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Guide with Suite and Wayfinding Signs in Vancouver WA

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Filmed in part in Oregon, The Shining is considered by many to be one of the greatest horror movies ever made. In it, there’s a scene where Jack Nicholson’s character is running through a hedge maze with an ax trying to find his victims. Instead, he ends up getting lost. Spoiler alert! Sorry, we always say that at the wrong time.

Anyway, let’s pretend that the Nicholson character is your client, the hedge maze is your multi-tenant office complex, the ax is lots of money, and you are the “victim.” Does your building have the right suite and wayfinding signs to allow your client to hunt you down and swing the ax of giving you their business? If not, it might be time to install suite and wayfinding signs in Vancouver, WA. Fortunately, Specialty Graphic Solutions is one of the region’s top suppliers of these markers.

To Customize or Not to Customize

When most of us think of suite signs, we envision standard plastic or metal plaques that just have a room number. Property managers or building owners may require you to “take a walk on the mild side.” On the other hand, if you have a cool landlord, we suggest you try custom signs to give your professional office some flair and to help with your branding efforts.

We can work our personalized magic to incorporate company logos on room signs, use custom colors to match your other marketing materials, add Braille to any signs to keep you in compliance with the ADA, clearly identify restrooms and other amenities with images and text, and create precise designs that follow the terms of your lease.

We Have the Right Materials for the Job

There are virtually endless possibilities when it comes to suite and wayfinding signs. We’ve been known to use materials like PVC, wood, aluminum, HDU, and acrylic when fabricating suite signs. The main guide we use in picking the right materials for your project is the image your organization is trying to project. For instance, if you specialize in natural products, such as hedge mazes, you might consider signs that incorporate wood or stone.

Interior Office Sign Options

Make your building more inviting with these markers:

  • Room Signs – Most facilities are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to have signs for rooms that serve a permanent purpose, like cafeterias, meeting rooms, and restrooms.
  • Wayfinding Markers – Unless your business is located in a standalone closet, your building can benefit from wayfinding signage. Directional arrows can point the way to various amenities, while directories near your entrance tell guests where all of the businesses and departments in your venue are located.
  • Suite Signs – Suite signs are a must to help visitors find their way around your building when you manage a complex with several tenants.

Don’t let your customers metaphorically freeze to death in the corridors of your facility as they search for your suite! Show them the way with suite and wayfinding 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.

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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