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Don’t Make This Top List

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

When you create your sign, you typically proofread it and check for typos or misspellings.  You also probably test out your tag lines on others or read them over to be sure they make sense and do not have double meanings or the potential to be misconstrued as something else.  If you don’t do this, your professional sign manufacturer should be doing it.  That’s part of what you pay them to do.  

But there are always those funny or odd signs that are obviously not proofread or reviewed until it’s too late.  Of course, Maryland sign makers would never do such a thing, and you would never see these signs in the Baltimore area.  They are from around the world and they will make you chuckle.  Try not to get your sign on this list!

funny signs - misspellings

Other examples include:

Outside the pawn shop:  “Don’t Let Money Worries Kill You…Let the Pawn Shop Help!

In a neighborhood with children:  “Children, Please Drive With Care.”

On a sign outside an elementary school:  “Rember to Read a Book.”  

In a diner window:  “Coffee Cheaper than Gas.. Drink, don’t Drive”

On a bin of vegetables at a farm market:  “Please ask for assistants.”

On a road sign:  “Do Not Pass When Opposing Traffic is Present”

Outside a retailer:  “One Day Sale – Friday and Saturday”

In a restaurant window:  “Senior Citizens, Buy 1 Get 1 FREE”

Property sign:  “No Trespassing.  Private Property.  Authorized Personal Only”

See the Writing on the Wall

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

If you’re looking for an economical way to create an impactful sign or design, look no further than the writing on the wall.  Your wall, that is.  Using wall covering media for signage is a great way to utilize a large wall space, as well as save on signage materials.  Your wall can feature lettering for slogans, logos, banners or even murals that communicate your message in giant, living color.  

We’ve been using a new wall covering by DreamScape called Terralon, as have many sign companies in Baltimore.  It’s specifically formulated for digital printing, and not only does it perform well, it’s earth-friendly too.  Terralon can handle regular solvent, eco solvent and UV curable inks.  Its polyester fiber technology contains more than 30 percent recycled material, but it looks like a regular commercial grade wall covering.  It can be installed using standard pastes and primers, and the lightly embossed textured surface allows for excellent images.  It comes in a variety of textures, including silk, suede, canvas, cashmere and plaster.

Terralon is functional and sustainable, with a PVC-free formula, a recyclable product and a low VOP emission. By using the product, companies can earn U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit points for new buildings or remodels.  When you’re finished with your Terralon wall covering, it can be returned to DreamScape for recycling.  Ask your custom sign company for a sample of Terralon and see how you can use it to create signage for your business in the Baltimore area.

Wrap It Up In a Bright Package – New Car Wraps

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

If you’re craving that cherry red or racing blue car instead of your conservative gray or taupe vehicle but can’t quite bring yourself to change your permanent paint color, wrap it up!  Visit your Maryland professional sign company to explore a full vehicle wrap.  These wraps not only look great, they are cost-effective and time sensitive, compared to a new paint job on your car.  Or, if you want to turn your vehicle into a traveling billboard sign complete with your logo, make sure the car color matches the logo colors with a complete wrap in a color of your choice.

The wrap will maintain your car’s original paint and shield it from dings – from stones flying up from the road to careless people flinging their doors open into your car.  If there is damage done to your car while wrapped, or if you have an accident, the chances of being able to wrap the new section in the same color wrap are better and more economical than matching the original paint color.  And, a vinyl wrap can preserve the original paint, increasing the resale value of your car.  

If you really want to be trendy, put on your sunglasses and admire the latest chrome auto wraps in silver, gold, copper and other colors.  They’re actually vinyl wraps like those you would use to change your car’s color, with a chrome finish.  Like traditional wraps, they protect your car’s paint, while giving you that bright, shiny look of chrome.  A chrome wrap will keep your car cooler, because it reflects the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. 

Your professional sign company can install wraps quickly and easily.  While this could be a do-it-yourself project, the attention to detail is so important that it’s worth getting a professional.  First, the car’s surface needs to be prepared properly.  All blemishes and uneven surfaces need to be removed before applying the wrap.  Properly prepared surfaces will allow the wrap to stretch and adhere more smoothly and last longer.  Although stretch vinyl and chrome film can be positioned and repositioned without leaving a permanent “memory,” your professional installer can get it right the first time.  In addition, they can recommend the right design if you want printing or painting.  

So, wrap up the latest trend – a bright, shiny vehicle protected against the wear and tear of the road!

Promote Your Image with Promotional Materials

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Your company has an image – a “face” that it shows to the public.  It’s a way of doing business, and a perception of your business.  It starts with your company name and extends to everything you do.  It’s a first impression and a lasting impression.  If you’ve branded your company, you’ve taken steps to strengthen that image.  Promotional materials from a reliable Maryland sign company can help you in two distinct ways.

First, promotional materials can increase awareness of your company’s name to a broad audience.  They do what they say they will – promote your company.  Give away pens or bags or notepads emblazoned with your logo at sales events or at Maryland trade show displays, and your name is seen by thousands of people.  The item you choose becomes a mini billboard for your company, as well as a reminder of your company every time the item gets used.

Second, promotional materials can and should enhance your company’s image.  You may just want a far-reaching, inexpensive item to get your name out in the Baltimore area, but be careful in your choice of items. The quality of the item counts.  If it falls apart after one day or fails to work, that’s a reflection on your company.  Choose high-quality items that make a statement on their own.  Add your logo, and that quality statement transfers to your company image.  

Additionally, keep in mind that your choice of a promotional item itself communicates something about your image.  If you want people to think of your company as fun-loving or carefree, don’t select a traditional gray pen that you’d find in a bank.  Try a colorful or unusual item that communicates that image – like a bright visor or a pen with an unexpected design.  Your professional sign company can give you hundreds of ideas and advice to help you promote your image through promotional materials.

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