters don’t fit the struc-ture.
That’s where cast metal letters come in. They are classy, durable, have great depth, come in all kinds of colors and finishes and are less expensive than you might think. The Waterford Pointe letters are cast metal, painted in an Old Copper finish in a dimensional font called Architectural. The font, color and style tie into the “feel” of the development. The letters are stud-mounted into tile veneer and add to the overall elegance of the entire structure. Nice sign, nice letters, nice effect!
More examples of cast metal letters can be seen on our website.
Exterior signs are restricted in size, construction and type, by not only city codes, but also by a sign criteria if you happen to be located in a retail center. Depending upon where you are located in a center these restrictions can certainly minimize the impact of your signage. Signage is the first visual draw to your place of business and if not visible and effective, it is almost not worth the cost. However, there is something you can do to make your signage more effective and yet stay within city codes and your center sign criteria.
In the case of tasti D-lite, an upscale yogurt shop in Tustin, their location was not optimal and was flanked by larger signs. This was especially evident at night as their signage became almost invisible. In addition, their exterior sign was limited in size due to the city's code. Their signage needed help! So, we decided to add an interior illuminated logo display that could hang just inside the window that would enhance visibility during the day, but more importantly at night. The sign was double-sided which also enhanced the interior décor and provided much needed exposure to the outside, almost doubling the amount of sign space facing walk-by traffic. Interior signs are not usually impacted by city codes and therefore you can be quite creative with design and content.
More examples of light box cabinets (interior) can be seen on our website
This custom cabinet maker, specializing in kitchens and baths, choose a delicate and classic font to represent the exterior sign at their showroom and manufacturing space.
The fine lines and flourishes in their logo are a "nod" to the intricate work and attention to detail they offer to their clients.
Made of high quality 3/8" thick, black acrylic, these letters are made to "stand off" the cedar planks, adding additional dimension. Black acrylic is a classy choice for a tailored look.
More examples of flat cut acrylic can be seen at our website.
Two Signs, Two Messages....
One says, I am old and "peeling", the other says I'm new and "appealing"! One of our good clients, Malco, specializes in maintenance work, but seemed to have forgotten to maintain their own sign. This happens all the time, companies don't realize how important a well maintained, modern looking sign is for their image. The casual observer assumes that a company with a shoddy looking sign will produce shoddy work. Far from that, Malco is an excellent company, with a great reputation for quality work. Why not make your sign echo your reputation?
This particualr sign is fabricated using 2" thick, exterior grade, high density foam with an aluminum face. A full color digital print with protective laminate was also applied to the face to create the color gradation effect in the logo. At 12' wide, it is seamed in two pieces for an economical yield, out of standard material.
More examples of foam letters can be seen on our websites.
A little clean up, paint and new inserts makes your monuent sign look brand new!
This monument sign had missing, warped, and dirty inserts. For minimal cost, new easily changeable clear acrylic inserts backed with premium silver vinyl and computer cut vinyl tenant names were custom made. New, shiny fasteners were the crowning jewelry!
More examples of refurbished signs can be seen at our websites.
Are you proud of your company or services and have something to crow about? Want your clients and employees to know about your accomplishments and specialties? Wall words make great graphic impact, and speak volumes!
Consider carefully selected words, set in a clever maze with graphic appeal to speak for you. Check out this wall of words we custom printed (to match the décor), laminated (for durability), contour cut out (so the wall showed through) and installed on a massive interior wall that employees and guests pass by every day!
Not only are these wall words a silent sales force for your company, but also provide an effective graphic impact. Wall words are less expensive than full color wall graphics or banners, and can be changed out easily. Have a blank wall you don’t know what do with? Consider colorful wall words!