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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
- Aluminum sign fence panels
Stockton, California storefront signs:
- Pylon storefront sign face
- Replaced old dimensional logo sign
- Added new sign panel
- Replaced round illuminated logo sign cabinet
Charlotte, North Carolina storefront signs:
- 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!
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 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!
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:
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
- Donor Walls
- Channel and Dimensional Letters
- Back-lit Letters
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)
Trade Show Displays (Indoor and Outdoor)
- Table Throws
- 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)
- Color Change (Personal Vehicles)
- Window Perf
- Window Vinyl
Window, Wall, and Floor Graphics
- Frosted/Etched Vinyl
Services and Equipment
- Graphic Design
- Installation (Vehicle Wraps, Indoor and Outdoor Signs)
- HP Latex Printer
- HP Flatbed Printer
- CNC Router/Engraver
- Graphtec Plotter
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.
Baessler Homes is an established and successful property developer located in Greeley, Colorado. They have been building high-quality homes in the Northern Colorado area since 1968. Building a house or any large permanent structure is an important job that needs to be taken very seriously and these guys are one of the best! Baessler Homes contacted us to print some of their homebuilder signs not too long ago. Our flatbed printer was perfect for these flat and simple signs that also needed to be completed quickly as well as in high quantities.
The order process is easy! We receive files through email or a file sharing site that allows large files to be sent to us, and our team of designers ensure that the design is correct by sending a design proof that specifies all the important information. Once the design is final, the files are sent to the flatbed printer! This machine is extremely useful. If we were to print the designs on digitally printable vinyl (like vehicle wraps), we would also have to laminate them and then lay the vinyl on the panel. There’s more steps than that, but with the flatbed printer we’re able to cut the sign panel down to size, and hit “print”, and that’s it! For local companies like Baessler Homes, we offer delivery as well.
Rigid signs can come in a variety of materials because sometimes you need a sign to be temporary, but still be able to withstand the elements. Metal signs usually come in aluminum so that they’re not too heavy. Corrugated plastic signs are made from coroplast and are easy to carry for easy transportation. Sometimes vinyl banners are the best signage choice for builders because they’re easily attached to perimeter fencing. To allow for airflow, mesh banners are the best choice for fence banner signage. If you’re ready to place your order for homebuilder signs, give us a call or fill out this form and get your signs ordered today!