Lobby Signs: Installation Video

See our first shot at a lobby sign video!



We learned a lot on this short lobby sign video, stay tuned for more.


Adding to Orange County Signs: PPG Rebranding


PPG Buys Kelcourt Plastics and Needs New Orange County Signs

Kelcourt Plastics has been a thriving company in San Clemente for a number of years.   Last year PPG Industries acquired the company and renamed it Kelpac.  Hence it needed  new Orange County signs.  The Kelcourt Plastics were in pretty bad shape-  foam and plex Orange County signs that were rotting and faded.

It was definately a bad look!

New Orange County signs in San Clemente

Improved Materials for Improved Orange County Signs

Being PPG Industries, the customer wanted a strong professional look.  Sign Clemente was called in to help with the rebranding effort and new Orange County signs.   The new Orange County signs are constructed of enameled aluminum.  The logo, which is really stricking, is a digital print with a gloss laminate.

Installing Orange County Signs the Hard Way

As the backs of the aluminum Orange County signs are hallow, they cannot be mounted with tape and glue.  They have to be stud mounted which means lots of drilling for holes, hundreds of holes.  Since the building is concrete tilt up, that means lots of drilling into concrete and occasionally rebar.   These Orange County signs are not going anywhere!

The customer is enthused and they love their new and improved Orange County signs!

And check out this interesting article on restoration of an old painted sign.

New Orange County Signs

Look for New Orange County Signs

Sign Clemente is completing two new projects for Orange County signs.   One is for a rebranding effort for Adidas, the other for Chronic Tacos.  Both are lighted  Orange County signs, but very different from one another.

New Orange County Signs in Newport Fashion Island

The Adidas project uses halo lighting for this one of Orange County signs.  Halo lighting allows the light to shine out the back.  We use bright white LEDs for this affect.  (not shown in this pic)  This sign also uses push through acrylic.  We have written about push through before.  It is literally acrylic that pushes through the routed spaces in an aluminum panel and provides dimension.  The light shines through the edges of the acrylic and provide the glow you see in the pic to the left.  The affect makes for beautiful Orange County signs.

Chronic Tacos and Orange County Signs

You may have noticed Chronic Tacos popping up all over town.  They have lots of Orange County signs!  Currently, Sign Clemente is working on a new set of channel letters in Mission Viejo.

The store is already operating with lots of customers, so much the better once we install this latest of Orange County Signs.

Shine On Orange County Signs

We have written consistently about the value of lighted signs.  Especially for the two recognizable companies- Adidas and Chronic Tacos- these signs will definately attract new customers when they see the Orange County signs.

And here is an interesting article about illuminated signs that applies to Orange County Signs.

And an informative slide show demonstrating the application of LEDs to a light box similar to some of our Orange County Signs.



Outdoor Signs: Spotlight on Y-3

Adidas Rebranding Effort and Their Outdoor Signs

Adidas, it seems, is engaging in a considerable rebranding effort, which includes their outdoor signs.

outdoor signs
Old look of an Adidas store in Newport Fashion Island

Like their old signs, their new signs are to be lit.

We are doing two outdoor signs for the company, one in Newport Fashion Island, and the other in
La Jolla.
These outdoor signs are LED powered, and will look spectacular because they will be both halo lit and front lit.

Special Features to These Outdoor Signs

In addition to halo lighting, the new outdoor signs will have push through letters.  Push through as we explained before, as extra dimension to outdoor signs while the light emits from both the side and fronts of the letters.  See below:

outdoor signsView of new elements to replace the old at Adidas Y-3

Shine On Outdoor Signs

These signs will attact new business by virtual of their creativity, their uniqueness and their modern design.  It is also important to note that all outdoor signs should be consistent with the look and feel of the business, its branding and it merchandise.
Now take a look at this video about outdoor signs, it is well worth watching.
And that’s it from Sign Clemente on outdoor signs!


Lobby Signs: Honeywell Completes Their Rebranding Effort In Santa Ana

Lobby Signs: Honeywell’s Latest


Lobby Signs
New Lobby Sign

Honeywell’s local rebranding effort with Sign Clemente is nearly complete.  To the left is Honeywell’s latest of their lobby signs.  As we wrote in our other blogs, Honeywell bought Sperian who makes industrial safety products like ear protection.   They needed new lobby signs.  We have now installed in San Diego, Santa Ana and Tijuana.  Lots of signs!

Lobby Signs Are Only Part of It

Sign Clemente has also installed large cabinet directional signs (we will review in our next blog), handicap signs, and illuminated building letters.   Lobby signs were just one part.  With Honeywell’s orange/red, there logo has added a striking look to their properties.  (See their new monument make over).

How These Lobby Signs Are Made

The Honeywell lobby signs were all made to cover any damage left behind from removing their old Sperian signs.  Rather than remove the old letters and have the dry wall filled and repainted, we used 1/2″ thick PVC and painted it white.  Then we cut flat clear acrylic on a CNC router to shape the letters for these lobby signs.  They were then painted with industrial grade enamel to the customers colors.  These made beautiful and practical lobby signs!

Now check out these great-looking lobby signs from our friends in Chicago!


New Irvine Signs

Latest of Irvine Signs- Focus On BioStructures

New Lobby Sign in Irvine

One of the newest Irvine signs is a lobby sign for BioStuctures.   This is one of our premium Irvine signs as it is made of 3/8″ thick brass.  It was heavy!  The lobby sign was cut out using water jet.  The this lastest of Irvine signs was ozidized in an acid bath and hand rubbed for the antique finish.
This latest of Irvine signs is mounted on studs to hold it off the mounting surface about 1/2″.

The Value of Irvine Signs In Your Lobby

Your brochure, your business card, your website; these are all graphical ways of creating ever-important impressions on your customers. Lobby  Irvine signs are no different. When your customer, vendor or investor walks through your door, what instantaneous message does he or she receive?

Well designed and crafted lobby Irvine signs say that you are serious about what you do, that you are in business to stay. Our Sign Clemente customers continue to tell us that they discover that they become credible with their lobby sign and selling becomes easier.

Delicate Installation and Irvine Signs

The wood on the face of the reception desk was so nice for the installation of this of the newest Irvine Signs, we had to be very careful.  We used a drill pattern to place the spots for the drilling.  We made our penetrations into the wood, and did not have to drill extra holes.  No mistakes!  The back of this brass sign has studs screwed into this latest of Irvine signs so all we had to do is push the whole structure into the holes.  It has spacers on the studs to hold it off 1/2″ from the wood surface.  The floating elements of the logo,  “b” and “o” have their own studs as well.

Look at some great lobby signs on You Tube!  We can produce any of these signs for you.  Not just Irvine signs, but all over Orange County and beyond.

Maintain Your Sign for Long-Term Results

Time and weather is the great enemies of outdoor signs. You must maintain your signs to get results from them over the long term.

Imagine going to a restaurant and noticing that their sign is full of bird nests.  Makes you wonder what else they are not maintaining, doesn’t it? If the sign is covered in dust and dirt, or broken, or missing pieces, will the customers have confidence in your business?

There are many new materials coming on the market today that have excellent weatherability.  Some manufacturers today are guaranteeing for life their plastics against fading or cracking.

The new LEDs are much longer-lasting than neon. LEDs also use less power.

While a great sign will bring customers, a poorly maintained sign will drive them away.  Make sure the materials to used in your new sign will last as long as you need them to.

When you have signs, inspect them regularly for cleanliness, aging and operability.  Don’t put off ordering a new sign if the old one makes you look bad.

Ensuring Your Signs Conform to Municipal Codes

When you order a sign, you must know about your local municipal code.  It is always wise to find out what is required before going for a sign permit or having your new sign manufactured. A good sign company will ask you about this before producing your sign.

There are at least two sets of criteria to be aware of.

Special Rules for Special Areas

Often business parks, historical areas and other developments will have their own sign criteria that are stricter than the city’s.  Be sure to check with your property manager or the city itself to find out if there is a sign criteria or “architectural overlay” before relying strictly on the city’s requirements.  Part of the approval exercise may include signoff by your landlord or property manager.

City Rules

The second item is the city itself.  You can avoid a lot of time and frustration by calling their planning department in advance and find out what is required.  You have the option of appealing the local sign code, called a “variance,” but be prepared for long waits and lots of work and frustration.

If there is one best area to plan ahead, this is it.  Cities are getting stricter about what sort of signs they will allow outside.  It is best to find out what they will accept early in the process of creating your signage.

Tailor Your Sign to Its Setting

A well-placed and attractive sign communicates the true flavor of your business to your ideal clientele. A well-designed signage reinforces your image. What is the best way to tailor your sign to its setting?

Sure, you want to stand out from the crowd. But be sure to temper your enthusiasm by maintaining harmony with your sign’s setting.  You don’t want to look like a pair of brown shoes in a tuxedo store!

Consider the other signs near your business.  Some of the beach communities prefer sand-blasted wood signs.  Some areas featuring lots of restaurants will be predominated by lighted dimensional signs.  Often you can stand out by having a simple but elegant sign, a great design or materials no one else is using.

Select a design that reflects the key strength of your company that your customers most value.  An outside designer or good sign company to help you achieve this balance.

Avoid TMI and TMM in Your Signs

TMM too many messages signs

TMM - Too Many Messages

When you want a sign for your business, you need to avoid two major problems:

TMM – Too Many Messages

We are barraged by thousands of messages daily.  Not only have we become good at absorbing lots of data, we are good at tuning out obnoxious messages.  Often a good, crisp presentation is best.

TMI – Too Much Information

You don’t need to inform your clientele of everything you can do. You just want to capture their interest to the point that they come in.  Maximum should be three to five words.  Leave 30 – 40% of your sign area blank.

Remember, distill your message to where you make your point with as few words as possible.  If you can’t fit your message on a bumper sticker, you have too many words.

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