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All About Indoor Acrylic Signs

Custom braille room signs

Interior-grade acrylic is one of the most common and affordable sign substrates available and is the perfect medium for indoor signs. Acrylic comes in different grades and thicknesses depending on what it will be used for and can easily be routed out into any shape or font. Acrylic has a nice smooth finish which makes it ideal for flatbed printing. Indoor acrylic signs can come in the form of way-finding directional signs, lobby area signs, reception desk signs, room identification signs and restroom signs.

 

 

 

Acrylic signs stand out as a preferred choice thanks in part to the material’s versatility, durability, and cost-effectiveness. Being available in lots of different colors and finishes allows for total control and customization! Acrylic is also stronger than glass, but half the weight. In the unfortunate event of a break, acrylic does not fracture like glass – acrylic fractures into big, dull-edged fragments. Maintaining and cleaning acrylic signs is very simple, although there is one rule: Never use abrasive liquids (like isopropyl alcohol) or ammonia-based detergents to clean acrylic signs. The best way to clean acrylic signs is to use a micro-fiber cloth and a mild detergent mixed with water.

Clear Acrylic Lobby Sign

Clear Acrylic Lobby Sign

Acrylic ADA Restroom Signs

Acrylic ADA Restroom Signs

While there is a lot of room for creativity in designing indoor acrylic signs, there’s also some rules that you might want to be aware of. Regulatory identification signs, like accessible restroom signs and room identification signs require a specific letter height/thickness, lettering color, background color, elevation, sign size, as well as grade II braille. These rules may seem restricting, but they’re intended to make public spaces more inclusive and accessible. On the plus side, simple and to-the-point is how to ensure that your message is seen and understood by the audience.

 

 

 

 

Getting your indoor acrylic signs started is simple from here! Follow this link to request a free quote, call Connecting Signs at 970-493-0133 for assistance in placing your sign order, or if you’re a Fort Collins local just stop by our showroom anytime!

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Monument Signs: Features, Benefits & Tips for Success

Monument Sign

Your Monument Sign is a Part of Your Brand

Signage is the one of the first ways that a business can “introduce” itself to the public and first impressions are very important! There are endless choices to make when it comes to deciding what the signs should look like and where they’re located. One type of commercial signage that makes a big impact is monument signs. Monument signs are intended to be long-lasting and complimentary of existing architecture. Sometimes an architect will plan out the monument sign design while they’re creating the building plan to keep everything consistent within the aesthetic of the architecture.

 

 

 

 

Monument Sign with metal letters

Monument Sign with metal letters

Monument Signs Inform, Direct, and Impress

 

Monument signs generally identify a business, development, or property. These signs are purely functional, but there’s lots of interesting features to add to a monument sign to help it stand out better among competition as well as to provide optimal visibility at night. Illuminated channel letters and dimensional logos ensure that your brand will be seen at night while cars drive by. Another interesting feature available for monument signs is an electric message center to communicate daily specials or show the local weather temperature. Monument signs are usually intended to be permanent structures, so they’re constructed from high-quality materials such as stone, concrete, high-density foam, or metal.

 

 

 

 

When illuminated at night, they’re like a 24/7/365 sales person who is working around the clock.

There are many distinguishing benefits to utilizing a monument sign for a business. Monument signs are highly visible to commuters and foot traffic. When illuminated at night, they’re like a 24/7/365 sales person who is working around the clock. Monuments signs can also be made to feature more than one business when used for a business park that might have multiple tenants. When a monument sign is constructed with high-quality materials, it communicates to customers that this business is established and here to stay.

One tip for getting a monument sign project started would be to start the process early. A monument sign can take a long time to come to fruition. There’s lots of steps to follow and local ordinance rules to comply to as well. Once you have a monument sign installed, take advantage of it! Take pictures or selfies with the monument sign in the background and share them on social media and encourage customers to do the same. Keep your monument sign clean and well-maintained and you can look forward to years of useful advertising!

Get your monument sign project started today! Call Connecting Signs for a free, fast quote at: 970-493-0133 or click here to request a quote.

Frontlit Channel Letters Fort Collins

Effective signage means many things. The message being displayed needs to be clear, readable, informative, and distinguishable from competing messages. These messages can be letters, words, logos, images or even moving images. A functional sign works because it identifies you or your business and it communicates to the public who you are and what you do. Outdoor signs are (maybe) the most important kinds of signs. Businesses that rely on walk-in customers need outdoor signs on their building that work in the daytime and at night. In most cases, outdoor signs are permanent. Channel box signs (or cabinet signs) are popular and work well, but channel (or dimensional) letters provide the most impact. They are versatile and showcase brand identities the best. The most popular kind of channel letters are frontlit channel letters.

 

Frontlit channel letters are illuminated and dimensional. There are many different options for colors and font styles. There are four parts to a frontlit channel letter: the back, the return (or the side), the face of the letter and the trimcap. The return is the side of the dimensional letter and comes in an array of standard colors, but can also be painted a custom color. The face of the letter is made from exterior-grade translucent acrylic. The face can be white or colored acrylic or custom-printed translucent vinyl can be applied to the letter and trimmed. Anything can be printed on the translucent vinyl, so the possibilities are endless! A trimcap connects the return of the letter to the face and comes in many standard colors, but can also be painted any color. The last part of a frontlit channel letter sign is the illumination. LED lights are the most common and the most energy efficient.

Again, these signs work best if you think about what they will look like in the daytime and what they will look like at night. Here’s a great example of an effective frontlit channel letter sign. Ander’s Auto Glass is a great Northern Colorado company that recently opened a new location in Fort Collins right along the main interstate highway. They needed a BIG sign that was readable from the highway. We were really excited to help them with their sign and they are very happy with the finished product!

Elements of an Effective Business Storefront

An effective storefront is one that utilizes many kinds of signage. These business signs (indoor signs and outdoor signs) engage customers and attracts new customers. It is so important to appeal to your customers and meet their needs. You will also want to stand out among your competition. There are many things that you must consider when mapping out your signage structure. Here’s an example of effective storefront signs for your business.

Pre-Opening Signs

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If your business is being built from the ground up, you will want to inform the public of what is happening as well as information about when you’re opening. You can also take this opportunity to inform your potential customers about the services you offer. Vinyl banners or mesh fence banners are useful in this instance because they are made to be temporary and cost-effective.

Outdoor Building Signs

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Next up, you will want to get permanent building signs mapped out and planned. This includes the design and attaining the required permits from the town or city offices. Monument signs provide great visibility from the road. If you’re located in a business park, your property management company should already have a monument sign by a nearby road that has multiple tenant panels. For your building sign, it’s a good idea to consider investing in dimensional letters. Backlit dimensional letters or an internally lit channel box are great options.

Window Graphics & Indoor Signs

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The following signs are also very important to your business. Window graphics, in the form of cut vinyl, applied to the front door are great opportunities to inform your customers of your business hours as well as a helpful identifier of your location. This is especially true if you share a space with other businesses. Indoor signs, like lobby signs or wall graphics are also effective tools to enforce your brand. Menu boards are also a form of indoor signage that we can design and manufacture. If you’ve ever been out to eat, you know how important a well-designed menu is!

Vehicle Wraps & Vehicle Graphics

Partial Truck Wrap

Finally, if you want to reach out to your customer base even further, you should seriously consider getting graphics on your company vehicle. Vehicle graphics, box truck graphics and trailer graphics are always very customized; no two projects are the same! With digitally printed graphics you can have your full color logo printed or you can choose from a variety of colors and finishes in ready-to-cut cut vinyl. Vehicle graphics stand out as one of the best methods for advertising. A full wrap may be pricey, but the return on that investment is one that you cannot pass up!

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Channel  Letters are a great method to advertise your business both inside and out. According to many sources, channel letters are the number one choice of brand identification on building storefronts. They give your customers a positive impression of your business, one that tells everyone you’re serious about your brand, company, and business!

Visible both day and night, channel letters attract attention 24/7 every single day. A highly visible set can make a difference in having a potential customer come and check your business out, versus just passing on by to a competitor.

Channel letters have evolved over time. In the past everything was illuminated with neon lighting, but today most channel letters use LED lighting which can offer significantly long term energy savings and less maintenance with high visibility results. There’s also many styles available:

  • Front Lit Channel Letters – Most typical style, Illumination on the front surface only.
  • Back/Reverse Lit Channel Letters – Gives the letters a “glowing outline” look.
  • Front/Back Lit Channel Letters – Illumination in both front and back of each letter.
  • Open Face Channel Letters – Neon-lit with the face open, which exposes the bulbs.
  • Logo Boxes – Basically a contour shaped channel letter.

Connecting Signs offers a complete range of channel letter products, font styles and custom logo boxes. We can also digitally print the faces to achieve any graphic effect. We offer all styles of channel letters, and can guide you through the design process to make the experience as simple as possible.

Our team looks forward to designing, building, and installing a great set of channel letters to advertise your business here in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado!

Company Sign Design Fort Collins – Top 5 Sign Design Mistakes

A sign’s job is simple. It tells customers or the general public who you are, what you do, where you are, and how to contact you. A sign is functional and completely necessary in terms of establishing an identity or brand. A sign’s job is never-ending. Workers clock out at 5, but a sign works 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Since a sign is so important, might as well make it attractive and easy to read. And while you will want your sign to stand out and be original, you don’t want to stand out for the wrong reasons. Here are the top 5 sign design mistakes you should avoid.

  1. Do not use a business card design as your sign. Signs need to be direct in the information that they are providing. Using a business card layout for a sign usually crowds the sign and makes it hard to read. When you are driving by businesses at 45 MPH you don’t have time to read their tagline and mission statement. You’re looking for a service and a logo/name. Keep it simple.
  2. Do not use a refurbished piece of plywood or metal as your sign. Even if you paint and re-finish the piece of plywood, that finish will not last long. Within a year you could find yourself in deep trouble with the upkeep of that sign. Having a permanent sign made out of the right materials will cost more, but is an imperative investment if you want to be taken seriously.
  3. Do not use a banner as a permanent sign. While a vinyl banner is inexpensive and works well for advertising specials or temporary information, you shouldn’t use it as your permanent sign. If you, as a business owner, want your business to be taken seriously you need to look into investing in a permanent, sturdy sign.
  4. Do not use light colors on a white background or dark colors on a black background. These designs may look great close-up, but step back and imagine moving past your design in a moving vehicle.  The chart at the end of this article is good to use for picking color combinations.
  5. Keep the whole design of the sign SIMPLE, the design of your sign relays an instant, functional message to the viewer. A graphic design professional that is trained in advertising and effective sign design will get the proper message displayed.
  6. As budgets allow, show your potential customers how serious you are in your business – Lighted channel letters, an architectural monument sign, exterior dimensional letters mounted to your building – these are all types of signage that show everyone, including your competition, that you are in the business for keeps! Potential customers see the business as a stable and trustworthy establishment that they want to do business with.

Connecting Signs is your trusted partner in Northern Colorado for all signage needs. We specialize in large format printing, vehicle graphics, interior directional sign panels, ADA signs, lobby signs, banners, monument signs, and dimensional letters.

Contact us and we’ll be your trusted partner to get your business the attention it deserves. We truly believe that the only way for us to be successful, is if your business is successful!

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Sign Company Fort Collins at Greeley Stampede

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Connecting Signs was a very proud sponsor of the 2013 Greeley Stampede, donating custom signs across the Cuff Catcher Hospitality Building, along with six “2013 Greeley Stampede Proud Sponsor” custom designed banners displayed at several locations across Loveland, Fort Collins, and Windsor. We also helped by installing ATV decals to promote local business in Northern Colorado. Of course it was awesome to get the word out about our fast-growing one year old business, but most importantly it made us feel good just to be a part of this great event here in Northern Colorado. The Cuff Catcher Hospitality area was fantastic – 14 area restaurants graciously served awesome meals throughout the 11 day event, and the only feedback that we heard was 100% positive! We look forward to working with the Greeley Stampede in the future, helping them with custom banners, vehicle graphics, vehicle decals or any other types of signage. Sincere thanks from the team at Connecting Signs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business signs are your initial introduction to customers

Business Signs for Fort Collins and Northern Colorado

New business owners may not think of signs right away, however getting an effective and attractive sign in place will show everyone that your serious about your business and it’s success. Even if your business is new to the area or maybe it’s something that you are starting from scratch, having quality signage will get the word out faster than any other advertising means. According to ChamberofCommerce.com, customers are more likely to purchase from a business they have already heard of, so a sign can help plant the seed for future sales.

Some of the primary reasons for business signs in northern Colorado:

  • Signs are less expensive, yet more effective than other forms of advertising.
  • Your exterior building sign provides the initial handshake to those passing by. It’s your initial introduction to your potential clients.
  • You signs are the only thing in your business that will work harder and longer than any employee you could hire – they will be on the job for you, advertising 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • How your sign looks and the quality of it will be judged by everyone that sees it. Keep that in mind when choosing a business sign company in Northern Colorado.
  • Many merchants increase their business measurably just by adding a good sign. Conversely, many have gone out of business because they simply were not identified well, so not enough potential customers knew of their existence. As one sign industry professional put it, “”A business without a sign is a sign of no business.””
  • We live in a mobile society. According to the United States Census Bureau, 18% of households relocate each year. As your customers move, you need to replace them by attracting new customers
  • Never forget to take advantage of vehicle graphics in Fort Collins and northern Colorado. Getting your message “on the road” will increase the impressions of your brand by exponential factor.

Make sure your business signs are the first “employee” you hire – they will be your silent salesperson for your business, always working!

Please give us a call or email today – our number one mission is to make your business successful through top quality, professional looking business signs.

 

Business Signs Fort Collins – Using Dimensional Letters

Dimensional Letter Signs

Dimensional letter signs can add a new element in your quest to attract new customers, and setting your business apart from the competition. A variety of materials can be used to create a 3-D effect to your signage lettering, inluding Metal, Plastic, Wood, Foam, and more. Dimensional letters will get noticed, and are in most cases make more effective signage than a standard flat sign panel.

Let’s take a look at some applications that can benefit from using dimensional lettering in their signage, and why.

Building Signs

There are a variety of construction materials and architectural styles in the buildings in this part of Colorado. You’ll find historic buildings next to brand new structures, old brick next to shiny new glass. Creating a building sign of complimenting materials and dimensional lettering can really add to the attractiveness of the structure. This can make it more inviting to enter, easier to rent space for, and create an overall polished impression. Choosing the right combination of materials, font and colors is critical, and one of the reasons to work with an experience sign company.

Corporate Signs

Sign letters that are three dimensional can convey a look and feel of strength, longevity and power. It is one of the reasons that dimensional letters are so popular for corporate signs. They can convey a message that can been viewed as institutional, contemporary, forward thinking, and unique. Let us know what you want to say without words, and we will help you get it across.

Lobby Signs

In many cases, your lobby or reception area signs are your first impression. This is not an area for inexpensive plastic signs. Three dimensional lettering can add the right touch of pinache’. Using cursive or italic can help convey a message of sophistication and professionalism. Sign letters that are 3-D, created in the right font, can actually communicate warmth, and a welcoming effect.

Monument Signs

Monument signs are perhaps the ultimate in multi-dimensional signage. You’ll see them used at the entrances to gated communities around Ft. Collins, as “welcome to” signs for towns, and as corporate signs. If you want to convey a message of strength, safety, quality, and importance, well thought out monument signs may just be your best option.