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.
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.
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.
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.
Outdoor signage should be designed to withstand weather conditions and should not deteriorate quickly. Indoor signage should also be resistant to wear and tear.
Consider the needs and characteristics of the intended audience when designing the signage. This includes factors like language, cultural norms, and any specific requirements.
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:
With bright colours, lights and the option of adding animation, you can attract the attention of passersby with ease.
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.
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.
Eye-catching window displays or storefronts can attract passersby and potential customers, increasing foot traffic into the store.
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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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: 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Find out more about are industrial and commercial sign offerings here. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
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.
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.
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.
For large prints, or print runs of large quantities, large format printing can be one of the more cost- effective signage mediums.
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.
With large format printing a whole range of colours open up, including CMYK and pantone ranges
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Fairground lights and lightbulb signs are becoming increasingly popular.
Whether it’s a large, outdoor theatre-style sign you require or distinct lettering inside a restaurant or bar – fairground lights or lightbulb signs are a great way to add a showbiz feel.
There are many different types of bulbs out there that can be used in your fairground signage, from cabochons with their different coloured covers and vintage style incandescent bulbs to LED globe bulbs available in a variety of whites and some colours.
If you want to really add a twist to your sign, why not see if bulbs can help?
And here are some other top benefits of fairground lights that you may, or may not have thought of:
These lights are not just great for decoration either. The light bulbs will help brighten a space, which is great for advertising in the darker hours, or creating a new atmosphere in a room at home.
With many of the bulbs we use having a low wattage and running on 12v or 24v, they will not cost a fortune to run.
Your sign does not have to be static either, many of our bulbs can be dimmed or flashed, allowing for levels of animation like chasing.
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Is it really possible to have a sign that looks like it’s been around for decades… but is brand new? Yes it is. With one of our vintage signs.
A vintage sign is any sign that looks as though it is from a time in the past. It could be a light box reminiscent of the 60’s, a neon sign in the style of the 80’s, or even rusted letters mounted on an aged effect wooden panel.
These signs give you the best of both worlds. The look and feel of an old sign, with the durability, safety and manufacturing methods of the modern age. We can apply rusting solution to new metal, so while it looks old, it still retains its integrity. For old lighting, the effect is achieved using different bulbs and translucent vinyls.
Do you have an old panel at home already? Perhaps something depicting an old drinks logo or advertisement? We can use this as a base for your sign. So, here are five reasons why we love creating vintage signs at A1deSIGNS – the top benefits.
Because all of the ageing is done by hand, even if we created multiple pieces for you, each Do you have an old panel at home already? Perhaps something depicting an old drinks logo or advertisement? We can use this as a base for your sign. will come out slightly different.
Remember your youth, or to get a look at the good old days with a great looking piece of art in your home or workplace
Do you have an old panel at home already? Perhaps something depicting an old drinks logo or advertisement? We can use this as a base for your sign.
Though they may not truly be as old as they look, by the time we are finished ageing your sign, you would never be able to tell.
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