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Sign Fabrication

Cool Branding For The Fridge

By | Sign Fabrication

We’ve had the great fortune to work with the Clark County Food Bank over the years and our projects have grown and evolved as they’ve grown with the community. We started out doing custom graphics for a few of their cars to brand their fleet. It was a quick and simple way for people to see CCFB out in the neighborhood. Then we moved on to wrapping their box trucks to help make an even more visible in the community and raise awareness of their presence. Most recently, we tackled their walk in refrigerators and added infographics and a media center to the doors.

Fridges typically aren’t our wheelhouse but the mighty sign makers are always excited to try something new. First it took a bit of research to see if this had been done before and how it was accomplished. The size of the door is large and the materials needed to be stronger to hold up to opening and closing. Because of the large size of the door, the weight of the materials needed to be considered and just how we would attach it to the door. We couldn’t drill into the door because would have damaged the seals and would would have risked hitting hoses or wiring. It took a bit of testing with what would be the best substrate to use with what combination of adhesive in order to find out what would last and stand up to a door being routinely used.

 Taylor's sharp eyes make sure Jeff and Jason are lined up with the diamond plate panel. Taylor’s sharp eyes make sure Jeff and Jason are lined up with the diamond plate panel.

The solution was a reverse printed graphic on a thin polycarbonate material (which doesn’t need laminating). In the end we used our trusty 3M 4622 VHB tape to ensure the acrylic is secure for years to come. The team prepped the surface to make sure it was absolutely clean so the panel would bond to the door. All hands were on deck while we double checked alignment and attached the panel to half inch strips of tape and pressed down to pop it into place.

 Ready for messages! Ready for messages!

If you think about it, fridges are still a very central part of our lives even in the digital landscape. It is still a place to put shopping lists, hang up art, stick up a business card to remember for later and of course – leave a message. So this is exactly how this board serves CCFB. The size of the fridge was also a great space for the food bank to utilize for information. The sign also doubles as a handy infographic. The finish on the polycarbonate means that it can be written on with dry erase markers. Staff can keep everyone current with message about shifts and upcoming events.

How can we help your business work with messaging? We want to make you look cool. Contact us for a free quote about your project.



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

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.

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