Custom Wall Plaque for Hospital Wing

This beautiful sign is a custom wall plaque created for the maternity wing of a hospital in Uganda. The sign measures 36″ by 48″ inches and was created from Matte Gold and Matte Black materials.  The text for this plaque is laser engraved and the letters are raised.

One of our partners in Akron outsourced this sign to us and we blind shipped directly to the hospital in Africa.

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Do you need to outsource a sign? Get in touch with us by calling 1.440.951.6651, Or email us at quote@signspdq.com We’re happy to work with other sign shops on outsourcing orders and we even offer True wholesale pricing on ADA Signs.

Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs at Signs PDQ

Ever wondered how we make ADA Signs?

If you’ve ever been curious about manufacturing ADA Signs, today is a good day for you!

We’re sharing a video and some photos of the process of making a batch of signs for one of our recent hospital jobs.

A lot of effort goes into the making of ADA signs. The portion of the process that you’re seeing on this post, is actually only a small part of the entire job.

Long before we do any cutting,  painting or assembly we have to be sure that we’ve got every aspect of the job right. However, today we’ll jump straight into the part where we make the signs.

Pantone Color Matching ADA Signage
Pantone Color Matching for ADA Signage (PCM)

One thing that we have to do when we manufacture ADA Signs is match colors of the new signs to the existing signs, or to the company logo, or to the decor of the company buying the signs, or to the architect specs.

Painting a layer of material ADA Signs
This photo shows us painting a layer for one of the ADA signs.

The color the client wants, is the color the client gets. Naturally, we’re very proud of the fact that we can match any color that comes our way. In the case of this hospital job, we used the Pantone Matching Color System, to get just the right colors. The blue in the photo on the left had to be exactly the right blue otherwise, it could easily clash with the blue currently used in the hospital. The point of having a sign is to be useful, visible and attractive. Clashing sign colors can disrupt the branding and decor of a building.

ADA Pantone Color Matched Signage Drying
Color Matched Signage … Drying

When you’ve painted a sign, or anything else, you have to let it dry, right? Imagine painting 100 (or more!) pieces signs and then having to wait for them to dry. The signs that are drying must be protected and allowed to dry. During this time, the signs can’t be bumped or touched and need to be protected from all liquid, dust and debris.

At Signs PDQ, in addition to having a new painting booth, we have several large spaces and racks specifically used as holding area for signs that have been painted and are in the process of drying. Drying time is usually only a few hours, or overnight, but those few hours are important to the final look of the signs we create for the client. If a sign is damaged during the drying process, that is a sign that we can’t send to our client. We would have to spend our time and our money replacing the damaged sign.

Room SignsWe’ve looked at the painting and the drying of these hospital ADA Signs. Once those signs have passed the process of being painted and allowed to dry, it’s almost time to assemble the signs. Not quite though, so far, the blue and the gray sign pieces have no information on them.

Now we have to make sure that we have all of the correct information on the other parts of the signs. That’s not all though, if we have 100 signs and some vary in size, we have to be certain that the correct information goes onto the right sign, of the right size. Since we have been manufacturing signage for many years, we definitely have a system in place to get this done quickly, correctly and efficiently.

that all of the pieces of these signs have been created, carefully color matched using the Pantone Color Matching System, lovingly painted, and have been left to fully dry… we’re still not finished!

Now we have to assemble the pieces of the signs to make them, you guessed it … compliant!

At this point we bring everything together and assemble the signs carefully and correctly, making sure that the pieces are a perfect fit and able to withstand normal wear and tear. Once again, e have to check and double check to be certain that an office sign plate is going on to a conference room plate. Sometimes many of the the signs for a building floor are similar in overall size, but that is no excuse for having the wrong name plate on a sign. Once we finish the assembly of our client’s ADA Signs, we check the signs (again), as we pack them to be sure that nothing was overlooked. Wework hard to avoid having an incorrect sign arrive at a client’s door.

Once the signs are checked and packed, it’s time for shipping. In this particular instance, these signs were delivered bySigns PDQ, personally, to a destination in another state. We offer numerous types of shipping, and we are committed to doing what is needed to get the job done.

Did you know that we offer blind shipping? Do you know what “blind shipping” means? Bear with us for a second while we explain:

Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale sell signs to construction companies, building managers, Operations managers, architects and anyone else who needs a sign, but we also sell signs to, and for, other sign companies.

There are many wonderful sign shops out there that know their business and produce beautiful signage. Sometimes those shops outsource large orders to Signs PDQ. Why do they do this? Usually it’s because they don’t have a certain piece of equipment or they don’t have the space required to paint and dry 100+ sign pieces. They still want to do the sign job because other than the ADA portion of the order, or some other large portion, they have everything they need to an excellent job. This is when they might choose to outsource to a company they know they can trust to get their clients’ signs created correctly and on time.

Blind shipping occurs when we happily allow the sign shop that brought us their order to keep the glory. After all, they got the job, they hired us, we do the work for them and we value their business. We are pleased to act as a silent partner. Guess what else… we get repeat business from those sign shops and we are grateful for it. Repeat business means that we did the job right and they are so sure of it that they stake their reputation on it. We understand this because every sign job that goes out from Signs PDQ, ADA Signs Wholesale or through blind shipping, is an example of us also staking our reputation on our work.

If the blind shipping client is pleased with the work, no one ever knows we were involved. If we ever blind ship signs that that are not good, everyone in our industry will hear about it.

It’s a good thing for Signs PDQ that reputation, integrity and honest business practices are at the top of our list of ideals.

No sign job is too big or too small, contact us today if you would like to get a quote or just get answers to some questions. Give us a call at 1-440-951-6651.

Signs and Branding for a Child Care Facility

Signs and Branding Noah's Ark Child Care Academy

Signs and Branding Noah's Ark Child Care AcademySigns and Branding for a Child Care Academy, should be as clear, eye catching and attractive as the signage for any business.

When Signs PDQ  got the sign job with Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy, located in Euclid, Ohio, they had a clear vision for their signage and branding.  Noah’s Ark has given a lot of thought to exactly what is best for the children in their care, what they stand for as a company and about their brand.

Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy, opened in 2015 when Otis Thomas, encouraged by his mentor, chose to open a childcare academy committed to caring for, keeping safe and teaching children from 6 weeks of age, up through young school age children.

Before this Euclid, Ohio Child Care Academy opened their doors they took great care to understand exactly what parents demanded in a child care facility, what teachers needed the children to be prepared for once they reached school age. Just as importantly, they considered what would be most beneficial to the children for whom they would care each day.

Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy takes their business and their clients very seriously, and we’re grateful that they do. At Signs PDQ, many of us are also parents, we know how important it is to have a safe, caring and positive environment for children. Noah’s Ark’s branding and signage needed to be convey this message.

We understood and fully appreciated the vision of the folks at the Noah’s Ark, and fully agreed that we needed to have several important factors in mind when choosing their signs, sign materials, sign types and consolidating their branding message.   

Here are just a few of the main points that were important to Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy and to Signs PDQ.

  • Safety – Yes, our signs are safe, but anything that could even possibly be easily pulled, peeled, etc was not an option for Noah’s Ark’s signage.
  • Security – Signage is very important for a child care facility, but it must never block the staff’s view of any possible danger.
  • Visibility – Signs always need to be visible and clear. This is how any business gets noticed.
  • Attractiveness – Not only did the signs need to be clear, they needed to be attractive, colorful and welcoming to both, children and their parents.

After having many discussions, taking many measurements, working within their budget and procuring proper permits, we set about our work.

Branding through signage

Window Graphics, lettering and Branding for A Child Care Facility
Noah’s Ark Childcare Academy Window Graphics by Signs PDQ

Noah’s Ark is located in a free standing building at 567 E 200th Street in Euclid, Ohio. The Academy has large inviting windows allowing passers by to see inside to certain common areas of the building. These windows also allow staff to easily see outside and monitor the parking lot.

Window lettering and Graphics by Signs PDQ
Window Lettering and Graphics by Signs PDQ

The glass front doors of the academy have window graphics and lettering displaying the business name, phone number and hours of operation, as well as the logo.  All while keeping with the Noah’s Ark theme. The entire window graphic, including the animals and the waves, are color matched throughout the design.

The window graphics across the front of the building’s windows are a perfect place to add character to this building and warm it up for the kids. The animal characters and the ocean waves attract attention, making the building easier to notice. It’s no coincidence that the kids love it, too.

The three building facades across the front of the main structure hold a series of backlit signs displaying the name of the company, along with the colorful window graphics. The backlit signs on the building, bring the entire look together. The images below show the building without signs, the inner workings of the back lit signs. The far right image shows the sign being custom created.

Back Lit Building Signs Installation by Signs PDQ
Back Lit Building Sign Creation and Installation by Signs PDQ

The next photo offers another view of how the look comes together with the backlit box signs in place on the building facades.

Back Lit Box Signs
Noah’s Ark’s Back Lit Box Signs Created and Installed by Signs PDQ.

No matter what type of building or business you have, Signs PDQ can help you choose the right signs for your building and location. We can bring your branding together, for your business.  Let Signs PDQ work with you to choose the right signs and sign materials to get your business noticed! Reach out to us today by calling us at 1-440-951-6651. You can also contact Signs PDQ through our contact page.

 

Small Lobby Signs for Small Lobbies

A Small Lobby Sign

My Lobby Is Small, Do I Need A Lobby Sign?  

Small Lobby Signs for small lobbies? You, bet!

Yes, you do need a lobby sign, even if your business’s lobby is small. A lobby sign is a major portion of the client’s first impression of your business. You only have one chance to make a first impression! A small lobby is a terrible excuse to skip having a lobby sign. Your customers need to know that they’ve come to the right place.

Your customers also want to know that you’re business is dependable and real. When they leave your business today, will you still be there tomorrow? Lobby Signs help answer this question.  Also, don’t forget to display awards to reveal your accomplishments!  

There are certain things you should consider when choosing a lobby sign for a small lobby. When choosing a lobby sign for a small lobby, you should answer these questions first:

  • What is the size of the room?
  • Which wall should hold the sign?
  • Exactly how much space is available to hold the sign?
  • What is that wall made of?
  • What will the wall hold?
  • When is the first time the client can/will see the wall?
  • What MUST appear on the Lobby Sign?
  • What sort of Lobby Sign do you like?

We can certainly help you with answers to these questions, just reach out to us. Now, Let’s talk about why these questions about your lobby and lobby signage matter:

 

What is the size of the room?

You should measure your lobby from floor to ceiling and wall to wall on ALL walls. This will help you consider exactly what size makes sense for your lobby.

lobby sign diagram for a small lobbyAs you can see from this graphic, to the left, there is a hallway to the right of the receptionist. The maximum lobby sign width will end at that hallway. As for height, if the following are true:

  • 1. Ceiling to floor measurement is 11 feet.
  • 2. Reception desk is 4 feet high.
  • 3. An average person’s standing height is 5-6 feet

 

We may most likely assume that the sign could be as tall as approximately 5 feet high and wide as 4.5 feet. The next graphic below shows a visual example:

 


Small Lobby Sign
Your small lobby sign is certainly not required to be as tall or large as the sign area in the graphic to the right.

In fact, in a small lobby, a sign this large could be overpowering. Still. It is a good idea to be aware of your maximum and minimum sign area.

Knowing how much space you can work with when designing your sign is always a very good idea.

 

Which wall should hold the sign?

Typically, with Lobby Signs in small spaces, or large spaces, the best place for the sign is the first place the client sees when they arrive at the entrance to the lobby of your business.

 

Exactly how much space is available to hold the sign?

Ah ha! This is why we made careful measurements and considered the size of the room. Now, it’s time to go a step further though. A 5 foot tall and 4 foot wide sign may fit a wall, but is that the best choice for your business? Not necessarily. In some cases, this lobby sign size could be too large for the room. Contact us if you’d like help choosing a size.

 

Small lobby signs for small lobbiesWhat is that wall made of?

Is it a sheet rock wall?  Is it a glass wall? Do you know that the wall offers very little support?

 

What will the wall hold?

This goes back to the previous question. How is the wall made? When choosing a sign, be realistic. If the wall is unlikely to hold a 50 pound, thick and artsy metal sign, please don’t try it.

 

What MUST appear on the Lobby Sign?

Examples:

    1. John Smith, M.D
    2. Gastroenterology Clinic
    3. John Smith, M.D
      Gastroenterology
    4. John Smith, M.D & Associates
    5. John Smith, M.D & Associates,
      Gastroenterology
    6. John Smith, M.D & Associates,
      Gastroenterology Clinic
    7. John Smith, MD and Jane Doe, M.D
      Gastroenterology Clinic
    8. Drs. John Smith, MD and Jane Doe, M.D
      Gastroenterology Clinic

Small Lobby Signs for Epic InsuranceThis is very important because you must choose exactly what MUST be shown to your clients.

 

What sort of Lobby Sign do you like?

Are there signs that you’ve seen before that you liked? If so, show them to us. Perhaps the same style can be scaled down to accommodate your space.

 

What sort of Lobby Sign materials should you use?

Even a small lobby can have nearly endless possibilities when it comes to lobby signs and materials. We can help you choose the best Lobby Sign Material for your lobby.

Here are just a few of the most common materials that we typically use for Lobby Signs:

  • Light Box
  • Glass
  • Aluminum
  • Acrylic
  • PVC
  • Digital Prints

Back Lit Lobby Signs and Multilayer Lobby signs using more than one material are also possible.Also, please remember, we will gladly color match your logo exactly.

If you have a small lobby space and would like to discuss your options, give us a call or request a quote. We’ll be glad to help you determine which sign is right for your space and your budget.