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We Work with Graphic Designers to Create Stunning Lobby Signs!

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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.

Don’t Want a Traditional Lobby Sign in Portland?

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As we’re bombarded with messages on walls, cars, buildings, windows, and even floors, it’s grown increasingly difficult to catch our attention visually. That means your traditional lobby sign won’t cut it anymore. In fact, thinking outside of the box isn’t even good enough. You need to travel to a different planet from that box. And, as the best place to buy lobby signs in Portland, Oregon, Specialty Graphic Solutions can take you there. Here are some ahead-of-their-time options that are noticeable and memorable.

Backlit Lobby Signs Will Eclipse the Competition

Imagine the whole city is staring up at the sun waiting for a solar eclipse. Then, instead of the moon passing in front of the sun, it’s a lobby sign with your logo on it. This is essentially what it looks like when you choose backlit lobby signs, except you won’t horribly blind everyone who enters your business. We use bright LED lights that are still significantly less powerful than the sun yet efficient and environmentally-friendly. These markers create a sophisticated halo effect on any wall they’re mounted to.

You Don’t Need Special Glasses for This 3D Look

Okay, so dimensional letters with logos aren’t that uncommon, and many traditional signs consist of dimensional letters. However, there are exciting new things that we can do to make your dimensional lobby sign really pop. It all comes down to materials. Here are some material options that’ll give you an unconventional appearance:

  • Sign Foam – Sign foam is a favorite for dimensional letters because it can achieve a thickness of up to four inches. Plus, we can paint it any color you want, add digitally-printed graphics, or cover the letters and logo with a laminate.
  • Metal Laminate – Speaking of laminates, metal laminate is the bomb. We use a thin layer of real metal allow and apply it to PVC, acrylic, sign foam, or other substrates for a professional look that projects longevity in an industry. We recommend a brushed aluminum finish.
  • Acrylic Laminate – This works much the same way as metal only for different purposes. Acrylic projects a high-tech, avant-garde, trendy vibe with its glossy look.

Cover Your Giant Wall with Vinyl or Use Digital Prints

If visitors to your business are greeted by a huge, blank wall, you probably don’t want to install a puny lobby sign. Yet, if you wanted to install a sign worthy of the stature of your wall, the above materials might be cost prohibitive. Vinyl is the answer. We’re able to cover your entire wall with a massive mural featuring your logo as the focal point. This is sure to have a lasting impression on everyone who enters your building. Digital prints are also a great way to make your lobby a welcoming place.

This is just a taste of what we can do with lobby signs in Portland, Oregon. Do you have some out-of-this-world ideas that you aren’t sure are possible? Go ahead and try us! When you contact us for a free consultation, we’ll let you know if we can make your dream a reality. Most of the time we can. Call 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.

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