A Mini Police Car: Precision Design, Printing and Application of Vehicle Graphics

When we get an order to do custom vehicle graphics or lettering, we always need to know about the vehicle to which they will be applied. This makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. Vehicle graphics that fit a Mini Cooper, or a Fiat will not work out quite right on a Suburban, or a Tahoe.

Like we always say, “No job is too big or too small”!

As you may already know, we’ve been very fortunate to be asked to do vehicle graphics for police cars belonging to a number of police stations. In case you forgot that we do police vehicle graphics, it’s ok. We’ve got a few photos at the bottom of this post!

Recently though, one of our friends at the Willoughby Police Department asked us to do a special police car. We’ve done K-9 unit vehicles and all sorts of vehicle graphics for our local police departments, so we thought they probably had in mind some slight variation of what they usually need from us. Nope, they needed something entirely different.

A Mini Police Vehicle! Yes, mini police vehicle graphics. We’ve done lots of full sized cars, but we haven’t actually made mini vehicle graphics before, so we knew this would be fun. Now this had to be identical to the police vehicle graphics we’ve done in the past. The car was a gift for a retiring Willoughby City Official and it was important that he have an exact replica of a vehicle from his very own police department.

How did we do it? We designed them tiny from scratch, printed them out and applied them very carefully. Sounds easy, right? Well, yes and no. We do full size vehicles, so this was very different for us. We had to be as detail oriented as always and be sure not to overlook anything. We just knew that if we missed something the folks at the police department would notice and then the retirement gift might not be as much fun for the honored recipient.

We would be remiss not to mention Laura and Cory, from our Signs PDQ team. These two took this project on with gusto and did a great job in no time flat. Tiny little graphics on tiny little cars is not part of  their usual workload.

And of course, another big thank you to our Willoughby Police Department and to ALL of the police departments out there. Even the departments for which we haven’t done vehicle graphics! The truth is, we are grateful for our police officers and we appreciate the job they do every single day. Protecting and serving our communities is not always easy work, in fact it can be dangerous and probably even frightening. Without our men and women in BLUE, we’d all be lost.

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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.


Qualify Signs PDQ on The Blue Book

Signs PDQ is on Blue Book

Qualify Signs PDQ on The Blue Book!


Signs PDQ is on Blue BookWhen planning a Construction project, do you use the Blue Book Network? If so, look us up! (add bluebook logo and signs pdq – click to go to our listing)

Construction projects always need signs! So many types of signs. Some signs are useful, while other sign types are required,

-Yard Signs and safety signs are often needed before even breaking ground.

-Construction and site signs are needed all along the construction journey. 

-Directional Signs are often needed to redirect foot traffic and car traffic safely around the construction site.

-Any number of types of Advertisement signs may be needed during construction to let passersby know what is being built.

-Safety signs!!! Yes, we already listed safety signage, but the truth is, avoiding accidents and damage is non-negotiable, A lawsuit for not posting safety signage could lead to something far worse than making $0 profit on a job that didn’t have proper warning signs. 

-Adding a vehicle to your fleet for a job? We also offer Vehicle graphics and magnetic vehicle signage.

-ADA Signage is always a must. Need to alert building visitors to a ramp? Need to identify a room with braille signage? Yes, of course you do.

If you do use The Blue Book Network, check us out. You will find Signs PDQ under the Blue Book Classifications of:

• Directories & Bulletin Boards

• M.W.B.E.–Signs (Minority Woman Owned Business Enterprise)

• Signs

And, remember to ask us about Wholesale ADA Signage. We make sure that our construction partners get great deals on required ADA Signage.


Ways to Use Window Lettering and Graphics

Window graphics and lettering can often be a type of signage that you see so frequently that you often don’t even realize that you are looking at it when it’s right in front of your face. You see the sign, you read the information, you understand the message, but the thought, “I’m looking at a sign” doesn’t always go through your head.

Window Lettering and Graphics
This company chose a window graphic and lettering that would allow passers by to see inside the window.

In many cases, when window lettering and graphics are used, visitors can still see inside the window.  For instance, if you use window lettering on a glass door to share your business hours, two things are happening:

  1. You’re letting the client know when they can find you at your business.
  2. You’re still using your window to show off your business!

The view of the interior of your business is not obstructed, unless you choose for it to be. When you choose a sheer decal material, or because of the negative space surrounding the lettering and/or graphic, the client can still see inside the business window.

Large opaque window graphics covering windows
This client wanted to let customers know exactly where they would be located, but they opted not to show off the interior of the store just yet.

What if you don’t want the client to see inside the window? You can use window graphics for this, too. If you’re doing a remodel and don’t want people to see the work going on inside the building, simply choose an opaque material to use with your message. Just be sure the entire graphic is large enough to cover the entire window.

When you choose large opaque graphics, you’re usually doing so to have some privacy in a specific area, but sometimes there are other reasons.

window graphics and lettering
The right window graphics can even reduce the glare of sunlight.

Have you ever visited a business in a warm sunny location that just happened to have the sun shining directly into a large window for several hours each day?

This may not sound like a very big problem, but there are certain disadvantages to having sun shining straight into your store window, day in and day out. One major disadvantage of direct sunlight through a window all day? The power bill.

If it’s 98 degrees outside, and your showroom is being cooked through glass for 5 hours every day, how hard does your cooling system have to work to keep your employees and customers comfortable? The answer: It has to work pretty doggone hard.

In an upcoming post we will also be taking a closer look at perforated vinyl window graphics. Perforated vinyl window graphics allow a window to be completely covered with your message. People outside the building can’t see inside the building, but people on the inside CAN see outside. This is particularly helpful if privacy is required.



Vehicle Graphics by Signs PDQ

Signs PDQ Vehicle Graphics and Lettering

Considering Vehicle Graphics and Lettering?

Since Signs PDQ offers vehicle lettering and vehicle graphics, we get a lot of great questions about these products and services. Today we’re sharing one of our favorite questions. 

Question: I have a compact car. Will you guys please add my business name, logo, phone number, web address, email and a list of my most popular services on the driver’s side door?

Answer: We can do this for you, but we strongly advise against putting this much information on the driver’s side door of your vehicle.


When it comes to vehicle graphics, less is more. Unless a person is standing beside your car, he or she  will probably not be able to read a full paragraph of text on the door of your compact car. 

The back of the vehicle is the best place to have your vehicle graphics and lettering. It makes plenty of sense if you think about it. When you imagine driving down the road in your car and you picture the road from your view, what do you see? The backs of other cars, of course!

The BACK of your vehicle is seen by everyone behind you!

Instead of having too much information on your vehicle, depending on your business name, logo and function, we might suggest that you add vehicle graphics and lettering showing your Business Name, Logo and Phone Number OR website address only. We recommend keeping your vehicle lettering simple. You’re buying vehicle graphics and/or lettering to advertise your business. If no one can read the information on your car door due to the fact that they are looking at a wall of tiny text and graphics- you’re not going to achieve your goal to increase awareness of your brand. 

When you buy vehicle graphics and lettering from Signs PDQ, we want to meet and exceed your signage needs. If you’re adding a message to your vehicle, you want it to be attractive, easy to read and made with high quality and durable materials. You want your vehicle lettering to get attention and bring you more business, we want to help you make that happen!


Vehicle Graphics Make Impressions

Vehicle graphics designed and installed by Signs PDQ in Cleveland, OH make lasting impressions!

Catch A Critter pest control

Vehicle Graphics and Lettering by Signs PDQ of Ohio.

Recently, we had another opportunity to work with one of our long standing and treasured customers, Catch A Critter. When you need animal control and pest control service in Ohio, they are the folks for the job. Catch A Critter specializes in making sure your home is pest free in an environmentally friendly and safe way.

Vehicle Lettering and GraphicsCatch A Critter has trucks driving on the road every day making service calls to their clients homes and businesses 6la9qqa. In fact, they offer 24 hour emergency pest control and animal removal services. While their trucks are on the road traveling to service clients, can you guess what else their trucks are doing? Their trucks are advertising for Catch A Critter! 

Whether the Catch A Critter trucks are traveling down the road, sitting in traffic or parked in view of passers by, Catch A Critter is displaying their business name, logo, website address, telephone number and even a list of their services.

Vehicle Graphics and Impressions?  

Every business that advertises online knows that an impression (in the context of online advertising) is when an ad is fetched from its source, and is countable. The number of impressions your ad gets in online advertising campaign affects how quickly you spend your advertising budget online. Right? 

What if you could pay ONE PRICE, ONE TIME for your ad, yet get thousands of impressions per day, for 3-5 years? Vehicle Graphics and Vehicle Lettering allow you to do exactly that.

Do you need another way to get your business noticed? Would you like thousands of people to see your business information every single day? Do you want your business to be seen as notable and trustworthy? Do you want people to know see “social proof” that your company is serving customers? 

Check out these facts about using vehicle graphics and vehicle lettering to advertise your business:

#1 Leasing your company fleet vehicles? No problem.

Vehicle lettering and graphics can be removed without damaging the vehicle.

Vehicle Graphics by Signs PDQ#2 Any type of vehicle can have graphics or lettering applied.

Signs PDQ can apply graphics or lettering to Cars, Trucks, Vans, Boats (?), ATVs, Buses, and RVs!

#3 Vehicle Graphics give you some of the best Return on Investment (ROI) figures possible.

Vehicle Graphics and Lettering vary in price. Let’s just use a price tag of $500.00, for the sake of having a number to start. However,
please understand that your vehicle advertisement could cost more, or less.

Using a price of $500.00 to add graphics or lettering to a business vehicle, how much are you really paying over 3 years (A wrap often lasts longer though!) per impression?

A few years ago preliminary testing using the TAB (Traffic Audit Bureau) measurement system indicated that individual vehicle advertising generates between 30,000 – 70,000 daily vehicular impressions. Obviously, the number of impressions your vehicle ad gets will depend on the graphics and lettering appeal, the amount of time your vehicle is on the road, the population of the area where you drive.

For the sake of this exercise, let’s go with the $500.00 dollar Vehicle Graphics or Lettering and let’s use the low end of the numbers from the TAB study.

Roi vehicle graphics - 5 year periodVehicle graphics ROI

Take a look at these possible ROI’s on vehicle graphics.

Your graphics and lettering will more than pay for itself very quickly. When 30,000 people have the
opportunity to see your business, you’re likely to gain business.

#4 Advertising on TV? Or do you wish you could?

Catch A Critter Logo

Catch A Critter Logo – Printed and ready to be applied!

A Cox Communications/Eagle Research study shows that 48% of people viewed vehicle wraps as the most unique advertising medium available and that vehicle wraps and television ads were viewed as the two most memorable mediums.

With a television ad, you have to pay to have it filmed, edited and produced. Then you have to pay for the time slot when you want to show your commercial. This can add up to a very high price, just ask the Super Bowl advertisers.

Once you have paid for your commercial production and you have purchased your time slot, you have to hope that people are watching their TV at the moment that your one minute commercial airs. If they leave the room to refill their drink, you’ve just lost that part of your audience.You had ONE minute and now … that minute has passed.

With vehicle graphics or lettering are being seen any time your vehicle is on the road, or parked in a visible location. Your business name and identity, your website address, your phone number and what you offer can be in front of thousands of potential customers every single day.

#5 Vehicle Graphics and Social Proof

Social proof, or social influence, is a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others in an attempt to reflect correct behavior for a given situation. What does this mean to your business?

Seeing your business vehicle on the road is “proof” that your company is doing business. Your vehicle graphics and lettering traveling down the road is proof that your company is a trusted operator in your field.

Your vehicle is a necessity to your business. You’re already using it to make money, why not use your vehicle to advertise, as well as transport your goods and/or services.