What Do I Google to Find the Sign I Want?
If I asked you to Google a search query that would help you to find the sign you want, what would you Google? Would you know what to enter? Would you simply ask Google, “What do I Google to find the sign I want”? Did you already do that and that lead you to this article? Then good job! Because here we both are and I’m going to help you figure out how to use Google (or any search engine) to find the sign that you want for your business, event, or community center.
If you’re thinking about getting a sign, but don’t know what type of sign you want, it can be hard to come to the right decision. So you go online to research your options. But if you don’t know exactly what to search for, you might just be directed to businesses that sell one or two types of signs. And maybe they really push one of those types on you, but it’s not the type you really want. Or really need. But you still don’t know you have other options, so you go for it and later get buyer’s remorse.
That’s why it’s important to know what your options are. But if you just search for, “Really big sign”, “monster sign”, “storefront signage”, or “a sign for a restaurant”. You’re as likely to get results about Zodiac signs as you are informative articles or shopping pages offering the exact right signage for your business or event.
Glossary of terms
That’s why we’ve prepared a small glossary of terms for you. Use these terms to search for the signs that you want:
- ANIMATED SIGN: A sign depicting action, motion, light or color changes through electrical or mechanical means, although technologically similar to flashing signs, the animated sign emphasizes graphics and artistic display.
- BANNER: A sign composed of lightweight material. Promotional banners include those used to announce open houses and grand openings, make special announcements, or communicate events.
- BENCH SIGN: A sign located on the seat or back of a bench or seat placed on or adjacent to a public right-of-way.
- CABINET SIGN: A sign structure consisting of the frame and face(s), not including the internal components, embellishments or support structure.
- CONFORMING SIGN: A sign that is legally installed in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
- FASCIA SIGN: A building mounted sign.
- FLASHING SIGN: A sign with an intermittent or flashing light source. Generally, the sign’s message is constantly repeated, and the sign is most often used as a primary attention-getting device.
- FREESTANDING SIGN: A sign that is not attached to a building.
- MARQUEE SIGN: 1) a sign mounted on a permanent canopy, 2) a traditional industry term for the variable message section of a canopy sign, 3) an integral sign and permanent canopy.
- PERMANENT SIGN: A sign attached to a building, structure, or the ground in a manner that enables the sign to resist environmental loads, such as wind, and precludes ready removal or movement of the sign.
- POLE SIGN: A freestanding sign with visible support structure.
- PORTABLE SIGN: A sign not permanently attached to the ground or building, with a power-cord for connection to an electrical source, and readily removable using ordinary hand tools.
- SIDEWALK/SANDWICH SIGN: A movable sign not secured or attached to the ground or surface upon which it is located, but supported by its own frame and most often forming the cross-sectional shape of an A.
- TEMPORARY SIGN: Any sign not intended for permanent installation, such as banners and signs at construction sites.
- WALL SIGN: A building mounted sign.
- WAYFINDING: Enabling people to find their way to a given destination via the use of effective signage.
- WINDOW SIGN: A sign that is displayed in a window.