Shop Signs: Frequently Asked Questions

Shop and retail signs should effectively communicate the identity of a business while also attracting potential customers. 

They are indispensable for any business aiming to make its mark on a bustling high street or in a busy shopping centre. 

At A1DeSigns, we’ve been designing and making shop signs for more than 35 years – working with a variety of companies, from big chains to small independents. 

Drawing on our wealth of experience we’ve pulled together a few of the most popular questions (and answers) relating to shop and retail signs we’ve encountered.  

Hope this helps and please feel free to contact us for further information about any of the things mentioned below. 

How long do shop signs last for? 

As a rule, most signs that are maintained regularly have an expected lifespan of between four and seven years and can last longer. However, certain materials used in the construction of a sign may have a shorter lifespan, so it is best to speak to us when enquiring.  

Do I need planning permission for my shop sign? 

If the sign is to be illuminated or is larger than 0.3m2 and going on the outside of your building, then you will need planning permission from your local council. You may also need permission on internal signage depending on the distance it is from the window. If you are renting the property, then it is also advised to secure permission from your landlord. 

Can you handle the planning permission for me? 

We can. While not one of our standard services, we can file the application and handle any of the feedback. this can be quite a lengthy process, with some applications taking 6 months to be granted. If you are wanting us to handle your planning permission, please get in touch. 

I am not sure how to describe what I want for my shop sign, what can I do? 

If you are looking for guidance, or ideas the best thing to do is get in touch with us. You can call, email or come and visit us in person where we can show you materials, colours and different styles. 

Can I install my shop sign myself, or do I need professional installation? 

The complexity of installing a shop sign depends on factors such as the size and type of sign, as well as the location and mounting surface. For larger or more complex signs often require professional installation to ensure proper placement and stability. 

Vehicle Graphics: What Are The Benefits

Vehicle Graphics are a great way to provide a low-cost source of advertising that turns your vehicles into a mobile billboard. 

Unlike other advertising, once you have it put up, there are no ongoing costs. 

From plotted vinyl lettering, to printed images, to magnetic panels, vehicle graphics are simply a great way to get your name out there when driving around. 

At A1DeSIGNS, we can recreate logos, apply website addresses and phone numbers, even list your services. Please see a range of our vehicle graphics designs on our Pinterest page here.  

Here are some more benefits of vehicle graphics. 

Brand Visibility

A branded vehicle stands out on the road, increasing brand visibility and recognition. It’s an excellent way for businesses to establish their presence in the community and make a lasting impression on potential customers.

Longevity  

With different quality materials, you can have your graphics made to last for several years. 

Colours  

Vinyl comes in a wealth of colours and finishes, so you will be spoilt for choice when deciding on your design. 

Versatile  

With the capability of modern-day plotters, even intricate designs are simple to create, and if it cannot be plotted, it can be printed, so there is no reason why your design cannot be achieved. 

Cost Effective 

Whether you are working with a small budget for a single vehicle, or a larger budget for a fleet, there are options available to get some branding on your vehicle 

Non-intrusive Advertising

Unlike online ads or telemarketing, vehicle graphics are non-intrusive. They don’t interrupt or annoy potential customers but instead offer a passive form of advertising that people can choose to engage with if they’re interested.


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What is good signage?

Signage is everywhere, you see it every single day and usually do not even realise. It shows you which shop to go into, which floor to go up to or which road to travel down to get to your destination and a hundred other things. Even something as simple as a house number is a sign. 

As one of the country’s leading signage companies we’re well suited to answer the question: What is good signage?  

We feel that there are at least five requirements that good signage should be able to fulfil. 

Simplicity  

A good sign should be simple. Signage should be easily noticeable and readable from a distance. It should stand out from its surroundings and catch the attention of the intended audience. Even something as basic as a board with a painted design or vinyl graphics can work as signage, you do not need to go fancy. Keep it simple, keep it effective. 

Visibility  

Signage should be easily noticeable and readable from a distance. It should stand out from its surroundings and catch the attention of the intended audience. 

Consistency  

If there are multiple signs in a particular area or within an organisation, they should follow a consistent design and visual identity. This helps build recognition and familiarity. 

Durability  

Outdoor signage should be designed to withstand weather conditions and should not deteriorate quickly. Indoor signage should also be resistant to wear and tear. 

Fit For Audience 

Consider the needs and characteristics of the intended audience when designing the signage. This includes factors like language, cultural norms, and any specific requirements. 


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Visual Merchandising and its benefits

Visual merchandising is the use of various constructs, usually organised within a shop window, to advertise a new product or event.  

Materials such as neon, LEDs, light boxes, vinyl and printed graphics can all shine a light on a new clothing line or sale and help bring in more customers. 

A1 DeSIGNS is one of the UK’s leading VM specialists – with years of experience. For window displays it is usually a non-permanent, often seasonal type of product. However, all products that we manufacture are made using high-quality materials and manufacturing methods so can be reused and products made for within the store as permanent features are manufactured to have a long lifespan. 

We’ve found visual merchandising to be a very powerful marketing and sales technique for our clients – showcasing their products or services in a visually appealing manner.  

For window displays it is usually a non-permanent, often seasonal type of product. However, all products that we manufacture are made using high-quality materials and manufacturing methods so can be reused and products made for within the store as permanent features are manufactured to have a long lifespan. 

Here, are what we believe, are the main benefits of visual merchandising: 

Visual merchandising is eye catching 

With bright colours, lights and the option of adding animation, you can attract the attention of passersby with ease. 

Variety  

With different types of lighting, different materials, colours, and finishes available, you can create a stunning display no matter what time of year or theme. 

Brand Image and Recognition 

Effective visual merchandising helps reinforce the brand’s identity and message. Consistent displays and themes across various channels, such as physical stores, online platforms, and advertisements, contribute to brand recognition and recall. 

Increased Foot Traffic  

Eye-catching window displays or storefronts can attract passersby and potential customers, increasing foot traffic into the store. 

Versatile 

Whether it is isolated to a shop window, or used throughout the year in store to display products, visual merchandising can be used anywhere.


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Industrial Signs: Why Use Them?

At A1deSIGNS we have more than 35 years designing and creating industrial signage for a wide variety of businesses.  

These types of signs play a crucial role in a workplace and offer many benefits and uses – some of these are listed here:  

Safety  

Safety: One of the primary benefits of industrial signs is enhancing safety in the workplace. These signs help in preventing accidents by providing important safety information, warnings, and instructions to employees, visitors, and contractors. 

Compliance 

Industrial signs aid in meeting regulatory and compliance requirements. Various industries have specific safety regulations and standards that need to be followed. By displaying appropriate signs, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to compliance and create a safer work environment. 

Communication 

Industrial signs serve as a means of effective communication. They provide clear and concise messages that are easily understandable, even from a distance or in challenging conditions. Whether it’s conveying important instructions, indicating directions, or displaying important information, signs help in conveying messages quickly and efficiently 

Efficiency and Productivity  

By using well-placed industrial signs, businesses can enhance efficiency and productivity. Signs that indicate equipment locations, storage areas, work zones, or workflow processes can help employees navigate the workplace more easily. This saves time, reduces confusion, and improves overall productivity. 

Branding and Identity 

Industrial signs can also contribute to branding and corporate identity. Customized signs with company logos, colours, and slogans can reinforce brand recognition and create a consistent visual identity throughout the facility. 

More about industrial signs

Find out more about are industrial and commercial sign offerings here. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. 


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Large Format Printing: Frequently Asked Questions

Large format printing is a great way of displaying your product, business, sale or event on any scale with vibrant colour and incredible definition.  

Having great experience and expertise in this area, we’re often asked many questions about large format printing – so we’ve put together some of the most common together with clear, concise answers.  

Large format printing FAQs: 

How big can I have a print? 

There truly is no limit to how big a print is. If it goes over standard printing sizes, which can vary based on machines, then the print would be done in multiple pieces that are then applied next to each other on the desired substrate. 

Can the print go outside? 

Yes! For a print that is being exposed to the elements, a laminate seal can be applied over the top of the print. This makes it more durable and resilient to being outside, ideal for when you want your print to be displayed longer than a sale or event. 

Is it cost effective? 

For large prints, or print runs of large quantities, large format printing can be one of the more cost- effective signage mediums. 

What can it be printed on? 

It is not just vinyl that can be printed on either. Card, paper even certain fabrics and materials can be printed on allowing for different effects and suiting different requirements. 

What colours can be used? 

With large format printing a whole range of colours open up, including CMYK and pantone ranges 


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