5 steps to signage

Regardless of whether you’re purchasing a vehicle wrap, lobby sign, or anything in between, the steps that you’ll take are virtually the same. Although these steps are rather simple, it’s important that you follow each one to ensure that everyone is on the same page and your signs turn out exactly like you had envisioned them, with no surprises along the way.

From walking in the door, to installing your new sign, there are 5 basic steps to nearly every sign install…

  1. Site survey

Although a site survey isn’t necessary for every project, if you’re going to be putting up a permanent sign, or one that will require an install, a site survey is absolutely necessary! In fact, it could even be considered the most important part step a signage project. Without a site survey, important aspects about the structural support offered for your signage, noticeability and exposure time, or permit requirements could be overlooked.

  1. Design

After you’ve met with your signage team and worked out any kinks that may affect the quality or effectiveness of your sign, the real fun begins – time to begin the design process! A couple things to keep in mind while you’re designing your sign are color, size, and font…

  • When designing your sign, be sure to use effective color combinations. As a general rule, you should go by the standard of “less is more”. There are very few situations where the entire rainbow will make your sign look good, so try to limit the color you’re choosing to 2 or 3 (not including images, of course). Additionally, your background and font or image color should contrast so that you don’t jeopardize its readability. Another thing to keep in mind in regards to color is that colors will almost always look different in person than they do on the internet, so try to choose in person rather than from samples online. Similarly, try to stick to specific color numbers rather than broad generalizations such as “blue” or “red”.

For more tips on color, click here.

  • Where your customers are going to be seeing your sign from plays a huge role in how big the sign itself needs to be, as well as what size the font and images on it should be. As a general rule, the farther away your customers are going to be seeing the sign from, the larger it needs to be.
  • Fancy fonts such as cursive may look nice or classic, but they are much harder to read than basic fonts. Your best bet for the most exposure

Be patient with the design process; often it will take several times of going back and forth before a final proof is made.

  1. Proof

By the time you’ve decided on what you want your final sign to look like, it’s time to approve a final proof. Essentially, a final proof is just a final design to ensure that all the details are exactly as you want it before your sign company begins printing. Everything from the size to material, to the colors and words or logo.

  1. Print

At this point in the production process, the client just needs to sit back and relax while the sign company goes to work doing what they do best – printing the sign that’s recently been designed. Print time can take anywhere from a day to a week depending on the size of the order and how urgently you need it.

Generally, if you’re in need of an order very quickly, your sign company will charge a “rush fee”.

  1. Installation

While some orders such as banner stands or lifesize cutouts don’t require any professional setup, we would recommend hiring someone experienced in the field to install most signage. This ensures that everything is installed properly and you’ll get the most out of sign.

At Signs of Success, our highly trained team of professionals works with you every step of the way, from site survey to installation, to ensure that every one of our orders is top quality.

For more information about signage, or to place an order, contact us

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