Tag: signage

Textured Surfaces Add Interest to Lobby Signs


Uneven surfaces? No worries! Sign Artist can work with you to find the perfect custom sign solutions. This raw brick facade is at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Illinois. It proved a little challenging on sign install day, but the results were stunning. Elmhurst University has a state of the art Simulation Center at the Hospital, where its medical students train. Sign Artist has fabricated and installed multiple signs at this location, including:

  1. ADA name plates
  2. Artwork plaque
  3. Backlit monument sign with push-through panel
  4. Nursing mission statement wall sign on acrylic.

This lobby sign above, over rugged brick, is 5 ft W X 1.5 ft H, made of  3-dimensional cast aluminum letters. Meticulous measuring, precision drilling and positioning, are always needed to obtain the perfect install. A little added finesse was required for this rugged wall,  since every brick juts out at a different depth. The striking bronze-colored letters proved to be a perfect contrast to the neutral earth tones of the bricks.

Sign Artist is glad to help brand the Elmhurst University Simulation Center, which provides medical students with the hands-on training they need, to be stellar health care professionals in future.

Does your business have a rough wall needing signage or art? With our skilled fabricating and install crew, our expertise with a wide variety of materials, and a graphic/fine artist and photographer on staff, we can work with you, to design the perfect sign solution! Call Ed at 630-594-4185.

New Oriental Grocery Gets Awning

Sign Artist installed this vivid awning at the new 3N’s Oriental Groceries, Foods & Markets Store in Broadview, Illinois. The printed canvas signage makes the business a standout along busy Roosevelt Road. The store celebrates its Grand Opening this Saturday, March 6, 2021! It officially opens to the public at noon, so go check out this great groceries/carry out food destination at 1422 West Roosevelt Road in Broadview!

To install the 25-foot-wide awning, Sign Artist designed a custom carrier. Our crew defied the weather, bringing a bucket truck and braving 1.5-foot-high snowdrifts to remove the old awning, with its faded canvas. After Sign Artist cut the old canvas from the steel frame, we mounted the frame on our truck, and carried it away, to be covered in bright, printed canvas. A fresh-looking storefront makes any shop pop.  3N’s Oriental Groceries will be an appealing destination for all who love oriental cuisine. The awning is a great aid for directing customers to the shop, and for attracting new clients.

With Spring coming, it’s time to put on a bright face! Whether it’s an awning, wayfinding, exterior or lobby sign, give Ed a call: 630-594-4185.

LEDs Light Up Lobby Signs

 Eggology earns Grade A for this creative illuminated lobby sign design! Backlit with LEDs, and custom fabricated and installed by Sign Artist, this new restaurant sign in South Barrington, Illinois, is hung and ready to roll. This fresh branding sports a playful yet elegant shape and color scheme, that pop from the anchor wall. Photos below show the final stages of fabrication at Sign Artist’s studio. Our crew took special delight in the creativity and finished product of this sign! Materials include brushed-metal and translucent vinyl, and LED lights, fitted into a custom cabinet built at the Sign Artist studio. The result is a contemporary take on restaurant signage, and an unforgettable branding. With its economy of lines, this 3-D sign shows that simplicity can be ultra-creative, eye-catching and chic. Sign Artist was happy to see Pete, restauranteur and owner of eggology, post his enthusiasm on Instagram, with the comment, “Illuminated sign turned out better than we imagined!” His replies featured a thumbs up and “so cool!!!!” Another post on Pete’s Instagram reads: “Create a vision that makes you wanna jump out of bed in the morning.” Sign Artist is happy in the part we played in adding to the visuals of Pete’s creative and tasty vision! We wish eggology much success!

Posted on eggology’s Instagram: “Illuminated sign turned out better than we imagined.”

Look for the opening of this Chicagoland restaurant Spring of 2021! If you have a unique design in mind and would like help in seeing it hatched, give Ed a call at Sign Artist: 630-594-4185.  

Secure Your Brand with a Lobby Sign

Sign Artist just installed this lobby sign at Securint Financial Services, Inc, at busy Ellston and Pulaski, in Chicago.  Mounted directly on the wall, this acrylic, matte black sign announces the business brand with impactful, 3-D custom-fabricated letters and logo.

A great lobby sign impresses clients from the moment they walk into your business. With new businesses starting, and established ones opening doors once again, it’s time to review your signage needs. Sign Artist is covering multiple projects for Securint, ordering business cards, and returning to the Chicago office to install privacy film. With its corner location, Securint’s windows are flooded by sunshine and the interested gazes of passersby. A frosted adhesive film that Sign Artist will install on the building’s bank of ground-floor windows, will not only temper the sun’s glare, it will provide a little privacy for workers within. Installing the film mid-line in the window, with uncovered strips above and below, will allow workers to view the great outdoors. It will also give potential clients just enough of a glimpse inside, to pique their interest, and attract a possible walk-in visitor.

Sign Artist can help you transform your business name and logo into a wall sign that shows you’re serious about your business. If you don’t have a logo, or its design needs a facelift, our talented artist/designer Erin can refresh the look — or she can design a whole, new logo for you. Styles of lobby signs range from 3-D letters anchored on walls or panels, to printed vinyl. We can illuminate your sign with LED lights, and add drama to the design. Also, consider the wide range of services Sign Artist provides. You’d be amazed at the vast range of privacy films  available, and Sign Artist happily fabricates and installs unique wallpapers, murals, and exterior and wayfinding signs, too. Call Ed, (630)594-4185, for more information about how to make your business a standout with eye-catching branding and design.

Securint’s Chicago crew is pleased by its new sign.

Sign Artist Draws Repeat Customers, Installing Business Signs With “PACE”


In Sign Artist’s early days, we developed a model of operation we called “PACE.” It’s an efficient and effective strategy to keep clients happy, as we fabricate and install their commercial signage. We’ve stuck by it ever since:

P roductivity: We create and install great signs, that turn heads and generate business
A daptability:  We work flexibly with each unique client and project
C reativity: We blend striking designs with distinctive materials to make signs that inspire
E fficiency: We value clear communication and goals, reliable turn-around, high quality and clean installation

   
Yes, at Sign Artist, we “PACE” ourselves with these values and goals. The end result is loyal customers who turn to us time and again. For example, Drive Train Services in Bensenville, Illinois is a repeat customer, who benefits from a Sign Artist original Covid A-frame sign, vinyl application exterior directional signs, large exterior acrylic business signs mounted on brick, and dock signs.

Latsko Enterprises contracted Sign Artist for 200-plus interior and exterior signs for its Clark and Diversey high-rise residential property, including: ADA Braille directional signs; 3-dimensional, LED-illuminated entryway address numbers; brushed bronze, branded intercom panel; and framed evacuation map.

   

Sandburg Village in Chicago is a repeat Sign Artist customer, asking for several fabrication/install sessions for vinyl directional signs.
   

Chicago Cred asked Sign Artist for a cityscape wall mural, and is now asking for office nameplates.

Granite Transformations is a regional business, that has benefited from Sign Artist retractable signs and vehicle graphics.

retractable banners    logo window perf on work van
The DUMP furniture store in Deerfield, IL, asked Sign Artist to install a large, illuminated channel letter sign for its showroom, and an applied vinyl mission statement that covered a full wall, 20 feet above the floor. Our studio was asked to return, to apply more text to an interior showroom wall.
Cut vinyl at furniture store    Back-Lit sign at the DUMP furniture
Integrity Exteriors
has returned time and again, for a Sign Artist banner and to apply company branding to its fleet of vehicles.     integrity graphics
Elmhurst University in Elmhurst and University of Illinois in Chicago are also repeat customers, returning to Sign Artist for an array of sign needs, such as monuments, directories/maps, wall murals, vehicle graphics, 3-dimensional acrylic letters, brushed bronze plaques, and more.

   
Elmhurst Auto Care: After fabricating and installing new sign panels and a message center in an exterior pylon sign for this customer, we designed and provided business gift certificates and business cards.
Pole Sign
Often, customers approach Sign Artist with one or two sign needs. After having a great experience with our team, and seeing the professional, striking results in their newly-installed signs, customers get creative and return with a full basket of branding and signage needs. Signs of all kinds are a great way for businesses to get their message across, and attract new customers! How might we help you?

Sign Artist Installs 50-Plus Directional Signs In Skokie Parking Garage

Sign Artist manufactured and installed directional sign panels for a public parking garage in Skokie, Illinois. Our 50-plus vivid signs on 080 coated aluminum substrate will keep traffic on the right track.

Providing directional signs is a valuable service offered by Sign Artist. Such signs are essential:

  • On roadways
  • In parking lots
  • In recreation areas
  • In industrial parks
  • On healthcare campuses
  • On school grounds

Directional signs promote safety, and include the category of Covid directionals, too. Check out our pre-designed Covid signage, add your brand, or let us help you design your own unique signage.

Tell us your directional signage needs. Call Ed at 630-594-4185.

Sign Artist Re-Brands Elmhurst College to University

Sign Artist helped Elmhurst College re-brand as a University!  We transformed signs across campus, including the arch of the historic Gates of Knowledge shown here. This wrought-iron main entrance point to campus, is also a traditional site for graduation photos.

Sign Artist invited All Metal Group to collaborate and rejuvenate the Victorian-style arch, with its colorful cartouche at its pinnacle. The arch was dismantled, and years of battle against the elements sandblasted away. Wrought iron was newly painted, and custom metal letters were mounted.

For the arch reveal on July 1, 2020, Sign Artist contracted two Chicago theatrical companies to perform a kubuki curtain drop. Grand Stage Chicago built the truss work. Drape Kings provided the 300-square-foot royal blue curtain and automated drop system. A corps of social distancing college students gathered for the dramatic event.

Sign Artist also transformed:

  • Directional signs across Elmhurst University campus
  • Lettering on trucks and shuttle buses
  • Five monument signs (see below)
  • Wood plaque for Elmhurst University Athletic Hall of Fame
  • New dimensional letters in Faganel Hall

 

Now, how might we help brand your business? Visit us online! Signartistusa.com
Or, call and ask for Ed, 630-815-5473.

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Great Northern Instore Signs

Sign Artist was exited to provide Great Northern Instore with new acrylic and cabinet signs.

Great Northern Instore acrylic dimensional letters on a brick building
Custom dimensional letters pop on the Great Northern building.

Sign Artist turned the Great Northern logo into an acrylic dimensional letter sign. We also created a new cabinet sign, showcasing the logo in a different way.

Great Northern Instore cabinet sign on exterior wall
New Cabinet sign on the Great Northern building.
cabinet sign with Great Northern Instore panels
Sign Artist fabricated new panels for a lighted cabinet sign featuring the logo and building number.

Sign Artist Tip: Many lighted cabinet signs are able to be updated with new panels every few years, so be sure to keep your lit signage looking up-to-date! Contact us to learn more.

Great Northern Instore cabinet sign lit up.
Cabinet sign illuminated!

It’s In The Details: ADA Signs

ADA compliant library meeting room signs.
Elmhurst Public Library welcomes people with disabilities by using ADA signage.

ADA Signage is important to extend accessibility to employees and clients with disabilities. Sign Artist is able to provide custom, unique, and attractive ADA-compliant wayfinding, suite numbers, and restroom and stairway signs. Contact the Sign Artist team to create signs that will make your business or office space easier to navigate for everyone.

Suite sign with ADA compliant braille text.
Braille text extends readability for the visually impaired in this suite sign.
ADA compliant custodial sign
Accessibility must be taken into account for all signage situations.

Custom Window Graphics

window graphic for York Solutions

Cut vinyl window graphics are multi-functional signs that can display your brand, give directions, and impart information like hours and phone numbers.

Another great thing about window cut vinyl is that it can be applied on any window or glass door, interior and exterior. Durable, easily changeable, and quick to install, cut vinyl window graphics are the choice for many savvy business owners.

Window Graphic for law group

The options for colors, fonts, and images are endless! You can have printed vinyl in your personal brand colors, or sleek white or black. Sign Artist Inc. is able to design, produce, and install any custom window graphic you could want.

Dimensional Letters Add Excitement

image of brushed metel lawyer sign on brown wall.
The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel chose Sign Artist brushed dimensional letters.
brushed metel university sign on orange wall
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) chose a dynamic red wall which looks great with brushed metal dimensional letters.

Dimensional letters and logos from Sign Artist are highly customizable and come in numerous materials, colors and finishes. We can match your company colors or give your logo a sleek, new look with brushed metal faces.

brushed metal university sign on brick wall.
Turn your vector logo into a key part of your office decor with Sign Artist.

When it comes to deciding how to brand your office space with your unique identity, be sure to consider Sign Artist dimensional letters and speak with our team today.

Banners and Banner Stands

Not every sign has to be forever! Sign Artist can provide your business with temporary signage like large format banners and pop-up banner stands.

Banner for Quick Service Auto Care

High resolution printing and a fresh design from Sign Artist’s graphic designer makes this banner stand out.

Pop up banner stands with Granite Transformations brand

Great for events and short term displays at trade shows and conventions, pop-up banner stands are a portable and highly visible way to get your message across.

Contact the Sign Artist team to get your temporary signage needs solved!

Choosing Sign Fonts

So many fonts, and so many unique choices! A business owner in the process of choosing a new sign may find themselves overwhelmed with available options. Sign Artist wants to share some tips on how to chose typefaces that are appealing, but also legible.

Law office sign on brown wall
University sign on red wall
The wall colors make these silver signs pop!

Fonts that work well in print may not always lead to readability on a large scale. Very thin fonts, or fonts with large stylized flourishes, will be difficult for many people to read.

Some of the most stylized fonts available on the internet are from places like 1001fonts.com. Many of these free fonts are so textured or complicated that they do not lend themselves easily to legibility. To create a professional sign for your business, Sign Artist advises owners to proceed with caution when choosing free fonts.

Hard to read fonts
Try reading these while driving down the highway…

Sign Artist’s font advice? Stick with the classics. A font like Century Gothic or Garamond can easily be just as exciting if stylized with color and texture.

Century Gothic and Garamond fonts
Century Gothic and Garamond are both fonts that are easy to read on signage.

After all, the most fun type of sign is the sign that can be read by everybody!

Ice Cream shop font
A simple font with fun colors and mascot!

Cafe Sign Meets with Good Fortune

hanging sign

New hanging sign at Cafe LaFortuna, Hinsdale, IL

Cafe Fortuna is a favorite whistle stop in Hinsdale, IL for commuters and conversation. But it’s business sign weathered one too many Chicago area winters. Sign Artist met with the proprietor and discussed her needs. The old sign was hung above the entrance to the cafe, where wind and the elements battered it relentlessly. A recent heat wave caused the lamination to slide from the sign face. Using quality 3M products, Sign Artist created the sign and matched the cafe colors using state of the art digital color spectrophotometry.

The new sign is ready for launch and Cafe Fortuna has regained it’s lost identity! 

Check out our other business signs!