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4 Monument Sign Trends for 2021 that Promote Identity

If you want your business to make a huge impact, why not use a monument sign? These popular signs really draw the eye and create landmarks for people passing by. Designing your signage can be challenging and rewarding, but the most important point is to make sure they promote your business identity effectively. Here are 4 monument sign trends for 2021 that are sure to convey yours.

#1:  Adding LED Illumination

monument sign LED lighting

monument sign is a ground sign that typically has a low profile. They come illuminated or non-illuminated. If you really want to catch everyone’s attention, then consider an illuminated approach. Dave’s Signs uses ground lighting for a spotlight effect. However, we can also add internal lighting to the sign.  Beautiful LED lighting is a popular choice because it is so long-lasting and reduces your carbon footprint. If you are going for a modern look with a touch of classic, then LED lighting is your best bet.

#2:  Enhancing Your Existing Architecture

Elements of masonry and wood, or foam that replicates these materials, give ample opportunity to match your monument sign to your building’s architecture. Color and style of the sign can also compliment the landscape theme. A professional sign company uses these elements to streamline the design of your building, creating a  consistent aesthetic and feel. This will give your business an opportunity to build brand recognition by creating a consistent look and feel throughout.

#3: Using Foam Fabrication Replicas

Since the cost of masonry is sometimes a deal-breaker for some companies, using foam in its place can save money. Surprisingly, these replicas mimic the appearance and benefits of the real thing when they are professionally done. Foam monument signs with veneer imitators of stone and brick look just as classy and are plenty durable, too.

#4. Highly Visible Curved Designs

Curved signs are another popular sign trend and ones with professional designs are quite impressive. They can be fabricated from wood, brick, stucco, high-density urethane or from concrete. The curved dimension to these signs additionally makes them visible from many directions.

Dave’s Signs creates Beautiful Signs in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties and Nationwide. Branding Your Business and giving it an identity is the only path to success – we offer a wide array of custom monument signage and graphics solutions that will highlight and promote yours. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us at (805) 641-1387. Or contact us online for a quote.

Most Popular Types of Illuminated Business Signs

No matter what industry you find yourself in, you can tell the story of your brand with a highly visible, illuminated business sign. This added visibility also amps up the interest, which in turn, drives an increase in sales and profits.  What follows is a list of the most popular types of illuminated business signs that give you an edge over the competition and sets you apart from others that use standard signs.

1. Exposed Neon Signs

Illuminated Neon Light Sign Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen in Ventura, CA

Neon signs are an important piece of California history, and many businesses still use them. This colorful, high-impact type of signage rules at bars, boutiques and restaurants that want an iconic look. The neon light source is exposed versus being encased behind tinted acrylic panels.

2. LED Illuminated Signage Panels

illuminated business sign for Garry Marshall Theatre

Illuminated signage panels are a very effective way of gaining attention. For example,  in congested commercial environments, potential customers will notice LED illuminated signage panels before they do a traditional poster frame. LED technology is growing in popularity, as it is extremely energy-efficient and puts off very little heat.


Conserv Fuel Digital Sign Santa Barbara, CA

3. Digital Signs

Whether they adorn the interior or exterior of a building, digital signs are highly dynamic and visible. Retailers, churches, office buildings, and live entertainment venues often display them.  These types of signs work extremely well in areas where a sign is near the road or close to a sidewalk where people passing by have a close viewing range.

4. Monochrome LED Signs

Single color (monochrome) LED signage is an excellent alternative for zoning ordinances that allow text-only LED or single color signage. The monochrome effect works extremely well for getting your message across, as long as you don’t pack the sign with too much text.  As mentioned previously, LED illumination is very efficient relative to every other lighting type.

5. Lightbox Signs

LED lightbox illuminated business sign

Also known as backlit signs, a lightbox gets its illumination by shining light through a translucent panel. The translucent panel can be customized with the name of your company, logo, address, phone number, etc. Lightbox signs are versatile, and their shapes can be molded to match your brand.

6. Pole Signs

Pole signs have double or single sides and use 1-2 poles for support. They are often taller than the buildings surrounding them, and they are visible from hundreds of feet away. Typically, they have an illuminated lightbox toward the top, but in this case of the Ganas Auto sign, the sign is a halo-lit channel letter sign using LED with an exposed neon outline. Dave’s Signs can customize pole signs to add multiple tenant panels or restore your existing sign.

7. Monument Signs

Monument signs welcome you and let you know you are in the right place. They are often made from materials such as brick or stone. They project a simple elegance, and, like the pole sign, we can customize them to include an LED panel, halo-lit channel letters, and in the case of the Star of CA sign, we added ground-mounted LED sign lights to enhance its overall pleasing aesthetic.

8. Halo-Lit Channel Letters

Illuminated letter signs are channel letter signs with internal lighting that gives signage a 3D effect. The iridescent glow of halo-lit channel lettering comes alive at night and draw new and existing customers to your business.

Dave’s Signs Makes Beautiful Illuminated Business Signs

Regardless of the type of illuminated business sign you need, be it simple, high-end or custom, our knowledgeable sign specialists can create one that makes your business stand out 24/7.  To find out more, you can call us at (805) 641-1387 or contact us online for a quote.


Sign Restoration and Repair – A Part of Preserving History

Since 1990, Dave’s Signs has restored and repaired vintage signs of many eras. Our expertise allows us to bring these beloved signs back to their former glory or in a manner that provides electrical efficiency. We particularly love to see this type of work come into our shop, as it reminds us of the important work we do to keep history alive.
There are a lot of these vintage signs in Los Angeles that we’ve worked on, and we would love people to know about what we do. What follows are four creations that we are particularly proud of.

1. The Mayfair Theater Movie Marquee

Mayfair Theatre sign in lot
Mayfair Theatre neon sign before Dave’s Signs started the restoration.
We were contracted by the non-profit Sea Bees Museum to restore the beautiful and iconic neon sign that originally adorned the classic Mayfair Theatre.  The project was fairly complex, and it was critical that the restoration maintained the integrity of the original design. We finished the restoration work without changing the elements of the design. As you can see below, the final result on display in the Sea Bees Museum is quite stunning.
Mayfair Theatre sign restoration
Restored neon Mayfair Theater sign at the Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme.

2. The Castillo Inn Blade Sign

Castillo Inn Blade Sign Restoration Santa Barbara, CA
Castillo Inn Blade Sign Restoration in Santa Barbara, CA.
The palms sway at The Castillo Inn, and the establishment is the epitome of a relaxing California beach getaway. We repainted and added a neon message to the blade sign on the property with this in mind.  The sign reads The Castillo Inn at the Beach sign with a neon “Vacancy/No Vacancy” message underneath it. Looking at it, you can almost feel the fun to be had at the sand & surf locale.

3. Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant Neon Sign

Restored Pepe's Mexican Food Neon Sign

California is renowned for its great Mexican cuisine, and you can find scores of restaurants that serve it throughout the state.  Dave’s Signs works on many sign projects that involve neon sign restoration for these Mexican restaurants. Take the “Pepe’s Mexican Food To Go” sign made with a custom neon approach we did above. Pepe’s is Goleta’s longest-running Mexican Restaurant, so it has historical significance.  We restored its vintage neon sign when it fell into disrepair a few years back.

4. The Santa Barbara Auto Group LED Sign

Santa Barbara Auto Group Sign Restoration Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Auto Group Sign Restoration in Santa Barbara, CA.

So far we’ve discussed custom neon sign restoration, but we make and retrofit signs to LED, too. Signs made with LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are a modern alternative to those made with neon.  And, as LED lighting is a more energy-efficient option than traditional neon lighting, many business owners are electing to make the switch. The job we did for the restored the ground monument for the Santa Barbara Auto Group is a beautiful example of retrofitting signage to LED. The eye-catching outside sign lights up at night.

If you would like to know more about custom sign restoration and repair, please contact us or request a quote online. Or you can telephone us at (805) 641-1387 to talk to a helpful member of our team.

Vintage Custom Graphic Sign Design for Night Shift Garage

We take pride in the signs we create for our customers and often share how they come together on our blog. The vintage custom graphic sign design we did for Night Shift Garage was one for the books, though. Dave’s Signs would like to thank Amber for a job well done and share the story of this fun job with our customers.

Amber’s Vintage Design for Night Shift Garage

Night Shift Garage reached out to us to put vintage-inspired painted graphics on their Datsun mini truck. Amber, who heads our printed graphics department, designed this layout from scratch.
Vintage custom sign design on Datsun Truck
Vintage truck detail
More detail on the vintage Datsun.

Unique Concepts for the Custom Graphic Sign Design

Vintage design and old school cars, trucks, and trailers are right up Amber’s alley. They are all in her personal interest, so a project like this was a real treat for her.  The client got three unique proofs and liked them all and that almost never happens!
Vintage Concepts
Since they liked them all, Amber combined features from each proof to come up with the final design. She saw this project through from beginning to end… through design and fabrication…and even painted the graphics herself. Of the project, Amber said,

“I got to drive his truck into the workshop myself in order to work on it.  It was fun, I’ve never driven a Datsun before. I feel like I really captured what the client was looking for and delivered it in the final product!”

“[The] client was over-the-moon happy with how it turned out.  He was so stoked!  He said he couldn’t wait to show everyone in his car club.  Everyone in the shop was blown away by how it turned out too,” she added.

Trust is a Factor When it Comes to Vintage Jobs

Amber said that there wasn’t too much out of the ordinary to overcome, but the pressure to do a good job was high. A classic vehicle is very beloved by the owner.  It is a leap of faith on their part to let someone else do anything to their “baby.”

After the job was finished, Amber told us, “I have had old cars and vehicles and feel the very same way when in the care of others. I think the best part of the whole job was seeing the owner so thrilled with the work!”

Turn to Dave’s Signs for Your Custom Graphic Sign Design

Dave’s Signs specializes in Custom Printed Graphics & Signage, Hand Painted Signs, Custom Wall Graphics & Custom Boat Graphics. We’ve been providing beautiful and unique custom sign graphics since 1990. Because of that, you can trust us to always provide excellent and professional work.  If you would like to know more about custom sign graphics, please visit our online gallery or call us at (805) 641-1387 for more information.

Real Estate Development Signs That Market Your Business Effectively

Giving your real estate development a professional look is paramount to making a lasting impact.  And having high quality, professional signs throughout your development provides that lasting impact. Likewise, the best signage projects a professional environment. To function optimally, these visuals need to be easily read, visually appealing and informative.

For Lease Signs
For Sale Sign at Oxford Flats Luxury Apts. in Wagon Wheel Junction.

Professional Signage has Serious Marketing Mojo

Besides providing a brilliant first impression, professional signage solutions are majorly employed for marketing and advertisement. For instance, the value of on-site real estate development signage is the equivalent of running 24 full-page newspaper ads annually.

Comparatively, 10 percent of people surveyed discovered the home they bought from a real estate sign. In a similar vein, this type of effective signage is excellent for building brand awareness. While all this is true, commercial real estate development signs bring other benefits to the table.

Other Benefits of Real Estate Development Signs

It is important that real estate development signs build interest and help curious passersby find their way by showcasing the new property in the best light. Similarly, attractive themes and recognizable styles on signage create a comforting sense of belonging.

Therefore, the right signage next to construction and finished sites create highly visual, eye-catching designs that attract and compel potential homeowners to find out more about your housing development.

Development and Property Management Sign Examples

Examples of custom signage that every real estate development and property manager needs can be found in the following list:

    • Awnings
    • A-board
    • Boulevard banners and flags
    • Wayfinding/Parking signs
    • Monument signs
    • Office signs
    • Window graphics
    • Safety signs
    • Site signs

Beautiful Oakwood Communities Signage

Tenants and their customers need to easily find the building and suite they are looking for with ease. Meanwhile, you can peruse a few good examples of these below in the Mayfair, Oxford and Park Place signs.  In fact, we made all of them for Oxnard, CA real estate development company Oakwood Communities.


Real Estate Development Sings Wayfinding Type
Directional Signs at Oxford Flats and Park Place.
Park Place Leasing Sign and Flags
Leasing Sign and Flags at Mayfair Luxury Apts.
Office Parking Sign
Sales Office Sign at Oxford Flats Luxury Apts.

New Real Estate Development Sign Partner

Dave’s Signs is a full-service custom sign company serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles counties and nationwide. Equally important, we have been working with residential and commercial developers since 1990. Lastly, you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and expertise needed to bring large-scale projects to fruition on time and under budget.  Please request a quote online or call us at (805) 641-1387 for a consultation.


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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