New Year, New Look

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As we begin 2019, is it time for your business to get a new look?  Do you need to mix it up to grab customer’s attention again?  The best way is to reevaluate your signage.  After a while people drive by the same signs over and over and completely miss what they even say.  Haven’t you ever had that experience?  You drive through an area you’ve driven through a thousand times before and all of the sudden realize there’s a store there that you never knew existed.  Many times it turns out that the store has been there for 20 years.

What can you do to make sure your business isn’t in that situation?  Change up the look of your signage periodically.  Having something fresh and different will stand out to customers and cause them to take a second look.  Getting a new look can mean an entirely new exterior sign, the addition of an electronic sign, a new banner or special event sign, or simply a facelift of the existing signage.

Infinity Signs NW can help with all of these services.  Our installation team can take a look at your existing signage and make recommendations on everything from giving it a good cleaning to servicing and repairing anything that’s been damaged. The design team is also available to work with you if you’re looking to go in a new direction entirely.  You’ll need to consider whether you want to keep some of your existing sign features such as font, color, or use of images or scrap everything and completely start over.  This is where working with a design artist can be extremely helpful.  Let us work up some images for you to give you an idea of what it would look like to make big changes verses smaller ones and then you decide which best reflects your business.

The quick turn around on manufacturing from Infinity Signs NW means you’ll be getting the benefits of your new signage right away.  You’ll be sure to get everything you can out of this New Year.  The installation staff will have your new signs up promoting your company before you know it.  Make 2019 the year your company stands out from the crowd with a new look in the community.  This could be just what you need to bring in new customers and grow your business this year.

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Designing a Logo

Logo Design

Designing a new company logo can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have a background in creative design work.  Many of our customers contact our design team looking for suggestions on where to start.  At Infinity Signs NW we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with customers from the very beginning of logo design all of the way through to business cards and signage.  Our years of experience have allowed us to come up with some tips to help you get started on your new logo design or our designers can design a new logo for you.

  • Color – selecting a color pallet can be a helpful place to start, and an extremely important decision.  The colors you go with will bring life to your logo, they will draw people in and catch their attention.  One important note to keep in mind is that while you’re color choices will have a big impact, your design needs to also look good in grayscale and/or black and white as there will be times when that will be necessary.
  • Trends – steer clear of the current design trends.  Often some designs come into favor and get way overused for a short time period.  Unfortunately, your logo will often far outlast the fad.  Choose a logo that you can use for the long haul, not just what you currently see all over town.
  • Font – a custom font is a great way to make your logo stand out from the crowd.  This is the time to spend some money to buy a new font option rather than just choosing from the drop down menu.
  • Simple – you don’t have to have an incredible complicated or intricate design for your logo.  Consider that some of the most recognizable logos are very simple – the Nike® swish or the Apple® logo for example. If there’s a single icon or item that fits your business maybe just find a way to tweak it a bit and make it your own, this could lead to a simple but powerful statement.
  • Patience – understand that more than likely you’re first attempt at a logo won’t be your final product.  In most cases it takes some revisions, alterations or complete do-overs to reach the ideal logo for your company.  You may go through multiple ideas before ever getting to something you would consider taking to print, and that’s ok.  This is too big of a decision to rush so take your time and keep working it until you absolutely love it.

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Why Utilize A Professional Sign Designer?

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You probably pass hundreds of signs every day – on your way to work, the gym, the grocery store, to get the kids from school – they’re literally everywhere.  Have you given any thought to the science that goes into signs?  There’s actually a tremendous amount of research that’s been conducted on all of the factors that make up effective, and ineffective, signage.  The United States Sign Council (USSC) has conducted several studies and put together recommendations for creating the ideal sign.

It’s important to partner with a sign company that is going to do more than just take an order for a sign, make it, and install it.  The sign company you work with needs to be willing to take the time to really understand your business.  It’s critical for the sign designer to understand the message you’re trying to communicate as well as the audience you’ll be targeting.  Factors such as letter size, color, and font are only a few of the factors designers will consider.  The USSC has gone well beyond these and put out recommendations based on the speed vehicles will be traveling at, the complexity of the driving situation, the amount of viewer reaction time & distance, as well as the amount of “negative” (unused space) on the sign.  With all these items impacting the effectiveness of your signage, having someone help guide the decision can be critical for the best end results.

Let’s consider just two of the areas that a sign designer will review: size and color of letters.  The size of the letters you select for your sign will vary depending on how close the sign is to the road, is it for foot traffic vs highway traffic vs city traffic, and how much time is your viewing audience going to have to take in the information.  Take a look at this chart that the USSC uses to make recommendations for letter sizing.

 

Viewing Distance – Minimum Letter Height

100’ – 4” letters

250’ – 10” letters

360’ – 16” letters

500’ – 22” letters

750’ – 33” letters

1000’ – 43” letters

1320’ – 57” letters

 

To give you a point of reference 360’ is roughly a city block.  So if you want drivers to see your signage from a block away when they’re stopped at a red light, make your letters 16” high.  Another interesting fact about sizing, that the USSC found through their research, is that letter height should be increased by 15% if the sign will be all capital letters vs a combination of capital and lower case letters, which are easier to discern.

Now let’s move into color selection for your signage. The USSC found in their research that changing the letter color and background color makes a major impact on visibility.  They found that the combination of a green background color with yellow letters was visible from the furthest distance, while the combination of a black background color with white letters had the shortest visibility distance. In both cases these were for external signs only.  Other combinations such as white background with black letters or blue backgrounds with yellow letters fell in between.

With so many things to consider, and so much research having been done, it’s worth the investment to utilize the skills of a professional designer.  Infinity Signs NW has designers who will take the time to get to know your business and make recommendations for all areas of your signage.  We value your business and don’t want to see you waste large sums of money on signs that simply won’t provide any ROI.

Electric Signage Issues

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Electric signs are a great tool for catching the attention of passersby. Their lighting makes the sign easy to see. However, the lighting can also bring about some problems when it isn’t working properly. Here are three types of electric signs and common issues they can experience:

Fluorescent Signs

Fluorescent lighted sign issues usually have to do with it not lighting up properly. It could be not fully lit, flickering, or completely unlit. Fluorescent lights have a lifespan of about 12,000 hours or approximately three years. Eventually they will start to show signs of aging by not lighting up properly. Regular sign maintenance can catch these issues and get the bulbs replaced when necessary.

Neon Signs

Neon signs aren’t too common anymore, but there are still some in use. The neon in the sign could be burned out or broken if the sign flickers and then goes out after being turned on. If half of the sign is working, but the other part is dim or out, the gas might need to be repumped or the tube replaced. Many businesses are replacing neon signs with new LED signs.

LED Signs

LED lighting has an extremely long lifespan. They rarely have issues like an individual or string of LEDs going out. However, sometimes the power supply can fail and need repairs. While it might cost more upfront, LED lighted signage has fewer issues and lasts much longer than the other two options.

When electric signage starts failing, it can impact the business and their image to the public. People might assume the business is closed, or doesn’t take good care of its property.

Along with creating electric signage, Infinity Signs NW offers sign maintenance, repairs, and cleaning to keep signage looking is best. If any issues arise with lighted signage, give us a call to get it fixed right away.

Promotional Coffee Mugs

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Searching for the perfect fall promotional product? Go with custom coffee mugs! Everyone is trading in their cold brews and iced coffees for warmer drinks with the temperatures dropping. It’s the perfect time to invest in promotional coffee mugs whether they are ceramic, insulated to-go varieties, or stainless-steel tumblers.

One of the reasons coffee mugs are such a popular promotional item is their usefulness and the popularity of coffee throughout the years. Coffee is a staple in most people’s lives. They drink it to wake up in the morning, on the drive to work, and even in the afternoon for a pick-me-up. This morning brew won’t be going anywhere soon, which is why coffee mugs continue to be a great promotional product investment for many businesses.

Even those who don’t drink coffee find ways to use ceramic coffee mugs. Some other uses include: holding pens, using them as vases, candy dishes and more! To-go mugs and tumblers can be used for more than just coffee too. Their versatility is a huge advantage.

Besides their versatility in use, coffee mugs can be uniquely designed with graphics, logos, mission statements and more. They are also versatile with many styles, colors and sizes of coffee mugs available. A basic diner mug is great for home or work, and to-go mugs are great for those who are always on the go.

To use coffee mugs for increasing brand awareness, hand them out as gifts for people who purchase something from the company or include them in a gift basket with other goodies. It might seem like a small gift, but is likely to get a lot of use and brand visibility.

See some of the coffee mugs Infinity Signs NW can order and design in our catalog or give us a call at 208-473-2916 for details on coffee mugs and other Promotional Product Specials.

Questions to Ask About Signage

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Investing in signage is a crucial step in opening a business. However, before jumping in and buying a custom outdoor business sign, business owners must ask a few questions:

  1. What are the codes and criteria for the space?

When putting up signage, city codes and the landlord’s criteria must be followed. There are likely to be rules about the type of sign, how large it can be, illumination, installation, and more. Knowing these guidelines beforehand will make the entire process easier and can prevent costly corrections later.

  1. What is the time-frame?

Infinity Signs NW can work with businesses to produce a sign within a specified time frame and within the budget. Depending on the type of signage, days or weeks may be required to prepare the sign, so be sure to contact Infinity Signs NW early in your planning process to allow plenty of time. A sign is important in getting customers to notice a new business so you will want the sign in place before the grand opening.

  1. How do I maintain the sign?

Knowing what it takes to keep the sign looking its best can be a factor in the type of sign chosen. After creating and installing the sign, Infinity Signs NW will also clean and service the sign if business owners choose that option. Having professional sign maintenance makes it easier for business owners and they can be confident their sign will stay in good condition.

These are just a few of the questions business owners should ask before and during the sign making process. The team at Infinity Signs NW can guide new business owners through the questions and any other sign concerns.

No matter the budget and criteria, Infinity Signs NW can assist businesses in creating and installing the perfect custom sign to get them noticed in the Boise area business community. Contact Infinity Signs NW today to get started on your business signs.

 

Using a Professional Graphic Design Service

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Creating a strong brand image requires quality graphic design work. Cheap, non-professional graphic design work will ultimately lead to disappointment and is unlikely to achieve the desired results. Using a professional graphic design service to help build a strong brand image will lead to benefits like:

Saving Money

Graphic designers know the most cost-effective way to design graphics and materials for businesses. Also, the more professional the design, the better response it will have from customers. A poor design can be lackluster, created in a difficult to use program, or may not print ready, all of which can cost a business extra money later.

Stand Out

A strong brand image sets a business apart from their competition. A thoughtfully designed graphic helps to accomplish this goal. Generic logos and graphics won’t get a second look. The imagery needs to provide an instant connection to the products and services offered, which Infinity Signs NW can do.

Professionalism

To be taken seriously, a company’s logo and other graphics needs to be designed well. The logo only has a fraction of a second to make a first impression. A poorly designed logo can make customers and clients feel like the business itself is unprofessional.

Consistency

A professional graphic designer can create many different graphics for multiple projects, while making them look cohesive and consistent to better represent the brand’s image.

Saving Time

Having a knowledgeable graphic designer create the design incorporating the details wanted will save the business time. Beyond giving the designer specifics of the project and approving the design, there’s not much else required from the business owner, letting them focus on the day-to-day specifics of their business instead of graphic design.

Let the graphic design team at Infinity Signs NW take care of all the graphic design needs for logos, brochures, banners, signs and more.