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Lykke – Minded 3 Dimensional Signs

The Danish Have Done It Again

In 2017 we told you about Danish HYGGE and LAGOM and what they have to do with signage.  Once again they are bringing a new sensation to North America.  LYKKE is the new Danish word at the tip of our tongues and we think our 3 dimensional signs fit the bill perfectly.  According to The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People, lykke means Happiness but it has shown that people feel much happier if they call happiness Lykke rather than Happiness.  Here at The Sign Depot we want all of our signs to bring people happiness, and while we work hard to accomplish that with all of custom signs, our whimsical 3 dimensional signage provides an extra layer of lykke to the mix.

Bring On The Happiness With Our Lykke – Minded 3 Dimensional Signs

Many of our 3 dimensional signs are made from layered High Density Urethane, often referred to as HDU. They are created in our workshop on our CNC router table.  Once the form is cut, it is up to our expert sign-makers to shape the sign into the object of our client’s choice.  Over the years we have created many sign structures that bring smiles to faces.  We think it makes it “Lykke – Minded” signage.  You can see examples in the images below.

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Spring Into Action

Spring is in the air (most days), and it is often known as a time of renewal.  Now that the spring season has arrived it is time to see how you can refresh your business.  Could it use a little HYGGE, LAGOM and/or LYKKE? Finding the right recipe for your company is something we can assist with.  Just visit our CONTACT US page to connect with one of our sign experts.  Together they can provide you with the signage that best suits your business. Do you LIKE (or LYKKE) that idea? Let us know in the comments. We always appreciate hearing from our readers.

       

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The Building Blocks of Sign Design

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Setting Up Sign Design Partners

Readers of The Sign Depot blog know that our expert sign-makers are able to assist with sign design, but did you know we work many others in the design industry as well?  One of those designer partnerships we have formed is with Bradshaw Design.  Bradshaw Design is  the firm responsible for our well-designed and very functional website.  They understand our esthetic, and in turn they came to us to build a cedar wood sign project for a client.

Bring On The Building Blocks

When I first noticed the structure pictured above, I immediately thought of the wooden toy blocks that I had a child.

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When I looked closer at the item and read the text, it does show that they are using the concept of building a harmonious project by concentrating on each step (or block) that will get you there.

This is how we think of our sign projects as well.  We focus on the details to ensure that it will make the designed sign come together flawlessly.  We consider everything from size, style, material, font, text and colour when it comes to creating signage.  We believe it is difference between meeting our clients’ expectations and exceeding them.  Exceeding expectations is something we pride ourselves on.  Everything we produce is a reflection of our clients’ professionalism as well as a reflection on The Sign Depot.  In this case, the sign structure we created for one of Bradshaw Design’s client impressed them so much that they sent a testimonial to them and included our craftsmanship in their note.

We received the original ‘Carleton House’ yesterday and the entire Compass team absolutely loved it!  Please pass our sincere thanks and congratulations to your wood working partner as he created a truly beautifully designed ‘Carleton House.’  I love the cedar wood he used throughout.   The base truly looks like an award podium with each additional block so intricately designed and created.  I know that took a significant amount of talent! Well done to you both!!! 

Building On Your Business

In our last blog post we spoke about finding the right fit for your business.  Once you have found the signage concept that works for you, then your next step (or building block) is to find a sign company that can bring your design from the computer screen to a 3 dimensional object.  We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your next sign project with our signage team.  Just visit our CONTACT US page to get the process started.  We want to help you build your business with our custom signs.

     

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Custom Interior Signs That Create Brand Awareness

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Interior Signs For Business

When it comes to selecting a sign design for your company’s interior signs it is very important that it conveys your business brand and serves as a constant reminder of what your company is known for.

Most established businesses have a welcoming reception sign that includes the company name and logo, but they often stop with the branding there.  Your logo and company name should be on all of your wayfinding and office signage as well.  Whether is marking a meeting room or a building directory, your business should be represented throughout the interior of the building.  This elevates brand awareness about your company as it relays the message that you are a professional business that knows the importance of clear communication.

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Types of Interior Signs

When it comes to choosing interior signs for you company it it best to consider all the signs you will require.  Here is a list of the types of custom interior signs that your business may require.

  • Reception Signs
  • Directory Signs
  • Wayfinding Signs
  • Washroom Signs
  • Office Door Signs
  • Meeting Room Signs
  • Window Decals
  • Privacy Window Frosting
  • Elevator Signs
  • ADA / Accessibility Signage (IE Braille, Raised Lettering)

Find The Right Fit For Your Business

Once you have selected all the signs that you require, its time to consider what materials they should be fabricated from.  Choosing to work with a custom sign maker means that you have several options.  You have a variety of substrates to choose from.  You can also pick 3 dimensional signs and lit signage. When you find the right fit for your business we would happy to chat with you about pricing.  Visit our CONTACT US page to be connected to one of our expert sign-makers.  Together we can create the right interior sign mix for your business.

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Purple REIGNS Again With The Announcement Of Ultra Violet As The Pantone 2018 Colour Of The Year

Purple Reigns Supreme Once Again

Today Pantone has announced that its 2018 Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet.  We think that the popularity of 2014’s purple hue Radiant Orchid and now with today’s announcement, that Purple Rain, oops I mean purple reigns the colour palette. As stated on the Pantone website,

Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality.

With inspirations like this, be on the lookout for Ultra Violet popping up everywhere.

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Perhaps even in 2018 artistic sign design projects.  We are always looking ahead and this colour is sure to spark creativity with many in the design industry.

Trendspotting For 2018

As each new year begins so do new trends.  Many follow trends in different industries.  Some follow fashion trends, others follow tech trends and most of us follow food trends.

Here at The Sign Depot, we follow design trends, but we also like to create trends with our custom signs. When it comes to creating trends in the signage industry we always try to partner vintage looks with new tech or give sleek design an edgy look.  There are always ways to incorporate signage into your brand strategy and with this bright bold colour trending, Ultra Violet and its complimentary colours can add new life to a dated look.

Now Is The Time To Start Building Buzz About Your Business

Being on trend also means that your company is creating buzz about the business.  You want to be as standout in your industry and make yourself unique in the marketplace.  Now is the time to put your 2018 marketing plan into action and start building buzz about your business.  Get a jump on your competitors by connecting with us to discuss how we can help elevate your brand with custom signs.

   

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Ways To Make Business Signs Part Of Your Marketing Mix In The New Year

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Managing Modern Marketing

With the New Year just around the corner, now is the time to decide how your business will move forward in the coming year.  Many business are finding it difficult to maneuver their way through a modern marketing plan and are looking for ways to update their marketing and advertising campaigns.  We want to ensure your branding is at the forefront of your marketing mix, so we have put together a plan that is simple to incorporate and meant to elevate your business.

A Business Sign Is Your Best Branding Tool

An outdoor business sign is a 24 hour advertisement for your business.  Make sure it represents what your company stands for and properly brands your establishment.  It is best when choosing your business sign to select something that is highly visible.  This mean it can be seen by both vehicle traffic and those passing by. You also want it to be memorable and create buzz around your business.

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Is It Instagram Worthy?

Will it make it to IG? Did it get liked and shared on facebook? How many times was it re-pinned? Did they RT it? When it comes to modern marketing, nothing has changed the game the way social media has.  It is important that your signage makes to masses, as many people spend a good part of their day on at least one social network.  It is a way to get your messaging across many platforms to connect with both current and potential clients.

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Your Influencers Can Be Found In Your Client List

Influence marketing is one of the best ways to keep your business current and on trend.  All it takes is the right people talking to your target audience to create online buzz and potentially media attention.  Often the influencers you need are already on your client list.  Be sure to engage with your customers online by sharing their content and quite often they will reciprocate by sharing yours as well.  They may even talk about your services and products online and refer others to you. This is a great way to get your brand in front of their audience and bring your business to those who may be unaware of it.

These are just a few ways that your business sign can used in a modern marketing mix.  If you have other ideas or insights, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

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Crafting Custom Cedar Wood Signs For Christmas

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Cottage Signs For Christmas

When the weather starts to get chilly and everyone heads indoors to Hygge, we start preparing our cedar signs for the Christmas season.  Every year we receive requests for Cottage Signs for Christmas Gifts.  They make a unique gift and each cedar cottage sign can be personalized to an individual’s taste.  This means they become a timeless gift that can be displayed with pride all year long.

Wood Signs That Weather Well

While there are several types of wood signs, we prefer to use Canadian Western Red Cedar for our cottage signs because of the longevity of the wood.  Cedar holds up against the elements and with our 4 seasons ranging from heat and humidity in the summer to the freezing temperatures and moisture in the winter it is the best choice for custom signage.

 

We Make What Works For You

Our custom sign designers keep your budget in mind when it comes to creating a cottage sign that meets your specifications.  You are able to select the size, shape, text and image for your sign.  You can also decide if the sign is to be a single sided or a double sided sandblasted wood sign.  You even has the option of having a custom post created to match your sign. With all of this choice, you are sure to find a mix that works for you.

What You Need To Provide When Ordering A Sign For Christmas

   

Because you want to ensure you receive your quote in a timely fashion, follow these steps

  1. Know your budget
  2. Decide on a size
  3. Figure out the shape you want the sign to be
  4. Provide the text to be on the sign
  5. Think of an image that would suit the sign

Once you have prepared these five items, send an email to sales@sign-depot.on.ca to receive your quote.  Please note that taxes, shipping and/or installation are extra.  Be aware the earlier you get your order in the better, as there will be time required to prepare and custom finish your sign.

       

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Small Business Week – Collaborate With Your Community

Small Business Week In Canada

The third week of October is Small Business Week here in Canada. It is a time for those in the small business sector to seek recognition or learn about business opportunities in their area. This year we are shining a spotlight on community involvement.  We try to collaborate with local organizations and events that involve art and design.  Recently we sponsored FLUXIBLE a UX Design conference with a theme of art meeting tech.

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This year we provided in kind signage and Peter had the opportunity to present at a “BROWN BAG LUNCH SESSION”

Later this month we will sponsoring the Grand River Film Festival.  This year’s theme is about tech design which is something we are passionate about as we are always looking for ways to innovate and create new trends in the sign industry.

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The Importance Of Community Involvement

As a small business we think it is very important to be involved in our local community.  You can find us at Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Of Commerce events, local conferences, community gatherings, charity fundraisers and more.

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We understand the importance of community involvement and we constantly look for ways to connect with others in the area.  It helps us understand what people are looking for, know what they can expect from us, connect with our peers and find out what everyone thinks of our brand.  It assists in finding out what is working us and where we can improve. All of these factor in our future goals and help us concentrate on our efforts locally.

Celebrating Small Business

How do you celebrate Small Business Week? We would love to learn more about your business as well.  Leave a comment below with what Small Business means to you and how you help others with their small business ventures.

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Flexing Our Custom Sign Design Muscle At Fluxible

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Fluxible 2017

We are thrilled to announce our involvement with this year’s Fluxible conference happening in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario, Canada. Fluxible is Canada’s UX Festival and it brings those interested in the user experience fields together for a week long celebration.  This year we noticed the theme of tech and design intersecting and we knew we needed to be there. In fact you can find us there in a few different ways. You can find us in person, on stage and through out the festival. All of these factors will contribute to our custom sign design theme we are creating with Fluxible this year.

The Sign Depot Enters Fluxible

Earlier this month we were announced as a sponsor for Fluxible via their twitter account.

   

As the custom sign sponsor sponsor for this year’s event we will be creating a stage item as well as wayfinding signs throughout the event spaces. We are collaborating with Fluxible by using their designs and logo to create signs that are highly visible for the conference.

Not only will be represented at Fluxible through sponsorship, our own Owner/President, Peter Moir will be the presenter at the BROWN BAG LUNCH that is happening at Noon on Wednesday September 20, 2017.

This brown bag lunch features Peter Moir of The Sign Depot, a local fabricator of high-end signage whose work can be found across North America. Peter will talk about how sign design impacts our experience of public spaces. 

Looking to learn a little more about Peter before the event? Read up on his latest adventure at THE SIGN DEPOT – @ THE TOP OF CANADA and see what was happening in this pic.

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To get all the info on Fluxible: Canada’s UX Festival visit the links below

Website: http://www.fluxible.ca

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fluxible

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fluxibleconf

and the link to Peter’s talk is can be found at https://www.meetup.com/Fluxible/events/242396280

We’re looking forward to seeing how everyone will be flexing their design muscles at Fluxible. Be sure to connect with us while you are there! We always want to be part of a “connected” community.

 

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Spellbinding Custom Sign For The Toronto Harry Potter Themed Store Curiosa

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Many Are Curious About Curiosa

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of buzz about the Harry Potter themed store that popped up in Toronto. With both Halloween and Christmas around the corner, the timing for the store’s opening couldn’t be better.  This shop is sure to be a favourite for eclectic collectors, board game fans, movie fanatics, aspiring magicians and “would be” wizards. Curiosa is a retail shop branded as Toronto’s Purveyors of Extraordinary Things.  Their establishment stocks mystical, magical, magnificent items and they needed their sign to reflect that.

Custom Sign Crafted For Curiosa

The sign for the Curiosa store was created from western red cedar.  The sign was sandblasted on both sides with the store name and logo. It was given a dark finish with white highlights.  This keeps with the colour scheme of the the store but also makes it highly visible to vehicle traffic and those passing by on foot.

Findability is key when it comes to opening a new retail store.  The storefront must be welcoming and the sign should generate interest about what can be found inside.  In this case, the sign sparks curiosity about what can be found on the other side of the door through the use of the image of an eye peaking through the keyhole. It brings the idea of a “focal point” to a whole new level. Do you recall the FLYING KEYS scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?

The idea that this shop might provide the keyhole for one of those flying keys makes it even more mysterious!

Crafting signs to reflect the business it will represent is something we take pride in and we are thrilled to see the attention this sign is grabbing.

We Want To Put A Spell On You

When it comes to creating business signs, we can create something spellbinding for your company too.  All it takes is a visit to our CONTACT US page to connect with us.

 

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How Custom Sign Design Can Be Defined By Lagom

What Is Lagom?

Last time we spoke of trends, the word HYGGE was a hot topic. Nowadays the LAGOM is on the tip of every tastemaker’s tongue.  In fact it’s in Vogue – literally. Not sure what lagom is? The concept of lagom is similar to the old adage “everything in moderation”.  By definition the same rings true when it comes to custom sign design.

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What Does Lagom Have To Do With Sign Design?

Your sign should show your business offerings but not overwhelm potential clients.  Just like lagom your sign needs just the right amount of contact information combined with your branding. You want your text, choice of font and logo to compliment your brand. When all three of these design elements work together you have a winning combination for your sign design.

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By keeping the text on your sign simple and concise, people are able to focus in on your specialty. Choosing a clear font ensures your sign is legible from a variety of distances. Having a well designed logo gives everyone an idea what to expect from your company.

Alternatively, if you try to put too much messaging on your sign, use too many fonts and an oversized logo, then it looks too busy and people will find it confusing.  You want your sign to be eye-catching but not an eye sore.

Find The Right Fit

So are signs HYGGE or LAGOM?  We think they can be a combination of both. Just the right amount of information designed to add warmth to your establishment.

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By putting these concepts together in one sign design creates a synergy that can elevate your brand in the marketplace, giving your company a high level of visibility and potentially attracting new customers to your business.  The expert sign designers here at The Sign Depot are here to help you find the right fit for your business. Visit our CONTACT US page to speak with one of them. To keep up with signage trends stay tuned to this blog.

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