Bikes are serious business. Especially in Portland, Oregon a city that is rated as being the best in the nation as bicycle friendly town. Roughly 7% of Portlanders commute to work via bike compare to the national average of just .5%. (Check out even more nifty facts here.) Henry James Bicycles knows how serious the biking business is and got in touch with us to create multipurpose window graphics at their busy shop.
For Henry James, the window graphics were going to create a half wall, be an entrance sign, and create a sense of privacy for their business. Their roll up glass door had some panes they wanted to fill in with some opaque panels, but they still wanted a nice and unique look to grab the eyes of people passing by. They also wanted to put graphics on their door as well.
Our team got out the tape measures and took the dimensions of all the glass panels we would be putting graphics on. For the roll up door, Jason our design wizard then took a photographic image carefully cut it up into nine rectangles to be sure everything looked smoother and not distorted because of the window frames. It took a careful eye because there were two different sizes for the panes but all together the look is flawless.
Window framing adds to the look of these awesome graphics.
The door also features the address in a nice crisp font that is easily readable from the street. We printed this out on an opaque grey backed vinyl and added a UV coating so it could stand up to the elements even better. The SGS team loves the grey-backed vinyl because it does a great job to filter out some and create privacy as well. So Henry James gets to enjoy the sun, just not at full strength.
For the door, we did the same thing, except we didn’t need nine pieces. Instead, it was just one measurement and making sure the website dress and phone number were placed above the handle so that didn’t slice through the design. Just how do these go on so smoothly? The adhesive on the vinyl is in a pattern with a tiny little channel that means air bubbles can be pushed out. With a steady hand in sweeping motions, the mighty sign makers ensure that there are no flaws and that the graphics are really stuck to the surface so not even the harshest Portland rains can make them slip. In the end, Henry James Bicycles has new windows to create security but also double as large sign to show off their space.
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Does your business need window graphics that can do more? Talk to the team at Specialty Graphic Solutions. Drop us a line at hello@sgsgraphic or call us at 360-635-5556 for a free quote.