House signs have been around since the end of the fourteenth century, when Britain’s King asked alehouses to identify themselves with signs. Any tavern ignoring this instruction risked having its brew confiscated.
Things may have changed, however an Englishman’s home is still his castle, and house signs remain one of the finest ways of giving where you live its unique appeal, especially if your home has a similar look to the other buildings in your street. And, if your house has a name which is special to you, there’s no finer way of showing it off than with a customised sign.
One study has actually shown that the correct house sign can pro-actively enhance the market value of a home.
Wooden house signage with hand-carved letters, images or numbering is, of course, enormously popular and looks fantastic. Oak, for example, is incredibly durable, and, one of the best timbers available for home signs. Over time, it acquires even more character, without ever rotting. For a smarter look, you may want to consider a varnished finish. Cherry and cedar can also be used in signs on the outside of houses.
With custom signage, you can copy logo’s or photographs on to your sign, or create something new to suit your tastes. You can let your creativity run riot!
Lettering can be hand-carved in a traditional way, and you can add colour to them to improve clarity. You will have to decide on a typeface – Roman Trajan is one example of a very popular typeface for wooden house signs – and whether you have capital or lower case letters, or title casing. Of course, you’ll want visitors to find your house easily, so clarity is very important.
If you are going for gold lettering, make sure the final sign is gilded with real gold leaf, and never gold paint.
If you want an alternative to wooden house signs, think about stone such as marble, slate or granite. But bare in mind that carving can be limited to simple drawings. But it’s hard to think of a more durable material.
Ceramic often gives a traditional feel, and lasts very well when mounted on a wall, but there is less scope for carving and sculpting. If you drop it as you’re mounting it on the wall, a ceramic house sign may shatter.
For a more contemporary feel, consider an acrylic sign. Acrylic may not be the most long-lasting product, and there’s less scope for sculpting and carving, but it is light and inexpensive.
Similarly, cast metal signs such as those made from aluminium, brass or iron may loose their tarnish after a few years. The artwork you can have on these signs tends to be limited, since a custom made mould is required, but metal remains a popular choice because of its appealing and striking appearance.
Whatever you decide on, it should suit the appearance of both your home and its neighbourhood. To assist you, look for professional makers of custom made home signage, and ask for a full-colour print-out so you have an accurate idea of how the finished product will look.
Only with the experts can your creative flair be transformed into a true work of art!!
Road names in the UK have been around for centuries, and, for nearly as long as people have lived in cities and roads, there have been signs with street names on them. After all, where would famous places, from Albert Square to Coronation Street to Pudding Lane, from Wall Street to Saville Row, be without their iconic street signs?
So street signs are a bigger part of the history of Britain and our cultural life, than you could have thought.
(Did you know, for example, that in 1940 they were removed under the threat of an invasion?)
And they should always do much more than only tell a visitor where they are – street signage can actively enhance an area’s unique atmosphere.
Bespoke signs are created from scratch and tailor made to fit a specific client or project’s needs. They are one of the most effective ways of communicating your brand to the widest possible audience.
For most land-based businesses, custom signs are one of the most important ways of getting their brand head and shoulders above the competition, especially in a busy high street. Because, of course, the main point about bespoke signs is that they are unique. Especially if a new brand is establishing itself, this kind of signage are very important.
A modern bespoke sign can do a huge amount of hard work on your business’ behalf, and it is astonishing just how much it can contribute to the way your organisation is perceived, and to the building up of a strong company. These signs are tailored to individual businesses’ budgets as well – another benefit if you do not have a huge amount to commit when you’re looking to buy signs.
Signs are one of the most effective ways of grabbing clients’ attention, whether you want people to spot your business, position or latest deal. You might also require event signage, in which case they of course have to be clear so that people can be guided around effectively. Health and safety, as well as emergency signs, need to have high visibility, while for example signs in the reception area of your company give one of the very first impressions visitors will have of your organisation.
Far too many businesses lose trade and therefore income with ill-thought out signage which have been put in the wrong location, or are poorly designed, spelt or delivering the wrong message.
When you are thinking about signs, there are numerous things to take into account, from whether to go for a traditional or contemporary look to where you are going to position your signage and whether you would like it to be illuminated or not. So not only do they not get spotted, or get seen for all the incorrect reasons, but the money spent on their signage is effectively wasted. If you decide to go for the illuminated option you may have to think about planning permission, and sign making experts can assist.
Know that you require a custom sign for your business, but you’re unsure how to approach it?
Here are five crucial elements you need to be aware of in order to create the ideal custom business sign:
It’s often a daunting process when placing an order for traffic signs, especially if it’s the first time you’ve ever done it. But in fact, it’s a whole lot more simple than it may appear to you at first – just ensure you approach a quality supplier, and they will generally guide you through the whole process, and be able to advise you as appropriate.
Just a quick note to start with though – please bear in mind the following guidelines only apply to those placing an order for road signs from the UK. If you live elsewhere, you need to ask your own regulatory authority to get the right advice.
So what is the main mistake that can be made when placing an order for traffic signs for placement onto a public highway?