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Custom Historical Site Signs And Wayfinding Signage

Signs For Historic Sites

Last month we asked our online audience what Historic Sites they enjoy visiting.  It was a varied list including Pioneer Villages, Military Reenactement Sites, Historic Ruins, Heritage Buildings and Natural Wonders.  Many of these places welcome visitors from all over the world, and how do they welcome them? With custom signs that are created to reflect the history of the site.

Custom Crafted Signs Made To Be Memorable

When the expert custom sign makers here at The Sign Depot are creating a sign for a historic site they consider these factors

  • Visibility
  • Close traffic areas
  • Brand recognition
  • Surrondings

With these four ideas in mind a custom sign can show off what the historic site wishes to convey to their visitors. With just a glance, guests get a good idea of what to expect from the site because of the traditional sign out front. Visibility is key to ensure that the sign is placed in the proper position.  If you factor in the traffic near by you will know if it is predominantly drive by or walk up traffic (and sometimes it is both).  Brand recognition come is the form of text, graphics, logo and colour choice and finally considering the surrounding area lets the sign designer know how to make the sign stand out but not look out of place.  In addition to conveying a message to passersby, the custom sign also provides wayfinding for the historic site.  You can learn more about the importance of wayfinding on our post about findability and wayfinding signs.

Let us know about some of the historic sites that you have visited recently and if you have pictures with their landmark signs we would love to see those too!

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Traditional Wood Signs Personalized To Suit You

Custom Wood Signs Are A Great Choice

With arrival of the chilly weather means that the gift giving season is close at hand.  Have you ever thought of giving a traditional wood sign as a Christmas gift?  Signs can be personalized to match any taste.  You will have lots of choice when it comes to how traditional your custom wood sign will look and what it will say.

How To Customize A Sign

It is always a good idea to know what the sign will symbolize.  A few good starting points could be choosing a

  • Family Name
  • Family Crest
  • Heritage Farm
  • Cottage
  • Address
  • Residence Name
  • Favorite Quote

Sandblasting any of the info from the list above would make for wonderful personalized wood sign.  After the text is chosen the sign shape, dimensions, fonts, graphics and colours can further customize the look of a sandblasted cedar sign.  Below are just a few examples of the personalized custom wood signs we have made here in The Sign Depot Workshop.

If you see something that is of interest to you, we are able to craft as similar wood sign for you, or  if you want something different we are happy to accommodate you. Keep in mind that we have many different options to suit your personal taste as well as your budget.  The key is to ensuring your sign is ready is early ordering.  Don’t find yourself in the Christmas rush, order early to make sure your sign is ready in time.  Remember that the sign design is just the beginning of the production process.  The sign will still need to be sandblasted, and finished.  Finishing time includes drying time between each coat of paint.  Other things to consider would be where the sign will be hung.  Will it need a sign bracket or perhaps cedar posts finished to match the sign?  Will it be attached directly to brick wall or will it stand off from siding?  All of these factors will considered during the finishing process of the sign.

No matter what you choose, the recipient will be thrilled by how personalized their new sign is. Perhaps you’ll love the sandblasted cedar sign you’re gifting so much that you’ll create a custom wood sign for yourself!