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The Top Reasons Why You Need Office Suite Signs

It’s no secret that signage is an important aspect of commercial property. Whether you’re a large company or small business, it’s vital to your success that people can easily find your office suite. For this reason, we offer office suite signs as part of our services!

What are Office Suite Signs?

Office Suite Sign

Office suite signs are plaques or other types of interior signage that are placed in a visible location on the office door or beside it to ensure they’re visible to everyone passing by. They bring artwork, information, branding, and more to the building’s interior. The business’s name, office suite number, department name, and other details are typically listed on the plaque.

Top Reasons You Need Office Suite Signage

Office suite signs are important for many reasons – here are just a few:

1. Professionalism – Building Confidence

A professionally-inspired indoor office sign impresses clients and also makes your staff feel like they are professionals too. This aspect will also show in the way they treat your customers.

2. Aesthetics that Enhance Your Brand

Custom office suite signs provide a uniform and professional look.  For example, a plexiglass sign with standoffs may compliment a contemporary office, whereas classic engraved signage could be a fit for a more traditional space. Also, they can complement and enhance almost any aesthetic, turning the drab interiors and bare walls of an office suite into something unique and vibrant.

3. Safety & ADA Compliance

Suite signs help promote workplace safety through better awareness of working locations by employees and visitors alike, as well as the location of exits, fire alarms, and emergency equipment.

In addition, there are benefits to keeping track of who is in which offices from a safety standpoint too. For instance, office suite signage allows you to easily identify which office someone is in if they don’t come to a meeting point during a real evacuation or drill.

4. Wayfinding Solutions

At the end of the day, every office is a place of business. Most office suites have several doors, making it easy for people to get lost – even if they are familiar with the building. For instance, if customers come in for a meeting, they can find the right conference room easily.

5. Save Money Especially When Changes Happen

Office suite signs

Office suite signs are cost-effective and take up very little space; making them perfect for small to medium businesses. They reinforce your brand, while also presenting an inexpensive form of advertising for your company, which can increase exposure.

Lastly, when a new tenant comes in there are minimal costs for adding them since all you have to do is create a new plaque.

Dave’s Signs for Your Custom Office Suite Signage

  • As you can see, interior signs are perfect to indicate the location and main features of different departments within an office suite or commercial building. The professionals at Dave Signs have been utilizing interior signs in various ways from security purposes to being cost-effective and simple wayfinding tools. You can contact us at (805) 641-1387 and let us design and install your next Interior Signage today! Alternatively, you can use our online form for a free quote or answer any questions you have.

Channel Letters 101 – What You Need to Know to Select Yours

Channel Letter signs are an impactful type of sign that has been around since the 1920s. Since then, they’ve functioned as an excellent way to advertise your business and generate more revenue. Additionally, you can see them from a long distance, which is perfect for businesses with large signage. If you are looking to increase the visibility of your business, Channel Letters might be the best option for you! Therefore, if you are shopping for Channel Letter Signage, this article will give you some insight into how to choose them for your building facade.

What are Channel Letters?

Exterior Channel Letter Sign – Red Brick Pizza

Channel letters are a type of commercial signage that adorns the exterior of many businesses. They consist of a graphic element with an individual structure and bold letters that are mounted in a way that gives them a striking, three-dimensional effect. Also, there are four main pieces to channel letters: The face, the return, the backing and the lighting element(s) if the sign has illumination.

They can be made from aluminum, steel or acrylic which typically means they’re rugged and affordable. Channel letters can either be illuminated or non-illuminated, but the bold lettering is striking either way. They can be illuminated by lights either internally (LEDs) or externally with LED lighting fixtures mounted to the back of the letters. Dave Signs also illuminates Channel Letters this way with neon lighting.

Where You Typically See Channel Letter Signs

Ganas Channel Letter Pole Sign

Channel Letter signs for GANAS Auto in Oxnard, CA.Channel letters are typically installed on the front of a building, or high up on buildings that don’t have convenient space for them. For example, pole-mounted channel letter signs stand tall in retail locations where there is not much room for installation.

We created the two Channel Letter Signs for GANAS Auto above. Their storefront sign can attract people passing nearby, and the pole sign can attract motorists from far away.

Other places you can commonly see Channel Letters are on Monument Signs… 

Star of CA Channel Letters in Ventura, CA.
Star of CA Illuminated Monument Sign with Channel Letters in Ventura, CA. at dusk.

and on Indoor Signs.

Honey Cup Illuminated Indoor Channel Letter Sign
Honey Cup illuminated Indoor Channel Letter Sign.

Why Channel Letters?

Building awareness for your brand is important for your business’s success. Likewise, 59% of consumers say that they would rather buy new products from brands that are familiar to them.

In addition, Channel Letters are a popular choice among many grocery stores, retailers and restaurants wanting to enhance their brand recognition. You can see Channel Letter Signs used by chains and national brands since they are often a very effective part of promoting brand awareness.

The Four Basic Types of Channel Letters

The main difference between channel letters is the type of illumination they use. Of course, you are free to choose letters with or without lighting, as well as which kind of lighting element you want. There are four basic types of channel letters you need to familiarize yourself with as a CEO, solopreneur or decision-maker: Front-lit, Halo-lit, Front/Back-lit and Open Face.

Let’s look closely at the four basic types of channel letters:

1. Front-Lit: This type is the most common. LED bulbs or neon lights light the face of each channel letter. Because of the materials used, this option is extremely customizable.

Yolanda's Front-Lit Channel Letter Signage
Yolanda’s Front-Lit Channel Letter Signage.

2. Halo-Lit: For sign projects that require a unique and distinguished look or brand image, you can’t beat Halo-Lit. Illumination for halo-lit channel letters comes from behind the letter. However, they do not have a face and cast halos of light around each letter.

Halo-Lit Channel Letter Sign
3. Front/Back-Lit: This type of signage combines front-lit letter channel letter with halo-lit. The result looks pretty fancy, too. For instance, if you are considering a sign with a red illuminated face and white halo effect, this option really pops.

Front Lit Back Lit
4. Open Face: The back and sides of the pen-lit channel letters are aluminum. Neon lights versus LEDs typically illuminate these signs, too. Additionally, the sign face either has no sign face or is clear so that the exposed neon light inside can shine through.

Finneys - Projecting blade sign -open face neon lit channel letter
Finneys projecting Blade Sign with open face neon-lit channel lettering.

Mounting Options for Channel Letter Signs

When purchasing a channel letter signage, you decide the type of mount you need. Channel letters have three main mounting options: the raceway mount, flush mount and backer mount.

    • Raceway Mount: Many property managers often request that channel letters be mounted atop a raceway. Raceways are containers that neatly and safely holds the electrical components (wires, power supply, etc.) for the individual letters. A raceway also alleviates the # of holes drilled, too. We typically paint raceways so they match the hue of the sign band or storefront. This technique also ensures that it blends well with brand guidelines and the surrounding architecture.
    • Direct Mount: This mount is the most common. And it gets its name because the letters mount directly to the building’s face. Housing for the power source and electrical wiring is behind the bulkhead wall with this option. For Back-Lit letters, separation from the surface comes from standoff spacers.
    • Backer Mount: This mount is more common for illuminated channel letters. This option sees the channel letters attached through a pre-made opening in the building’s frontage or mounted atop the backer board. The electrical hardware and power supply are contained within the backer cabinet or situated behind the facade or bulkhead wall.

AES Channel Letter Sign

Next Steps for Getting Your Channel Letter Signage

There you go! Now you know the basics of channel letter signage. The next step we recommend is consulting with a custom sign professional like Dave’s Signs. We have experts on staff who can create commercial signage for your business that will help you stand out from the rest of the clutter. With 20+ years of being the top choice for the design, fabrication, and installation of distinctive signs and graphics, you can trust our suggestions!

Why Choose Dave’s Signs for Your Channel Letter Signs? 

Dave Signs services clients here in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties; and Nationwide. We know the local zoning ordinances that regulate the size, illumination and projection of Channel Letter Signs. Also, we have extensive experience meeting landlord’s and property management requirements for signage. 

If you would like to know more about our Channel Letter Signs or other high-quality products and services we offer, please get in touch with us at (805) 641-1387. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form for a quick quote.

Mexican Restaurant Sign Styles that Get Your Business Noticed

Mexican restaurants, with their spicey and deliciously flavored foods, put us in a festive mood. Meanwhile, California has the highest number of Mexican Restaurants in the United States. In fact,  industry reports put the numbers at nearly 75,000 for 2021. With that much competition comes the need for commercial signage that sets you apart from the rest. However, what’s the best way to do this? To answer that, we’ve put together a guide of Mexican restaurant sign styles that help get your business noticed.

Channel Letter Signs – El Dorado

El Dorado Mexican Restaurant Channel Letter Sign

The legend of El Dorado and its treasures enticed the Spanish Conquistadors to come to Mexico and South America to find it. Likewise, diners today are lured to the popular El Dorado Mexican Restaurant by their densely packed menu of all the usual tasty suspects and the bold & gold channel letter sign on the building’s facade.

 Neon Restoration Sign – Pepe’s 

Pepes Neon Sign Restoration

California has a rich history when it comes to Mexican restaurants and culture. Amazingly, several of these eating spots are still owned by descendants of the original owners. Unfortunately, as time passes by, these nostalgic and beautiful signs fall into disrepair. When they do, sign companies restore them to their original glory. The beautiful neon sign Dave Signs restored for Pepe’s is an excellent example of this.

Illuminated Sign – Beach House Tacos

The theme is sunny beaches and to-die-for tacos at Beach House Tacos in Ventura, CA. Additionally, beachgoers who wonder what good seafood and other fare await them inside are guided there by the bold, Illuminated Sign.  Barn lighting illuminates eye-catching dimensional letters and gives them a drop shadow effect.

Made to Last – Spencer Mackenzie’s

Spencer Makenzie's Neon Sign

Spencer Makenzie’s, like Beach House Tacos, offers Mexican food oceanside. Of course, the sea spray can be tough on any beachside sign. Therefore, a rugged design is a must-have. Dave’s Signs creates beachfront signs that can withstand the surrounding ocean elements, while still grabbing passerby’s attention.

Grand Opening – Fast Food Mexican Restaurant Sign for Lalo’s Jr

Fast Food Mexican Sign

Grand openings can be exciting, and Mexican food devotees often can’t wait to try out the new offerings. The Mexican restaurant sign we created for Lalo’s Jr.’s Fast Food Restaurant’s opening is as varied and colorful as their menu.

Contact Dave’s Signs for Your Mexican Restaurant Sign

For over 20 years, Dave Signs creates attention-grabbing, custom signage.  locally here in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties; and Nationwide. To find out more about beautiful Mexican restaurant signage we can provide your business, please get in touch with us at (805) 641-1387. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form for a quick quote.

Professional Custom Signs Promote and Make Your Business Unique

Many design elements make a commercial sign a hit, including eye-catching color, font, and contrast. Meanwhile, professional custom signs bring together all the characteristics of great signage in a way that no off-the-shelf sign can. Here are some excellent ways that nicely-done custom signs promote and make your business unique.

#1: Custom Signs Give Visibility to Your Brand

Unfortunately, run-of-the-mill signage does not put your brand in the right light. Building a brand people recognize is best laid at the feet of expert signmakers who design professional custom signs. One of the simplest and most common ways to grab attention and grant visibility is by designing your custom sign with a dynamic logo and other interactive elements.

#2: High-Quality Professional Custom Signs Increase Foot Traffic

According to a survey conducted by FedEx Office, high-quality signs increase foot traffic and make people want to come inside. The survey found that 8 in 10 people said they had entered a business or store they had never been to before, merely based on its signs. That’s nearly 76%! Of course, the brilliant sign design needed for this effect is hard to capture with the ho-hum approach of generic signs.

#3: The Right Amount of Signs Keep You Competitive

Professional Custom Signs at Topper's Pizza

Can you believe the absence of a sign will deter customers from entering your store? It will, and if you are wondering what the magic number of signage is, it’s around 2-3 signs around the storefront. Additionally, you can amp up storefront signage appeal with contrasting colors. In fact, black and white can impart one of the strongest contrasts. But, while fonts can create distinctive contrast, don’t go overboard with them and decrease your sign’s legibility and aesthetics.

#4: Good Kerning Gives Symmetry & Unique Looks

Kerning is a type of negative space, and it is where letters are close or far apart. Letters spaced too closely or too far apart define bad kerning. Kerning that is subpar is pretty hard on the eyes and screams unprofessionalism.

Nevertheless, it works well on promoting things such as homemade lemonade stands for kids and side-of-the-road fruit & vegetable stands – both of which typically feature charming handmade scribbled letters and misspellings on their signs.

That being said, it’s important to use good kerning to promote your business, especially when it comes to Channel Letter and Dimensional Letter Signs. The assorted good kerning and font styles we did for the Beach House Fish Dimensional Letter Sign above really looks professional, has great symmetry and overall appeal.

Promote Your Business with Dave’s Signs

Dave’s Signs specializes in Design, Fabrication, Installation, Service & Repair of beautiful custom signs. To find out more about our company serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties; and Nationwide, please call us at (805) 641-1387 Alternatively, you can fill out our online form for a quote.

 

Why Wayfinding Signs are Mission Critical to Your Business

Wayfinding Signs are pretty much mission-critical to your business. Professionally designed, they direct visitors and residents, allowing them to easily find their way around your property. On the other hand, if you own a building like a warehouse or construction site, this special type of business sign can keep things organized and safe for building inhabitants. What follows are a few exterior and interior Wayfinding Signs Dave’s Signs have created for our clients.

Exterior Signage: Monument Signs

Effective Wayfinding Signs keep a consistent degree of on-point branding. Another characteristic they must have is being informative and recognizable, without being too busy. This is especially true for exterior Monument Signs. For example, visiting motorists reading the sign we created Cabrillo Business Park should easily be able to discern which way to go in this business park.

Interior Signage: Distribution Center Signs

Distribution centers are fast-moving. Employees at these DCs depend on clear and concise Wayfinding Signs to quickly find and pick their products. It’s hard to tell by looking at this picture, but inventory in warehouses can become disorganized in no time. Therefore, good wayfinding strategies are needed, and we work with companies to decide how many signs are appropriate and where they can most effectively be located.

Wayfinding Signs in a warehouse

Parking Lot and Garage Signs

Visitors typically don’t have time to navigate confusing levels, corridors, and puzzling hallways. Parking lot and garage signs give clear visuals and instructions that help control the flow of traffic and help people find their way. Here are a few we can provide to your business:

    • Directional Signs: Directional signs provide directions towards a parking lot, garage, or a few distinct areas of the space. We have products with arrows that point in different directions.
    • Parking Spot Signs: Parking spot signs assign a precise identifying number to every spot, which is handy when you want to manage traffic.
    • Driving Directional Signs – Signs like ‘Keep Right’ or ‘This Way to…’ etc., provide directions to drivers, ensuring they can move around the lot without issues.
    • Handicap – Most public establishments have separate spaces for disabled people. Handicap signs mark these spaces and provide clear instructions.
    • No Parking & Reserved Signs – These are placed in areas where no parking is allowed. You can choose options like ‘No Parking at Any Time’ or ‘No Overnight Parking.’  On the other hand, reserved signs keep unauthorized people from parking where they shouldn’t.

Find Your Way with Dave’s Signs

Dave’s Signs makes clear and consistent signage that makes our client’s property navigatable to their occupants and visitors. You can contact us online or call us at (805) 641-1387 for more information about our Wayfinding Signs and other high-quality products.

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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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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