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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 our mental walk – watch out for that dog doo – and we aren’t coming up on the stores face on. We’re coming from the side. We don’t know what stores are up ahead.

Okay. Let’s stop walking now. You can count those steps toward your FitBit total. How could this above confusion about what stores are ahead be fixed? That’s right: Just install blade signs. Here are some other benefits to blade signs:

  • Stores within Stores – Do you operate a shop that’s located in an arcade (think covered passageway with shops, not video games) or within a larger business or super center? Let consumers know where you are from afar with a blade sign.
  • Get’em Coming and Going – Most blade signs are double sided so that people can see them from at least two directions.
  • Attract Traffic – Blade signs are specifically designed for people walking, biking, rolling, riding, or slithering by.

At SGS, we offer customized blade signs that are specifically tailored to fit the needs of your organization. We don’t believe in cookie-cutter solutions. We listen to your vision for the project and come up with recommendations that fit your goals and budget.

Get started today by contacting our Mighty Sign Makers for a free consultation on blade signs for retailers in Portland, Oregon.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Types of Materials for 3D Letters in Vancouver WA

By | Dimensional Letter Signs, Exterior Signs, Sign Letter Chart

Have you ever seen an Italian restaurant with an exterior sign made out of spaghetti? What about a jeweler that uses diamonds to create their primary identification marker? These are both excellent ideas for branding these types of enterprises, but why haven’t we seen it done? Most likely, these businesses failed to dream the impossible.

At Specialty Graphic Solutions, we pride ourselves on making the impossible a reality. With a few simple tricks, we’d easily create the above signs. How? Well, you’ll just have to read today’s blog about the different types of materials for 3D letters in Vancouver, WA.

Aluminum Letter Signs

Aluminum isn’t just for holding your Crystal Pepsi. 3D letters can be made completely of aluminum, or they can have an aluminum laminate. We generally only offer solid aluminum letters of up to half an inch thick, but when you use a laminate, the sky’s the limit (as long as the sky is about four inches thick.) Laminates can be applied to substrates like acrylic, high-density urethane (HDU), and acrylic. We then paint the edges of the substrate to simulate the solid metal appearance.

Once we’ve cut the letters to match the fonts you use in your other marketing materials, we coat, polish, or brush them with a polyurethane enamel of your choice. We can make them shine like diamonds. We then install the letters with spacers for a dimensional look.

Acrylic Letter Signs

Flat cut acrylic letters are ideal if you want to give your exterior signage a professional appearance. Like the thinner aluminum letters, acrylic letters are standoff mounted to create dimensionality. Acrylic is also a great laminate on PVC and HDU. OMG! PVC is also used for 3D letters. All of these options are available in custom colors. You can make your letters match what you happen to be wearing today! We only recommend you do this if you wear the same thing every day.

Wooden Letter Signs

Does your organization specialized in organic, free-range, grain-fed, fair trade, gluten-free, GMO-free, 100 percent natural products? If so, wood letters are the best way to complement your branding. Walnut, pine, maple, alder, cherry, and mahogany woods are commonly used. If you’re in need of a temporary exterior signage option, medium-density fiberboard may be preferable. If you’re looking to save the rain forests, we recommend using materials that can mimic wood, such as:

HDU Letter Signs

Also referred to as sign foam, HDU letters are a more durable and environmentally-friendly alternative to wood. They won’t crack in harsh weather and are resistant to moisture and rotting. Plus, we can apply digitally-printed vinyl faces to the letters. For instance, you might consider adding high-resolution images of spaghetti to your dimensional HDU letters. Just a thought.

We’ve done it again: we’ve given you too many options to pick from. I guess, the only solution is for you to contact the Mighty Sign Makers at SGS and let us listen to your goals for your project, so we can come up with ideas specific to your needs. To get started, call us today for a free consultation on types of materials for 3D letters in Vancouver, WA.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Exterior Signs and Window Graphics for Restaurants in Camas WA

By | Building Signs, Exterior Signs, Window Graphics

There are some restaurants that can survive without any signage. In fact, we’ve dined at one in that big rosy city to the south of us. We only learned about them from word of mouth and only because their food is relatively inexpensive and delectable. This mystique works for some eateries. However, for the vast majority of establishments, signs are a key marketing tool.

Despite featuring mouthwatering dishes that can speak for themselves, Feast at 316 decided to take the unpretentious, decidedly less hipster route of using signage to promote their business. So, they called in the mighty sign makers from Specialty Graphics Solutions for exterior acrylic signs for restaurants in Camas, WA.

What Is Feast at 316?

You may like the idea of feasting at 3:16 in the morning or afternoon, but that isn’t what the name Feast at 316 is referring to. Instead, the name is a reference to their location at 316 Northeast Dallas Street in downtown Camas. Owner and chef Tim McCusker serves up delicious seafood, steaks, craft cocktails, and wines. This fine eatery is also known for its historic décor. The walls are adorned with machines from the city’s 132-year-old paper mill. There’s also a small row of seats from Liberty Theater, which burned down in 1994.

When such an awesome new local business came to us for exterior signs and window graphics for restaurants in Camas, WA, we were chomping at the bit to get started. We had previously completed window graphics and a massive banner for them. This thing was huge: 230” wide (that’s almost twenty feet) by 81” high. The moral of the story is that Feast at 316 knew they could count on us to season their new exterior signage perfectly.

What We Did for Feast at 316?

After a consultation where we listened to what Feast at 316 had in mind for this project, we took a closer look at the brick façade next to the entrance of the restaurant and took some measurements. We then served them up an appetizing artistic rendering of what the finished dimensional acrylic sign would look like. Once we were certain it suited their palate, we got down to work fabricating the new sign.

For this marker, we started by creating the lettering. For the “Feast316” part of the sign, each 3/16” (no pun intended) thick acrylic panel is reverse cut to allow the letters highlighted with colored vinyl underneath to show through to give some depth. For “Cocktails & Steak House” and “Camas,” white cut vinyl was applied on top of 3/16” thick acrylic rectangles.

Each piece is individually glued in place to the ¼” frost acrylic backer. Overall, the sign is 5’ 5” wide by 2’ tall. We worked with the restaurant to install the new marker at a time when it wouldn’t sour people’s dining experience. The sign was standoff mounted with 3/8” chrome spacers for added dimensionality.

In the end, Feast at 316 sent their compliments to our gourmet sign makers. Our recipe for success left another client satisfied!

If you want to improve the presentation of your dining establishment, contact SGS today for a free consultation on exterior signage. Bon appétit!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Using Dimensional Letters for Buildings in Vancouver WA

By | Building Signs, Dimensional Letter Signs, Exterior Signs

There’s another dimension beyond that which is visible to just one eye. It’s a dimension as vast as three or four inches of depth and as timeless as up to a decade or more. It encompasses light and shadow, elegance and sophistication, and it lies at the intersection of the skill of mighty sign makers and the summit of signage industry knowledge. This is a dimension of imagination. It’s an area which we call the Dimensional Letter Zone.

Types of Dimensional Letters for Buildings

In case you didn’t catch it from our surreal opening, we’re talking about dimensional letters for buildings in Vancouver, WA today. Before we go any further, we want to make it clear what we mean by “dimensional letters.” This term covers a broad range of signs, including numbers and logos. It can even include flat letters that are installed with spacers to give them their dimensionality.

Now that we have that cleared up, you should know that when you prominently display your company’s logo and name on your building, you’ll catch eyes and let passersby know, “Hey! We’re here!” Commonly referred to as 3D letters (don’t worry: you don’t need the special glasses for these) and raised letters, dimensional letters can stand up against the Pacific Northwest elements to last for several years. They’re also made from an array of different materials:

Sign Foam – Due to its versatility and environmental-friendliness, sign foam is used for many of our projects. These letters are made of high-density urethane and can be up to three inches thick. We make them look cool by adding digitally printed vinyl, covering the letters with metal or acrylic laminates, or painting the letters to match your branding.

Aluminum – Aside from heavy metal, aluminum is the most popular metal in the signage industry. This is because it’s inexpensive, durable, and has many uses. Again, to keep your brand consistency, we can paint your aluminum letters any color you want.

Stainless Steel – Oh no! You got stains on your steel again! Put an end to your stained-steel misery by installing stainless steel dimensional letters. This is perfect for high-tech firms, classy apartment complexes, and high-end retailers looking for an avant-garde, durable, no-nonsense, and chic appearance.

PVC, Plastic, or Acrylic – You can give your building a playful vibe with this range of outdoor-rated sign materials. Flat cut acrylic letters that are standoff mounted and feature spotlighting will produce an elegant play of light and shadows.

This just scratches the surface of what we can do. Thanks to our advanced routing techniques, we’re able to customize your dimensional letters to precisely match the fonts you use on your other marketing materials. Basically, if you can imagine it, we can make it a reality in multiple dimensions.

Wading through all of the dimensional letter signage options may feel like you’re trapped in an episode of The Twilight Zone. Fortunately, Specialty Graphic Solutions can be your guide. Contact our mighty sign makers today for a free consultation if you’re ready to make your venue stand out with dimensional letters for buildings in Vancouver, WA.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Post and Panel Signs Great for CPA Firms in Vancouver WA

By | Exterior Signs, Post and Panel Signs

Do customers complain about having trouble finding your building? Do they have to slam on their brakes and perform Oscar-worthy stunts in their car to make the turn into your parking lot? If so, it may be time to install signage that people can actually see. This was the case for Brewer Caley when they contacted the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for exterior signs for CPA firms in Vancouver, WA.

Brewer Caley? Is That a Californian Brewery?

Not even close. Located on East McLoughlin Boulevard in Vancouver, Brewer Caley CPAs is a full-service accounting firm. They’re licensed in both Washington and Oregon. Their number one concern is building strong relationships with associates, staff, and clients. With relationships, they believe that integrity, trust, and accountability follow. The offer a broad range of services, including succession planning, bank financing, payroll, QuickBooks services, tax problems and IRS correspondence, tax preparation, and more.

 The old sign just wouldn't do!

The old sign just wouldn’t do!

When a firm that does so much for local businesses and individuals came to us for post and panel signs for CPA firms in Vancouver, WA, we put down our calculators and went to work. Brewer Caley had recently updated their name and logo. They used to be called Caley & Associates. Also, their old sign at their location near Clark College was small and hard for westbound traffic to see. We had just the solution.

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Post and Panel Sign

 This new post and panel sign is double-sided!

This new post and panel sign is double-sided!

During an initial consultation with Brewer Caley, we learned all about their goals for the project, and we got to see firsthand the poor job their old sign was doing. We recommended a post and panel sign because these markers are cost effective, easy to read, and professional looking. The client liked the proofs we provided them with, so we began the fabrication process.

We started with a durable aluminum composite sign panel that would be large enough to make the client’s name more visible and readable from larger distances. We then applied full-color digitally printed graphics on both sides of the panel featuring their new logo and contact information. The graphics were covered with a protective laminate to ensure that they’d last for many years to come.

We next coordinated with Brewer Caley to install their new marker when it would cause little disruption to their work. We chose to install the post and panel sign closer to the corner of the lot so it would be more visible to westbound traffic. The sign was mounted on side rails on treated lumber posts that were installed in concrete.

Now, as clients rush to get their tax information to Brewer Caley, they’ll be able to see their building with plenty of time to stop. The client was completely satisfied with the job we did.

CPAs are ramping up for the busy tax season and quality signage is a must. No matter what industry you’re in, make it easy for new customers to find you during your busy season. Install markers that make you stand out. If you want SGS to help you with this, contact us today for a free, no-strings-attached quote!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Postal Connection Adds New Location Signs in Hazel Dell WA!

By | Banners, Exterior Signs, Interior Signs

Opening a new business is a lot of work. You have to secure the proper licenses, hire employees, buy equipment, rent a venue, pay off the mob, and have plenty of product. In the rush to open their doors to the public, many organizations forget about their signage. These companies don’t last long. Postal Connections understood the importance of having the right signage, so they contacted the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for new business signs in Hazel Dell, WA.

Postal Connections Does More than Just Snail Mail

Busy individuals and small businesses turn to Postal Connections for all of their “back office” needs. They essentially serve as their clients’ packer and shipper, personal mailroom, outpost for passport photos, photocopy department, communications center, gift shop, and more. They take care of everything from notarizing documents to receiving personal business faxes. Across the United States, they have dozens of storefronts. The one near us is in Hazel Dell on 78th Street at Highway 99.

When a company that does such a great job of helping out local households and enterprises came to us for new location signs for Hazel Dell, WA, we were more than happy to help. As discussed in our last blog, we produced a halo-lit logo sign for Postal Connections. Even before the logo sign, though, owners Adrienne Boynton and Tom McNabb (her father) had both worked with us in their other endeavors. They knew they could count on us to deliver. We didn’t disappoint!

How We Helped Postal Connections

Adrienne and Tom needed a way to get noticed in their new location. After listening closely to their goals and vision for the project, we came up with a number of recommendations that would fit their budget and help them brand. Below is a bulleted list of what we decided on:

  • Window Graphics – To advertise their services and hours on their nice, large storefront windows, we provided them with both print and cut vinyl window graphics.
  • Loading Zone Signs – To save prime parking spots for their customers with packages to pick up or drop off, we supplied Postal Connections with loading zone signs. These consisted of laminated digital prints on .063 aluminum sign blanks.
  • Custom Pricing Signs – This part of the project was pretty neat. Tom has many years of experience in the construction industry, so he built a new custom countertop with a really cool blue/black marble patterned laminate. He then made four matching custom price signs with the same laminate face. We then created the vinyl graphics to go on the face of those signs.
  • Swooper Flags – Finally, we provided them with twelve-foot tall double-sided Swooper flags to promote their services to all of the traffic driving by their prime location.

In the end, Adrienne and Tom were completely satisfied with the work we did. The new clients are streaming in!

Are you interested in making sure your new business is successful? Contact SGS for a free consultation on new business signage the moment the ink dries on your lease agreement!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Exterior Building Sign for Glacier Tanks in Portland OR Increases Branding Power

By | Building Signs, Dimensional Letter Signs, Exterior Signs

If you don’t have signage on the exterior of your venue, you’re making a titanic mistake! Even if you don’t welcome in clients to your building, your business could still sink if you aren’t working hard on your branding. Glacier Tanks realized this, so they contacted the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for building signs in Vancouver, WA.

Glacier Tanks Is One Cool Company!

If you’re thinking that Glacier Tanks produces slow-moving military vehicles, you probably don’t operate a microbrewery. For the uninitiated, Glacier Tanks is a leading supplier of beer brewing tanks and accessory equipment. Situated on Northwest 114th Street in Vancouver, they’ve been an invaluable source of a broad range of industrial grade fermenters, tubing, tanks, burners, kettles, valves, and much more for about ten years now.

When a business that produces such important products to support Portland’s brewmasters came to us for exterior building signs for Portland, OR, we dropped our koozies and got down to work. Glacier Tanks knew they could count on us to make them look their best because we’d supplied them with hot blade signs and window graphics in the past. Exterior building signs were just going to be icing on their branding cake.

What We Did for Glacier Tanks

During an initial consultation, we learned about what Glacier Tanks was looking for in their new exterior marker. They wanted a sign that would represent their brand while really catching eyes. We came up with a few design and material options for them. They went with a nice aluminum and PVC number.

Once we had the go-ahead on the design, we moved at anything but a glacial pace. We started with a brushed silver aluminum composite sign panel for the backer. As you can see, it’s evocative of brewing tanks.

To give dimensionality to the sign, we created the logo using half-inch thick painted PVC logo pieces. The beautiful light to dark blue in the mountain and curved elements of the logo was achieved with a laminated digital print on the face of the blue PVC. Also, on the panel is cut vinyl text telling visitors when the company was established.

Once the sign was fabricated, we worked with Glacier Tanks’ schedule to mount the marker directly on the face of the new offices above the main entry. We did it at a time that would cause little disruption to business. We didn’t want to get between brewmasters and their brewing supplies!

In the end, they were completely satisfied with the job we did. The new exterior marker coordinates perfectly with the blade sign around the corner that we did a few months back as well as the window graphics directing customers and delivery trucks to the proper entrance.

Are your sales frozen solid? Do you need a way to get above water? Exterior signs are one of your most cost-effective marketing tools. No matter what industry you’re in, they’re your key to building your name recognition. If you’re ready to boost your branding and drive sales, contact SGS today for a free consultation on exterior building signs.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Exterior Signs Announce New Heights Physical Therapy’s New Location in Portland!

By | Channel Letter Signs, Exterior Signs, Illuminated Signs

It’s not much of a stretch to suggest you need your name on the outside of your storefront if you want to attract business and let customers know where you are. New Heights Physical Therapy was well-aware of this, so they scheduled an appointment with Specialty Graphic Solutions for exterior signs in Portland, OR.

Such Great Heights

With a new location on the west side of Portland on Cornell Road, New Heights Physical Therapy+ continues to expand thanks to their success providing the best quality of physical therapy to help their patients to feel their best at play, home, and at work. They treat everything from osteoporosis, auto injuries, repetitive motion injuries, back pain, bike injuries from crashes caused by gawking at their fabulous new signs, and more. Plus, their methods include microcurrent therapy, manual therapy, STEP therapy, and others. They essentially do it all.

We jumped at the chance to help out an enterprise that supplies such a valuable service to local residents when they came to us for channel letter signs for Portland, OR. We have a little history with New Heights. Back in March, they came to us for other exterior signs at their Northeast Glisan Street location. They knew we had the range of motion needed to provide a variety of signage types throughout all of Portland.

We Performed Signage Therapy

After an initial consultation, we learned that New Heights needed a couple different types of markers at their venue: an illuminated channel letter sign and a “flag” sign. We already had their artwork on file so it was easy for us to draw up some proofs of what their finished markers would look like. Once they approved, we were off and running.

First off, we created the illuminated channel letters. These were individual letters that make up the company’s logo. We shaped the letters to match the unique fonts New Heights uses in their logo. We then incorporated LED lights inside to illuminate the sign from within. This makes the marker easy to see at night and during the day. We used white acrylic faces to contrast against the natural, stained wood sign band on the building.

The letters were mounted to raceways, or mounting rails, that match the wood background to seamlessly blend in. Raceways are an excellent choice since they require little drilling into the façade of the building. The client was thrilled with this. The overall size of this channel letter sign is almost fifteen feet wide. The “New Heights” text is 16.25” high, and “Physical” is 17.5” tall.

For the flag sign we installed on the pole sign in front of the building, we used a polycarbonate panel with full-color digital prints on each side so cars driving down Cornell can see the New Heights name far enough ahead to avoid needing to slam on their brakes to make the turn. After all, whiplash would be counterproductive!

In the end, the client was completely satisfied. In fact, Kevin Poe, the Co-Founder of New Heights, contacted us to say, “The signs look fantastic!”

Could the exterior of your venue use some rehabilitation? Contact our mighty sign makers today for a free consultation!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Law Firm Matches New Building Sign to Lobby Sign! Brand Building at Its Best!

By | Dimensional Letter Signs, Exterior Signs, Lobby Signs

GPS is good for a lot of things. Yet, it does have its limitations. For instance, you still need to use common sense, or you might end up driving into a lake. Also, the accuracy isn’t perfect, so it can often get you close to where you need to go, but you need to keep your eyes peeled for the specific location. This is where building signs come in handy. Angus Lee Law Firm realized this, so they contacted the mighty sign makers at SGS for dimensional letter building signs in Vancouver, WA.

 Their new building sign...

Their new building sign…

What Does Angus Lee Law Firm Do?

Angus Lee Law Firm is the law practice of Jennifer and Angus Lee. They defend cases throughout Washington from their location on Northeast Highway 99 in Vancouver. Their criminal cases include homicides, DUIs, and other criminal cases. They’ve even argued cases in front of the Supreme Court for the state and the Washington Court of Appeals. Both Angus and Jennifer have served in the United States Marine Corps, and both believe in giving back to the community.

 ...matches their lobby sign!

…matches their lobby sign!

We’d have to enter an insanity plea to pass up the opportunity to assist such upstanding members of our region when they came to us for exterior building signs for law firms in Vancouver, WA. This wasn’t our first time working for Angus Lee. The firm had us design and install lobby signs in their new building back in April, so they knew they could count on us to win the case. We didn’t let them down.

If Making Perfect Signs Is a Crime, We’re Guilty!

The lobby sign was phase I of the new firm’s branding. The building sign was phase II. The lobby sign already welcomes in visitors to the building and lets them know they’ve found the right place. Now, they needed a way for clients to find the building from far away. A new building sign was a must. We designed it to complement the interior lobby sign by featuring the Angus Lee logo.

We started with two 3mm thick white aluminum composite sign panels that were three and a half feet tall and more than eleven feet wide combined. We then added painted PVC letters with brushed gold laminate plus a gold laminate border around the whole sign. Brushed gold is an excellent way for law firms to showcase their professionalism. We then used red vinyl as a finishing detail to complete the logo.

Once the sign was fabricated, we worked with Angus’s schedule to install the new marker on the face of their two-story brick office building using our cherry picker. As you can see, the new building sign looks terrific during the day, and thanks to the spotlighting, it is attention grabbing at night. In the end, Angus Lee Law Firm decided they’d press charges for excellent sign making and outstanding customer service. We plead guilty.

Are you tired of customers giving up on finding your storefront or offices and going to your competition instead? If so, contact SGS today for building signs that’ll make you stand out.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Minnehaha Early Learning Center Lights Up with Backlit Electric Pole Sign!

By | Exterior Signs, Monument Signs, Pylon Pole Signs

The worst part about opening up a new location for your organization is finding that there’s already a large primary identification sign on the property that has the name of another business on it. Great! Now, what’re you going to do? You could change the name of your organization to match what’s on the sign. Or, you can call Specialty Graphic Solutions to update the markers. Minnehaha Early Learning Center chose the latter option and contacted us for exterior signs for schools in Vancouver, WA.

Minnehaha Is No Joke

Located on Northeast Saint Johns Road in Vancouver, Minnehaha Early Learning Center is an early childhood learning center recently opened up by Educational Services District (ESD) 112. The goals of ESD 112 are threefold: student success, healthy communities, and operations expertise. For 40 years, they’ve been a key educational partner in delivering and creating programs that benefit children, communities, and schools in Southwest Washington.

When an organization that does so much for our area youth came to us for backlit electric pole signs in Vancouver, WA, we grabbed our pencils and rulers and got down to work. We’d performed work for ESD 112 in the past. Specifically, we refurbished a monument sign for the Hough Early Learning Center. You can see it on our Building & Monument Sign page or browse our gallery for more examples! The new location for Minnehaha needed new graphics on the pole sign that was already on the property. You better believe our mighty sign makers were up for the task!

What We Did for Minnehaha

After an initial consultation during which we checked out the pole sign and took some measurements, we came up with some ideas for ESD 112. You see, the sign had to be visible in daylight as well as with light shining through it when it was lit at night. To determine the right color saturation, we consulted with the customer to find out their preferences.

To avoid the logo being washed out when the light shone through the sign panel at night, we ended up printing a darker shade of the logo. We produced a full-color digital print on translucent vinyl with a protective laminate. The vinyl was then mounted to a brand new 10-foot wide by 5-foot high sign panel made of 3/16” thick polycarbonate. We then worked with ESD 112 to install the new sign face at a time that was convenient for them.

In the end, we received a glowing report card from our client. Job well done!

We Can Give You the SGS Treatment

Is your new venue covered with signs from the previous tenant? Don’t change your company name just yet! We can come to your site, closely examine the existing markers, and determine whether we can simply reface the signage or need to replace them all together. We believe in providing eco-friendly and affordable solutions to our customers so we’ll seek to refurbish signs whenever possible. If this is out of the question, we can design high-quality signs from scratch that’ll last you for many years to come.

Want to get your new location started off right? Contact SGS today for a free consultation!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

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