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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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?


    1. John Smith, M.D
    2. Gastroenterology Clinic
    3. John Smith, M.D
    4. John Smith, M.D & Associates
    5. John Smith, M.D & Associates,
    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.