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Custom Neon Signs, Everything You Want to Know Before You Buy

If you’re looking to enhance your business visibility and brand identity, a custom neon sign might be just what you need. These signs have made a big comeback thanks to their vivid colors and unique glow.  

Custom neon signs Los Angeles – Angel City Brewery sign by Dave's Signs.
Custom neon signs Los Angeles – Angel City Brewery in downtown gives the nostalgic glow only a traditional neon sign can do.

Today, we’ll dive into everything you should know about custom neon signs, from design and fabrication to examples we’ve created for customers in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Counties, and as far away as New York City.

We’ll even discuss vintage-style glass neon vs. today’s LED neon light tubes and the pros and cons of each.

Dave’s Signs, Southern California’s Custom Neon Sign Shop

At Dave’s Signs, we specialize in custom made neon signs and cater to all business types. From local small mom-and-pop stores, multi-location businesses across Southern California, nationwide chains, property management companies, and even other sign companies seeking local expertise

Join us as we explore how neon signs can transform your business presence, regardless of industry or size.

Custom neon signs Ventura – Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen custom neon blade sign in downtown Ventura, California by Dave's Signs.
Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen custom neon blade sign in downtown Ventura, California. Part of a sign program we developed for their many locations.

The Allure of Neon Signs

Neon signs have a special place in the hearts of business owners and customers alike. Their vibrant glow and custom design options make them a popular choice for enhancing a business’s visibility.

Spencer Makenzie's open-faced neon and traditional neon tube lettering in Ventura, California.
Spencer Makenzie’s open-faced neon and traditional neon tube lettering in Ventura, California.

Here’s why you should consider neon for your next sign.

Visual Appeal

Neon signs are not just signs; they’re an art form. They catch the eye day and night with a bright, uninterrupted glow that can be seen from a distance. This makes them an excellent tool for grabbing the attention of potential customers, whether you’re running a restaurant or a bustling retail store.

Finney's Crafthouse uses this custom neon sign in all their locations, from San Luis Obispo to Laguna Beach, California by Dave's Signs.
Finney’s Crafthouse uses this custom neon sign in all their locations, from San Luis Obispo to Laguna Beach, California.

Customization Options

One of the best features of neon signs is their versatility. You can choose various colors, shapes, and sizes to match your business’s theme and space. The possibilities are endless, whether you want a classic written script or a complex design lit up in neon. This flexibility allows you to express your brand’s personality in a vivid and memorable way.

Colorful custom neon wall art sign by Dave's Signs.
You can get really creative with custom neon light signs like this wall art for a special client.

Brand Identity

A well-designed neon sign can do more than advertise your location. It becomes an icon people remember associated with your brand identity.

For a small business, a neon sign can set you apart from the competition and give your location a signature look that people talk about.

This Pre Flight Check-in sign is in all Children's Dental locations – Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, CA by Dave's Signs.
This Pre Flight Check-in sign is in all Children’s Dental locations – Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Simi Valley, CA.

The same neon signs at all locations can make a brand more recognizable. This can build customer loyalty for businesses with many locations.

By choosing neon, you’re investing in a sign that does more than inform—it engages and captivates.

Whether you want to draw in new customers or make a lasting impression, neon signs are a bright idea for any business.

How We Make Neon Signs

Creating a neon sign is an exciting journey that begins with your vision and ends with a stunning piece that lights up your business.

Let’s walk through the steps in making your neon signs, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and providing some inspiring examples.

LED neon signs like this one for the SeaVees store in Mill Valley, California accentuates the stores vibe.
LED neon signs like this one for the SeaVees store in Mill Valley, California accentuates the stores vibe.

Neon Sign Design

The process starts with your initial idea. You may have a specific image in mind or a text style you love. We take your concept and work closely with you to refine it.

Our professional designers will create a mock-up of how your sign will look. This step involves selecting the right colors, sizes, and shapes that best represent your brand and fit your intended spaces.

A photo of a neon sign being made at Dave's Signs. The photo shows the technician bending the tube to match the letter.
Custom neon signs are made right here in our sign shop in Ventura, California.

Collaboration

At Dave’s Signs, collaboration is key to ensuring that the final product matches your expectations. We work with you through the entire design process.

This includes multiple feedback sessions, during which you can see the progress and make adjustments as needed before we start fabricating.

Our goal is to ensure that when your neon sign lights up, it’s exactly what you envisioned.

Our neon sign fabricator is shaping the letters for the sign below.
Our neon sign fabricator is shaping the letters for the sign below.

From Design to Fabrication

Once the design is approved, we start fabrication, which involves a meticulous process in which glass tubes are carefully bent and shaped to match the design. 

These tubes are then filled with gases like neon or argon, which emit bright colors when electrified, creating the sign’s vibrant glow. 

The final step involves sealing the tubes and installing the electrical components to ensure the sign operates safely and efficiently, making it ready to catch the eye of passersby.

The glass is carefully positioned over the pattern and swiftly yet gently molded into the desired shape.
The glass is carefully positioned over the pattern and swiftly yet gently molded into the desired shape.
Here is the sign in it's final stages before being sent to New York City for the movie's premiere.
Here is the sign in it’s final stages before being sent to New York City for the movie’s premiere.

The movie Inherit Vice had an entire cast of A-List stars, including Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. 

For more information on the steps we took to make this custom neon sign, check out How to Make a Neon Sign.

Sign Programs with Neon Signs

Need a complete sign system for your business that includes neon signs? 

No problem. We specialize in creating custom sign programs that include all your signs, making sure that they complement one another and provide the brand presence and functionality you’re looking for. 

Here are a couple examples of how neon signs were used for 3 different restaurants:

1. Finney’s Crafthouse

Finney’s Crafthouse has 11 locations all throughout Southern California, and 3 more being built.

We work closely with their team in developing their sign programs for all their restaurants. Each location maintains brand consistency while offering subtle nuances that make each location unique. The signs include neon, channel letters, blade signs, hand-painted signs, and more.

Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen illuminated blade sign with open-faced neon letters in San Luis Obispo, California by Dave's Signs. Custom neon signs San Luis Obispo.
Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen illuminated blade sign with open-faced neon letters in San Luis Obispo, California.
Finney's Crafthouse neon signs installation in Laguna Beach, California by Dave's Signs. Custom neon signs Laguna Beach, CA.
Finney’s Crafthouse neon signs installation in Laguna Beach, California.

2. Roberta’s

Roberta’s, located in Studio City, California, features several LED neon signs inside the restaurant and a small illuminated blade sign on the exterior. The signage is simple yet classy and effective, demonstrating that no job is too big or too small for Dave’s Signs.

LED neon signs make great signs for windows like Roberta's in Studio City, California by Dave's Signs. Custom LED neon signs Studio City by Dave's Signs.
LED neon signs make great signs for windows like Roberta’s in Studio City, California.
Roberta's custom LED neon sign with their LED blade sign at the entrance by Dave's Signs.
Roberta’s custom LED neon sign with their LED blade sign at the entrance.

3. Toppers Pizza Place

Let’s not forget Toppers Pizza Place, a local Ventura County favorite with 10 locations throughout the county. We worked with them exclusively on each location. Signs include neon, channel letters, monuments, and interior signs

Like Finneys, each location has its own theme but is still consistent, so you know it’s Toppers Pizza Place when you walk in, no matter the location.

Toppers Pizza Place customized neon signs in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, California by Dave's Signs.
Toppers Pizza Place customized neon signs in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, California.

They get a lot of compliments on this sign. You should see it up close in person.

A close up shot of the Toppers "Eat More Pizza" neon sign with casino lighting.
A close-up shot of the Topper’s “Eat More Pizza” neon sign with casino lighting.

If you want to see more signs for these restaurants, check out our Sign Galleries.

Case Studies – Custom-Made Neon Signs by Dave’s Signs

Neon signs have long captivated the imagination with their glowing allure and distinctive styles. In this section, we’ll explore various case studies of neon signs, showcasing how these vibrant displays have been effectively used across different industries to enhance branding, attract attention, and contribute to the visual identity of businesses.

From classic diners to modern storefronts, these examples will highlight the versatility and impact of neon signage in commercial settings.

Neon Restaurant Signs

A custom neon sign is a staple in the restaurant industry, instantly boosting a venue’s visibility and adding a memorable, welcoming touch.

The Busy Bee Cafe is a classic Diner located in downtown Ventura since 1983 – Neon sign restoration by Dave's Signs.
The Busy Bee Cafe is a classic Diner located in downtown Ventura since 1983 – Neon sign restoration by Dave’s Signs.
A close up of their logo in custom neon lights in the daytime.
A close-up of their logo in custom neon lights during the day.
Neon pole sign for Pepe's Mexican Food in Goleta since 1958 – Neon sign restoration by Dave's Signs.
Neon pole sign for Pepe’s Mexican Food in Goleta since 1958 – Neon sign restoration by Dave’s Signs.
Modern Times Beer & Food custom neon window sign in Santa Barbara, California. Custom neon signs Santa Barbara by Dave's Signs.
Modern Times Beer & Food custom neon window sign in Santa Barbara, California.
Marina Sushi neon lights projecting blade sign in Ventura, California. Sushi anyone?
Marina Sushi neon lights projecting blade sign in Ventura, California. Sushi anyone?
The Terrazza at Peirano's custom neon sign in downtown Ventura by Dave's Signs.
The Terrazza at Peirano’s custom neon sign in downtown Ventura.
El Rey Cantina custom neon sign in downtown Camarillo, California by Dave's Signs. Custom neon signs Camarillo.
El Rey Cantina custom neon sign in downtown Camarillo, California.
Broad Street Oyster Bar custom neon sign in Santa Barbara, California by Dave's Signs.
Broad Street Oyster Bar custom neon sign in Santa Barbara, California.
Custom neon signs Los Angeles – Even small LED neon signs like this one for Roberta's in Studio City add personality to the business.
Custom neon signs Los Angeles – Even small LED neon signs like this one for Roberta’s in Studio City add personality to the business.
Shanghai Beer Garden neon lights and front-lit channel letters on this illuminated blade sign in downtown Ventura, California.
Shanghai Beer Garden uses neon lights and front-lit channel letters on their blade sign in Ventura, California.

Neon Retail Store Signs

Enhance your retail store’s appeal with custom neon signs that captivate customers. Neon signs make your brand stand out. Perfect for storefronts, interiors, or special promotions, customized neon signs are a versatile and stylish way to attract attention and boost sales.

Custom text neon sign – Asian American Market in Ventura, California.
Custom text neon sign – Asian American Market in Ventura, California.
Bespoke neon signs – Ceria store in Ventura, California. This sign hung on the wall inside the store.
Bespoke neon signs – Ceria store in Ventura, California. This sign hung on the wall inside the store.
AV Tire Service customized neon sign in Oxnard, California by Dave's Signs.
AV Tire Service customized neon sign in Oxnard, California.
Outdoor neon signs for The Pharm in Ventura, California by Dave's Signs.
Indoor and outdoor signs for The Pharm in Ventura, California.
Indoor neon signs for The Pharm in Ventura, California, by Dave's Signs.
Neon light can go nicely indoors or outdoors.

Neon Office Signs

Transform your office with custom neon signs that add a modern, stylish touch to your workspace. Neon signs offer vibrant, eye-catching displays perfect for branding, motivational quotes, or unique decor. Enhance your office environment with custom neon signs to create an inspiring and dynamic atmosphere.

Untuckit custom neon office lobby sign in New York City by Dave's Signs.
Untuckit custom neon office lobby sign in New York City.
Wall Decor – Design Masonry custom neon lights office lobby sign in Santa Clarita, California.
Wall Decor – Design Masonry custom neon lights office lobby sign in Santa Clarita, California.

Neon Apartment Signs

Brighten your apartment complex with personalized neon signs that create a welcoming and modern vibe. Neon signs are perfect on top of buildings, entryways, common areas, or specific units. Enhance your property’s appeal with custom neon apartment signs to attract tenants and add a stylish touch.

The Lido Apartments in Hollywood

The Lido Apartments in Hollywood were made famous by The Eagles’ Hotel California Album. The inside cover was photographed in the lobby of the apartment complex. When the apartment building was renovated, they called us to restore the original neon sign.

The Lido APTS in Hollywood custom neon light sign restoration by Dave's Signs.
The Lido APTS in Hollywood custom neon light sign restoration by Dave’s Signs.

The Hollymont in Los Angeles

The Hollymont is another Los Angeles apartment complex located just 15 minutes from downtown LA.

The Hollymont Apartments custom neon sign in Los Angeles, California by Dave's Signs.
The Hollymont Apartments custom neon sign in Los Angeles, California by Dave’s Signs.

Church Signs

Light up your church with LED neon light signs that add warmth and inspiration to your congregation. These vibrant displays are perfect for entrances, event announcements, or worship spaces. Create a welcoming and uplifting atmosphere with neon light signs that enhance your church’s environment and make everyone feel at home.

City Church of Ventura LED neon lights City Kids sign creates a fun welcoming atmosphere.
City Church of Ventura LED neon lights City Kids sign creates a fun welcoming atmosphere.
Custom print graphics using inspiring words complement the custom LED neon signs a the Ventura City Church.
Custom print graphics using inspiring words complement the custom LED neon signs.

Custom Neon Signs Logo

Stand out with a custom neon sign logo that captures your brand’s unique identity. Neon logos offer striking displays for businesses, organizations, and clubs. Enhance your brand’s visibility and appeal with a custom neon sign logo, creating a memorable impression and effortlessly attracting attention.

Custom neon sign logo by Dave's Signs.
Call Dave’s Signs to get your own neon sign logo. We can even design the logo if you don’t have one.

LED Neon Signs vs Traditional Neon Tube Lighting

When considering signage options, businesses often weigh the benefits of LED neon against traditional neon tubes. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on factors like durability, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal.

Traditional Glass Neon Tubes

Glass tubes have been around since the early 20th century and are known for their vibrant, warm glow that comes from the ionization of gas within a glass tube. This glow is unmistakable and often associated with a retro aesthetic that many find appealing.

Traditional neon is extremely versatile in terms of shaping and coloring; it can be bent into almost any form, offering a unique customization that LEDs struggle to match.

However, traditional neon signs require a higher voltage and consume more power than LEDs. They are also more fragile due to their glass composition and are more expensive to repair and maintain.

LED Neon Lights

LED, on the other hand, represents modern technology in signage. LED neon uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) housed within a flexible plastic strip called LED neon flex that can mimic the look of traditional neon.

While LED neon might not have the exact light quality of traditional glass neon, it offers greater energy efficiency, using up to 80% less energy than traditional neon.

Additionally, LED neon is more durable, less prone to breaking, and easier to install. It also typically has a longer lifespan, reducing the frequency of replacements.

LED neon signs use the latest neon flex technology for low energy consumption. This Regency sign is an LED neon sign in Santa Paula, CA by Dave's Signs.
LED neon signs use the latest neon flex technology for low energy consumption. This Santa Paula Regency sign was made using LED neon.

The choice between traditional neon and LED neon often comes down to the specific needs and preferences of the business. If authenticity and a classic look are paramount, traditional neon might be the better choice.

For businesses looking for a more sustainable, durable, and cost-effective solution, LED neon could be the way to go.

In summary, traditional neon offers an authentic glow and customization that is perfect for a vintage look, while LED neon provides a modern, practical, and versatile alternative that is easier to maintain and operate. The choice is yours!

If You’re Looking for Custom Neon Signs Near Me

Contact Dave’s Signs. We service clients in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Counties, and all over Southern California. No job is too big or too small.

Have questions? Call us at (805) 641-1387. We’re always happy to help. You can also Contact us or Request a Quote online.

 

Dave’s Signs: Your Santa Clarita Sign Company

Dave’s Signs is your local sign company in Santa Clarita. Why is that, you ask? In this post, we put together a few great examples of our signs from Stevenson Ranch, Canyon Country, Valencia, and the Santa Clarita Valley.

Check out the high-quality signs in Santa Clarita, California by Dave's Signs.
Check out the high-quality signs in Santa Clarita, California, by Dave’s Signs.

Our custom signs do more than look good; they are a strategic tool for your business. They can boost your profits by increasing foot traffic and attracting potential customers.

Our Custom Signs in the Santa Clarita Valley

On this local service area page, we’ve showcased some of our favorite Santa Clarita, California signs, including ones we designed, made, and installed.

We’ll also share details about each sign type, the services we provided, and information about the businesses they represent.

Let’s get started!

The Valencia Marketplace Monument Sign

Monument signs like the one we made for Valencia Marketplace are the gold standard for shopping centers. They allow tenants to change or update their names without replacing the whole sign. 

It’s essential to design them to complement the mall’s architectural feel.

Valencia Marketplace shopping mall monument sign by Dave's Signs in Stevenson Ranch.
Valencia Marketplace shopping mall monument sign by Dave’s Signs in Stevenson Ranch.

Finneys Crafthouse Signs in Stevenson Ranch

Finney’s Crafthouse is a family-owned American tavern chain specializing in craft beer and made-from-scratch globally-inspired cuisine. 

After helping them develop sign programs for 11 locations from San Luis Obispo to Laguna Beach, we were excited to hear they are opening a new location in Stevenson Ranch.

Each Finney’s location has signs with specific needs. 

Make a lasting impression with sign solutions for your business like we did for Finney's Crafthouse.
Make a lasting impression with sign solutions for your business like we did for Finney’s Crafthouse.

Since their Stevenson Ranch location is in a shopping mall, it must be seen from a distance. We used channel letters so the business name would stand out day or night.

We installed channel letter signs outdoors on three sides. 

Channel letters, especially red, are some of the best attention-getting signs out there for drive up shopping malls.
Channel letters, especially red, are some of the best attention-getting signs out there for drive-up shopping malls.

We added barn lighting to the sign facing the parking lot, which gives it an extra flare when you walk up.

To give the building a more custom feel, we added a hand-painted “F logo” sign in the top corner, as seen from the parking lot.

Outdoor signs, such as hand-painted graphics on brick, add polish and evoke a nostalgic feeling about a former era.
Outdoor signs, such as hand-painted graphics on brick, add polish and evoke a nostalgic feeling about a former era.

Inside the restaurant, there is a neon sign with the tagline “Craft Beer Spoken Here” and several hand-painted signs. This sign is in all their restaurants.

There is also a black “F logo” graphic above the bar, only at the Stevenson Ranch location.

Custom signs like this neon sign create a sense of place in all Finney's Crafthouse locations.
Custom signs like this neon sign create a sense of place in all Finney’s Crafthouse locations.
We added another custom "F logo" graphic inside over the bar.
We added another custom “F logo” graphic inside over the bar.
Here is a closeup of the graphics from the other side.
Here is a close-up of the graphics from the other side.

Toppers Pizza Place Restaurant Signs in Valencia & Canyon Country

Toppers Pizza Place in Canyon Country and Valencia are beloved local favorites that provide great pizza dining experiences with quality food, drinks, and service in a casual, dog-friendly atmosphere.

As Topper’s sign company, we’ve worked with them on all 10 locations to create inspiring signs with local style. 

Their Canyon Country and Valencia restaurants are no exception.

Toppers Pizza Place Valencia

Valencia has a clean and modern look with channel letter signs on the outside and hand-painted signs on the inside. Take a look!

Channel letter signs make a lasting impression whether coming or going to Toppers Pizza Place in Valencia, CA.
Channel letter signs make a lasting impression whether coming or going to Toppers Pizza Place in Valencia, CA.
Hand-painted graphics are popular with our restaurant clients. Toppers has them in all their locations.
Hand-painted graphics are popular with our restaurant clients. Toppers has them in all their locations.
We offer high quality signs, sign installation and excellent service for all our clients in Santa Clarita, CA.
We offer high-quality signs, sign installation, and excellent service for all our clients in Santa Clarita, CA.

Toppers Pizza Canyon Country

The Canyon Country location is the former Homes and Land Bank building. They decided to keep the bank as a theme and highlighted some of its elements, like the vault, a safe, Dropbox, and other interesting items that weren’t removed but incorporated into the restaurant’s appeal.

The building uses front and back channel letter signs and several hand-painted signs inside.

Toppers Pizza Canyon Country channel letter signs by Dave's Signs. Front of the restaurant. – Santa Clarita, CA signs.
Toppers Pizza Canyon Country channel letter signs by Dave’s Signs. Front of the restaurant. – Santa Clarita, CA signs.
Close up of the channel letter sign located on the wall at the front of the building.
Close up of the channel letter sign located on the wall at the front of the building.
Toppers Pizza Canyon Country channel letter signs. Back of the business. – Santa Clarita, CA signs.
Toppers Pizza Canyon Country channel letter signs. Back of the business. – Santa Clarita, CA signs.
Sign products like hand-painted graphics add good vibes to old buildings, especially on brick walls.
Sign products like hand-painted graphics add good vibes to old buildings, especially on brick walls.
More hand-painted wall graphics. Good times to be had. This way to the Arcade!
More hand-painted wall graphics. Good times to be had. This way to the Arcade!
"Federal Department of Incredible Cheese" dollar bill sign overlooking the kitchen at Canyon Country, CA.
“Federal Department of Incredible Cheese” dollar bill sign overlooking the kitchen at Canyon Country, CA.
Having consistency in your business signage is key to visibility and building your brand.
Having consistency in your business signage is key to visibility and building your brand.
"Toppers Sauce Recipe" custom hand-painted bank dropbox sign.
“Toppers Sauce Recipe” custom hand-painted bank dropbox sign.
"Dough Recipe graphics – Creating sign solutions for your unique business location is our speciality.
“Dough Recipe graphics – Creating sign solutions for your unique business location is our specialty.

Design Masonry Neon Sign in Canyon Country

Design Masonry, Inc. is a well-known premier masonry contractor in California.

They came to us looking for a custom neon sign to add more wow factor inside their offices.

As one of California’s last few sign shops that creates custom-made neon signs in-house, they knew they had come to the right place.

Office signs like this indoor neon sign add a little fun and make the business stand out even more.
Office signs like this indoor neon sign add a little fun and make the business stand out even more.

GrowGeneration Sign Installation in Santa Clarita, CA

GrowGeneration runs specialty stores for organic gardening and hydroponics, providing various growing solutions.

When GrowGeneration took over Commercial Grow Supply in Santa Clarita, they had us put up custom graphic signs in their new store. 

These signs were “ship-ins,” meaning a sign company from outside the area hired us to install them at the new Santa Clarita location.

All our sign solutions come with project management and great customer service, even when its just an installation.
All our sign solutions come with project management and great customer service, even when its just an installation.
GrowGeneration "Ship-in" signs by Dave's Signs serving Santa Clarita, CA.
GrowGeneration “Ship-in” signs by Dave’s Signs serving Santa Clarita, CA.

Sunrise Senior Living in Valencia

Sunrise at Sterling Canyon offers a personalized, wellness-focused lifestyle for its assisted living and memory care residents in Valencia.

They needed a simple yet attractive post-and-panel sign to guide drivers into their entryway, which needed to match the other signs on the property.

Post and panel signs are common in healthcare facilities, apartment complexes, hotels, and business parks.

Are you looking for ideas? Check out our Monuments Signs and Property Management Signs Galleries.

Sunrise Senior Living post and panel sign by Dave's Signs in Valencia, California.
Sunrise Senior Living post and panel sign by Dave’s Signs in Valencia, California.

Dave’s Signs is a Local and National Sign Company

For over 30 years, Dave’s Signs has been creating beautiful signs for both local and national clients. That is why businesses across California and the rest of the country rely on Dave’s Signs for all their commercial signage needs.

We are a Full-Service Sign Company

Dave’s Signs designs, fabricates, and installs eye-catching commercial signs locally in Santa Clarita, CA. Our sign-making services ensure that your business name is clearly displayed for all to see.

With decades of experience working with Santa Clarita-based businesses. We are familiar with all city requirements and have no problem meeting all local ordinances. 

We also do sign service and repairs in Santa Clarita, CA, like this one for Regal Edwards Valencia Stadium 12 & IMAX. They called us to fix their neon sign inside the theatre.

Regal Edwards Valencia Stadium 12 & IMAX neon sign repair.
Regal Edwards Valencia Stadium 12 & IMAX neon sign repair.

Need help with the Permitting Process? No Problem.

As part of our service, we can handle permit acquisition and build signs to meet any specific requirements from our clients and the city.

We Do All Sign Types

We offer a wide range of sign solutions, including restaurant signs, storefront signs, monument signs, apartment signs, blade signs, neon signs, hi-rise signs, and more. For ideas, check out our Sign Galleries.

We can work with your existing design and branding guidelines or create new designs based on your requirements.

No Sign Project is Too Big or Small

Whether you’re a small mom-and-pop shop with one location or a business with multiple locations across California or Nationwide, contact Dave’s Signs. We handle it all.

Call Dave's Signs for all your sign needs in Santa Clarita, CA. You'll be glad you did.
Call Dave’s Signs for all your sign needs in Santa Clarita, CA. You’ll be glad you did.

Dave’s Signs: Your Santa Clarita Valley Sign Company

Have questions? Call us at (805) 641-1387 or Request a Quote online. We’re always here to help and answer any questions you might have.

 

How to Choose the Right Outdoor Building Signs

Choosing the right outdoor building signs is essential to the success of your company, no matter where you are located – Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles or Nationwide. There are many factors to consider when choosing exterior signage, including size, shape, material, design, and whether or not it’s going to be a lighted sign. The most important factor is to choose a sign that accurately reflects your brand identity.

AES channel letter building signs in Long Beach, CA. Design, fabrication and installation using existing branding guidelines.
AES channel letter signs in Long Beach, CA. Design, fabrication and installation using existing branding guidelines.

If you’re thinking about investing in outdoor building signs for your business, keep reading to learn what you’ll need to know about choosing the right signs for your organization.

Introduction: Why custom building signage is important for businesses

Building Signs – Toppers Pizza Place channel letter sign in Valencia, CA. Dave's Signs services all 10 locations.
Toppers Pizza Place channel letter sign in Valencia, CA. Dave’s Signs services all 10 locations.

Custom outdoor building signs are one of the most important marketing tools for businesses. They help to identify your business to potential customers, and they can be used to convey unique and important information about your products or services. Signs can also be used to create a sense of brand visibility, helping to build customer loyalty.

In addition, custom exterior signs can help you to stand out from your competition and make your business more visible in the community. Outdoor signs play an essential role in the success of any business. If you are not using building signs to promote your business, you are missing out on a powerful marketing tool.

The different types of building signs available

There are a variety of building signs available to suit the needs of any business. Here are a few of the most popular.

Blade Signs

Building Signs – Midici Wood Fired Pizza illuminated lightbox blade sign in downtown Ventura, CA. Easy to see for passersby.
Midici Wood Fired Pizza illuminated lightbox blade sign in downtown Ventura, CA. Easy to see for passersby.

Blade signs are a popular choice for many businesses, as they are highly visible and can be mounted on a building’s wall or eave. These signs are also called projecting signs, hanging signs, and flat panel signs. They are ideal for strip malls, downtown businesses, and areas with high pedestrian traffic.

If your business has a sidewalk in front, installing a blade sign is an excellent way to increase foot traffic and boost sales. They also make it easier to see when driving by because the viewer can see the sign looking forward without having to turn their head.

Dimensional Letters

Building Signs – Motion Industries dimensional letter sign in Oxnard, CA.
Motion Industries dimensional letter building sign in Oxnard, CA.

Dimensional letters are also quite popular, as they give a building’s facade depth and dimension. Dimensional letter signs use three-dimensional lettering or a custom logo (as opposed to flat panels).

Metal letters, plastic cut letters, or 3-D graphics are also known as dimensional letter signs. They’re not only appealing and weather resistant but also cost-effective, making them a great choice for anybody looking to have a high-quality sign on a tighter budget. When paired with spotlights, they look fantastic, ensuring that the sign is seen at night and during the evening hours.

Illuminated Signs

Building Signs – Gary Marshall Theatre illuminated signs in Burbank, CA by Dave's Signs.
Gary Marshall Theatre illuminated signs in Burbank, CA by Dave’s Signs.

Illuminated signs are an excellent choice for businesses that want to stand out, as they can be seen even at night or in low-light conditions. Whatever the need, there is a building sign that can help businesses to reach their target audience. If your business is open at night, lighted signs are an absolute necessity. Not only do they help people find and engage with your business, but they provide high visibility day and night.

Channel Letters

Building Signs – The Ivy Mae Salon channel letter sign in Ventura, CA. Clean and sophisticated custom lighted signs.
The Ivy Mae Salon channel letter sign in Ventura, CA. Clean and sophisticated custom-lighted signs.

Channel letters are another popular option for outdoor signs, as they can be custom-sized to fit any space and are illuminated for greater visibility.

Channel letters are three-dimensional illuminated letters and graphics that are often seen on stores at shopping centers, restaurants, specialty stores, and pretty much every type of business location. They’re an excellent way to identify your business. By forming each letter separately and giving it its own light source, you create an effect that is sure to impress potential customers.

Neon Signs

Building Signs – Tony's Pizzaria marquee neon sign with casino lighting - Sign fabrication and installation in Ventura, CA.
Tony’s Pizzaria marquee neon sign with casino lighting – Sign fabrication and installation in Ventura, CA.

Neon signs are a popular type of lighted sign that uses neon gas to create a bright, attention-getting display. Neon signs were first developed in the early 1900s, and they quickly became a popular way to advertise businesses and products.

Today, neon signs are used for a wide variety of purposes, from promoting businesses to highlighting landmarks and tourist attractions. Neon signs are often considered to be works of art, and they are still a popular choice for outdoor signs.

Neon signs are durable and long-lasting, and they can be customized to fit any need. Whether you’re looking for a simple business sign or an iconic work of art, neon signs offer an eye-catching solution.

Monument Signs

Building Signs – Star of CA monument sign with halo-lit channel letters, dimensional letters and external ground lights in Ventura, CA.
Star of CA monument sign with halo-lit channel letters, dimensional letters and external ground lights in Ventura, CA. 

Monument signs are a type of signage that is freestanding and usually located at the entrance of a business park, shopping mall, hotel, restaurant, or residential community, like an apartment complex.

This type of outdoor sign is often made out of stone, brick, or concrete to give them a more permanent look.

For businesses, monument signs can be an excellent way to advertise your company name and logo to customers driving or walking by. Most often, these are lighted signs using many forms, including channel letters, dimensional letters, and lightbox signs – shopping malls with individual business names added, for example.

Monument signs are also commonly used in parks and other public spaces to help visitors find their way around.

In addition to their practical purposes, monument signs can also be used to add aesthetic appeal to a property. Well-designed monument signs can be eye-catching and make a positive first impression on visitors.

If you are looking for a way to improve the visibility and curb appeal of your business or public space, a monument sign may be the ideal solution.

Pylon Signs

Ganas Auto pole sign in Oxnard, CA. We used the existing structure to make this sign.
Ganas Auto pole sign in Oxnard, CA. We used the existing structure to make this sign.

Pylon signs, aka pole signs, are a type of freestanding business sign that is often used for advertising businesses or promoting special events. Pylon signs are usually tall and thin, with a large base that helps to stabilize the structure. The height of pylon signs makes them highly visible from a distance, which is ideal for getting the attention of potential customers or passersby.

Pylon signs can be lit from within, making them visible even at night or in low-light conditions. Additionally, pylon signs are often double-sided so that they can be seen from both directions on a busy street.

Pylon signs are a versatile and effective way to get your message out, and they can be customized to fit your specific needs.

Typically, pylon signs can be updated using an existing structure when a new business moves in or is looking to update its outdoor signs.

Wayfinding Signs

Lifetech Resources in Moorpark, CA. One of a series of wayfinding monument signs created by Dave's Signs.
Lifetech Resources in Moorpark, CA. One of a series of wayfinding monument signs created by Dave’s Signs.

Wayfinding signs are invaluable tools for helping people navigate their way around unfamiliar places. By providing clear and concise directions, wayfinding signs can help people to avoid getting lost or disoriented.

These directional signs can be found in a variety of settings, including shopping malls, office buildings, hospitals, and airports. In many cases, these informational signs are designed to blend in with their surroundings, making them easy to miss if you’re not looking for them. However, their simple design can often be misleading, as their straightforward appearance can disguise the complex task of navigation they perform.

Wayfinding signs may not always be the most exciting things to look at, but they play a vital role in helping us get to where we want to go.

How to choose the right building signs for your business

Lifetech Resources dimensional letter monument sign in Moorpark, CA.
Lifetech Resources dimensional letter monument sign in Moorpark, CA.

When it comes to promoting your business, exterior signs are an important investment. Not only do they help customers find your location, but they also create a first impression of your brand. With so many different types of exterior signage available, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your business. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing exterior signs:

First, consider the location of your sign

Bank of the Sierra monument sign. One of several locations we did around Southern California.
Bank of the Sierra monument sign. One of several locations we did around Southern California.

Will it be visible from the street? Is it in a high-traffic area? The placement of your sign will impact its effectiveness, so be sure to choose a location that will maximize visibility.

Second, think about the type of sign that will best match your brand identity

Bank of the Sierra channel letter sign. One of many locations we did around Southern California.
Bank of the Sierra channel letter sign. One of many locations we did around Southern California.

Are you looking for something traditional or modern? Eye-catching or understated? The right sign should reflect the personality of your company and help you stand out from the competition.

Third, don’t forget to consider your budget

Building signs come in a wide range of prices, so it’s important to set a realistic budget before you start shopping. By taking the time to consider all of these factors, you can be sure to choose the right exterior sign for your business.

Finally, talk to a commercial sign company like Dave’s Signs

One of several large channel letter signs we did for the new Wagon Wheel Community in Oxnard, CA.
One of several large channel letter signs we did for the new Wagon Wheel Community in Oxnard, CA.

We can help you understand the different sign options available.

From sign planning, assistance with the city permitting process, sign design ideas, fabrication, and installation.

We can help you find an effective way to get your business noticed while staying in compliance with your building’s features and city requirements.

Exterior signage is an important part of any business, so it’s important to choose the right signs for your needs. By considering the location, types, and budget for your signs, you can be sure to find options that will help you attract customers and promote your brand.

Just as important is choosing the right commercial signage company with the experience and expertise to help you plan, design, and fabricate the ideal solution.

Whether you need a custom logo designed or already have a brand identity system in place. We can design and build your outdoor business signs – dimensional letters, logo signs, pole signs, lighted signs, channel letters, blade signs, or any type of custom sign – that’s what we do.

Conclusion: why you should invest in outdoor signs for your business

Lifetech Resources channel letter sign in Moorpark, CA.
Lifetech Resources channel letter sign in Moorpark, CA.
Blue Mountain Christian Fellowship dimensional letter monument sign we shipped to Wala Wala, Washington.
Blue Mountain Christian Fellowship dimensional letter monument sign we shipped to Wala Wala, Washington.

Outdoor signs are a great way to make your business stand out from the competition.

Exterior signs are one of the first things that customers and potential customers will see when they visit your business, so it’s important to make sure that your building sign is eye-catching and visible.

Outdoor signage helps improve the curb appeal of your business, making it more attractive to customers and passers-by. A well-designed building sign can help to communicate your brand message and increase your name recognition.

And because outdoor signage is durably built and weather resistant, it can provide many years of service with minimal maintenance.

If you’re looking for a way to improve the visibility of your business and reach more customers – a custom outdoor sign is a great investment.

Contact Dave’s Signs for Your Outdoor Building Signs

The Hills Apartments monument sign using dimensional letters in Thousand Oaks, CA.
The Hills Apartments monument sign in Thousand Oaks, CA uses dimensional letters.

Dave’s Signs has been creating custom signs for businesses of all types for over 20+ years, and we can help you make the perfect signs for your needs. We work with you from start to finish, from design to installation, to make sure your signs are exactly what you want.

Contact Dave’s Signs today to get started on your outdoor building signs.

Whether you are located in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Counties, or nationwide. Pick up the phone and call us at‭ ‭(805) 641-1387‬‬ or contact us online. We are always happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

Office Lobby Signs are the Secret to a Lasting First Impression

Are you looking for a new and creative way to market your business? If you are, corporate office lobby signs drive home your brand message and get noticed by customers. You can check out some of these excellent custom business signs we’ve made over the years in our office signs gallery.

At Dave’s Signs, we create eye-catching and custom lobby signs for Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and businesses Nationwide.

Our experts will work with you to build office signs that best represent your brand.

But first, what makes an office sign different than, say, a retail sign or a restaurant sign? Let’s take a look.

Office Lobby Sign
Untuckit Shirts New York City Custom Neon Office Lobby Sign. After creating this sign we flew out to NYC to install the sign.

What is an Office Lobby Sign?

A typical office consists of a lobby, reception area, and waiting rooms. Additionally, these are all high-traffic opportunities for custom corporate lobby displays. For instance, reception signs like the interior sign below are placed prominently in these areas for maximum impact.

Office Lobby Signs ODU
ODU in Camarillo, CA has a halo-lit channel letter sign with an acrylic dimensional letter tagline – first impressions are clean and professional.

Your lobby sign should reflect the values and professionalism of your company. No matter what size or style you choose, your office lobby sign should be easy to read and send a clear message about your business.

Businesses that use Lobby Signs

Almost any type of business can benefit from custom office lobby signs.

For instance, lawyers, accountants, and other professional service providers use indoor signage to communicate trust and credibility to clients. Customers entering and doing interior office signs reading won’t forget the lovely wooden sign and brand for Derby/Curtis, LLP anytime soon.

Dave’s Signs installed the font on the wooden facade for Derby/Curtis LLP. There are scores of mounting options and materials that our professional installers can use for your sign project.

Office Signs Derby Curtis LLP
Derby Curtis LLP’s simple dimensional letter acrylic logo signage on a wood wall background conveys the right message.

Healthcare facilities use this type of signage to direct patients and visitors to where they need to go. Additionally, businesses of all types use them to promote their brand and forge a professional image.

Types of Custom Lobby Signs

There are many different types of office lobby signs to choose from, but sometimes it’s good to stray away from traditional custom lobby signs you see everywhere to convey your unique message. The sign you choose will depend on the look you want to achieve, the message you want to communicate, and your budget.

Watermark Insurance Services classic halo-lit indoor office sign.

Here are some of the most popular types of custom lobby signs:

  • Dimensional Letters – Thick Acrylic Lobby Letters & Logos
  • Illuminated Signs – Backlit Signs, Channel Letters, Neon, LED & Externally Lit Signs
  • Flat Panel Signs – Both Acrylic Signs and Metal Plaques – Brushed Finish, Smooth or Clear
  • Custom Printed Wall Graphics & Cut Vinyl Letter Signs
  • Cut Metal Letters & Logos – Stainless Steel or Aluminum
  • Metal Laminates – Acrylic Laminates or a Combination
  • Way-Finding Signs – Directional or Directory Signs
  • Lobby Door Signs – Window Graphics & Plaques
  • Foyer Area Graphics – Frosted Window Graphics
  • Sandblasted Wood Lobby Signs
  • Handpainted Lobby Signs
Bank of the Sierra indoor office sign.
Bank of the Sierra indoor office sign.

Materials for Lobby Signs

Different materials produce design styles that give your office space the stellar first impression you’re looking for. They include high-quality materials, such as acrylic, metal, aluminum, stainless steel and wood. On the other hand, we can use vinyl for custom print graphic signs for walls, doors, and glass.

Stand out with visitors when they walk in with that professional look.

Office Lobby Signs

Some of our Favorite Office Lobby Signs in Ventura

Typically, lobby signs contain information such as the company name, logo, tagline, and maybe contact details. But these signs are not about that. Lobby Signs display a company’s character, how they showcase themselves and how serious they are about their business.

Digital Dental Arts Laboratory back-lit channel letters lobby sign in Ventura, CA.

The Trade Desk

We chose Dimensional Letters for the interior lobby signs at The Trade Desk in Ventura. You can see these lobby signs in the two photos below. This lobby signage option is attractive and economical for business owners who want to showcase a top-notch sign on a modest budget.

Dimensional Letter Lobby Signs are also nicely complemented by spotlights, which ensure visibility no matter the time of day or night.

The Trade Desk in Ventura, CA makes an attractive space with this acrylic dimensional letter lobby sign and integrated wall pattern.
Here is another acrylic sign that stays within the same theme with other signs in nearby areas throughout the office.
Sometimes we can get creative with the materials we use, like this grass-like background under metal laminate letters.

Concours Motors

If you’re looking for unique and eye-catching lobby signs, consider a neon sign or an illuminated office lobby sign with a logo. Lighted Logo Signs like the one we made for Concours Motors in Ventura have an elevated look that is hard to beat. This sign uses energy-efficient LED lighting.

Concours Motors backlit acrylic lobby signage in Ventura, CA.

Office Lobby Signs in Santa Barbara

When choosing an office lobby sign for your business in Santa Barbara, the sky is the limit. There are many different types and styles of office lobby signs, so it’s essential to find one that reflects the image you want to project.

Resonant stud mounted frosted acrylic plaque in Santa Barbara, CA. – Part of a sign system of office suite signs including exterior signage.

Towbes Foundation

The Window Graphics we created for the Towbes Foundation in Santa Barbara above are a great example of how office lobby signs can promote a professional and sophisticated look.

Lobby signs like these are also an excellent way to take advantage of natural light and make your space more inviting.

Towbes Foundation vinyl lobby door signs in Santa Barbara, CA.

The Towbes Group

The Towbes Group acrylic lobby sign in Santa Barbara, CA.

The sapphire-colored logo and font of the Dimensional Letters used in the Towbes Group Office Sign are set off brilliantly against the white of the brick facade behind it. The sign is perfect for this Santa Barbara property management company and says a lot about the brand.

Office Lobby Signs in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a city that’s all about style, so it’s no surprise that lobby signs here are often big and bold.

Ispire Ducore Lobby Signs

Colors have a relationship. For example, the one we’ve tempered the ones here for Ispire Ducore’s lobby signage expressly shows this. The white and munsell yellow letters mounted in their waiting room warmly welcome visitors but don’t blend into the brick-accented background.

Ispire Ducore thick acrylic dimensional letters in Los Angeles, CA.
Ispire Ducore frosted office lobby door with vinyl letters in Los Angeles, CA.

The custom window graphics on the frosted glass doors at Ispire Ducore exudes a feeling of polish and professionalism.

Wanting a seasonal feel? Bold & tasteful feel? Authoritative? Many a business has relied on Dave’s Signs to convey the unique impression they were going for in their office signs. Our team can make it happen for you.

Kal Krishnan Consulting Services Lobby Sign

Kal Krishnan Consulting Services metal lobby sign.

The consulting business is all about making a statement that clients will want to hear. Meanwhile, we think this indoor office sign we created for Kal Krishnan Consulting Services (KKCS) does just that.

KKCS’s office sign is simple yet effective. It also makes a bold statement. The cut abbreviation makes it impossible to miss. Likewise, the polished brass material helps the overall effect come together. The result? An office lobby sign that’s unique and stylish.

FocalPoint Lobby Sign

FocalPoint externally lit dimensional letters in Los Angeles, CA.

For a more subtle, focused look for FocalPoint’s lobby sign, we used Dimensional Lettering. Sometimes the impact of a lobby sign depends on the proper lighting. Here, spotlights from above shine down on the design. It helps give the letters and logo a floating effect. The result is surprisingly effective. It  gives the office elegance and visual appeal.

PolyPeptide Clear Acrylic Lobby Sign

PolyPeptide lobby sign in Torrance, CA. This is part of a series we did that span both indoor and outdoor signs.

Digital Signage for Your Office Lobby

Office lobby signs are more than just a way to identify your business–they communicate who you are and what kind of company you have. Likewise, digital lobby signage gives your visitors and customers bold and clear messages. You can also put more information on a panel and communicate even more by providing changing LED panels and video walls.

Dave’s Signs – Lobby Sign Experts

No matter what type of business you have or where you’re located, we can help you design and build the perfect office lobby signs. Our signs are custom-made according to the specific needs of our clients. We take into account requirements, such as:

    • The type of business
    • The location
    • The clientele
    • The overall look and feel needed

We’ve worked with business communities of all types in cities across the country. Therefore, we’re confident that we can match your business advertising needs with custom indoor signs.

Matax halo-lit channel letter logo sign. Illuminated signage really stands out and wows your customers.

Have Questions? Want a Quote?

Contact us for Custom Office Lobby Signs Design, Fabrication, Installation, and Repair.

Not all sign companies are the same. Dave’s Signs has served businesses of all types in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Nationwide for over 20 years.

We offer a wide range of sign options for a business owner to choose from.  Our team of experts can help you create the perfect signs for your needs.

From mom-and-pop offices to large corporate offices nationwide, we’ve done it all.

We can help you with coming up with an attractive logo design. Of course, we can also work within your existing brand guidelines.

You can see some of our past work by browsing through our online portfolio. If you have any questions or would like to get started on your own custom office lobby sign, please don’t hesitate to call us at ‭(805) 641-1387. Also, you can request a free quote online. We’re always happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.

Blade Signs for Business, Storefront & Restaurant Signage

Blade Signs create visual interest and function well in many environments.

Looking for a new way to advertise your business? Are you searching online for “blade signs near me?” Well, Dave’s Signs has you covered locally and nationwide.

We invite you to check out our blade signage. Our signs are made of high-quality materials and will last for years. Plus, some are easy to install—you don’t need any special tools or equipment.

Our gallery has a wide variety of options, perfect for any store or restaurant.

From stores to office buildings, blade signs have stood the test of time. These classic signs are currently a trending item across the country.

But first, what makes a blade sign a blade sign?

Finney’s Crafthouse Signs by Dave’s Signs 2019

What is a Blade Sign?

Shanghai Beer Garden is a custom illuminated blade sign that uses neon, channel letters, and a lightbox for the dragon logo.

Blade signs traditionally consist of a thin, flat piece of metal, aluminum, or MDO plywood mounted to a building or post. The name “blade” comes from the fact that the sign hangs down or juts out like a blade.

Blade signs are designed to hang vertically or horizontally on a bracket or frame near the business’s entryway. Rugged and robust, they are mounted perpendicular to walls or other surfaces. Some even hang down from the ceiling.

One of the best features of a blade sign is its short setback. Paired with an eye-catching design makes them highly visible.

They come illuminated or non-illuminated but always provide a focal point for passersby to view.

There are many different types of blade signs, but all share some standard features. They are typically skinny and lightweight, making them easy to mount. They also have a sleek, modern design, perfect for businesses of all types.

Blade signage works well in strip malls, downtown businesses, areas with frequent pedestrian traffic, and businesses with sidewalks in front.

Blade Signs are Designed for Attracting Foot Traffic

Honey Cup, a non-illuminated storefront pole is a standard swinging blade sign easily seen from the street.

One of the main benefits of blade signage is that they are easy to see while walking. Pedestrians won’t have to turn their heads and look at a sign that is flat up against the storefront. They can see the sign from a distance as they move forward because it projects outward and is perpendicular to the building.

Blade signs are also perfect for businesses that want to make a statement. With their sleek design and eye-catching colors, blade signs are sure to grab attention.

Why Choose a Blade Sign?

Midici Wood Fired Pizza is surface perpendicular so it can be seen without having to turn your head.

This type of sign for your business is beneficial in many ways. Here are some of the most important:

  • Blade signs are very versatile for just about any business.
  • They are made of high-quality materials and will last for years.
  • Some are easy to install and don’t require special tools or equipment.
  • Their sleek, modern style will give your business a professional look.
  • Simple blade signs can be budget-friendly while still making a statement.
  • Sophisticated illuminated blade signs can be the standout on the entire block.

Businesses That Use Blade Signage

Blade Sign Celadon
Celadon House store sign located in downtown Santa Barbara is designed to attract foot traffic.

We’ve seen an incredible number of requests for blade signs in recent years. Here are a few types of businesses that have found great success with blade signs.

  • Retail Stores: Retail stores benefit from blade signage, especially if they are located in a crowded space. Blade signs for retail are a great way to enhance the storefront while attracting the attention of shoppers walking by.
  • Restaurants: Restaurants are perfect for blade signage because they generate excitement and build anticipation for the experience. A high-quality sign says a lot about the food and can create a sense of fun and intrigue.
  • Shopping Malls: These signs are perfect for businesses located in shopping malls. Compact and double-sided, they are a great way to attract attention from drivers and pedestrians.
  • Office Buildings: Office buildings can also use blade signs to promote their business by simply displaying their name and logo. They help customers know where they are, especially in office buildings that look the same, and it’s hard to differentiate one office suite from another.

Blade sign Ojai

  • Vineyards: Local vineyards and tasting rooms abound in California.  A hanging blade sign like the one we created for Majestic Oak Vineyard in Ojai adds an elegant touch that’s on-brand.

Different Types of Custom Blade Signs

As you can see from the gallery at Dave’s Signs, there are many different types of blade signs that you can choose from. Here are a few of their popular designs and the various ways they are used.

Hanging Blade Signs

Point de Chene is a sandblasted and hand-painted blade sign made out of MDO plywood.

Hanging blade signs, also called swinging signs, are typically double-sided and hang from a mount on the wall or ceiling above the business. They can be designed using custom print graphics, vinyl letters, hand-painted, sandblasted, or even routed. The most common sizes are square, rectangle, and round, but we can make them into any custom shape.

Here are 2 Types of swinging blade signs.

  • Wall Mount: Wall-mounted swinging blade signs are not illuminated. Their custom design displays your company’s name and logo. They usually hang from chains on a bracket mounted on a wall, a pole, or an ornamental frame. These signs are simple, eye-catching, and affordable.
  • Ceiling Mount: Ceiling-mounted swinging blade signs like the one pictured here can be a great way to grab attention in shopping malls and other retail locations where wall space is limited. These hanging signs are right in view, making them easy to see for shoppers walking or driving by.
Carpinteria Eye Care is one of several ceiling mount store signs in this strip mall in Carpinteria, CA.

Stationary Blade Signs

Stationary blade signs are a great way to showcase your business name and logo. They are simple, polished, and professional-looking. Since they are stationary, they can be illuminated with various lighting styles and other sign technologies like channel letters, neon, lightbox illumination, and dimensional letters because they can support the added weight. They can be used indoors or outdoors in your building and come in a variety of sizes.

Illuminated Blade Signs

Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen Illuminated Blade Sign uses a lightbox, front-lit channel letters and LED lighting.

Illuminated blade signs are perfect for businesses that want to make a statement 24/7. These signs are brightly lit and can be seen from a distance. Illuminated blade signs are custom-made to fit your brand and lit using channel letters, LED, neon, and or illuminated lightboxes.

Custom Illuminated Blade Signs

Typically most of our custom illuminated blade signs have a combination of lighting technologies in one sign. Since each lighting style brings its own look and feel, sometimes the right combination of different styles can bring the most eye-catching and appealing sign on the block.

For example, the Finneys Crafthouse & Kitchen sign at the top of this article is a two-sided custom-shaped stationary sign. It uses neon lighting, face-lit channel letters, and an illuminated lightbox for the “& Kitchen” section. This sign is huge and stands out for an entire block. Pedestrians and drivers can all see this sign day or night. It’s like a beacon for all to come and try out Finney’s.

Here are some classics for those who want to focus on one lighting style.

Neon Blade Signs

Neon signs are always going to attract attention to your company or storefront. Here is an example.

Neon-lit blade signs are iconic and are a special type of lighted blade sign we regularly make for our clients. These illuminated blade signs are perfect for businesses that want to stand out from the competition in a nostalgic tone. They are brightly lit and can be seen from a distance, making them perfect for promoting your business at night.

Channel Letter Blade Signs

Victoria Court shopping mall sign uses halo-lit channel letters so looks great during the day and lights up at night.

You can’t go wrong with a channel letter sign. A channel letter means any character, letter, shape, or number that is 3-D and has a lighting element inside. These signs can be face-lit and or halo-lit. Typically made of aluminum and acrylic, a channel letter blade sign is rugged, affordable, and makes a statement 24/7.4

Illuminated Lightbox Blade Signs

Infogrip and Your Low Vision Store projecting lightbox signs can be seen from the street.

Star of CA Illuminated Monument Sign by Dave’s SignsYou’ll find many illuminated lightbox signs – illuminated cabinets – used for businesses alongside city streets. These projecting signs help drivers see the business, especially at night.

These signs offer a property manager a permanent sign fixture that can be easily updated when a new tenant moves into the space.

3-D / Dimensional Letter Blade Signs

Mondos restaurant dimensional letter externally lit blade sign.

Three-dimensional blade signs are perfect for businesses that want to stand out in 3-D at a lower cost than channel letters. The sleek, flowing lines of this type of blade sign will catch the eye of passersby and invite them in to see what the business is all about. These signs can be lit externally with flood and spotlights, bullet, or even gooseneck lights.

Three-dimensional blade signs are perfect for businesses that want to stand out in 3-D without the higher cost of channel letters. The sleek, flowing lines of this type of blade sign will catch the eye of passersby and invite them in to see what you’re business is all about.

Custom Shapes

Rookees blade sign
Want to get creative? Let our sign experts come up with a really eyecatching design that stretches the imagination.

Custom blade sign shapes can be striking. Their detailed craftsmanship, like this custom outdoor blade sign we did for Rookees illustrates a uniqueness and character you can’t get from a standard flat panel sign.

Sandblasted & Routed Blade Signs

Blade sign for massage place
This clean and simple design has texture on the surface to give it that 3-D feel all on one flat panel graphic.

Lastly, everyone has seen a sandblasted or routed sign like this one, Zen Massage Place. A custom shape, 3-D feel on the letters, background texture, and a pop of color make this sign really stand out on Main Street downtown.

What are Blade Signs Made from?

Many materials can go into making them. Let’s take a closer look:

  • Aluminum / Metal – Aluminum and metal with acrylic graphics, flat graphic signs, and illuminated cabinets – aka lightbox signs.
  • Wood – Redwood or cedar for a traditional wood sign look. Great for sandblasted and routed signs.
  • Acrylic – Durable and weather-resistant, acrylic signs get your message across in 3-D.
  • MDO – Flat graphic signs, weather-resistant and waterproof, these medium-density overlay plywood signs are common in real estate.

Blade Signage Services & Support

Blade Signage Design

Our design department can come up with the best store signs and restaurant signs, like this lighted blade sign for Mupu Grill.

Whether you are working with existing branding guidelines, sign designs, or need something designed from scratch. We have an excellent design team that can work with you to come up with a standout design that matches your brand and meets the sign requirements of your city or location.

Blade Signage Permits

Do you need help with the city permitting process? Or maybe you have restrictions or limitations at your site location. Let us handle it. We have been working with cities and compliance for over 20 years. We know the permitting process. Often clients will come to us before they purchase or lease property to advise them on signage regulations and how they will affect their business.

Escape Blade Sign
One of the benefits is our experienced staff can help you with the permitting process – no matter what city you are in.

Blade Signage Fabrication

We fabricate our blade signage in-house so we can control the quality. Whether it’s a simple flat graphic blade sign or sophisticated illuminated cabinet blade signage with neon and halo-lit channel letters, we make sure it’s up to code and looks great.

We work on projects big and small. From large high rises to small downtown businesses where blade signs are popular.

Blade Sign Installation

A few blade signs are simple, lightweight, and easy to install because the brackets are already in place. You just have to switch out the swinging flat panel. However, most blade signage requires professional installation. Our expert installers will ensure your sign is secure, looks great, and is compliant with city ordinances.

Blade Sign
Blade signs bring in customers. A classic that’s been around for many years and its here to stay.

Blade Signage Service & Repair

We feel that there is no one better to maintain your sign than the company who made it. Not only will we design, fabricate and install your signs. We’ll be there for routine maintenance and repair when the need arises.

Do you already have blade signage done by someone else? Does it need repair, removal, or restoration? No problem, call us. We can repair your sign or create a brand new sign just like it.

Dave’s Signs: Your Custom Blade Sign Company

Toppers Pizza Blade Sign
Here is a design, build and installation we did for Toppers Pizza in Channel Islands. Contact us for your signage needs.

From a traditional blade sign design to custom signs that speak to your brand, the team at Dave’s Signs can make the right sign for your business site a reality. And whether we use custom lighting like halo-lit channel letters or something else you have in mind, your projecting sign will capture the imagination of everyone passing by.

We’ll be there for every step, from getting permits, designing your sign, and fabrication to installing it properly.

Whether you’re local or out of state – we ship nationwide. If you’re interested in finding out more about our custom blade signage, you can contact us at (805) 641-1387. You can also reach out to us with questions or request a quote online.

 

Dave’s Signs Blog

This is a blog about signs. We highlight the different types of signs: signs we’ve created for our customers, history of sign design and today’s cutting edge sign technologies. Ask a question about signs, and you’ll likely find the answer here.

Case Studies

Spencer Makenzies Neon Sign

Here we go into detail on some of the custom signs we’ve done. Including Spencer Makenzie’s Neon Sign, Topper’s Pizza Neon Signs in the Oxnard Harbor, and The Historic Ventura Pole Sign. Check back with us. We’ll have more case studies of signs posted in the near future.

Custom Signs Near You

Saloon BBQ Custom Sign

We’ve designed, fabricated, installed and serviced signs all over southern California. Here are some highlighted areas near you including Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Barbara. Check back soon for more updates.

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Neon Sign Design Computer

We Make Beautiful Neon Signs in Our On-Site Facility

Dave’s Signs has perfected the art of neon signs. We can handle all sizes of neon signage, from the small intricate signs to the eye-catching, large neon signs. Ask us for a personalized quote or contact us for any questions you may have about neon signage.

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Dave’s Signs Makes Custom Office Signs

Whether you need a lobby sign, directional signage or ADA signs, Dave’s Signs can help you with all your office sign needs. We can use your logo and create a beautiful, distinctive sign for your office. We can also create custom building directory signs, suite signs, and directional signs to give the building a unique unified theme. Call us today to help you with all your office sign needs.

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