Posts

church wayfinding sign - Connecting Signs

Everything to Know About Directional and Wayfinding Signs

Triangular Pylon Wayfinding Sign - Connecting Signs

Triangular Pylon Wayfinding Sign

The thing about directional signs, also known as “wayfinding” signs, is that they are often the last thing on your mind. This is until you’re lost and need some direction! The beautiful thing about directional signage is that they’re supposed to be noticed by those who need to find important facilities, but they should easily blend in with the surrounding architecture and interior design layout. A successful directional sign plan takes time, patience, and organization. In these next few paragraphs, we’ll go over some tips and options for organizing a comprehensive directional sign plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Sure Your Directional Signs are Useful

church wayfinding sign - Connecting Signs

Outdoor Directional Sign

The best way to begin your directional sign plan is to put yourself if the shoes of your guests who will need to know where the exits are, where the restrooms are, and other important areas. Following suggestions from your local building inspector is a good place to start as well but take some time to walk through the space to understand the directional signage needs. Map out the important and heavy-traffic areas where directional signs will need to be located. Consider a high-contrasting color scheme to help the text stand out if the directional signs have size restrictions.

Keep the Message (Stupidly) Simple

When people are rushing to get somewhere and suddenly, they need to know where a restroom is, they will depend on directional signs that are clear, specific, and simple to guide them to the nearest restroom. Think about the last time you were in an airport and realize that an environment like that can be really distracting and overwhelming. Airport signs are a perfect example of when it’s necessary to place signage in the best place so that they can be seen and read at the right time by the right people!

Adapt and Revise as Needed

Once your directional signs are up and functioning, notice how people interact with them and adapt to ensure that they are functioning as intended. Keep directional signs clean and free of obstructions. It’s also a good idea to double-check that illuminated directional signs are fully functioning and to replace and fix them the minute a sign goes dark. Not everyone always gets directional signs right the first time, so allow yourself some grace to change things up. Maybe that directional wall-mounted sign is not being seen as it should, so consider a ceiling mount system for that sign. There are always different options and sometimes you’ve got to go through them all to find the right option for you!

indoor directional sign

Indoor Directional Sign

Customize Directional Signs to Keep People Happy

Directional signs can be tricky to plan out, especially if your building has several tenants and even more so if your tenants are open to the public. Your tenants’ customers will need to easily find their locations by using these, and if they are not correct, those customers will not be very happy. The way to get around this issue is to utilize directional signage that has changeable tenant panels. Custom directional signs are more expensive but will have a long and useful life directing customers and other people around your building.

If you’re looking to get started on your directional sign project, request a free quote here. Let us help you elevate your and wayfinding signs to their fullest potential. Connecting Signs guarantees all of our work to ensure that your signs are designed, manufactured, and installed in a timely and efficient manner.

Exterior Building Letters - Connecting Signs

Essential Business Signage

Do you know how important signage is to a business? According to research from the Sign Research Foundation, 61 percent of American consumers failed to find a business because the sign was too small or unclear. Further, 60 percent of businesses reported average sales increases of 10 percent or more by adding to or updating their current signage. Business signage acts as a silent salesperson for your business, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Signs brand your business, provide information about your products and services, and direct customers to important areas within your business. So, where to begin? Keep reading to learn more about the different types of business signage as well as their uses and applications.

church entrance sign

Start with an Entrance Sign

An entrance sign not only greets new and returning customers but also differentiates a business and helps it to stand out from competition. Additionally, entrance signs increase property value and adds to the overall image of communities and properties. Types of entrances signs include monument signs, plaque signs, post and panel signs, and tenant panel signs.

business directory sign

Clarify with a directory board sign

When there’s multiple businesses operating in the same building, a straightforward directory board sign is necessary. Without a clear directory sign, people become confused, stressed, and anxious. Mitigate these negative emotions and foster a positive experience for your clients by getting a directory board sign. If your directory sign is outside, remember to consider how the sign will look at night. Adding illumination by utilizing an internally lit cabinet sign or spotlights ensures that your directory sign is visible all the time.

gym channel letters

Distinguish your business with a building sign

Building signs can be any type of sign on the outside of a building. They can be huge front-lit channel letters to attract customers in the daytime and at night, or they can be simple adhesive vinyl decals on the windows of a building. Exterior building signs are perfect opportunities to not only identify your company, but to impress and enhance your corporate branding! If you can not showcase your own logo or business name, make sure the address of the building is highly visible with large dimensional address numbers.

acrylic logo sign

Enhance branding with a lobby sign

While designing the interior office area, think about how customers will interact with the space. Bare, boring walls do a disservice to your customers and employees! What better way to increase brand recognition than with a professional lobby sign? Remind customers what your brand represents by including your slogan or tagline in the lobby sign. Increase the “wow” factor by featuring your logo illuminated by LED lights! There are so many different options in materials, finishes, colors, and effects that you’re bound to find the right lobby sign for your business needs.

Are you ready to get your business signage started? Don’t wait! Request a quote here or give Connecting Signs a call at: 970-493-0133 to get your signage started today!

environmental signage - Connecting Signs

How Signage and Environmental Design are Related

Signs and Environmental Design

The role of signage in environmental design is very important. Signage that is thoughtfully and purposefully designed for an interior or exterior space creates a pleasant experience for visitors while keeping them informed. According to the Society for Experimental Graphic Design, Environmental graphic design includes architectural, interior, landscape, and industrial design principles. First-time visitors unfamiliar with a space will look for important wayfinding markers to assist in informing them of where everything is located. Utilizing custom, branded navigation signage like wayfinding signs and identity signs help your visitors understand where they are while reminding them of your brand!

church wayfinding sign

Graphic Design for Directional and Wayfinding Signs

Wayfinding signs help people get from point A to point B when they’re in an unfamiliar space. Effective and efficient wayfinding signage should answer three important questions: ‘Where am I currently?’, ‘where am I trying to go?’ and ‘how do I get there?’. Utilizing cohesive and simple designs throughout your wayfinding signage types ensures minimal confusion, and happier visitors! One other important guiding principle to follow is to stay compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. While conceptualizing the designs and layouts of wayfinding signs and directional signs, one of the most important things to remember is to keep the design as minimal and simple as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

college ada signs

Types of Signs for Environmental Design

Wayfinding signs and directional signs have already been discussed, but there’s other environmental signs that might not be so obvious. Exhibit signage and public installation signage are unique environmental signs that can add so much interest to guest’s visual experience. Lobby signs and reception area signs are also effective types of environmental graphics. Public spaces are required to have ADA compliant restroom signs, room identification signs, elevator signs, emergency exit signs, FACP signs, and Fire Riser Room signs. All these regulatory signs require braille and a certain letter-height to be ADA compliant.

 

 

 

Trends in Environmental Design

The biggest trend in environmental design is a focus on sustainability. According to the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), in the U.S., buildings account for 38 percent of all CO2 emissions and 73 percent of electricity consumption. These compelling statistics are the driving force behind the increased need for sustainability in commercial and residential development projects. Signs manufactured from recycled or recyclable materials and LED digital signage ensure that there’s less wasted materials as well as reduced carbon emissions.

reception area sign

Are you searching for the right vendor for your next development project? Give Connecting Signs a call today! Call 970-493-0133 or request a quote here to get your environmental sign project started!

rock slab monument sign - Connecting Signs

Custom Monument Signs

Make a professional and long-lasting statement with a custom monument sign! What is a monument sign? A monument sign is an outdoor, long-term sign that is usually placed at an entrance of a development, community, business, or public area. A monument sign not only informs the public of your brand and business name, but also solidifies your brand image. Read more about tips for success on monument signs here.

high density foam monument sign

Best Materials for Monument Signs

Wood, brick, stone masonry, concrete, natural rock, metal, and high-density foam are all great options for the structural part of a monument sign. From there, try to mix up the materials and use contrasting colors and textures for the sign text. This ensures that the text on your monument sign will be highly visible and readable to traffic.

cabinet monument sign

Illuminated Monument Signs

When you’re thinking about getting a monument sign, it’s important to consider how the sign will look in the day and at night. Spotlights are perfect for illuminating a monument sign that does not have any internal electrical components. However, the most effective way to ensure optimal nighttime visibility is with LED lights. Back-lit or front-lit channel letters look great on a monument sign in the day and at night.

salon business monument sign

Electronic Message Centers (EMCs)

For an even more effective way to reach your customers consider featuring an electronic message center (EMC) on your monument sign. An EMC is a programmable electronic sign that can store and display text messages and images. They can be monochrome to display simple messages or full color to really impress your audience! Most modern message centers are fabricated with LED lights so you can be assured that your message shines at night and in any type of weather.

electronic message center sign

 

Multi-tenant Monument Signs

One of the cool things about monument signs is the many uses they can provide for your business. If you rent out retail space to different businesses and need your monument sign to inform the public of your multiple tenants, then consider having changeable tenant panels on your monument sign.

tenant panel monument sign

 

 

Ready to get a monument sign for your business? Don’t hesitate to get your project started! Give Connecting Signs a call at 970-493-0133 or request a free, fast quote here.

business storefront signs - Connecting Signs

Complete Storefront Sign Package

Need Signs for Your Business?

Rain for Rent is a leading provider of temporary liquid handling solutions.  It is family owned and operated since 1934; serving all 50 states, Canada, the UK and Europe. Read more about this company here. Connecting Signs has been working with this business for a little over a year and have done some work locally (northern Colorado) and nationally. We have provided everything from vehicle decals to dimensional signage for the company.

Explore the photos and descriptions of the different storefront signs for this fast, expanding company!  

Greeley, Colorado signs:

fleet truck graphics

Stockton, California storefront signs:

Illuminated building sign

Charlotte, North Carolina storefront signs:

monument sign

  • Monument Sign (flush face)

Connecting Signs is proud to partner with Rain for Rent for all their storefront sign needs here locally and across the country! How do we do make a sign for their out of state locations?  We partner with excellent sign companies and installers that we trust and depend on to get the job done to our expectations which meets our customer’s expectation!  Our contact at the North Carolina location was thrilled at how quick and easy the job went – especially since we are over a thousand miles from the job site!

Any kind of signage; anywhere! Get started by requesting a quote or Call us 970-493-0133 for your all of your signage needs – local, statewide, and nationwide.

Fabric Banner Backdrop - Connecting Signs

All About Event Signs & Banners

Do you want your business to stand out at your next event?

Trade shows and expos continue to prove their value. Events like these help exhibitors and businesses raise awareness of their brands in a big way! However, standing out in a sea of competition is not easy. The best way to visually make a good first impression is with effective event signs and banners. So then what kinds of event signs and banners will work best for you? There’s lots of different options, so the following list is just the tip of the iceberg! If you’re still lost after reading this article, contact us by clicking here or give us a call at 970-493-0133 to get your event signs and banners started today.

 

Retractable banners

Retractable Banners

Retractable banners are the perfect type of event sign because of how professional they look and how travel-friendly they are. Another benefit is how cost-effective they are. Have a budget you need to stay within? No problem! There are also many kinds of retractable banners. Some are made specifically for outdoor events while others are made for indoor events. Some can be made with a telescoping pole that reaches over 12 feet tall and some are made for table tops and are 12 inches tall. Retractable banners are easily broken down which makes it easy to travel to your next event. Another nice feature that retractable banners have is that they are made so that you can change out the banner graphics when you want to change up your message.

 

 

 

 

Fabric backwall display

Back wall Banners

Back wall banners provide a backdrop to your booth display and gives your booth a more complete “look” with your logo and brand repeated throughout your display. Back wall banners can also be used as step-and-repeat banners for a fun photo backdrop. A simple vinyl banner with grommets will be the most cost-effective option, while a high-quality fabric banner installed in a collapsible frame will give you the most visual impact. Back wall banner displays are perfect for expos and trade shows because, like retractable banners, these items are also easy to break down and put up for when you need to exhibit at multiple shows.

 

 

 

 

 

trade show display

Complete Trade Show Expo Display

Table Throws

Usually (but not always) you will have a table or podium display in your booth exhibit where you might place brochures, business cards or other kinds of swag to give away to people passing by. Digitally printed fabric table throws can be another effective opportunity to showcase your brand. Fabric table throws are very versatile and can be made to custom-fit your needs whether you have a six-foot-long table or an eight-foot-long table, a round or square table, or need a four-sided table throw or a three-sided table throw. The most cost-effective table throws are one- or two-color vinyl graphics with a solid fabric background. However, to help your booth display stand out a digitally printed fabric table throw allows for any image you want to be featured on your table throw. Fabric table throws are washable and easily foldable for ease of transport.

Lobby Signs - Connecting Signs

Lobby Sign Inspiration

Astute Financial – Clear Lobby Sign

Clear Lobby Sign

Clear Acrylic Lobby Sign

This simple acrylic lobby sign for a local financial services company is a great example of how to showcase your brand in a tasteful way. This medium-sized lobby sign is made of clear, matte acrylic backer and the logo is thin dimensional acrylic letters. The logo subhead and tagline are made of premium cut vinyl. Round brushed aluminum standoffs were chosen to anchor the lobby sign directly to the wall because of the subtlety of the installed look.

Trademark Property Management Group, Inc. – Dimensional letter/logo reception area sign

Dimensional letter/logo reception area sign

This brushed aluminum dimensional logo sign for a property management office shows how much impact some simple dimensional letters can have. The intent of this sign was to keep the logo and letters subtle and classy. There are lots of different options available for materials and finishes, but this reception area sign is made of 1/8” thick composite aluminum. The shapes of the letters and logo accents were then routed out using our CNC router/engraver machine and installed directly to the wall.

 

 

 

 

Landmark Monuments – Wood Lobby Sign

Wooden lobby sign

If you’re looking for a more rustic sign, here’s a sign that might give you some ideas! This wood lobby sign for a monument company features a re-purposed wood backer with steel-cut logo and letters. Additional steel accents frame the logo on both sides to help showcase this business’s brand. This lobby sign shows how mixing different and contrasting materials can make an impact and professional statement. It’s never a bad idea to explore and get creative with sign design!

 

 

 

 

 

Device Pharm – Red Acrylic Lobby Sign

Red acrylic lobby sign

Here’s a great example of how to utilize your brand as the focal point in your reception area or waiting room. This acrylic lobby sign for a marketing firm is made of opaque (non-transparent), high-gloss, red acrylic with black and white dimensional acrylic letters applied directly to the backer. Round black standoffs were used in the installation. Standoffs are one of the best ways to anchor your sign because they’re minimal and help to add depth to the finished sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

She She Nail and Wax Lounge – Routed Composite Aluminum Reception Area Sign

Composite aluminum salon lobby sign

Here’s an example of taking a great logo design and creating an effective reception area sign! This entire sign was routed from a piece of thin aluminum composite metal. We used a bright pink opaque premium vinyl for the pink features and black premium vinyl to cover the subheading backer. To help line up the letters and logo features we made a simple line template and adhered the sign components directly to the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These examples of effective lobby signs are only just the tip of the iceberg! There’s so many additional ways to showcase your brand and impress your audience. Consider an illuminated cabinet sign or a multi-layered lobby sign, the options are truly endless! Not sure where to begin? Give us a call at 970-493-0133 or click here to get your free estimate on your custom lobby sign.

Indoor Acrylic Signs - Connecting Signs

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!

Monument Signs - Connecting Signs

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.

rock monument sign - Connecting Signs

Sign products & services

What we DO

A few weeks ago we were talking with a potential customer about signs for their business.  The customer had heard about us and soon into the conversation said, “I didn’t know you did all that! I thought you only did neon signs.”  That really got us thinking that we need to state what we do because the sign industry is very different than it was years ago.  The equipment and technology are constantly changing and improving.  Our customers range from businesses to personal requests.  The products and services we do are many and everything is custom made.

Here is look at what we do:

Printing Banners

Banners (Vinyl, Scrim, Mesh, Fabric, Oversized)

  • Pull-Up & Retractable Banners
  • Street and Pole Banners
  • Step and Repeat Banners
  • Fence Banners
  • Hanging Banners

Indoor Signs (Acrylic, Vinyl, Routed, Engraved)

  • Reception and Lobby
  • ADA
  • Directional
  • Donor Walls
  • Tenant
  • Channel and Dimensional Letters
  • Back-lit Letters
  • Cabinet

Outdoor Signs (Aluminum, Acrylic, Wood)

  • Channel Letters and Back-lit
  • Dimensional Letters, Logos, Graphics
  • Construction Sites
  • Home Builders
  • Monument Signs
  • Real Estate
  • Yard Signs (Temporary, Coroplast)

    Monument sign letters

Trade Show Displays (Indoor and Outdoor)

  • Table Throws
  • Flags
  • Tents and Backdrops
  • Portable Displays
  • Modular Displays
  • Lighting and Portable Cases Available

Vehicle Wraps and Graphics (Full, Partial, Decals)

  • Business (Cars, Trucks, Vans, Box Trucks, Trailers)
  • Fleets
  • Color Change (Personal Vehicles)
  • Window Perf
  • Window Vinyl

Window, Wall, and Floor Graphics

  • Vinyl
  • Frosted/Etched Vinyl

    Meeting room wall mural

Services and Equipment

  • Graphic Design
  • Installation (Vehicle Wraps, Indoor and Outdoor Signs)
  • HP Latex Printer
  • HP Flatbed Printer
  • CNC Router/Engraver
  • Graphtec Plotter
  • Laminator

 

Please call us for any questions about a change, upgrade, or new signage for your business.  We can guide you from start to finish and guarantee satisfaction!  Our website contains all this information and more – www.connectingsigns.com.  Follow us on Facebook where we post a lot of our recent projects and promote our customer’s business.  One last thing, we don’t do neon signs.