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How to Select the Right Lobby Sign for You!

If you’re shopping for a custom lobby sign with us, you’ve likely noticed that we offer two main types of signs: dimensional letters and plaques, which come in acrylic and brushed aluminum. How can you choose which is the right one for your office? Here, we’ll help break down some of the key features of each.

Dimensional Letters

Dimensional signage comes with the 3D cut individual components of your sign — letters or logos — ready to be applied directly to the wall of your office space. These are often among our most cost-effective, and the savings can often enable you to order a larger sign than with a plaque.
Many of our startup or retail customers choose dimensional letters because of their modern appeal and seamless integration with the space.
All our signs come with free shipping*, but dimensional letters often allow us to save on shipping costs and we pass those savings on to you!
Note that you can get individual dimensional letters in the same brushed aluminum finish as our plaques! If you’re interested in getting a dimensional sign started, feel free to drop us a quote request!


Plaques: The Basics

Most of the signs we manufacture are plaques. Both brushed aluminum and acrylic plaques can be produced with different types of graphics on the surface. You can select from dimensional letters (see above) or, for plaques only, highly economical flat digital graphics.
Dimensional letters add value and elegance to your sign, but even with the lowest prices around, they will add a bit of cost to your sign. Digital graphics will still pop vibrantly, but you’ll lose the depth of the individual letters. (If you’re interested in our most economical model, check out our brushed aluminum special with flat dimensional letters!) Your sign will still pop big-time, though — it’s a beautiful plaque on the wall! Check out this guide to the comparison:

Now, let’s move to the two types of plaques: acrylic and brushed aluminum.

Take a look at this easy comparison graphic. You can see how the signs come with the same hardware and are offered in the same sizes. All you do is choose the type of graphics, the color of the standoffs/corner caps (see above), and a size! Our standoffs are offered in aluminum, gold and black.
Your custom lobby sign is really starting to come together! Be sure to check out our idea gallery for inspiration, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can help! Remember that the easiest way to get a good sense of our options and get your affordable sign started is to use our free quote system.
We look forward to starting your sign!

How to Select the Right Lobby Sign for You!

Understanding Art Files

We get it: figuring out file formats can be difficult for some!
A .PNG or .JPG is fine for a quote or proof, but vector files, either an .EPS, .AI or a .PDF of either will generally work perfect and these file types provided initially will make the process easier later. This is the industry standard for production of any sign worldwide.
The problem with .JPG and .PNG files is that they are based on a fixed number of pixels. In addition, .JPG files have a solid background behind them, which makes them impossible to edit for production purposes.
JPG versus vector (EPS, AI) file for sign production
Almost every designer who creates a logo, is using a fancy art program such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Again this is the industry standard. The use of these art program allows the designer to manipulate all parts of the logo and make edits, change colors, etc at will. Now the designer will generally save these files in the art program and simply forward you the .JPG, .PNG, etc. for your easy viewing. The main reason is for this is that most business owner have no way of opening a vector file unless they have the same expensive art program the designer has used. Most business owners do not however. Now the best designers will send a copy of every file format to you originally and you just may have them stored somewhere else on your computer.
We hope they did and you can locate. Going back and asking the person or company who designed your logo for an .AI or .EPS file is usually the best back up if you can’t find them on your computer.
A vector file such as an .AI or .EPS or a .PDF of either allows for computers to read the actual elements in the file such as where to cut, color separations, sizing, gradients and perfect resolution at size is mandatory for the any fabrication of your lobby sign.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact our LobbySigns.com graphics department or check out our File Formatting page here.

Understanding Art Files

Build Your Brand with a Sign

When you create a new business, the best way to make it memorable and appealing for your users is to build a brand around it. This allows you to create an image and share a message which incorporates the values and prestige of your company.
If you want to build a successful brand you need to make your business as reputable as possible and always take care of the needs of your clients. Being sure that your customers are 100% satisfied should be your number one priority, as this is the most important thing.
After that, you do need to find a good logo and slogan for your company. As stated earlier, here you should incorporate all the core values and messages that make your business a successful one, and showcase them in front of your audience. Logos need to be crisp, visually appealing and interesting.
Don’t overdo it, instead come up with something unique and fun to look at. This image will appear on all your promotional items, so you do need to make it right from the first time.
The brand should always be consistent in its voice, but also bold and daring, as it’s crucial to stand out in front of your competition.
A sign can also implement your brand in front of your audience and it’s really important that you create one which is both durable and impressive. Creative Juices Signage is a powerful sign creation brand that will give you all the help you need in creating impressive, unique signs that will bring spark the interest in your customers and generate new leads.
All signs created for your company need to incorporate your logo, as they will support branding. We will provide you with the best signs on the market that will bring the aesthetic and uniqueness you need to appeal to new audiences. If you need a state of the art, professional sign contact us today at our phone number.

Build Your Brand with a Sign

The professionalism of a new lobby sign also enhances your office

Creating a new business can be an exciting time, as it allows you to set new goals and become your own boss. However, there are many things you need to take care of such as your business plan, hiring the right staff, renting office space, buying the office furniture and other items you and your employees need on a day to day basis, and then you must think about decorating your office interior and customizing it with the professionalism of a new lobby sign.
lobby signage, custom lobby sign
One of the main things you need to think about at this point is adding a lobby sign at the entrance to your firm, usually in the reception area. This will help you establish a relationship with your customers and visitors. Your sign allows you to create a great first impression which is indeed crucial as it shows the power of your brand to each visitor. By adding such a sign you will surely be perceived as a professional firm, which is surely what you want to do. It’s important that your lobby sign is actually your logo and you use it everywhere in your office. This brings brand consistency and uniformity while also consolidating your position as a leader in your field of work. By adding such a lobby sign you will show your clients that they are in the right place, as you are an elite member in your domain. First impressions always count and they set the stage for the business relationship you are going to have with the company that’s paying you a visit.
Picture of a brushed aluminum letters adorning the wall of this reception area
A sign in your lobby sign in your reception area instills confidence in the person that sees it, and you really want that before a meeting. Such a sign can really turn the tide in your favor if you are negotiating the terms of a future agreement with another company or you just talk with one of your clients. While having your own brand helps, adding a lobby sign is the ultimate sign that you care about your stature and your reputation. This also shows potential customers your commitment and experience as well, since mostly firms with a lot of reputation are using such a sign in their office.
Your new sign needs to tell your customers as many things as possible without actually using any words. You need to create it in such a way so it shows your field of work, expertise and commitment to greatness only through a single logo. This is why you need to think about it quite a lot before actually creating one. Once you do though, you will have a lot of benefits from it, and that is surely the important thing in the whole equation.
LobbySigns.com is the national leader when it comes to creating such signs. All you have to do is upload a sketch of the design you want and we will take care of the rest. We bring ease of use and reliability to any customer, while also making sure that the final result will amaze both you and your clients as well.

The professionalism of a new lobby sign also enhances your office

Decorate your lobby with a new sign

While reception signs can help you create a great first impression in front of your customers, they are also a unique piece that allows you to decorate your lobby in such a way so you can make it more interesting. You can try to create a contrast with the colors on the walls and the ceiling in order to make the whole place a lot more appealing to people that are entering your company for the first time.
Picture of a decorative lobby sign in beautifully designed customer lobby
Lobby signs are also a piece of art, as they are usually created using unique graphical techniques. Yes, they might not be the latest Van Gogh, but visitors that pay a visit to your office will surely take a peek at them, as they surely catch the eye of anyone in the building. Then there’s also the fact that these reception area signs are usually placed at the entrance, and they immediately establish your brand as being one of the most important in your field of work, at least in the mind of the customer.
Custom lobby signs bring a great way to make your customers feel confident about their choice of working with you instead of other similar company. While in the lobby, they can look at your sign and see how well it fits with the other items in the room. Your sign is basically the central component of your lobby and brings your brand in front of your customers while also making sure that your reception area looks as good as it needs to be. Adding such a sign will not only establish you as a major player in your field of work, but it will also make your office feel complete. It allows you to win in two different aspects, which is really important.
picture of custom lobby signs with design elements taken from the lobby
In conclusion, a lobby sign can bring you a lot of benefits, since not only it changes the aspect of your interior design, but it also helps you create a connection with your customer even before you start speaking with him, which is surely an essential thing to do, as it can lead to the establishment of a prosperous business relationship.  We make it easy to select, upload your art, save money and have a little fun doing it!

Decorate your lobby with a new sign

Road trip for Vintage Signs

Owning several sign companies over the past 30 years has lead me to have a little bit of  a soft spot for old vintage signs in any condition. I recently took a road trip for vintage signs with a friend to photograph some old signs and fell upon a town smack dab halfway between San Diego and Las Vegas, called Yermo. A town mostly abandoned and so quiet that you can hear the wind  blowing rusted metals together and squeaking with each breeze.
This first of the vintage signs, cafe sign sits atop a couple of telescoping steel poles at around 75’ and still has this amazing beauty to it, although the restaurant is long gone. Note the faded pink and blue colors of mid century fashion. Mostly missing neon tubes, some still dangling and blowing in the wind due to the elements.
Picture of a vintage sign
 
As the sun warmed our bones, we continued to walk down the dirt roads and tumble weeded surrounds excitedly seeking out worn signs. Some just age gracefully due to the elements of their environment, paint peeling off, full rust exposure and well, burnt out lighting as if the signs say “Hey!, look at me”.
 
 
 
 
From Yermo we headed through Nevada and up into Utah stopping to shoot pics of all the vintage signs we could find along the way.
 

Vintage signs are plentiful

We arrived in Price, Utah just before dark and passed by this old theater marquee that was illuminated, but when we came back 30 minutes later the sign was turned off much to our dismay. But we could see the lights still on and someone in the concession. We knocked on the glass and pleaded our case to turn the sign back on. The employee said that it was the last show so no need to keep the sign turned on, lol. but he obliged for us, and we quickly snapped a few of this burnt out relic, certainly not up to it’s old glory.
neon sign
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
But this vintage sign across the street turned out to be much more appealing with it mid century bulb lights at the Silver Dollar bar
 
this picture imbues a vintage sign
 
 
 
 
The return route was to take us through Vegas and a tour of the Sign Museum. Ten minutes prior to the scheduled tour a lightning storm came thundering through canceling it. There’s a reason for everything. Look at the shot looking up the strip from the window of the car.
lightning lights up sign

Road trip for Vintage Signs

Practicality of ordering online signs

One of the questions that I hear other business owners talk about a lot is, the pros and cons of ordering online as opposed to buying from a brick and mortar. And ordering online, time and again, is always winning out. So lets look at the pros and cons and the practicality of ordering online signs.

The truth is in the pudding (well the internet), that more and more people are preferring to purchase products online as opposed to some of the challenges we now incur going to a brick and mortar regional store. (results). According to Acquity Group LLC’s  2013 State of B2B Procurement Study. The digital marketing firm based its findings on an online survey of more than 200 business buyers with annual procurement budgets of $100,000 or more. Acquity fielded the survey in March and April. Of business buyers who shop online, 58.5% said they’ve made a purchase of $5,000 or more via the web. Of those buying online, the survey found that 31.9% said they spend 50%-89% of their budgets online.
It’s simple, it is now easier to shop online, more convenient and leads to greater cost savings.
Remember when convenience had its’ costs? Well that is now just about history. What can be more convenient than staying in your office, shopping online via  your laptop or desktop while having your coffee, multi-tasking and then having UPS deliver it to your door? Oh yeah, and lets not forget, it has probably saved you some serious money as well!
But, let’s just take a quick look back at going to a brick in mortar. We still need the internet to find our supplier. Then we must make an additional allowance of time just to leave the office for an hour or more, sit in traffic(yep! every place has traffic) now your are driving on expensive gas. Finding a parking space. Visiting a business only to find out they don’t really have what you want, and usually being faced more and more with some less than ambitious staff member or shop owner. Should we stop here? Oh, and you have to drive back to the office in traffic  of course again. No, I can’t stop here. How about your actual time where you could be doing something else more important? How about the fact you are probably paying more for the product, because you can’t really spend more time, driving around looking at what the other competitors have to offer. Enough said!
Well, it’s obvious. Order online. Quick, convenient, confidential and it will save you money!
Now businesses owners can even order their own lobby or reception signs online. It’s all of the above, quick, convenient, confidential and it will save you money! Potential customers or visitors can simply choose the style of sign they like from the idea gallery, mix and match cool parts from a simple and logical step-by-step process, upload art and after confirming the price, it comes shipped to your door. The sign components are put together in such a simple form, you can hang your lobby sign yourself in minutes or just shout out to your handyman. It’s the World Easiest Sign Kit™  Wham, it’s convenient and just saves you both time and money.