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How to Navigate a Wayfinding Redesign

Wayfinding redesign projects benefit from designated leaders, established standards, and experience-based user feedback on proposed solutions. A building’s redesign can be a cornerstone of wayfinding. Design elements that facilitate wayfinding can include lighting, color, functional pathways, and even acoustics. By considering the building and its users together, a wayfinding redesign can be intuitive and effective.

Questions to Ask a Potential Sign Partner

There is a lot more that goes into signage than most people realize. Before hiring a sign partner, there are imperative questions to ask. You will want to know what types of signage are available for your particular needs and what services are offered. Time frame, recommendations, experience and maintenance are also important to know.

Hundreds of Complaints Flood In About New York Store Signs, but From Whom?

When a sudden spike of anonymous 311 calls started coming in to report improper signs or awnings on establishments, business owners in New York began scrambling to take theirs down. Now, many areas have unrecognizable businesses due to the lack of signage. The motive of the caller or callers is unknown, but businesses aren’t taking the chance of having to pay a significant fine. Metro Sign & Awning is committed to protecting your business by ensuring compliance with regards to local regulations.

How to Determine the Right Sign for Your Business

What is the best way to establish a significant and differentiated presence for your business in the market, one that attracts and retains customers? A big part of it is branding. An effective marketing strategy includes branding and reflects your business’ identity and values. And one of the best ways to establish your brand’s identity is through signage, especially exterior signage. A useful way to further your marketing engagement, signage will help you to convey your business message better and reach a bigger audience. Signage can play a vital role in creating awareness about your business and brand and help you reach customers, but this will happen only if you choose the right sign for your business. First impressions count,

How to Right-size Your Signage Project

Signage projects, whether big or small, can involve multiple moving parts. As a business owner, the last thing you want to do is deal with a complicated and difficult signage project. By right-sizing your signage projects, you can reduce headaches and end up with a signage project that saves you time and money. Metro Sign and Awning prioritizes lean management as a method to manage your projects and make your signage experience as smooth and cost effective as possible. Metro Sign and Awning implements lean management practices because they help us achieve the four Lean goals: Improve quality Eliminate waste Reduce time Reduce costs Lean management practices allow us to provide our clients with the highest quality products and fast

Sign Materials Matter: When Plastic is Greener than Wood, and other Environmental Impact Issues

Plastics often get a bad rap, but many are environmentally friendly. High-density urethane (HDU) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are prime examples. In fact, over a sign’s life cycle, some plastics are greener than wood. Because HDU and EPS suppliers know having minimal environmental impact is a competitive advantage, they manage their manufacturing processes to reduce waste. Also, many manufacturers use a high percentage of post-consumer recycled materials in their products. Financial and Environmental Benefits of HDU and other Plastic Signage Materials In addition, from a construction, financial, and environmental viewpoint, the new materials offer tremendous advantages. For example, HDU weighs less than wood, yet is longer-lasting and requires virtually no maintenance.  Unlike wood, the new plastics are impervious to water and insects.

What You Need to Request a Quote for Exterior Signage Projects

Whether you’re in the early planning or construction stage of a new residential or mixed-use development or starting to think about a new sign (or signs for a new location) for a local business, at some point, you have to request a quote for that signage. In order to take your sign ideas from early brainstorming sessions into installed signage reality, there’s a process called “budgetary reality.” It’s probably safe to say that requesting a quote – and getting estimates on signage projects – is nobody’s favorite part of the job. At Metro Sign & Awning, we understand that – and we also know getting your signage quote right is a very important part of our job.   How to

How Signs Stay True to Brand and Meet Design Requirements

Can you see me now? Verizon Wireless, and many of its authorized dealers, depend on Metro Sign & Awning to see that their signage represents the company well on many sites. For some time now, Metro Sign & Awning has been an Authorized sign manufacturer for Verizon Wireless. And while the company has a comprehensive, 200-plus-page book of branding standards, there’s a surprisingly large “gray area” and much needed flexibility built into the process of design review. Accurate Information is Key to Best Signage Design, Installation Because every business location is unique, regardless of how many branding guidelines there are, there must be some room for interpretation. When a Verizon authorized dealer contacts us about updating or installing new signage,

ROI Calculator

As strategic planning for 2018 is underway, we are developing concepts and specifying projects for several branding (and rebranding) projects. Signage materials, designs, and fabrication techniques vary so much that our clients are often surprised to find out how much sign they can get within their budget – and how attractive and effective their new signage can be. If you’re considering a rebranding projects, start here to begin to estimate your signage investment.

How Much Does a Sign Cost Calculator

What does a sign cost? Compared to what? A Superbowl commercial spot? Promotional giveaways? Couponing? A sign works for you and your business 24/7. The impression your sign makes is a strong and lasting one. And signage can benefit your business in surprising ways. Familiar Signs Are Good, Overlooked Signs Are Not Individual drivers and pedestrians may encounter your sign 10-20 times a week. Seeing a sign regularly makes people become comfortable with your sign (and your business). They may even think of it as a neighbor. Signs can generate word of mouth and referral business simply because people feel comfortable with what is familiar to them. On the other hand, you don’t want your sign to become “part of the

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