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We’re excited to share that we won both the silver and bronze medals in the 2019 Best Original Design and Fabrication, Non-Illuminated competition adjudicated by the high-profile industry publication Signs Of The Times. Here are the visuals for our two winning projects, plus a look behind the curtain at how they came to be. Second-Place Award: Interior Graphics for Dynatrace, Inc. Dynatrace is a global software company that celebrated its IPO in 2019. At their corporate headquarters in Waltham, MA, the team is known for having a love of sports. So, at the start of a new phase of their growth as a company, Dynatrace decided to jazz up their headquarters with sports-themed decor that the team would enjoy seeing every day. Metro’s design and graphics team, led by Matt Morgenson, collaborated with Dynatrace’s marketing team to create 13 larger-than-life sports graphics designs for the interiors of the office’s 13 meeting rooms. Now, Dynatrace has fun reference names for scheduling the rooms and a beautiful custom environment for the staff. Third-Place Award: Exterior Sign for the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation In 2020, The Charles River Museum will celebrate 40 years as an icon of New England’s industrial...

See You on the Waterfront

If you ask any member of our team about the most exciting part of our work, you’ll likely get the same answer: Every project is unique. There’s never a cookie-cutter solution—and that’s where we get our inspiration. Recently, the design team at the real estate development company Related Beal approached us with one such challenge. In this case, the city of Boston had asked the luxury rental company to place wayfinding signs in strategic locations on Boston’s waterfront. The signs needed to help pedestrians navigate the bustling waterfront where the company’s Lovejoy Wharf property is located while complying with city,...

Soaring With the Eagles

The Boston College Eagles soared to new heights this year as the 156-year-old research university unveiled its new state-of-the-art recreation center. The 244,000-square-foot Margaret Connell Center is complete with something for everyone, from an elevated indoor track to a rock climbing wall and even a golf simulation room. We were honored and excited to collaborate on this facility with Skanska, the world’s fifth-largest construction company, as well as the project architect firm Cannon Design. Making a Lasting Impact We’re not too shy to say that our whole team was brimming with pride at the grand opening. It was spectacular to...

Understanding Ink: Sign printing options, 2019 innovations and when to use what

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Expected to grow at 9.1% every year through 2023, the digital ink industry has been a hotbed of innovation for more than two decades. This has expanded opportunities for signmakers, who are now able to print tougher and more visually appealing signs than ever before. Explore the impressive variety of inkjet ink options and learn which one to use when in this knowledge-rich guide.


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Understanding Ink: Sign printing options, 2019 innovations and when to use what.

Where Do We Go Now? Exploring The Wonders Of Wayfinding Design

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Wayfinding design is often taken for granted. Yet, by creating innovative signage, today's brands can do more than help visitors navigate environments.


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Wayfinding design is often taken for granted. Yet, by creating innovative signage, today's brands can do more than help visitors navigate environments.

Why Outdoor Signage Is as Important as Your Website

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For local businesses, outdoor signage does double duty: it serves as advertising and branding. The location, size, and design of the sign are critical to getting the best benefit from it, especially if most of the traffic passing the business is by car and truck. Digital signs are becoming more popular with business owners because of their key benefits. They’re also simple and quick to change so your message can be tailored to special events, promotions and other notable information.


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Outdoor signs might seem kind of old school in the digital age, but customers can't buy from you if they can't find you. Learn how to get yourself noticed.

Grainmaker is Bowled Over with Our Signs

“I passed a new place and it looks pretty cool. We should try it.” How many times has a friend said this? You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can gather a really favorable first impression from the outside of an eatery. Is it fun or fancy? Healthy or heart attack? Exterior design can be the first draw, even before the menu is posted. That was the case with a recent Metro Sign & Awning project.  Prior to Grainmaker opening a second location at 248 Elm Street in Somerville (the first one was at 91 Summer Street...

Top 3 Different Signage to Promote Your Business

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Different types of signage can have different effects depending on the materials used. Signage can be eye-catching and even multi-functional because of the incorporation of elements such as metal, pylon, or even light in their display. Using different materials can further emphasize the importance of signage in a business's marketing strategy.


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  In the market, there are vast ways to advertise a business brand strategically.  Business signage is multi-functional, and it can do many tasks in one installation.  It can promote, advertise, and attract many customers. Thus, it is a cost-effective marketing strategy.Since the primary purpose is to attract customers, it has to be noticed easily. If it is in a visible position, where a lot of people pass by, the sign will be much more effective.  

5 Types of Environmental Graphic Design and How It Impacts an Experience

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Environmental graphic design includes many different elements, and focuses on the graphic elements included in a space. This type of design can be used to educate, to enlighten individuals regarding a brand, or to entertain. What is important is the way design elements are used, so as to create the optimal experience for individuals.


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  Environmental graphic design is what makes boring places look interesting. Learn more about the types of places that environmental graphic design can enhance.  

An Event of Their Own

As much as we love making new signs, sometimes we mourn the loss of one more long-standing neon landmark from our youth. So when the good folks at Lombardo’s Meetings & Occasions approached us about updating their iconic parking lot sign, we knew exactly how the family felt.    Over 35 years, many of us have passed the sign towering above Highway 28 in Randolph, Massachusetts; a beacon of big events from weddings to work conferences. That’s why we shared a few tears with the elder Lombardos watching a part of the original sign come down with cranes earlier this...

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