Built Up Letters

Built-Up 3D Letters – Signs That Stand Out From The Crowd

An outstanding sign is one that stands out from the crowd and with built-up letters, that’s exactly what you get – a high-quality, high-impact sign that portrays your organisation as current and relevant. Indeed, the physical properties of a 3D sign present an air of substance, depth and permanence, all qualities that enhance the perception of your brand to those who see it. What’s more, by using state of the art design tools and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, built-up letters can be created in almost any design and in a wide range of materials. In this post, we’ll explain why this form of lettering has become one of the most highly sought-after choices for business signage.

Boundless design options

The combination of modern design technology with the latest manufacturing tools enables customers to have an almost unlimited choice when it comes to creating 3D signs. Built-up lettering can be supplied in your preferred typeface and in the size you specify, regardless of how intricate the design.

Your sign isn’t just limited to lettering, either. It can include a whole host of other 3D features, such as your organisation’s logo, cut-out figures and other shapes. You can have coffee beans for coffee shops, gems for jewellers and lorries for logistics companies.

Broad choice of materials

There is a wide selection of materials you can use to create your 3D signage. These include acrylic, aluminium, brass, copper, stainless steel and titanium. Each of these has its own properties which will affect how the final design will look and its impact on those who see it. So, too, does the finish you choose for the material. It is important to consider these features carefully before making your final choice.

The two most popular options are acrylic and aluminium. Built-up acrylic lettering benefits from its wide range of colour options which enable you to create highly visual, contemporary-looking, multi-coloured signs. These are available with various finishes, too, including plain colour, matt and high gloss. Aluminium is another frequently chosen material which many companies find highly desirable because of its visually distinctive mirrored or brushed finishes.

The magic of vinyl

A further design option with 3D lettering is to add a layer of printed vinyl on the surface. As you can print anything onto vinyl, this allows you to create built-up letters that incorporate computer graphics and photographs. Many organisations use this to create highly impactful designs where the image on the vinyl amplifies the message of the lettering. Think of a chocolate manufacturer whose sign looks like it is made from a bar of chocolate or a timber merchant that recreates their name and logo in wood.

Light up your sign

Illuminated 3D signs are very popular and for good reason: they enhance your sign and maximise its impact. There are numerous ways to light up your sign and each of these options creates a different effect. Even in the daytime, illuminated signs have an impact, drawing attention to your premises and showing passers-by that you are open for business. It is at night, however, when they are most effective, broadcasting your presence over a significant distance. Not only is this ideal for businesses that open in the evening, like bars and restaurants, it is also a way for other businesses to keep advertising when they are closed, ensuring a much wider audience discovers them.

LED lighting is the most popular choice as it is available in a wide range of colours which you can use to complement your 3D sign or to create a welcoming ambience. They are also highly practical, being inexpensive to operate, easy to maintain and extremely long-lasting.

Put your sign where it matters

Built-up letters can be installed anywhere, either internally or externally and onto surfaces such as brick, stone, wood, concrete and even corrugated industrial units. This means that you can put them where you know they are going to have the maximum effect.

An affordable investment

While 3D signs are not the cheapest available, modern design and manufacturing techniques mean they are far less expensive than most people think. The reason people think this, of course, is that they look very impressive and project an image of a successful company. Having such a powerful sign, therefore, can work out as a long-term investment in your organisation, something that will continue to attract customers for a long time to come.

Conclusion

3D lettering is a highly versatile form of signage that is used by organisations in a wide range of sectors. It offers a huge variety of innovative design options, enabling businesses of all kinds to create highly appealing signs that present their brand in the most effective way. With all these options and benefits, it’s no wonder they have become increasingly popular.

If you are looking for 3D built-up signage check out our Built-Up Letters page.

 

 

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Flat Cut Lettering – A Sign of the Times

If you’re looking for a sign that has a genuine impact and presents your business as contemporary and relevant, then flat cut lettering is certainly an option to be considered. Using a combination of modern materials, the latest design tools and state of the art manufacturing equipment, flat cut lettering can be created in almost any design. Here, we’ll take a close look at why they have become one of the most popular choices for businesses.

Spoiled for choice

Combining high-quality computer design with laser cutting technology means that you can have whatever choice you want when it comes to the design of your flat cut signage. Regardless of whether your chosen typeface is simple or complex, it can be created with precision in any size you require.

Indeed, your sign can contain much more than just lettering. You can add all kinds of embellishments from your corporate logo to various other cut-out shapes. You can have flat cut fish for fish and chip shops, flowers for florists and lamps for light shops.

Wide range of materials

Your choice of letters, shapes and logos can be manufactured using a wide range of quality materials. Acrylic is the most popular choice because it comes in many different colours. However, aluminium and aluminium composite are also much sought after because their wonderful mirrored or brushed finishes have such a visual impact. Acrylic signs can also have a number of finishing options, such as plain colour, matt and high gloss. When you consider all the possible font, colour, material and finish combinations, the possibilities of flat cut signage are almost endless.

Layer it up

Another design possibility with flat cut lettering is that you can apply a layer of vinyl on top of it. The benefit of this is that vinyl can be printed on. This means you can add high-quality detailing to your letters, including computer graphics and even photographic images. This can be used for clever designs that make your sign look like it has been cut out of a giant photograph. A cheese manufacturer, for example, could have lettering that looks like its actually made out of cheese while a travel agent can have letters using the image of a tropical beach.

Illumination

There are various ways to illuminate a sign made from flat cut letters and these can create various visual effects. Whatever your choice, the impact will be stunning. Even during daylight, illuminated signs have been shown to attract the human eye, however, at night, they can make your business stand out like a beacon. Although you might consider this is something only needed for businesses that open in the evening, like restaurants, it is actually beneficial for any kind of business. Even those that operate 9 to 5 will, during the winter months, find that it goes dark during opening hours. A lit sign also operates as an advertisement even when your business is closed, reminding those that pass by that you are there.

With modern LED lighting, you can choose from a wide selection of light colours for your sign and be confident that LED lights are inexpensive to run, easy to maintain and last for up to 50,000 hours – that’s 25 times more than an incandescent bulb.

The go-anywhere sign

One of the great things about flat cut signs is that you can put them anywhere. They can be installed onto all kinds of surfaces, including brickwork, stone, timber and the corrugated surfaces of modern industrial units. What’s more, they are ideal for both internal and external use.

And with there being no limit to the size in which they can be manufactured, you can make the most of your available wall space in order to have your desired impact.

An affordable option

Many would consider such intricately designed, quality finished signs to be expensive to purchase. While they certainly look like they cost a small fortune, they are, in fact, very affordable. The reason for this is that the technology involved in the design and manufacture of these signs has significantly brought down the cost of making them.

Versatile uses

This type of signage has proved useful for a wide range of applications. Its incredible versatility means it has been used by all kinds of businesses and for many different purposes. These include exhibitions, hotel signage, internal displays, monolith signs, reception signs, shop fronts and more.

Conclusion

The endless possibilities that cut out signs present, together with their easy installation and affordability, have made them one of the most popular choices for UK businesses. Whether used inside or out, they project real presence and have instant customer appeal.

If you are looking for cut our lettering or signage check out our Flat Cut Letters page.

 

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School Signage – A Class Act

Many of today’s schools are large, densely populated campuses where significant numbers of people are constantly moving around and where there is more and more important information to be displayed. In environments like these, getting the message across in the most effective way is absolutely critical and great signage is the key to doing this successfully. In this post, we’ll look at the widening use of signs and how they are benefitting schools.

Creating the right first impression

The good use of school signage begins outside the building. It starts with an external sign that presents the school to those in the wider community and to staff, students and visitors who enter the premises. This is the sign that depicts the school brand – its values, its status and its identity – and sets the tone of what people should expect at the school. A well-designed school sign doesn’t just have impact; it forges a perception of what your school is like. These signs, which can incorporate your logo and motto and be designed using school colours, can be mounted on posts, affixed to walls and fences or even be created from cut out 2D or 3D letters that are attached in prominent places at the entrance and illuminated for 24-hour display.

Banners are another common form of signage seen at the school’s exterior and are used for a variety of reasons, such as to promote events like open evenings, summer fairs and drama productions or to advertise your successes, as many schools do with outstanding Ofsted inspections or fantastic exam results. Made from robust materials, these highly versatile signs can incorporate everything from the latest graphics to eye-catching photographic images and are easily affixed to railings and fences. They are also reusable and can be rolled up and stored for safekeeping or transportation.

Taking the confusion out of campus design

Modern schools, especially larger secondaries, often have more than one building for people to find. For new students and staff and for visitors, it can often be confusing where things are. External wayfinding signs provide a simple yet effective solution combining helpful fingerpost signs, that point people in the right direction, with reassuring building signs that identify each separate location. With these latter signs in place, people know when they have arrived at the right building without having to go inside to check. External wall signs with directional arrows can also be incorporated into this navigational system.

Internal navigation

Internally, schools are never the easiest buildings to find your way around. With a sprawling network of endless corridors, often repeated over several storeys, it’s not only hard to get to where you’re going; it can be easy to get completely lost. For newcomers, a single wrong turn can take them to places that make it impossible to find their bearings, which is not good in environments that look unfavourably on the lateness of teachers and pupils alike.

Improved punctuality and the benefits that come from it can all be achieved from ensuring that the external wayfinding system mentioned above continues indoors. Good school wayfinding can include ceiling hung corridor signs, signs at corridor junctions and stairwells, directional wall signs, departmental entrance signs and the obligatory door signage. These can be created affordably in acrylic or even Foamex and easily attached to the structural features. They can also be colour coded and be used for branding purposes by including the school or even the department logo.

Reinforcing values

Over the last few years, it has become popular for schools to use signage to reinforce their values throughout the building. Some schools use large and prominent signs to depict important keywords, e.g., tolerance, respect and responsibility, while others create signs listing their main school rules for placement in classrooms or display excerpts from their core value statements to put in places like assembly halls. These important signs serve as a continual visual reminder to all members of the school community of the expectations on students and staff with regard to how they conduct themselves when in the building.

Health and safety

Health and safety are paramount in any working environment but one can argue that they are even more important when the majority of people in the building are minors. Children’s natural tendency to play around can put them at risk of harming themselves and others, especially in subject areas where potentially dangerous equipment is being used, such as in technology, science and PE. Prominent signage can reinforce important health and safety rules and lessen the risk of injury.

At the same time, schools have certain signs that they are legally required to display and maintain, such as those which identify the location of fire extinguishers, emergency exits and mustering points. Often the type of health and safety sign used, its location, mode of display (e.g. whether it needs illumination) and maintenance are prescribed by legislation.

Conclusion

School signage plays a number of important roles, from helping to promote the school and its brand to keeping staff and students safe. There is a wide selection of signage options available to carry out these functions, many available in a range of colours, sizes, shapes, designs and materials. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find the right combination of signage options to improve your school.

For more information, visit our Schools Signs page.

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6 Benefits of Projecting Signs

Projecting signs have been in use for centuries and with good reason; they are proven to be highly effective. However, it would be untrue to say there’s nothing new about them. With modern materials and the latest technology now available, this hugely popular form of sign has undergone something of a renaissance that has seen it become used far more widely than ever before. Here, we’ll look at some of the benefits of using them.

What are projecting signs?

The terminology used in the signage industry can be confusing at times so, for clarity, a projecting sign is one which sticks out from or is perpendicular to a wall or post rather than being fixed flat against it. The most common example you’ll see is the traditional, old fashioned, pub sign.

The benefits of projecting signs

  1. Easier to read

One of the main advantages of a projecting sign is that they are easy for people to read. Most people first notice a sign on the street as they are walking towards it, not when they are stood right outside. When a sign that is flat against the wall of the building is seen from this angle, the perspective is distorted. The letters which are nearer are bigger and easier to read while those further away are increasingly smaller and harder to make out.

A projecting sign that is perpendicular puts all the letters at the same distance from the eye and thus makes them the same size. This makes it easier to read.

  1. Readable from a distance

In some cases, depending on the distance a person is away from the sign or the angle at which they are viewing, a flat sign can disappear from view completely. If you are a business vying for custom on the high street, this can put you at a serious disadvantage.

A projecting sign, however, displays its message at an angle that faces those walking towards it. This means it can be seen clearly from a distance and can draw the attention of customers further away, giving you a competitive edge.

  1. Viewable from both sides

Of course, sticking out from a wall or post at 45 degrees means the sign will have two visible sides and this enables you to effectively target people coming in both directions towards your premises. This also means passengers in vehicles that drive past your sign can turn for a second look even when they have moved further down the road.

  1. Can be placed away from your business premises

Projecting signs don’t need to be affixed to your actual building and this makes them ideal for businesses which are situated away from the roadside but which need to attract the attention of passers-by.

The way to do this is to create a freestanding projection sign that is affixed to a rigid support structure. These can be purposely built to ensure that the sign is safe and secure and can be positioned anywhere on your business premises. As a result, you can put your projecting sign in the place that is most advantageous for your needs.

  1. Modern graphics and materials

While traditional projecting signs were made out of wood and hand-painted, those of the 21st Century come in a much wider range of materials. One of the most popular choices of material is Opal Acrylic and the reason for this is that it can be manufactured to any size and can have any graphic design printed on it – enabling you to display your branding in intricate detail on the street.

It’s not just the sign that’s versatile, you can also choose the material needed to fix your sign, whether that’s a traditional wrought iron swinging sign, a standard fixed bracket or something a little more contemporary.

  1. Be seen at night

For businesses which ply their trade during the dark hours, such as pubs and restaurants, it is absolutely crucial that your projecting sign is seen at night. Even for those which operate standard business hours, come the winter months when it gets dark in the late afternoon, a non-lit sign can be ineffective. And for all businesses, a lit sign can operate as an effective 24/7 advertisement even when you are closed.

Today, it is possible to create bespoke designed LED projected signs that give your business real presence during the darker hours. And with LEDs being long lasting and low on power consumption, it’s a great way to make your sign work much harder for you.

Conclusion

A familiar feature of the British high street for hundreds of years, projecting signs have proved their usefulness to countless business owners. With today’s modern materials, design techniques and illumination methods they are proving more beneficial than ever before.

For more information take a look at our Projecting Signs page.

 

 

 

 

 

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