Category: Sign Knowledge

Etched Window Film Provides Style and Privacy

Frosted Crystal from 3M and Sign Artist Looks Like High-End Etching

University of Illinois at Chicago Student Accounts Receivable Office

When the UIC Student Accounts office needed customized etched window film, both they and Name On Anything promotional products contacted Sign Artist Inc. 3M frosted crystal film looks like a quality etched window at a fraction of the cost. The etched glass effect may cover an entire window, or it can be computer-cut for logos, patterns or lettering. Sign specialists will work with you to design your image and prepare for your project. We can perform an installation in a reasonable time period and with minimal lead time. Contact us to learn how these versatile films add a special touch or create a private space for situations such as medical consultations and other professional services. They are available in other patterns and colors!

Are Sign Letters Gone with the Wind? Try LED Signs!

      

All of us at Sign Artist play a Where’s Waldo? game of sorts. We spot problematic signs wherever we go! We applaud this dry cleaner in Chicagoland for posting positively and taking the “high road.” He obviously takes a lot of pride in his signs, because the message changes often.

However, we also wonder if the sturdy Spring winds have whisked a couple letters to another county!

Stringing letters manually to a gigantic sign board is one way of getting a message across, and we’ve happily provided changeable letter signs to area clients. But a more modern approach, and one that can be easily programmed with the touch of a finger on a screen, is LED lighting.

LED signs  give an updated look, and have exterior and interior uses galore, from way finding, directory and even sports arena signage, to menu and score boards. and open/closed signs.

Let us know if you’d like to update your look, make lettering legible and secure, and simplify maintenance, with a programmable LED sign. We’d be happy to give you a quote for your specific need and application.

 

 

Be Strategic with Signs

People heading up any enterprise, often pour hours into strategic plans, employee and client interactions,  but sometimes miss the obvious — planning for a stunning sign that will turn heads and generate buzz and business. Whether you’re shopping for a new dentist or realtor,  a clothing boutique or condo, would you be more willing to try the establishment that features a yellowing, half-lit sign announcing its services…or a fresh sign with all letters intact? Do you enjoy seeing more than plain signage? A well-designed image or two, placed strategically, can make any sign more striking.

We’ve had a brutal winter in many parts of the U.S…and certainly in Chicagoland! Now is a great time to see if your shop, residential or corporate signage needs a face lift. We’ve already seen an uptick in business at Sign Artist, as customers are asking for new directory sign panels, banners for temporary branding until storefront build outs are complete, vinyl wraps to turn vans into  moving billboards, and new wall murals to brighten a shop interior.

If you have a dream for how to rev up the interior or exterior of your business,  contact us! You may be amazed at the tremendous variety of materials available that can move your project forward. Also, we have a fine artist on staff, who has a wonderful gift for grasping clients’ visions and helping to make them a reality.

If you’re tired of your branding and would like a logo re-design, Sign Artist is up for the challenge. Want to see some of the cutting-edge materials that make contemporary signs pop and also last longer? Reserve a time with us, and then come view samples of every imaginable kind of sign, in our showroom.  We look forward to “Springing forward” with you, as our weather changes, and we help you put on a fresh new sign for your business!

 

 

Every New, Exterior Sign Needs a Permit

Sign Artist’s crew was busily installing a 15-foot pylon sign in a Western Suburb of Chicago, when a city official strode up to check our code compliability. Had the crew obtained proper permits to revamp the sign? When the official saw our paperwork, all signed and sealed at city hall, he smiled and joined us for a photo.

Does code compliance matter? Yes, and many a business owner has discovered this the hard way. On one recent job, Sign Artist was asked to remove a beautiful 10-foot-wide channel letter sign, because the previous sign company had not followed city codes in its installation.  The improper sign looked great on the store front, but was not compatible with other storefront signs in the complex, so had to go. Sign Artist took care of removal of the old sign, and design and installation — and code compliant paperwork — for the new sign.

What’s involved in obtaining proper paperwork from city hall? Owners either file for permits themselves, or hire Sign Artist to do the leg and phone work, in sending dimensional and other information, and photos of the projected sign, to appropriate staff at city offices. The process  of obtaining permits does require certain fees and can take some time, even several weeks or more. If a business owner wants his or her sign installed ASAP, then the code and permitting issues should be addressed efficiently, or crew and owner will face delays in the install.

Make everyone happy — dot every “i” and cross every “t,” regarding city permits! Give Sign Artist a call for any questions about the process, and we’ll smooth the way for you, ensuring that your sign will make you — and your city officials — smile.

Let Sign Artist do the legwork in obtaining proper exterior sign permits!

 

Sign World Convention 2019, Nashville, TN

University of Illinois at Chicago

LED Signs Are An Investment That Pays Dividends

Electronic LED Business Signs Offer Convenience

Installing a Business Sign

Sign Artist Inc is installing a business sign in this video .  Watch the process of lifting the Bella Nora Salon & Spa channel letter sign into position on the facade of the business.   The brightly-lit sign features LED modules, providing excellent visibility and reducing power expense in comparison to fluorescent or neon lighting.  The installation was performed early in the day and the crew was finished before the first customer arrived.

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Signs Earn Customer Trust

Bella Nora Salon & Spa Updates Its Business Sign

Lobby Sign Makes Law Firm’s Great First Impression

Lobby SignThe law firm of Flaherty & Youngerman needed a lobby sign that would accomplish two objectives; one, to announce to clients when they arrive at the appropriate floor in the high-rise office building and two, to communicate that clients can be confident in the representation that they will receive. They conferred with Sign Artist to create a business sign to accomplish these objectives. Both partners had specific ideas about what the sign should convey, and they were excellent collaborators with our design team. Their new lobby sign makes the law firm’s great first impression.  The sign was constructed with clear acrylic for its base panel.  The letters mounted on the panel have brushed metal overlays and painted PVC backing.  This provides a three dimensional effect that captures visitors’ attention right away.  The business sign makes a great first impression at the entrance of the firm. Thank you for choosing Sign Artist!

Educate Your Captivated Customer

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The Vault at the Dump

Business signs educate customers, and The DUMP luxury furniture warehouse does this the moment they encounter beautiful products. The store prepared a showroom of one-of-a-kind fine rugs and informs customers about the quality contents of the museum-like space.  Sign Artist applied a large format cut vinyl sign directly to the wall to create a teaching moment for shoppers.

The Vault” is the gallery name, and we partnered with the talented DUMP marketing team to translate the design into a business sign.  It is approximately 20 feet wide and 20 feet high.  The letter “V” alone is over 5 feet tall!  White vinyl was precision-cut on our digital plotter and prepared for application.  We measured and leveled the sign, then taped the large blocks of text into position.  Sign Artist specialists applied the  enormous wall sign, word-by-word.  Finally, we applied heat to ensure fast adhesion to the painted surface.

The result is captivating!  Customers stop to learn about the exquisite rugs as they enter the gallery, and before ever examining a product or checking a price.

Business Sign Attracts New Customers for Elmhurst Auto Care

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New outdoor business sign at Elmhurst Auto Care.

Owners of Elmhurst Auto Care updated their outdoor business sign to represent the quality of their service. They partnered with Sign Artist Inc. to update their branding.

Ed and Brad were excellent partners with whom to achieve this goal. They engaged in designing and planning the sign updates. This was key to the project’s success.

Sign Artist Inc. used polycarbonate panels with cut vinyl to create the new look.  The changeable letter panels were also replaced to create a great impression.

The enhanced business sign on North Ave.  is not only brighter and easily visible to customers, it displays the updated branding.  The new logo reflects the quality of service and commitment of the team to customer satisfaction.

Compared to nearby signs on North Ave., Elmhurst Auto Care’s sign is truly “lit.”