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Lobby Signs

Corporate values wall display with qoutes for Permacold portland or

Corporate Values and Company Mission Statements

By | Dimensional Letter Signs, Export, Inside Signs, Interior Signs, Lobby Signs, Uncategorized, Wall Graphics, Wall Murals, Walls Graphics

A corporate values display for a wall showcases what your company believes.  Every company has unique values.  A core values display can take many forms and should be unique to each company. Once your company establishes its mission statement, values or just some words that stand for your company beliefs, the Mighty Sign Makers will display it in all of its glory!

Display your values proudly

A wall display is ideal because it keeps those words front and center.  A core values display doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  The Mighty Sign Makers have done some really awesome wall graphics using cut vinyl.  One of our most popular projects is the Permafrost Corporate Values display.  We used multiple frosted vinyl panels that float off the wall each with a value done in white lettering.  Bright, brushed aluminum, 3-d lettering really brings the display together nicely.

The Value of Values

When selecting values that represent your organization, it is easy to fall into the standard values trap.  For example, look at these values:  Communication. Respect. Integrity. Excellence.   Pretty good ones, right?  These are from Enron.  Remember them?  It doesn’t do much good to have words like these if they don’t represent the way your company operates.  In their defense, Greed, Lies, and Deceit don’t really look good as a corporate values display in the lobby.  At Specialty Graphic Solutions we take our company values very seriously.  We call it our Manifesto.

Mighty Sign Maker Manifesto

We know these things to be true:
  • Creative Thinking Builds A Better Mouse Trap
    • Step outside the box to open up new possibilities for design,
      materials, processes and problem-solving.
  • Two Heads Are Better Than One
    • Communicate, collaborate and be a great team player with other
      employees, customers, suppliers and our community.
  • Little Things Make A Big Difference
    • Sweat all the individual little details that make each project unique
      and successful.
  • Responsibility Is Nothing To Fear
    • Take the reins & make things happen. Own your choices, your
      mistakes, AND your successes!
  • Sustainability Is More Than Just-Recycling
    • Use all our resources wisely – materials, people & time – to create a
      healthy future for our company and our community.
  • Great Service Is Personal
    • Know our customers and their individual needs. That’s how we can
      focus our efforts to solve THEIR specific problems.

The difference between a company like Enron and Specialty Graphic Solutions, other than the obvious: we are still in business, is really believing in our corporate values.  It is critical that everyone in your company from the senior executives down to the most important people punching the time clock all believe and live those values.  A corporate values display is a great way to show your people and the world what your organization lives and breathes.

At Specialty Graphic Solutions the Mighty Sign Makers we work by our manifesto.  We know that any of our customers can look at those words and know we walk the walk.

Get an Estimate

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.

Corporate values wall display with qoutes for Permacold portland or
Corporate Values Display on wall

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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Rebranding, All Over the USA

By | Inside Signs, Interior Signs, Lobby Signs, Reception Area Signs

When Astadia needed to rebrand five locations with new lobby signs they called The Mighty Sign Makers for rebranding help.  With just a single point of contact, our client was able to complete sign projects in Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Raleigh, NC; and Nashua, NH. This meant that our client’s marketing team could stay focused on the needs of their customers instead of all the details involved in coordinating a lobby sign project in each location separately.  Specialty Graphic Solutions fabricated, shipped and installed five great lobby signs. This ensured a consistent and high-quality brand image is conveyed in all of their US offices.  Ordering and installing new signage, as part of a company rebranding, is often one of the last priorities.  Corporations with multiple locations nationally or internationally either have an in-house design department or they use a separate design company.  What they don’t have is production and installation capabilities.  That is where we come in.

The lobby signs they designed all feature a brushed metal panel with raised letters and the logo that welcome clients and employees alike to the Astadia offices. The new logo represents the direction of the company and the future it envisions for clients. Astadia’s CEO, Rebecca Rogers Tijerino, explained the colorful design as such: “The triangle symbolizes creativity; the delicate combination of colors is the powerful combination of ideas and skills; the peak points to the cloud, where technology and our aspirations lie; and its shape resembles an ‘A’ for Astadia.”

At Specialty Graphic Solution, we make it easy to create signs for multiple locations. We take care of all the details for you – including arrangements for local installers to ensure your new signs are displayed professionally in each unique location.  It was exciting to work with Astadia as their company starts this new chapter. The company specializes in streamlining and improving data resources for businesses so they can function better and grow.

We will help you Get Noticed when rebranding, lobby signs, reception signs, corporate values and core belief displays and other indoor signage.  The Mighty Sign makers also produce excellent building signs, vehicle graphics, fleet graphics, trade show displays, window graphics, event signage, wall murals and more.

Reception sign sliver brushed metal with raised logo and wall stand offs
silver sign with Astadia lobby signs for rebranding

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.

Design the perfect lobby logo sign

By | Lobby Signs
refurbished glass lobby sign with green dimensional letters in office with plants

Design the perfect lobby sign

Call the Mighty Sign Makers.  You know, as a business owner, that lobby signs are a crucial aspect of your company’s signage collection. They help to make an impact by letting your visitors know who you are, where you’re located and what you’re all about. But perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the choices for your lobby and logo sign. What materials are best? What colors? And which size? How much? These critical questions will be answered in this helpful blog post, so read on to learn more.

Lobby and Logo Sign Materials

Your interior lobby and logo sign can be made out of various materials—in fact, in this case, there are many options. Wood may be a good choice for a construction company to show off what they can do. Imagine an imposing yet professional polished wood sign advertising your construction work. Or, perhaps you’re a modern architecture company that wants clients to know that you can work with many different materials. In that case, an acrylic panel that mimics the look of glass could be best. The only limit with supplies is your imagination.

Color Choices

With your lobby and logo sign, it is usually best to go with your company’s brand color scheme. This will prevent any confusion from your visitors or clients. However, in some instances, you can get away with a different color scheme if you’re in the process of rebranding. But again, be careful. Consistency is key with color schemes and branding.

Size Matters

When it comes to lobby and logo signage, be aware of the size of your particular sign. If you’re a law firm, perhaps big and bold is the way to go. But maybe you’re a small consulting group that wishes to be subtler in your sign choice. Whatever size you choose for your lobby and logo sign, again, be sure it’s consistent with your brand. Otherwise, your customers will end up being confused.


Everyone wants a “Ballpark Price”, we get that.  The problem is every sign we produce is 100% custom built to exceed our client’s expectations.  It’s really hard to put a dollar amount on your expectations.  A better way to approach price is to have a ballpark budget and let us help you find the solution that meets your needs.  Sometimes we can beat the budget and we consider that a win.  A lobby sign can cost a few hundred dollars for something simple like vinyl lettering or it can cost several thousand if you want something more elaborate.

Get Your Lobby and Logo Sign Today

Now that you’ve received some handy tips and tricks regarding the design of your lobby and logo sign, once you’ve made your decision, go ahead and give the Mighty Sign Makers a quick call. We are your one-stop shop for signs. Contact us today for a free 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.

Your Lobby Says a Lot; Dress it for Success

By | Interior Signs, Lobby Signs

It’s about that brushed metal letters on a reclaimed wood wall, isn’t it?  There are things we can’t control. It’s a fact of life. Some things just happen and you can’t stop them. One of the things you control is creating an exciting lobby sign for your reception area.  If you think the lobby sign isn’t putting your companies best foot forward then it’s about time you did something about it. Go to your lobby and look straight in the reception desk and if you are not blown away you have an opportunity. It’s a shame because it was a good lobby for someone back in the days before you bought the building. Now, it wishes it were younger and better looking, so it’s just bitter. It drives away your business, makes you look bad, and even though your mom keeps asking you to give it another chance, it’s time you let it go.

You might have some reservations. You have fond memories of when you first walked in those doors and decided to buy the space. You can remember your first client sitting, just there, in that horribly ugly green chair.

Just remember you didn’t turn your back on the lobby, it turned its back on you.

First Impressions

Your lobby sign is the first thing that people see when they come into your space. It does two things. First, it lets people know that they’re not lost and that this is the building they were looking for. Next, it sets an impression of you and the way you do things. Your lobby is usually the first thing in your building that really works to build your brand. When people realize that they’re in the building they need to be in, don’t make them regret it.

With Specialty Graphic Solutions, we can help you make sure that your lobby leaves an awesome first impression on anyone who visits your office. We make awesome lobby signs that can build your brand the minute people walk in your door. You’ll let people know where they are, but also who you are. You can start making that good impression with a professional modern sign made to your specifications in your desired material.

Depending on the look you want and the message you want to send, you can choose from glass, metals, wood, stone, or different types of lettering to make your sign and your lobby your own.

We also have tons of other products that can add a bit of flair and personality to your lobby. From prints and banners to wayfinding and ADA signs, we can provide all kinds of products that can help you with your lobby problem and build your brand.

With a brand-new lobby sign and a few of our graphics, you might even be able to keep that ugly green chair.

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.

For Professional Firms: The Appeal of Brushed Metal Lobby Signs in Vancouver WA

By | Lobby Signs | No Comments

“If you do the crime, you do the time.” Despite the old saying ringing true, many organizations continue to commit crimes every day. What are they guilty of? The crime of not having a lobby sign. And, the “time” that they serve is constantly struggling to increase brand recognition through less efficient means. Lori Ferguson Law Firm was tired of doing time, so they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for lobby signs for law firms in Vancouver, WA.

What Is Lori Ferguson Law Firm?

Located on H Street in Vancouver, Lori Ferguson Law Firm, P.S. consists of a team of experienced lawyers who provide legal counsel in an array of matters that can affect local families. The firm focuses on guardianships, estate planning, probate matters, and family law. They also provide help to landlords in landlord/tenant disputes and can answer questions regarding Medicaid and special needs planning. We asked if they’d also consider lawsuits against family members who take the last Christmas cookies, and they just laughed, which we took as a “yes.”

When an organization that does such a good job of watching out for the interests of local families came to us for brushed metal lobby signs in Vancouver, WA, we were happy to take the case. Lori Ferguson Law Firm wanted a classy way to welcome clients in and showcase their branding. Fortunately, they called the right mighty sign makers.

What We Did for Lori Ferguson

Our first step in the sign creation process was to collect evidence of what the client wanted for their sign. We’ve found the best way to do this is to meet with them and ask. So, for our first witness, we called Lori Ferguson Law Firm to the stand. In their testimony, they revealed that they wanted a lobby sign that was professional and gave off an air of longevity. We broke the case when we revealed that brushed metal would get the job done. They agreed, and once they approved the proofs we provided them with, we got down to work.

Fabricating this marker was fairly straightforward. We used our plotter to precisely cut the black vinyl letters to match Lori Ferguson’s existing branding. We then applied the letters to a brushed metal panel. Once the sign was ready, we worked with the client’s schedule to install it when we wouldn’t disrupt meetings. The final verdict was that we were guilty of doing a fabulous job. Now, when clients come in, they’ll know they’ve found the right place.

Unlock Your Branding

We hold the key to release your business from obscurity jail. We have a full complement of lobby signs that are sure to fit your specific branding goals. Sure, metal signs are ideal for law firms, accountants, universities, and banking institutions, but not every organization is going for the traditional look. For instance, software companies want to look all high-tech. This is where acrylic and backlit lobby signs come in handy.

Whatever your needs may be, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today for a free consultation on lobby signs. Stop leading a life of crime by omission of lobby 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.

3D Letter Logo Lobby Signs in Vancouver Great for Dental Firms!

By | Brushed Laminate Letters, Lobby Signs | No Comments

When clients enter your office suite, how do they know who you are? You could hire a guy to dress as your company’s mascot and greet everyone who enters. Or, you could get a bunch of balloons with your organization’s name on them and drop’em from the ceiling every time someone opens the door. Of course, the UPS guy will get real tired of that real quick, and your receptionist probably doesn’t want to pick up the balloons over and over again.

The easiest way to welcome client in is to just install 3D letter signs in your lobby. That’s precisely what Dental Service LLC wanted when they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for lobby signs for dental firms in Vancouver, WA.

Brace Yourself for Dental Service

Situated on Northeast 20th Avenue in the Salmon Creek neighborhood of Vancouver, Dental Service LLC provides administrative and back of the house support for several dental practices throughout the Pacific Northwest. They offer a broad range of services, including payroll and billing, handling of insurance claims, maintaining facilities, creating training programs for staff, and much more.

When an organization that does so much to help other local businesses came to us for 3D letter logo lobby signs in Vancouver, WA, we couldn’t wait to sink our teeth into the project. They wanted a classy way to show off their company name and logo to everyone who entered their offices. Fortunately, they contacted the right mighty sign makers!

We Gave Dental Service the SGS Treatment!

When Dental Service contacted us, we went through our usual drill. We discussed what they had in mind for their project and performed a site survey. They’d recently expanded and remodeled their office space and wanted a beautiful new dimensional letter sign for behind their reception desk. Based on their branding, budget, focal wall, and goals, we created some art proofs of what their finished marker could look like. Once they approved our mockups, we got down to work.

We started with 3/8” thick gray acrylic letters. We chose acrylic because it’s a long-lasting, high-quality materials. In fact, we even provide a lifetime warranty on this type of product! Don’t tell anyone, but we added aluminum laminate to the faces of the acrylic letters to give off the appearance of metal letters at a lower cost. We then scheduled a time to install the marker when we wouldn’t be a disruption to business as usual.

The finished letters and logo were stud mounted with spacers on a custom wood panel behind the reception desk. Spacers let the letters cast a large shadow on the wall and add more depth to the display. The final piece was 75 inches wide by 18 inches tall. Now, visitors will know where they are, and the folks at Dental Service have something to smile aboutJ

Are there holes in your branding strategy that could use some fillings? Let our mighty sign makers go to work for you! For a free consultation on lobby signs, contact SGS today!

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.

We Work with Graphic Designers to Create Stunning Lobby Signs!

By | Graphic Designers, Lobby Signs, Sign Fabrication | No Comments

Some sign shops just plain refuse to listen to your ideas. Or, they have an in-house graphic designer that they insist you must use, even if you have your own talented guy or gal on staff. Specialty Graphic Solutions is more flexible than that. We regularly work with the region’s top graphic artists. This was true when we recently helped out Western Energy Institute by fabricating lobby signs in Portland, Oregon.

What’s Western Energy Institute?

Located on Southwest 5th Avenue in Portland, the Western Energy Institute facilitates direct connections between natural gas and electric industry professionals. They orchestrate and lay the groundwork for discussions to foster dialogues and collaboration between professionals. Members receive access to collaboration, networking, training, and educational opportunities. Basically, they’re like OkCupid for energy industry professionals, only without the making out (we assume): they build business relationships.

A Little about Ryan Mowery

Now that you know about Western Energy Institute, we gotta tell you that we weren’t really working directly for them on this awesome sign. Instead, this project came to us from Ryan Mowery. Ryan, or “RyMow” as the cool kids call him, is a diverse graphic designer in Portland with experience in information architecture, brand identity, web, art direction, content strategy, mobile, and overall UX (that’s “user experience”) design.

Over the last few years, SGS has worked with Ryan on a couple of projects. For this latest project, he wanted us to bring his idea to life. Even though we can create some pretty groovy graphic designs in-house, we also love to work with various graphic designers to create stunning lobby signs. The sign for Western Energy Institute was one of those collaborative projects.

What We Did for RyMow and Western Energy

Ryan knew exactly what he wanted and was able to provide us with the specifications in a way that was easy for us to get right down to work. We started with a huge ¼” thick clear acrylic panel. We then used a CNC router to create a 51″ diameter round piece. The printed graphics went directly onto the back side of the acrylic using a state of the art large format digital printer. We did this so you can look through the sign to see the logo. Finally, we polished up the edges.

The installation of this sign was a little unique because the mounting hardware is incorporated into the design. The white standoff mounting hardware is positioned so that it’s on the four “dots” in the design, which hides it from view. This makes it appear as if the sign is floating off the wall: a very clean and sophisticated appearance.

In the end, everyone involved felt lots of good karma and energy about completing another great looking sign!

Let SGS Help You Look Your Best

Whether you need a new lobby sign, window graphics, fleet graphics, or anything else, we can help you out. We can take care of every step of the process from working with your graphic designer or some other local talent to fabricating and installing your marker.

Get the ball rolling by contacting the mighty sign makers at SGS today!

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.

Affordable Acrylic Signs in Vancouver WA Brand Your Office!

By | Acrylic Signs, Lobby Signs, Suite Signs

If you’ve spent any amount of time in a nail salon, which some of us at Specialty Graphic Solutions may be guilty of, then you’ve likely heard of acrylic nails. Acrylics are used in a variety of industries because they are durable, versatile, and cost-effective. But, how can this material that’s also used for rear car light covers help your business? Well, you don’t need to be a nail salon owner to know that you can help consumers find your office and boost your brand awareness with acrylic signs in Vancouver, WA.

Help Your Suite Look Sweet with Clear Acrylic Panels

As the name might imply, clear acrylic panel signs are made with a transparent acrylic panel featuring graphics and text. For NorthWest Lifestyle Health, this meant printing out their logo on top-quality cast vinyl and applying it to the panel. This is all work we do in-house, and it’s one of our most affordable solutions because the materials are inexpensive and the process isn’t very labor intensive.

Spell It out with Acrylic Lettering

When most of us hear the word “letter,” we think of the standard A through Z with the letter elemenopee somewhere in there. In the signage industry, we like to bend the rules a little bit and include numbers, symbols, logos, and other characters in our loose definition of “letter.”

Consequently, we produce slick acrylic dimensional letter signs – like this one for Fiducial – that include a logo. Notice the glossy appearance. This is the standard with acrylic letters. However, if you’d like less of a glare, we can give the letters a matte finish. Quarter-inch-thick letters are also the standard, but acrylic letters can be up to half an inch thick. If you like your letters thicker than a shake with too little milk in it, consider acrylic laminate letters. These can be up to four inches thick!

Combine Lettering and Clear Panels

Vinyl isn’t the only material that can be applied to clear acrylic panels. You might consider adding acrylic letters to the face of your panel. We can then install the entire sign with spacers to create an added dimensional look as well as an elegant play of light and shadows. High-tech firms might consider installing backlit acrylic panel signs.

Layer Panels for a Dramatic Effect

Sometimes you don’t want to save the drama for your momma. Layered panels make it look like your sign is jumping out at viewers. Visitors probably won’t flinch when they see the sign, but it creates a dramatic effect nonetheless. For this suite sign we created for BnK Construction, we used frosted acrylic to make it look as if the acrylic panel is actually etched glass. No one has to know that the marker is actually a much more affordable alternative!

This is just a taste of what we can do with acrylic. If you’re looking for specific solutions for your enterprise, give us a ring. We probably won’t do your nails for you, but we’ll give you good ideas for making your brand stand out with acrylic lobby signs in Vancouver, WA. For a free consultation, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today!

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.

Reception Area Sign for Biggs Insurance in Vancouver!

By | Lobby Signs, Reception Area Signs | No Comments

Is there any industry more competitive than the insurance industry? You can just smell the desperation dripping from that long-lost-and-forgotten high school acquaintance as they run into you at the Wine and Jazz Festival or other events and promptly start asking about whether you have life insurance.

Smart insurance agencies don’t need to rely on awkward “natural marketing.” They realize that branding is the key to sales success. If your insurance company’s name is ingrained in people’s heads, then you’re the one they’ll contact when they need homeowner’s insurance. Biggs’ Insurance Services is well aware of this, so they contacted the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for reception area signs for insurance agencies in Vancouver, WA.

What’s the Biggs Deal?

No, Biggs Insurance Services isn’t the insurance company started by American Pie star Jason Biggs after they stopped making straight-to-DVD sequels. They go back much further than that. In 1935, two brothers founded The Whitfield Company real estate and insurance agency. Don Biggs purchased the company in the ‘50s and gave it his name. Now, from the corporate office on Main Street in Vancouver, they offer auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, surety bonds, risk management services, life insurance, and much more.

When a business that does such a good job of keeping local individuals and businesses from facing financial disaster came to us for lobby signs for insurance agencies in Vancouver, WA, we were glad to be of assistance. They have a nice dimensional letter sign on the exterior of their building, but they wanted a way to welcome clients into their reception area. We knew just what to do.

We Had Biggs Ideas

We met with Biggs to discuss their ideas for the project, and so we could take a closer look at their venue. They had a big, blank focal wall that would look rather nice adorned with a lobby sign. Based on their vision, budget, and branding, we came up with an art proof of what their finished sign could look like. They loved it, so we started fabricating it.

We started with a simple white panel and added cut vinyl graphics that perfectly matched Biggs’ branding. It’s important to have your marketing materials match if you want to maintain brand consistency. It’s like branding someone’s brain with your company’s logo: they can’t help but think of you when they need your services.

Once the piece was ready, we worked with Biggs’ schedule to install the markers when they weren’t trying to conduct big business deals. We mounted the sign with standoffs so it looks like it floats off the wall. In the end, we had another satisfied client.

Let Us Help You Attract Clients

Tired of feeling like ol’ Needle Nose Ned accosting Bill Murray with insurance pitches in Groundhog Day? Try a new tactic: boost your brand recognition. This can be done by creating a snazzy logo and getting it in front of as many eyes as possible as many ways as possible including in your lobby area.

To drive sales today, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS for a free quote on lobby 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.