The interior design of a space, whether it’s for a place that people wait, dine or just relax is so important to the efficiency of a business. There are many published studies about how the design of a space can psychologically impact a person.
When you have an inviting place that serves your customer’s subconscious mental needs, the day goes by nice and smooth. Considering how you want customers to feel while they wait or eat is the first step. Innovations in digital printing and vinyl technology have helped maximize the creative potential of a space. Along with printing whatever image you could possibly think of, vinyl comes in a variety of colors, transparencies, and textures allowing for endless options.
Frosted vinyl is less expensive and easier to install than actual etched glass and, sometimes, looks better than etched glass (which is a very difficult medium to work with). Frosted vinyl graphics can have intricate designs die-cut into the vinyl for a unique custom “look”. Frosted vinyl comes in many different finishes. Dusted crystal is a popular finish because it has glitter embedded into the vinyl.
A lobby or a reception area where guests check-in is a great opportunity to showcase your logo in a creative way. Usually these signs are referred to as: Lobby Signs. Colored acrylic is routed into any simple shape or letter and secured using a template directly to the wall. Mixing and matching colors can create an effective effect. LED lights can be installed into the sign and illuminate your brand.
Without a focal point, a space can seem empty and unfinished try interior design with signs. Bold, digitally printed graphics can be printed directly to vinyl, which is then installed onto an interior wall. You can dramatically improve blank wall with vinyl wall graphics. Printed wall graphics are always laminated to ensure longevity and durability. Environmental concerns can be address with non-PVC vinyl, ensuring peace of mind knowing that you’re not polluting the air.
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.
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
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
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
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!
Effective signage doesn’t need to be crazy or loud. But when it is, it sure does make a statement! Not all businesses can be cray-cray, but if your business is very social like a bar or brewery, you can let your creative juices flow! If you can imagine it, we can print it! You do have to put a lot of thought into what statement you want to make. With wall graphics or wall murals (especially interior graphics), you have to be aware of how your graphics affect the “look” and “feel” of the space. When designing an interior space, professional designers have a lot to consider. Choosing the furniture, lighting, carpet and many other things really determines how comfortable people feel in the space. Will customers be eating, drinking or relaxing? Those are also great questions to ask before designing an interior space.
Once you’ve got your concept revised and finalized, it’s time to get the ball rolling! Wall graphics and murals are a part of the latest and greatest trends in interior signage. As a sign company with a team of designers and installers, we are the ones who can answer your questions and guide you through the process of designing wall graphics. Even if you don’t have us design your wall graphics, it’s important for us to be included in the conversation. We can help you realize the potential of a space, as well as creating mockups and proofs.
Intersect Brewing, the newest craft brewery to open in Fort Collins, came to us to print and install their interior wall graphics. We also had the opportunity to manufacture their interior dimensional letters. They had a great design already ready for printing, so this project was a great success from start to finish. A simple color scheme and a gorgeous typographical layout made for a very effective “look”. Our favorite parts of this project are the creative door wraps with song lyrics on their bathroom doors! If you’re in Fort Collins, make sure you check them out and order their MILK CHOCOLATE STOUT!
Do you need interior signage for your walls? Our team is here to answer your questions! Shoot us an email at email@example.com or request a quote online here!
Creede, Colorado is a small town located in southwest Colorado about 315 miles from our shop in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 2015 school year began with a lot of excitement in this little town because of a new school that was all ready for the students and staff to begin learning and teaching! Connecting Signs was just as excited as the town of Creede to be able to work with The Neenan Company in Fort Collins, CO as they designed and constructed the new building. We were very proud to provide all the interior signs for the school identifying classrooms, offices, special rooms and the division of the middle and high school with the elementary side. Also, we made and installed the outdoor parking lot signs providing directions and information for the busy mornings and afternoons of a school parking lot.
There were a number of different styles:
- Our CNC router/engraver cuts the raised lettering then the excess material is removed leaving the letters and any images.
- The machine drills the holes for braille rasters (beads). With the raster braille insertion tool, we quickly and easily insert rasters on to the braille sign conforming to ADA rules.
- After the signs are routed/engraved, we assembled the signs in a layered look.
- Adding a brushed, aluminum detail trim piece to most of the signs giving them a unique look.
- The classroom and office signs had a dark wood grain piece added with a clear window allowing for information to be added or changed easily.
Double sided restroom flag sign
Distinctive indoor dimensional letters
- Brushed aluminum
- Flush mounted
Outdoor parking lot signs
- All with reflective finishes
Summer construction turns into fall learning!
Need ADA signs? Do all the laws and regulations confuse you? Take the worry out of the design and construction of your interior ADA signs and let Connecting Signs do the work. We know the sizes, spacing, height and placement of ADA signs and we have the right equipment. Call us 970-493-0133 for your project that requires ADA signage!
One way to get routed signs is by using a handheld router. Although a handheld router produces beautiful signs using wood, metal, and other hard materials, they can be slow. In this fast-paced world of business and competition, you need your sign or signs fast. For us here at Connecting Signs, we want equipment that produces fast and high-quality results to meet our customers’ needs. A CNC router will do just that. These types of routers are controlled by a computer, which uploads all the design information in the machine. A CNC router typically produces consistent, high-quality work – improving productivity. For a production that is repeated over and over, a CNC router is the only way to go. Automation and precision are the key benefits! The same thing applies to engraved signs. Routed & Engraved signs can be made accurate, repeatable, and cost-effective in considerably less time than doing by hand.
Types of Routed & Engraved Signs
- Routed out signs (indoor or outdoor)
- Engraved (creates a hand-chiseled look)
- Engraved tags
- Cutout letters and graphics
- Intricate logos
- 3D letters
- Custom ADA compliant signs meeting government regulations
Complying with the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all commercial facilities (which include any building open to the public) to accommodate the special needs of individuals with disabilities by removing physical and communication barriers. This means that buildings such as hospitals, government buildings, public and private schools, transportation terminals, hotels, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities must meet ADA requirements in terms of signage design and installation.
There are companies familiar with the ADA and that can help your firm conform to the regulations. Keep in mind that while there are costs involved with ADA compliance, the government also provides ADA-specific tax refunds for businesses.
Materials that can be routed and engraved:
- Metal (stainless steel and aluminum)
- Sign foam
- Routing is a high speed process of cutting, trimming, and shaping wood, metal, plastic, and a variety of other materials.
- Sign engraving is the process of removing material from a substrate, leaving indentations that form letters or graphics.
We want to be your choice for all your indoor and outdoor routed or engraved signs. Give us a call and let’s team up to make sure you get the best sign for your business – Get in the “groove” with your next sign! 970-493-0133
Have you have ever considered a unique or custom sign that quite literally “stands out” drawing attention and foot traffic into your business? If this is true with you, then we have a few suggestions for your signage.
Dimensional (or ‘raised’) lettering signs are a very good resource for your business lobby or office. This is especially true in real estate spaces that house many businesses. Here, an attention-grabbing lobby sign can help visitors and clients relax knowing that they have arrived at the right place. In higher end and corporate settings, this specific type of lettering can draw major attention to a purposely simplified logo or branding. There are many different types of dimensional letters. They come in a variety of materials – metal letters stand out, plastic lettering adds class style, foam letters are very economical but look pricey!
If creativity is what you desire for your company’s indoor lobby or office signs, dimensional logos and letters can be arranged to your personal, custom preference. For an edgy or modern sophisticated look for businesses such as an art gallery, hip coffee shop or a new night club, mixing vertical and horizontal raised lettering can achieve the vibe you’re looking for. Acrylic signs are becoming very popular for lobby or office signs which come in custom shapes and colors. Use standoffs with an acrylic sign to add a 3D appearance. Dimensional lettering also can maximize visibility by using the largest size possible in an otherwise limited space. What’s more creative than adding edge and back-lighting to your office signs.
Incorporating all the different options for a unique lobby sign – custom graphic designs with logos, attractive coloring, and nice lettering combined with good materials and techniques will accomplish what you need to “stand out”. With so many different options out there to
make your business really be impressive, you may not be sure what direction to go in. Our expert team of designers are more than happy to help you create custom office signs with that one-of-a-kind, head-turning professional image that will define your business.
Contact us today at Connecting signs for more information on how we can add a whole new “dimension” to your business! 970-493-0133
Reception and lobby – The entrance or the first look at a business where the customer or visitor is greeted. Most businesses have a lobby or reception area. It is usually where someone waits until their appointment. Your lobby or reception area can say a lot about your business.
So you’ve got your outdoor sign to your business and it looks awesome and you get loads of compliments and you’re easy to find and that’s all you need – right? Nope. Your customers walk in to your business and what do they see? Or a better question is “What do you want them to see?”
They are already impressed with your outdoor sign. Bring that impression indoors as well! We all use first impressions. When meeting someone for the first time we automatically make a first impression. Sometimes the impression will make or break a future friendship. The first impression is something that cannot be changed once it is made. The same is true for an office, store, reception, or lobby environment. Give your customers a positive and welcoming feeling when they walk in.
The lobby should reflect a clear and unmistakable image of your company’s specific brand identity. There are many different and creative ways to create bold, custom graphics for your lobby. They can be contemporary, rustic, industrial, signs for small spaces or very open spaces. Whatever your lobby looks like, you must have your business name and logo. A well designed office or lobby has the same type of theme and color scheme. Make sure your sign fits in with the rest of the office décor. Let your lobby work as marketing tool!
There are so many types of indoor lobby signs to choose from.
- Dimensional letters and logos can be made from aluminum, metal, plastic and are available in any color.
- Acrylic panels that stand off the wall can be done in clear, etched or frosted or in any color.
- Wall murals, decals and lettering can be used in many different kinds of reception area and are easy to install.
- Directional office signs and wayfinding signs are very useful in a lobby. The designs for these types of signs are endless. Try using a digital sign to display your information.
- Indoor routed signs or engraved signs using wood or acrylic look very nice and are usually used for ADA signage.
- Or make a huge impression with a back-lit sign of your logo and business name!
What do you want your customer to see and feel when they walk into your business?
- Welcomed when they do business with a hotel
- Comfortable when they enter the doctor office or hospital
- Informed when they walk into a busy office complex
- Pride when they walk into their kids’ school or day care facility
- Impressed and ready to do business with you
DO IT WITH THE RIGHT TYPE OF SIGN. WE CAN HELP, CALL US 970-493-0133!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
There are many types of store signs that you can use to advertise your store. Here are some examples of the different types of POP signs that are used by successful companies.
- Banners are great for drawing attention to a specific area of you store.
- Countertop POP displays keep people reading when they are checking out or waiting for someone to help them.
- Floor graphics and wall graphics help direct people to the sales and promotions you are trying to show them.
- Magnets put your store front in the homes of people.
- Video displays inform people as they pass by telling them about the advantages of a certain product.
- Everyone loves a good poster. These can help draw attention to deals or select merchandise that you want to sell.
- Businesses should use promotional window graphics and wall graphics on blank space inside their store. Customers eyes are always drawn to creatively designed graphics.
POP signs are used by companies to promote the deals of the day or the specials of the week. The signs can also be used to direct peoples attention to the top sales that expire by the end of the week. If you want to attract people while they are in your store and make it easy for them to shop, then you will want to use POP signage as a way to direct your customers.