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Skip Rollerblading: But Do Add a Custom Blade Sign in Portland Oregon!

By | Blade Signs

As a certain popular television show on the Independent Film Channel likes to say, “The dream of the ‘90s is alive in Portland.” And, what’s more ‘90s than rollerblading? Fortunately, Stumptown likes to take it even more old school. With Oaks Park Roller Rink and the World Champion Rose City Rollers in town, quad skating is much more popular ‘round these parts.  Custom Blade Signs, on the other hand, create buzz. Of course, none of this has anything to do with today’s blog topic aside from us proclaiming that you should take the blades off your feet and put them on your venue. We’re talking about blade signs, and they’re all the rage among neighborhood boutiques that rely on foot traffic to drive sales. Thankfully, Specialty Graphic Solutions is your number one source for blade signs in Portland, Oregon. Blade Signs Are Old School Gather around, youngsters, while we tell you the story of the blade sign. It used to be that when you were starting out in the business world, it was referred to as “hanging out your shingle.” This was a simple sign that let people know that you were selling something or providing a service. The “shingle” would extend out perpendicular from your shop. In 2017, the shingle has been replaced by a variety of different materials, including aluminum composite panels, and your blade sign can be intricate and lighted or simple. Blade signs are a must if your enterprise is situated in a strip mall, downtown, in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, or in a venue with sidewalks in front. You Need a Blade Sure, anyone can find a business when they’re looking directly at it. In all likelihood, you have a building sign that is flush-mounted to your venue to make it easy for people…

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Grab Attention of Passersby with Blade Signs in Portland Oregon

By | Blade Signs, Building Signs, Exterior Signs

No, we’re not talking about displaying posters of that Wesley Snipes vampire movie from the ‘90s. In fact, blade signs do not involve swords, knives, or weapons of any sort. However, they are a force to be reckoned with in the signage industry. If your shop is situated in one of the Portland neighborhoods that gets a lot of pedestrian traffic, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to lure in new clients if you don’t have a blade sign. These markers are designed to catch the eyes of passersby and expose them to your branding. Fortunately, Specialty Graphic Solutions is your blade signs for retailers in Portland, Oregon ninja master. Tell Me More about These “Blade” Signs Have you ever started your own business? If so, you probably heard some old-timer make a comment about “hanging out your shingle.” You might have dismissed them as kooky, but they were making a reference to the simple sign that was used years ago to let others know that you were selling something. This shingle would extend straight out from, or perpendicular to, your building. For instance, a doctor or lawyer may hang out a shingle with a symbol for their industry. Flash forward to the modern high-tech days, and you can find blade signs that are quite simple or lighted and intricate. We usually recommend blade signs for: Areas with frequent foot traffic Strip malls Stores with sidewalks in front Downtown boutiques Why Use Blade Signs? Let’s go for a mental walk. Most businesses know to put a sign over their entrance to let consumers know “Hey! We’re here!” These signs are usually flush mounted on the face of the building, so you can only see them as you approach the building head on, but here we are on…

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Acrylic Wayfinding Signs Help Students Navigate at the University of Portland

By | Blade Signs, Directional Signs, Wayfinding Signs

Have you ever walked down a hallway? It would be pretty weird if you haven’t. Hallways are a necessary pathway of modern existence. Most of the time, when we enter a new facility, hallways can be confusing because we don’t know where to go. To make matters worse, some bozo thought it would be a good idea to make flush-mounted signs the most popular hallway signage option. This forces you to stop and read every sign as you continue your search down the corridor. The University of Portland wanted to improve their students’ hallway experiences, so they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for blade directional signs for universities in Portland, OR. “I’ve Heard of Portland, but the University of Portland?” Portland is home to a number of institutions devoted to higher education. Among these is the aptly-named University of Portland (UP), a private Roman Catholic university founded in 1901 and affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), who we were working with, has been around since the school’s founding. It’s home to the largest number of students enrolled at UP with more than 1600 students engaged in 27 degree programs within 20 departments and programs of study. When such a respected institution came to us for acrylic wayfinding signs for universities in Portland, OR, we let them know that we’d give it the ol’ college try. Mainly located in Buckley Center on North Willamette Boulevard in Portland, CAS wanted to spruce up some of their common areas with helpful signage. We had just the solution. What We Came up with for UP We started the project off right by talking with the advising staff for CAS about their signage needs. They wanted markers installed above the Dean’s Suite and the Advising Suite to help…

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