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Artistic Sign Design – Finding The Font

Find The Font That Fits

There are so many factors when it comes to artistic sign design. Logo colours, graphics and text are all important elements of custom sign creation. With all these variables it is often the choice of font that helps unify the overall look of the sign.  When it comes to displaying company names and branding messages it is important to find a font that fits.

Favorite Fonts For Designers

We took to twitter and asked our followers what their favorite fonts are.

As you can tell by typography fan responses there are lots of great fonts to choose from.  We were then asked about the favourite fonts of The Sign Depot. Below are choices from our experts in sign design.

Peter’s Picks

Peter is the Owner/President of The Sign Depot Inc. If you come by our workshop many of the signs and artistic sculptures on display were created by Peter.

  • Fute Bold
  • Garamond
  • Snell Bold

Ben’s Picks

Ben is the head of our vinyl department and also goes by the nickname of the Vinyl Master.  He know how to best display all your window graphics, vehicle decals, and temporary signage

  • Euro
  • Flash
  • Aura

Adam’s Picks

Adam is our Lead Designer.  If you are looking for custom business signs, logo design and/or sign package consultations, Adam is your guy.  Watch for upcoming posts about Adam’s design work.

  • Geared Slab
  • Lobster
  • Duke
Of course we have tons and tons of fonts to choose from, but choosing a font that can be clearly read from far distances is imperative when it come to signs. You can learn more about letter size and installation height by reading our post Visibility Is Key

Artistic Sign Fonts - The Sign Depot

Te learn more about how important it is to choose a proper font to display your message, be sure to check out our blog post on fonts and typography Artistic Sign Design

artistic sign font design styles

Tell us more about the fonts you like.  Leave a comment and let us know what catches your eye!    


Signs That Good Neighbours Make Good Neighbourhoods And Can Create An Artistic Community

Creating A Design Community

When Karl & Amy of Cutegecko Inc. first arrived in Kitchener Waterloo, we were ecstatic to find another company that is just as artistic and detail oriented as we are here at The Sign Depot. Waterloo Region is full of excellent design talent and we are so happy that creative people and companies are calling this community home.  Over the past few years we have colaberated on projects with Cutegecko and became “almost” neighbours as they moved into their office further down on Charles St. in The Tannery Building.  We love working with designers in all industries whether it be graphic design, web design, building design or interior design.  Anyone who appreciates good design is alright in our books.  We are always happy to help designers create custom artistic signs for their clients, and in the case of Cutegecko Inc we have created items for their own company’s use.  Reception signs and vinyl car graphics are just a few ways we help designers turn their creations into branding tools and business advertising elements.  Great design and professional sign makers can give companies a big advantage over their competition when it comes to visibility and recognition.  They are just a few ways to be top of mind to potential customers.  Cutegecko knew that and that is why they came to use to create a dimensional reception sign featuring their logo.

As Seen On TV

One year after moving into their office Karl and Amy became local stars by appearing in a televison commercial and talking about their business, their backgrounds and their life together.  The add really captures what they are all about, but there was one stand out moment for us here at The Sign Depot

Imagine our surprise when the custom logo sign we constructed from their design made an appearance at the 34 second mark! It was a thrill to see their multi-material Cutegecko reception sign on the television screen and being shared across the web. 

But that’s what Good Neighbours do! They look out for one another.


Wholesale Wood Signs – Featured In SignMedia Canada

Sandblasted Signs To The Sign Trade

The Sign Depot was thrilled to featured in the January 2011 Edition of SignMedia Canada.  The article profiled the company starting from it’s humble beginnings and following how The Sign Depot evolved into a full service sign shop with a sandblasted wood sign wholesale department that wholesales to the sign trade.  This is want makes us unique to many other sign shops.  We are able to manufacture wholesale cedar signs here in our workshop.  Our wholesale wood signs have been shipped all over North America and our clients come back over and over. Hand-carved wood signs have lots of options so that sign retailers can customize the look they wish to achieve

The Five Steps To Wholesale Wood Signs

We always want to give our clients the best possible service and in order to adhere to the quick turnaround times required for our wholesale we ask that they follow these 5 steps.

  1. Change all fonts to curves or line art
  2. Send us vector file formats – .ai – .eps – .dxf – .cdl or .cdr
  3.  Confirm overall dimensions
  4.  Let us know if the wholesale sign is to be Single sided or double sided
  5.  We will need to know if the sign is to be Finished or unfinished

By receiving the digital artwork design and following the guidelines for ordering with our wholesale sign department, the process is streamlined and your should receive your quote within one business day.  Please send the required info to or visit our contact us page

*NOTE If you are a Designer and wish to learn more about The Sign Depot  request an invite to The Sign Depot Designers’ Demo Day happening Wednesday January 26th 2011 from 3-6pm.  We’ll be having live demos of how we manufacture signs here in our sign workshop and will be happy to answer any questions you have about out sign making processes.


3 Dimensional Signs That Are Designed to Impress

How A 3 Dimensional Sign Became A Brand Symbol

We love working with designers!  We take their works of art and make them into something that their clients can hold, display and admire.  Last month we changed the process a bit.  We had the opportunity to take a design firm’s logo and create a 3 dimesional reception sign for them.  The Cutegecko Graphic Design Agency had just acquired a space in The Tannery (a spot we have become very well acquainted with this year) and wanted something to display in the reception area that represented their graphic design business and serve as a warm welcome to those entering their renovated office space inside this historic building.

Getting Down To Business

After discussions about size, materials and colour the process sign manufacturing process began.  Below are the  pictures of their custom wood sign displayed in their new office.  To see the step by step photos of the sign’s contruction, make sure to tak a look at The Curly Blue Blog and read The Cutegecko Design Agency’s assesment of our custom sign work.

 As you can see we were able to use a variety of professional sign making techniques in this artistic 3 dimensional sign.  With a mix of cnc routed wood and acrylic letters, the Cutegecko reception sign took shape and became a focal point for their new Kitchener Ontario design agency office.

Upon completion the designers at Cutegecko were just as thrilled at the results as we were.  

 Logo Recognition

This reception sign has since been featured in a commercial, and in several online social networks.  It has become a symbol for their brand, and a recognized logo in the area.

Want to see what The Sign Depot Inc. can do with your designs?  Then come to our Designers’ Demo Day Jan 26th from 3-6pm RSVP on Facebook or by emailing and see how you can add a revenue stream by offering custom signs to your clients.