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Collaborative Sign Design – Cambridge Pallet

Collaborative Sign Design - Cambridge Pallet - The Sign Depot

From Networking To Collaboration

Networking has always been a focus for The Sign Depot.  Through networking we build great business relationships within our community.  This is how the Cambridge Pallet reception sign came about.  Through connecting with Jorge Meneses we were able to refer business back and forth between our companies and learn more about our interests outside of our companies as well.  In fact we are now committee members for Movember KW, swap vacation stories and assist each other with community involvement fundraising events.  Because we have gotten to know each other well throughout the years, when it came to creating a sign for Cambridge Pallet, it became a collaborative effort.

Sharing Sign Design Ideas

Jorge had let us know that Cambridge Pallet was looking for an interior sign for their office area.  He envisioned steel letters in the reception area.  We suggested to take it one step further and have a replica wood pallet added to the sign design.  These sign ideas were put together to create a sign that reflects their company and their brand.  While this might not be the exact definition of collaborative design, we feel that this was a great way to work together to create a unique 3 dimensional sign.

Building A Pallet Sign

To create the pallet sign we began with MDF board, which is a great material for interior signage. It was cut and assembled to replicate a wood pallet.

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It was then finished to match the colour they use for their pallets.  After the paint finish was complete, the text portion was added to the sign project. The brushed metal letters were pin mounted to the sign to create dimension.

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Once the sign was fully assembled, our installers placed in the reception area of Cambridge Pallet.  Since its arrival both staff and clients have remarked with how much they like the new sign and that it is a great representation of the company.

Build A Sign Around Your Brand

Whether you connect with in person at networking events or online through our social channels, we want to collaborate with you to create a sign that reflects your company and brand. Visit our CONTACT US page to get the process started.

         

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Outdoor Dining and 3 Dimensional Signs at Dels

Dear Dels, We Love What You’ve Done With The Place

Approximately four years ago the expert sign-makers here at THE SIGN DEPOT were busy with the signage rebranding of Del Dente to the Dels Enoteca Pizzeria.  If you read our earlier post you know the change was quite significant, and you are aware that they were able to re-purpose the original 3 dimensional sign to different part of the building.  Fast forward to present-day and the restaurant has upped their game once again. They have created a very inviting outdoor dining space.  This Al Fresco dining area, known as #DelFresco, is a charming patio that provides a wonderful dinner spot for the summer.  It even has an area for you bring an extra special guest that normally wouldn’t be able to join you while eating at the establishment.

Pet Friendly Patio

The addition of pet beds and water dishes make it a welcoming spot to bring SPOT along with you!  This means you can now bring your dog to your fancy Italian dinner.

Outdoor Decor

Beyond the wood tables and the pet area, the Dels Patio is surrounded by bountiful flowers and plants and the signage provides great accents to this fresh air atmosphere.

The custom crafted utensils and dimensional signage serves as a backdrop for the new dining area and because it is a lit sign you can easily find your way to the patio during the evening hours.  Open air dining is great way to enjoy warm summer nights and we think the new Dels Patio is the perfect place to try before the summertime ends.

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If you are looking to add 3 dimensional signs to your establishment, we would glad to assist you.  Check out our DIMENSIONAL SIGNS GALLERY for inspiration and then head to our CONTACT US page to connect with us.

       

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Bring On Boating Season With Custom Nautical Signs

Wonderful Waterways

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This summer we are experiencing lots of warm weather and the best way to spend the season is near water.  Whether you are water skier, wakeboarder, fisherman or boat enthusiast, spending time on the water is a great getaway from the everyday.  If you are a boat owner and you don’t live near a waterway, you have a few choices when it comes to enjoying boating season. Either you trek your boat with you from dock to dock, store it at a local marina or keep it at the cottage.  Being that many choose to invest in real estate we think the later is a great choice especially if you tend to make the most of boating season.

Best Boating Areas To Invest In

When selecting a vacation property it is best to think of what area will best suit your needs.  You may want a cabin near a large river, a cottage at the Muskoka Lakes, a summer house in The Hamptons, a winter property in Florida, vacation house in the Okanagan or maybe you will decide to build bayside.  There are great options all over North America that fit your style.  To further enhance your boating lifestyle we think the addition of a custom nautical sign will be a welcome addition to your property.

Custom Nautical Signs

Custom nautical signs come in all shapes and sizes.  We can customize your exterior wood sign to reflect what you love most about boating.  Some great ideas to start with are

  1. Beach Scenes
  2. Sunsets
  3. Muskoka Chairs
  4. Light Houses
  5. Anchors
  6. Fishing Poles
  7. YOUR BOAT
 

 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to picking the theme of your custom sign. Once you have decided on the size, shape, text, graphics and colours then you can visit our CONTACT US page to let us know how you want you nautical themed sign to look.  We are happy to provide you with a free quote for your fully customized sign.

We hope you can spend some time boating this summer and get a chance to drop anchor on a wonderful waterway.

Custom Nautical Signs

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Long Weekend Road Trips and Custom Cottage Signs

Road Trips and Tourist Attractions

We want to ensure your long weekend is a fun one.  The best way is to have a great plan in place.  Start by checking out our ROAD TRIP PACKING LIST post to see our list of the TOP 10 items you should make sure you pack for your next road trip.  Now that you have everything in place it’s time to download a playlist for the trip.  We have created one full of songs about driving and travel.  Have a look at our ROAD TRIP PLAYLIST to see if you agree with our selections.  We think it will help you chill out on the journey.

While some times the road trip is about the journey, other times it’s about the destination.  We have a great list of Ontario Tourist Attractions that might peak your interest.  We would love to know which ones you have visited and which ones you plan to.  Perhaps you might even be interested in some of the Historic Sites in the picture below.

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Cottage Country and Custom Cottage Signs

Maybe a trip to the cottage is more your style.  We have lots of info to ensure you have a fun time at the cottage.  Hopefully our road trip lists above have helped you enjoy the trip to cottage country and now that you have arrived it is time to enjoy long weekend.  Bird watching is great way to pass the time at the cottage.  Learn about some of the more popular birds we have put on cottage signs by visiting our post about the NATIONAL BIRD PROJECT.

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Another great thing about spending time at a cottage is cooking over an open flame.  You can see our list of recipes to try at your cottage or cabin by checking out our CAMPFIRE RECIPE list.  Are you having guests join you at the cottage? Make sure they can spot your site with an address marker or family cottage sign.

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We hope these ideas help with your long weekend!

 

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Social Enterprise and Small Business Signs

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Community Involvement Means You Are Always Learning

The month of June was beyond busy with our cottage sign segment of the business, but we still take time to be involved in our community and find ways to learn about new ideas.  Earlier this month The Centre for International Governance held an advance screening of the film THE SOCIAL SHIFT along with a Q&A with the creators of the film, Meaghan and Marie Wright of Mirror Image Media. Many in attendance were new to the concept of Social Enterprise and the positive effects it has on a community.  The creators summed it up well when it was stated that many business owners wait until they retire and then become philanthropists.  In reality they could be creating businesses that “do good” as their mandate, which then would be referred to as a social enterprise.  You can learn a bit about social enterprises in Canada by viewing the film’s trailer below.

Throughout the filmed the audience learned about Canadian businesses that assist with environmental change, companies created that gave people a place to work and taught them new skills with a chance for advancement and so many many other ideas that help both locally and globally.

Signs With Social Enterprise In Mind

Last month we spoke about our community involvement with the BUDDY BENCH project.

Since then we been able to work on other signage that promotes inclusivity and social change.  One was a donor recognition feature at St. Paul’s University College along with signage for their Greenhouse social impact incubator.  Another project we were proud to be part of was the WELCOME NEIGHBOUR exterior sign created for the Victoria Hills Neighbourhood Association that was revealed at this year’s Neighbours Day.

As you have noticed in earlier posts we also enjoy being involved in our community, whether it be at sponsoring events or attending events like this above mentioned screening to see how we can be innovative with the way we make our signs and source our materials.  For example our preferred metal provider donates and holds fundraisers for the Make a Wish Foundation, which is why we buy from them.  When businesses take a look at how they run their company and the businesses they choose to work with they can learn how they can make a social impact.  Even small tweaks can provide lasting results and social change.

       

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Community Involvement – The Buddy Bench Project

Buddying Up With Our Community

Recently we were contacted by our local radio station 91.5 The Beat to see if we would be interested in their latest School Tour project.  They were looking for a business that values community involvement to assist with their BUDDY BENCH initiative.  We were glad they came to us and we could help with the project.  This may have you wondering what we mean by “BUDDY BENCH” but we think the video below describes it best.

How A Buddy Bench Works

 

This 3 minute video is a great example of what a BUDDY BENCH can do. Many children often struggle with making friends, joining in and/or finding someone to talk to.  The idea of putting a BUDDY BENCH in a school playground assists the children that need a little help in this area.  They sit on the bench and a spotter will come and sit with them and strike up a conversation.  This little engagement can do a lot to improve the mental health and/or self esteem in kids.  It also assists with stopping bullying at school.

Bring On The Buddy Benches

91.5 The Beat is donating BUDDY BENCHES to 3 local schools.  Together with our friends at Fiddlesheads and Cedarland Lumber we assisted them with this important community project.

Our involvement was to engrave the words BUDDY BENCH along with the sponsors names into the wooden bench.  To do this we sandblasted the bench pieces to carve into the wood.  Yesterday the first bench was donated to a local school and as you can see it was all smiles when it was received.

 

Sandblasting wood is something we have been doing for over 25 years.  If you want more info about our sandblasted wood signs please visit our portfolio and if you see something you are interested in please CONTACT US!

       

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What To Do With Storm Damaged Exterior Signs

Custom Signs That Weathered The Storm

The past few winter storms managed to cause quite a bit of damage.  Some from high winds and others from ice.

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If there is a lot of property damage we suggest putting your signage through your insurance claim, but if only your exterior signs need repair and no other property damage was done, then we think your best bet it to contact a sign company that specializes in SIGN REFURBISHING.  This will save you the cost of your deductible and the sign company can let you know if you are better off repairing or replacing the broken outdoor signage.

Exterior Sign Refurbishing

Many of our custom wood exterior signs show signs of finishing damage after seven to ten years because of winter storm damage. When that happens, visit our CONTACT US page and let our sign-makers know what needs repaired.  We are able to sand down most cedar signs, repair any checks in the wood and refinish the sign to “like-new” condition.  This means that the fixed sign receives a new life and it keeps another damaged sign out of the landfill. The longevity of sandblasted cedar signs make them a great choice as they provide dimensional signage that can stand the test of time, with very little upkeep required.

Signs That Are Damaged Beyond Repair

When a sign broken to the point of no repair, we suggest taking pictures of the broken sign and where it was placed and sending them to sales@sign-depot.on.ca to request a quote for a sign replacement. Your estimate will come with suggestions for the new sign and new fasteners that will stabilize the sign going forward.  This will assist you with your decisions about that sign and other signage for your establishment.

Once you have decided which option works best for your exterior signs and the signs are placed back on your building, your curbside appeal with rise significantly.

   

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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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