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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.

Site Signs, Safety Signs and Mesh Fence Banners – Denver, Colorado


Signs play such an important role in the communication of our society. On construction sites, it is very important that the signage placed around the site is clear and easy to read. Safety signs help remind workers to wear hard-hats and other proper protective equipment. Site signs displayed on the outside of these construction sites inform the public to stay out as well as information about the work being done. There have been hundreds of recorded accidents in the past, so it’s important to the company to remind workers and the public of the rules and regulations.

Mesh fence banner and site signs in Denver


Construction sites usually have a fenced perimeter. Mesh fence banners are a great way to compliment the perimeter with additional information or to give some privacy to the workers. Mesh banners also provide some privacy and wind protection. These banners are similar to vinyl banners, but allow for more air to pass through the material. This, however, does affect how the final print looks. Colors will not be as opaque as digitally printed vinyl banners, but from a distance it doesn’t really matter.

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Here at Connecting Signs, we utilize a flat-bed printer that allows us to print directly onto the sign panel. This enables us to print, cut the panel to size and add finishing touches a lot faster! The printer also uses UV ink. UV ink does not need to have lamination to protect it, it is fade and weather resistant all on its own. The prints that come out of this printer last just as long, if not longer, as the prints that come off the latex inkjet printer. Depending on the variables of the job, we’ll work with you to go through your best options.

Do you need signs or banners for your job site? Give us a call or click here to request a quote and we’ll get the right signs made for you!

Outdoor Yard Signs! Road Signs! Lawn Signs! Banners!

Currently, we are deep into a presidential election, and we all know what that means… Lots and lots of advertisements on the radio and television as well as tons of signage! This time of year can be really fun/stressful/frustrating for everyone. Don’t hate on us though, we are just the sign company! Lawn signs are heavily used during political campaigns. If you are annoyed by them, well, then that just means that they are doing their job. Business owners can utilize the same methods to get their brand or message. Outdoor yard signs and banners are cost effective and quickly produced.



There are lots of effective opportunities to display your logo and contact information. In the case of house painters, roofers, remodeling companies, and landscapers you can put a yard sign with your information on it in your client’s yard (of course these are temporary and you need to get permission). That way, you are visible to prospective clients who may be in need of your services! The other great perk of these small signs is that you do not need a sign permit from the city, and you can (pretty much) put them anywhere in the ground.

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Yard signs can be made single-sided or double-sided and will always come with H-stakes. H-stakes are H-shaped aluminum stakes that go into the yard sign (which is made of corrugated plastic) and into the ground, about 12”-18”. There are other options for displaying yard signs. Some of the higher-end stakes come in a variety of colors and materials. The standard size for these signs are 24” wide by 18” tall. Don’t let that size fool you, we can produce yard signs in a variety of sizes! We can even make custom shaped yard signs!

Funny outdoor yard sign signs

The one thing to remember about this time of year, is that in November it will all be over and we can all go back to our regular lives! But, it’s important to remember how effective yard signs can be. How can they help you? Get new customers, meet new people, make your statement! Give us a call or click here to request a quick quote!

Fort Collins traffic signs

Traffic Signs and The Significance of Color

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The significance behind the Colors of Traffic Signs

Have you ever wondered why handicapped parking places are always marked with blue placards or blue paint? And why do construction sites always have warning signs, barricades, and pylons in orange? As early as 1899, owners of “horseless carriages” met to form an automobile club. The main topic of conversation was “We need traffic signs.”  As many as 11 directional signs were sometimes found at one intersection and the group hoped to establish guidelines to minimize the confusion.

Following the conference, traffic signs were still erected haphazardly with no real plan or design. In the 1920s, efforts to standardize signs by color began. Originally, the color red for stop signs was rejected as being too difficult to see at night. Pursuant to a survey and recommendations of users of both urban and rural roads, it was finally agreed that the stop sign would have red letters on a yellow background.

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Moving Towards Sign Standardization

In 1935, a Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) was issued in order to standardize signs nationwide. Through the years, the manual has been updated, supplemented, and amended several times. Following WW II, major changes were made, including changing the stop sign to white letters on a red background.  The goal was to be sure that traffic signs, parking lot signs were the same as the signs in other states.

Companies that sell traffic signs should understand that today, there are seven colors that are used for broad categories to cover the need for signs ranging from those that guide travelers to their destinations to those that warn of dangers. Traffic sign companies must comply with these standardized colors for each category of sign they produce.

  • Red:  Tells motorists to stop and remain stopped until it is safe to proceed.
  • Green:   Acts as a guide. It gives highway directions and tells how far it is from one place to another.
  • Yellow:  Gives a general warning such as, “Slow. Children at play” or “Slow. School zone” or “Deer Crossing.”  Railroad crossings are marked with yellow signs. The color acts as an advisory of road conditions that are coming up.
  • Black and white: Warns drivers of enforceable regulations and laws. “One Way Street” and “Dead End Road” are two examples.
  • Blue:  Informs motorists of available services such as restaurants, hospitals, hotels, gasoline, rest areas, campgrounds, and picnic areas. Handicapped parking spaces fall into this category because they provide a service.
  • Orange: The color for construction signs that alert drivers to upcoming road construction or maintenance.
  • Brown: Directs drivers to areas of historical or cultural significance, including scenic sites or national parks.
The purpose of traffic signs

The Purpose of Traffic Signs

If you commute regularly, there’s no doubt that you experience construction signs regularly along your route. Traffic signs are utilized as a method of warning and guiding drivers, helping to regulate the flow of traffic among vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and others who travel the streets, highways and other roadways.

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Simple Messaging with Traffic Signs

All road traffic signs, construction signs, and parking lot signs are intended to convey a clear, yet simple message. The signs should always be prominent enough to command attention and placed in a manner that gives drivers adequate time to respond to the command.

Before traffic signs are placed, municipalities will commission an engineering study to gauge its necessity and usefulness in a particular location. After all, no one would want to travel roadways where signs are placed haphazardly and without just cause. Doing so would eventually cause some drivers to fail to respect the traffic signs, possibly causing traffic incidents instead of preventing them.

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Traffic Signs Consistency

Traffic signs are consistent from one municipality to another – the reason is simple. Let’s say, for example, that a driver is traveling across several states. Construction signs in Texas conform to the same design as construction signs in Colorado (or any other state, for that matter), so that the messaging is not confusing when a driver is operating in unfamiliar regions.

Going back to their overall purpose for a moment, road traffic signs in Colorado are placed for the purpose of warning drivers and maintaining steady traffic flow. Inconsistent messaging would make that difficult (if not entirely impossible) in a highly mobile society with motor vehicle operators traveling unfamiliar regions every single day.

The following are just a few of the types of traffic signs currently utilized:

  • Regulatory Signs: An example of regulatory signs are speed limit, No U-Turn, One-Way, No Parking, and Road Closed signs. They regulate the speed and flow of traffic and parking.
  • Warning Signs: Warning signs are bright yellow and serve to warn drivers of such things as merging traffic, railroad and bicycle crossings and traffic signals ahead.
  • School Signs: School signs warn drivers that a school is nearby, directing them to drop their speeds and to watch for children and pedestrians.

When construction companies, cities, HOA’s, and other groups in Colorado need traffic signs and custom parking lot signs, Connecting Signs offers a wide range of sign solutions. Our team will be happy to provide you with consulting services, should you need them, as well as a full line of standard and one-of-a-kind custom traffic and parking lot signs for your project. Click here to request a free estimate on custom traffic signs.

Colorado Construction Signs

Windy roads and snow covered highways make driving in Colorado treacherous for even the most experienced drivers.  However, when normal traffic conditions are combined with road construction, safety becomes even more important.  For construction companies, proper signage warning of the upcoming obstacle or work being done is crucial.  Not only do construction traffic signs prepare motorists to drive cautiously, but also they help keep workers safe.

Importance of Construction Signs Colorado:

Given that roadside construction sites are home to numerous heavy machines, areas of debris and many workers it is important to have roadside signs warning motorists of work being done. Signs should be placed close enough to the construction work so that drivers have time to slow down, but not so far away that motorists continue to drive too fast.  In addition to signs, construction barricades can be utilized to warn drivers that a lane change is needed. Whether it is a sign, barricade or cone these items are usually a bright orange and have text that alert drivers of “men at work” or “construction zone ahead.”

The Function of Roadside Construction Signs:

Roadside construction signs give important information to drivers.  These signs serve to warn drivers of construction zones, upcoming hazards and other pertinent information.  Here are some of the functions that these signs provide motorists:

  • Warn drivers to decrease speed
  • Alert motorists to any lane closures or detours
  • Signify the presence of a work zone to motorists
  • Prepare drivers for any road defects and driving hazards
Work Zone Safety Statistics:

In 2010, the Department of Transportation reported that there were 87,606 crashes in work zones.  Although the majority of these accidents do not result in fatalities, many motorists and construction workers are injured on a yearly basis.  Given that nearly 50% of the accidents were rear-end collisions, this implies that drivers either do not have adequate notice of an upcoming construction site or fail to pay attention to the vehicle in front of them. Regardless of the cause of the accident, these incidents only further the importance of having adequate placement of roadside construction signs.

Colorado Floods of 2013:

The catastrophic flooding along Colorado’s Front Range has resulted in a lot of road construction.  Signs needed for the road repairs are crucial to motorists and the safety of construction workers as this work goes on for the next several months.  Call us at Connecting Signs for any type of construction traffic signs for Colorado road work.