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We at Metro Sign & Awning have had a wonderful year. From design challenges to discovering new ways to work with unusual materials to some truly unique installations, we’re proud of our entire crew, and can honestly say we’ve enjoyed working with all of our clients in 2016. So from everyone in our Boston and Keene locations, we wish you a wonderful holiday season.

We can’t really take credit for this one. Browsing the web the other day we came across a blog that celebrates New England through signage you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. It resonated with our hearts as well as minds, so we decided to link to some of the photos it displays.   For example, we New Englanders have a unique way of stating things:   Thickly Settled   And we love our heritage, enough so that we’re unlikely to update a sign just because it is showing its age, like this one.   Slow School   Other areas of the globe have winter, but few of them are inhabited by people so comfortable with the annual changes in weather

What a game, right? Now you know why I wanted to take a break. This is Part 2 of my blog post, 6 Things I Know About Basketball (and the Sign Business). In case you missed Part 1, find it here. 4. It’s not all fun and games. Taking your play to the next level Of course winning feels good. But even when our team is playing top-notch ball, we know there’s a team out there that could beat us. And particularly with young athletes, we know the competition is going to get tougher each year.  As a coach, I have to balance letting the girls enjoy the game and their successes while at the same time pushing them to

How much do you really know about signs and signage? Avid readers of this Metro Sign and Awning blog are probably near-experts in signs and signage, with a detailed understanding of signage technology and an encyclopedic knowledge of signage history. To see how much you know, here’s a quick quiz based on previous posts in this blog. How many answers can you get right? All the answers should be known to you, provided you’ve been reading this blog: Question 1: The pylon sign is a single- or double-sided sign cabinet, illuminated, and supported above ground level on slim vertical support single or double poles. The shape of these supports may be: a) Plain and unembellished. b) Square. c) Round. d)

Steeped as we are in the sign business, we make a serious effort to do our jobs as perfectly as we can. But we also get a laugh now and then from signs that “fail,” as well as those that are intentionally funny.Here are a few signs that have been tickling our funny bones during the past few days. This one proves it’s possible to get a laugh without using words at all: (Can you guess what happens to the road after it crests that rise?) But some signs are funny for the self-referential thoughts they express. Like this one: and this one: Or equally well, for the lack of thought they express: Some signs make much ado about nothing,

How much do you really know about signs and signage? Avid readers of this Metro Sign and Awning blog are probably near-experts in signs and signage, with a detailed understanding of signage technology and an encyclopedic knowledge of signage history. To see how much you know, here’s a quick quiz based on previous posts in this blog. How many answers can you get right? All the answers should be known to you, provided you’ve been reading this blog: Question 1: The new “T” Logo and wayfinding signs that our Metro Sign and Awning installation crew fitted at the MBTA’s new Beverly Depot was among the finishing touches on a facility that includes: a) Parking for more than 1,200 vehicles. b) A

Steeped as we are in the sign business, we make a serious effort to do our jobs as perfectly as we can. But we also get a laugh now and then from signs that “fail,” as well as those that are intentionally funny. Last year, we posted a few funny signs that tickled our funny bones. Here are a few more signs that also bring a chuckle: Let’s begin with something I try to teach everyone on our team: Rule # 1 is to read the sign before you install it! It’s a simple rule that pays lots of benefits: I also like when signs make sense. When they don’t, it’s often funny. Like this one: Or this one: Message

How Many Kinds of Signs Can You Name? There are more than 206 bones in the human body, each one with its own name, from cranial bones to vertebrae, and from the vomer to the clavicle. That’s more bones than types of signage, but our industry nevertheless can marshal quite a line-up of different ways to convey messages to people. How many different types of signs can you name? Below are some photos, with a link that lets you see what that type of sign is called.       Sign Type 1: This high-profile sign is the kind you’ll see outside many developments, such as shopping centers, highway service establishments, or multi-tenant commercial parks. Depending on circumstances and visual

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