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

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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.

Smith-Root Relocates and Adds Wayfinding Signs in Vancouver WA!

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Confusion is pretty much unavoidable when you move your company into a new facility. Everyone has a new office, and no one knows where anything is. We’ve heard reports of workers getting lost for days at a time after a move. Okay, so maybe it isn’t that bad, but it can be stressful. Smith-Root wanted to assuage this confusion, so they contact Special Graphics Solutions for directory and suite signs for Vancouver, WA.

Smith-Root Is a Whale of a Company

Smith-Root is actually more of a fish of a company, but that isn’t a saying. They produce a number of fishery investigation products along with doing plenty of fisheries research. They have offices all over the world, but their headquarters remain right here in Vancouver. Dave Smith and Lee Root founded the business more than 50 years ago. Nowadays, they have a large manufacturing facility and supply a broad range of electrofishing and field research equipment. We especially like what they do to keep our lakes and rivers healthy.

We couldn’t help but dive right into this job when such a quality company came to us for wayfinding signs for Vancouver. As of last week, Smith-Root moved into a new facility on Northeast 50th Avenue that was specifically designed for their company. We’d done plenty of work for them in the past, including this awesome boat wrap, so they knew they could count on SGS to go above and beyond. And, that’s just what we did!

There’s No Getting Lost at Smith-Root!

During an initial consultation, we found out that Smith-Root wanted interior directional signs and changeable nameplates that they could update and change in-house. We recommended two excellent modular wayfinding sign systems. They choose a really great curved product from SignPro Systems.

The aluminum frames Smith-Root selected curve left-to-right, but we also offer top-to-bottom curved frames as well. The frames also have a clear non-glare lens on the face that’s easily removable and replaceable when names change. We recommended that the frames be sized in such a way that the printed inserts could be produced on a standard desktop printer using letter or legal-sized paper.

As they prepared to move into their new facility, their in-house graphic designer was swamped. So, our mighty sign makers decided to lighten his load a little bit and used Smith-Root’s preferred font to create the layout for all of the signs. We then printed the initial inserts so everything would be ready on the first day at the new office. In less than two hours, our mighty sign makers Taylor and Jason installed one hanging sign, two directories, and 48 nameplates. As you can see, they even made sure everything was nice and level!

Smith-Root was completely satisfied! In fact, Debbie Oja, their head of marketing, even sent us the following note: “The name signs are awesome!  We are really pleased with the outcome.”

If you’re in need of outstanding signage outcomes for your organization, pick up the phone and call the experts at SGS for a free, no-strings-attached 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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