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It’s a Plaid, Plaid World – iQ Credit Union’s Gets Decked Out

By | Parking Signs, Rebranding Signs, Wild Card

One of our favorite things at SGS is finding out what the new quarterly campaign theme is going to be for iQ Credit Union. They always bring us their amazing ideas and we have a blast bringing them to life. Then we went plaid!

It was simple really, instead of “putting a bird on it” we’d just being going mad for plaid. The mighty signmakers of SGS really got to flex their vinyl skills when it came to all the wrapping. What did we wrap? Bikes! Barrows! A swag wagon! A car!

The team certainly leveled up on reassembling bikes…

 Ready to roll out!  Ready to roll out!

The print was an extra challenge because the lines meant it needed a precise application or it would look crooked. But this didn’t thwart SGS and the cruisers and wheel barrows left with a flawless finish and perfectly plaid. The bikes were in various branches throughout the Vancouver area and members could enter to win them.

The biggest piece in the campaign was the swag wagon. The wagon, formerly a plain delivery truck, was upgraded with the plaid print and the iQ logo. It certainly fits in the northwest and will catch eyes when its out in the community. Even better, if iQ decides the wagon needs to be changed up – the wrap can be removed and we can give it a totally new look.

 Seek the UniQue!  Seek the UniQue!

In going plaid, we met Woodchuck Norris. Chuck was featured on parking signs and giant A-frame signs as well. And, he’s even got his best flannel on to coordinate with the campaign.

 Just your friendly, neighborhood woodchuck to welcome you!  Just your friendly, neighborhood woodchuck to welcome you!

iQ even carried the plaid over to their website. The homepage featured members in red plaid to tie the whole promotion together. They took a simple idea and applied it in many different ways to make an impact. iQ shows that an impactful campaign doesn’t need to be some massive and elaborate idea. Just a straightforward element like plaid can be twisted and can be used so you get noticed.

Does your brand need a breath of fresh air? Talk to the team at Specialty Graphic Solutions. You can call us at 360-635-5556 and a real live human will answer. You can also email us at hello@sgsgraphic.com and we’ll respond – no robots here.



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.

Put Cars in Their Place with Parking Signs in Vancouver, WA

By | Parking Signs

If left to their own devices, people will park everywhere. You’ll find cars taking up several spaces, on your sidewalk, in your mailbox, or even blocking the entrance to your business. This can be annoying and potentially dangerous. Fortunately, Specialty Graphic Solutions is your one-stop sign shop for parking signs in Vancouver, WA. Unfortunately, choosing the right parking signs is no walk in the park, so we’ve put together this little guide to help out your organization.

Don’t Drive away Customers

If customers and other visitors have a difficult time making their way around your property or if they simply can’t find a place to park, they may get a bad first impression of your enterprise. As a matter of fact, your company’s earnings are directly impacted by the number of spots you’ve reserved for clients. Consumer will look elsewhere if they can’t find a place to store their car while they’re shopping. After all, only weirdos like to while away their days looking for parking spots.

If you want to get snazzy and stand out from your rivals, consider custom parking signs that highlight your business’s name, full-color logo, and other branding. If you want to be really sneaky, you can put up wayfinding signs in your competitor’s parking areas and direct traffic to your business. Okay, so maybe that isn’t the best idea, but when you call, our mighty sign makers can give you plenty of brilliant (and ethical) tips.

BTW, ADA

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people of all abilities must be able to access your parking lot. Sometimes all you need is a sign to meet the guidelines. For example, you generally have to direct guests to ADA accessible entrances. Additionally, you likely need a certain number of clearly-labelled handicapped parking spots. And, everyone will appreciate professional signage that points the way to entrances, bathrooms, info, and assistance.

What Else Does Your Parking Area Need?

Since you’re new around here, we’ll let you in on some other secret signs you should know about:

  • Delivery and Loading Dock Signs – Giant semi-trucks clogging up your parking area and blocking your building are never good for business. The appropriate signage will show delivery drivers where they need to go.
  • Fire Lane Signs – You can keep areas clear for rescue workers once you install no parking and fire lane signs. This could be a lifesaver down the road.
  • Small Directional Markers – Sometimes, all you need to help visitors get around your campus more smoothly is an arrow and a couple of words on a small marker. We can hook you up and even install the signs pointing in the right direction!
  • Guest, General, and Employee Parking – You want your clients to have the best parking when you operate a retail store. Signs make this clear.

Our mighty sign makers are here to help you out if you’re still having a hard time figuring out what directional and parking signs in Vancouver, WA your campus needs. For a free quote, 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.

People Have to Park, So Why Not Direct Them with Signs?

By | Directional Signs, Parking Signs

Hilariously terrible parking jobs are enjoyable to gawk at, but they can be quite angering if you happen to be looking for a parking spot or want to access a building. For instance, cars parked on sidewalks can make it hard for wheelchair-bound visitors to get around. Or, a truck in a fire lane could make it difficult for emergency personnel to get into your venue quickly.

You could hire a person to direct traffic in your parking lot. Or, you could write passive aggressive notes and place them on all of the vehicles that haven’t parked according to some unwritten guidelines. However, we thinking the easiest solution is to just call in the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for parking signs in Vancouver, WA.

You Gotta Have Proper Signage

Clients and other guests may not have the best opinion of your organization if they can’t find parking or have trouble making their way around your campus. In fact, the spots you have reserved for customers can have a direct impact on your business’s earnings. If there’s no parking, shoppers may look elsewhere. No one wants to spend their day driving around a parking lot looking for a spot.

On the other hand, you can set yourself apart from your competitors with custom parking lot signs featuring your full-color logo, company name, and other branding. If you want to be really clever, you can even set up a series of “More Parking This Way” signs leading from your competitor’s parking lot to your own. If anyone asks, though, you didn’t hear about this hack from us.

Keep It Legal

Your parking area must be accessible for people of all abilities according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This is where ADA signs come in handy. They’re typically required for directing visitors to ADA accessible entrances. Plus, you can point out the spots reserved for handicapped parking. Additionally, who doesn’t appreciate clearly-labelled, professional signage that leads the way to restrooms, assistance, entrances, and information?

Other Parking Lot Options

Listen, you look like a good, honest person. We’ll let you know about some of the parking lot signs you might consider:

Fire Lane Signs – With fire lane and no parking signs, you can keep areas clear for rescue workers. This could save your life someday.

Worker, Visitor, and General Parking – If you run a retail store, you want your customers to have the best parking. Signs can make it easy for people of all stars and stripes to know where to park.

Loading Dock and Delivery Signs – You probably don’t want a giant semi blocking your building and clogging up your parking lot. Tell delivery drivers where to go with the appropriate markers.

Small Directional Signs – A couple words and an arrow on a small sign is about all you need to help people get around your property more smoothly.

If you’re still having trouble determining what parking and directional signs for Vancouver, WA businesses are best for your purposes, we can help you out! For a free consultation, contact us or visit us in person. We have plenty of well-marked parking!



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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