Archive for September, 2013

Strangest Sign Ordinances from Around the United States

Friday, September 27th, 2013

strange saw laws from aroun the USOur clients have offices all over the continental United States and as incredible as it may seem, there can be wide variations in the laws that govern the proper display and appearance of signs from state to state.  For example, in Georgia all signs must be written in English (and it’s illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sundays).  Businesses in Des Plaines, Illinois, are a little bit more peculiar, prohibiting displaying a “for sale” sign upon any wheelchair if it’s chained to a tree.

If you think that’s bizarre, how about the ordinance in Akron, Ohio that makes it illegal to post signs at swimming pools (does that include signs about safety precautions?) or the ordinance that prohibits displaying colored chickens for sale.  And in Florida, perhaps as a backlash against the 80’s show “Miami Vice”, neon signs are prohibited.  If you’re wondering if this is strictly a southern phenomenon, we can assure you it isn’t.  Take the case of Clovis, CA, where a law exists that states, “The display of promotional banners is allowed three times per year. These displays are limited to a fourteen-day display period, and may not exceed in size the total allowable sign area for the lease space. Businesses wishing to hang a promotional banner must visit the city’s planning department prior to hanging a sign at their place of business.”

As you can see from this small sampling, there are some delightfully eccentric ordinances for signs throughout North America.   But, at Blue Pond Signs, no state’s sign laws are too peculiar for us to handle!  To create great signs for great clients, Blue Pond Signs takes the vision of the client, the specifics of the sign’s placement, and creates something distinctive and expressive – while respecting local sign ordinances.

How to Choose a Signage Design for Your Office

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Pantone Color Chart

The Pantone Color Chart

Business owners face a lot of tough decisions on a daily basis. Figuring out finances, developing operational strategy, and choosing the right employees can make or break a company. Dilemmas like these can make some of the other questions owners face seem trivial, but it’s important to give them due consideration.

One often overlooked but necessary decision an owner must make is what kind of sign to have. Your sign is important because it gives your business an identity and often contributes to the first impression of you. If you think about it, the first thing you notice about a store or business is their sign. It’s crucial to choose a design that not only looks good but accurately reflects the image you are trying to portray.

The continuity of color…

To ensure that the color you envision is the color you see on your final product, Blue Pond Signs uses the pantone matching system (or PMS chart).  The PMS chart is a universal color system that is used by printers across all industries.  The system is a veritable encyclopedia of colors, so that whether you’re in Peoria or Pittsburgh, Blue Pond Signs can see and produce the color you wish for your product.

Your sign is a symbol of your brand…

From color, to materials, to design aesthetic, there are many elements to consider when deciding on the right sign design for you. For example, tech companies looking for a sleek, futuristic look often choose dimensional wall signs. Dimensional signs are usually acrylic or brushed aluminum and brass, reflecting their urban surroundings. Sandblasted signs are made of wood or sign-foam, and then sandblasted to give the sign a weathered yet distinguished look. Businesses like hardware stores, mom-and-pop shops, and antique stores use them to create a retro identity.  Companies looking to showcase their crest or other historical symbol might opt for a brushed brass or stainless steel plaque. Whether placed inside or on the exterior of your business, a plaque combines elegance with beauty in a way that allows you to stand out among your peers.

As you can see, there are many elements that make a sign more than letters on a board. Whichever design option you decide to go with, hopefully it will serve as a great symbol of your business for years to come.