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Brushed Metal Door Wrap Tuft Construction & Development is in Denver, Colorado.  The company provides preconstruction, construction management, general contracting, and design services to ground-up residential and commercial projects.  Visit their website and as you browse through pictures of their projects, you will be impressed with their creativity and “out-of-the-box” thinking. 

Fort Collins directional Signs

Effective Indoor and Outdoor Directional Signs

You might not realize how important clear and readable signage is until you find yourself lost in an unfamiliar location. Directional signs are so useful and important because they tell us where to go and how to get there! Effective directional signs are ones that have large clear text in a color contrasting against its background. Any other necessary information like arrows or worded directions also are very visible and easy to read. Directional signs also need to be installed so that the customers can easily find them. As you can see, there are rules that should be followed for directional signs. However, that doesn’t mean that they won’t look good. An effective directional sign is also designed so that it looks like it belongs as well as helping people navigate.

Outdoor Fort Collins directional signs in the form of traffic signs or road signs on the highway are purely functional. They don’t need busy designs with lots of contrasting colors, just two colors: any dark-colored background and white letters. There’s a reason interstate road signs look the same, because white letters on top of a dark green background is one of the best color combinations. The white letters stand out so well against that background.

Indoor directional signs (also) mainly serve the purpose of guiding foot traffic so they also need to be simple and readable from far away. If you ever find yourself in a busy international airport with thousands of other people trying to find their gate or rushing to make their flight, you will notice that directional signs are everywhere! They all look the same, with clear lettering and symbols and contrasting colors.

Signs help people in many ways. It’s very important to make your signs work for you! Directional signage is just one of the many kinds of signs that are necessary for modern times. With innovations in the sign industry and new buildings being built all over, there is a big demand for directional signs that not only look good, but also serve a purpose.

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Signs for Building Business Branding

Starting your own business is a huge undertaking. Success does not come easily, but every successful business started out from nothing. In order to connect with your intended audience, it’s a game of trial and error to find what works best. Generating those leads and developing relationships with that audience is difficult. There’s nothing worse than being in business for a long time, and being repeatedly overlooked by potential customers.

In this (very) competitive market, a new business must outshine the competition. Whether that means better customer service, better products, cheaper prices, faster turn-arounds, or all of the above; it’s what will draw in new customers and keep current customers coming back. Your business’s brand (business name and logo among other things) has the potential to immediately communicate who, what, how, and why you’re here. Building up your brand is hard. It takes a lot of time and many lessons learned until you finally find that niche. Utilizing signs for building your brand is one of the best ways to engage and educate potential customers. Here’s a few kinds of signs that can help build your business branding.

Dimensional Logo and Letters

Outdoor Signs:

A sign on the outside of your building is the “face” of your business. It’s how people will recognize and find you. Some types of permanent exterior signage are:

  • Channel letters
    • Frontlit, backlit, front & backlit combo
  • Monument Signs
    • Free Standing Architectural
    • Post & Panel
    • Directory Sign
    • Pylon Sign
    • Digital Displays (electronic message centers)
  • Cabinet Signs
    • Internally illuminated
    • Logo Box Signs – Illuminated
  • Dimensional Letters
    • Cast metal
    • Exterior Grade Acrylic
  • Window Graphics
    • White vinyl applied to doors or windows
    • Printed vinyl applied to doors or windows
  • Flat Building Signs
    • Flat-cut aluminum with printed business name or logo
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Modular Wall Sign

Indoor Signs:

Interior signs can also add to your presence especially if you share a space with another business. If you have a waiting area, signs or decorative prints can add a comforting ambiance. Here’s some examples of interior signage:

  • Lobby Signs
    • Multiple finishing options
    • Illumination available
  • Canvas Prints
    • Flat boards or wrapped around wooden frames
  • Dimensional Letters
    • Multiple finishing options
  • Directional Signs
    • ADA compliant signage (braille signs)
  • Point of Sale Signs
    • Multiple options and finishes available

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Signs on the Move:

Signs need to work for your business even far away from your actual location. You can accomplish this with:

  • Vehicle Graphics (moving billboards!)
    • Full or partial wraps
    • Decals
    • Window Graphics
  • Yard Signs
    • Coroplast signs – with wire stakes
    • Aluminum Signs – with metal frame
  • Banners
    • Vinyl Banners
    • Mesh Banners
    • Outdoor Flags
    • Trade show banners
  • Sidewalk Signs
    • A-frame or sandwich board signs

Indoor Signs for Fort Collins Businesses

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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.

Interior Wall Graphics and business signs in Fort Colllins

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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.

Interior sign graphics

hallway wall murals

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 info@connectingsigns.com or request a quote online here!

Interior Signs – Lory Student Center

When you need interior signs, there are a lot of things to consider. The type of signs, how many signs, where signs are needed, matching existing signs, using good colors, ADA compliant needs, easy to read and understand, and more reasons depending on the type of business. Colleges are a type of business where interior signs are used everywhere to direct and guide students (new and old) around huge buildings.

Reception and lobby signs can say a lot about your business

Reception Signs – What do you want your customer to see?

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!

Wall graphics and donor wall at Resurection Christian School designed, printed and installed by Connecting Signs

Wall Graphics and Donor Wall for Resurrection Christian School in Northern Colorado

Connecting Signs is proud to have partnered with Jonathan Turner and Resurrection Christian School to create a one-of-a-kind Donor Wall and surrounding Wall Graphics. The wall graphics are larger than life images of a sampling of sports that the school offers, and the donor wall is in appreciation of the generosity of individuals in the community.

Resurrection Christian School is a college preparatory, private Christian school in Northern Colorado, serving families and students from preschool through 12th grade. They are the largest private school in northern Colorado, and their calling is to train students socially, relation-ally, and physically.

As you can tell in the pictures, the wall graphics were applied to concrete block walls. We specialize in designing, printing, and installation for nearly any type of wall, and utilize latest technology print equipment and 3M vinyl such as IJ480, which is made specifically for this particular application. Wall graphics are exploding in popularity in schools, universities, museums, corporations, and even homes. There’s always plenty of wall space, and whether it’s indoors or outdoors, we’ve got a wall graphics solution for you!

On to the awesome donor wall… It features a custom fabricated aluminum back panel with a brushed finish. The donor names are accented with frosted vinyl applied 2nd-surface to clear acrylic, and mounted with brushed aluminum standoffs.

The installation was during school hours, so we had many comments from faculty and students on how cool everything looked! The school also held an unveiling event for the wall , and uncovered it with a curtain in front of many invited guests. A comment from the RCS Marketing Director afterwards was “It was AMAZING! They were absolutely blown away! Huge hit, great job!!!! Thank you!

Give us a call at 970.493.0133 – we’ll work with you to come up with a custom solution for any wall graphics and/or donor wall project you can think of!

Indoor Business Signs – How to be compliant with ADA regulations

ADA Signs, Braille regulatory signs, Indoor Business Signs all use standard symbols, pictograms, and text to mark areas specially adapted for use by disabled persons.

Why do you need to comply? According to the US Department of Justice website, the Americans with Disabilities Act was established for “ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation”.There are a number of features on these signs, such as raised text, raised graphics, background finish, color, and Braille, all of which help in the accessibility of your business. Placement is another aspect that needs to be taken into account.

There are several ADA guideline documents available with simple internet searches. It’s a fact that well-designed and attractive indoor building signs and interior business signs make your company more successful. The customers visiting your building most likely won’t be consciously looking at the signage as a reflection of your business; however effective indoor directional signage will guide them to where they’re trying to get. Visitors will be able to find their way around without getting frustrated and having to ask for directions.However if you’d like, Connecting Signs will make conforming to ADA requirements a breeze – let us do the legwork! We understand the guidelines and can consult your team in design of all your interior regulatory sign panels.

As a business owner, you know that you need ADA signs to be in compliance. The team of professionals here at Connecting Signs will help you with all your indoor building signs, and we fully understand that your business can actually become more successful with the right interior regulatory ADA signs.

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Interior building signs create a positive initial impression

Make a first impression on your customers with great looking interior signs. There are many options from wood, acrylic, veneers, and much more. Interior building signs serve a very important purpose to any business and facility. When clients and customers walk into your business you want to be sure that they can easily find their way around. Not having to ask for directions, but rather be simply “pointed” in the right direction, makes visiting your business pleasant and comfortable – not to mention avoiding time wasted by your employees having to answer the same questions over and over for directions to a visitor center, or restrooms…

Interior building signs need to clearly designate exits, restrooms, conference rooms, stairs, and other important areas in your building. This makes visiting your building more convenient, and it improves the overall safety of your customers and employees. In an emergency, clearly defined exits will make evacuating the building easier and could even save lives.

Interior signs include ADA-compliant sign panels and are a key component to any successful business. Interior signs make your place of business look professional can be customized to match the décor of your building and will enhance the overall appearance of your facility.

Contact Connecting Signs for all of your interior building signage projects – our team will partner with you, conducting site surveys, designing a custom look, and what ever else your project calls for.