When you hear the word architecture naturally you think of the physical three dimensional components of a space. When we look at architectural signage the same rings true. Traditionally this includes dimensional signs or sign systems that portray brand identification or provides way finding within a building or facility. Typically custom produced with a high degrees of detail, many times including elements and/or materials of the surrounding environment.
Architectural signage varies from commercial signage because of its custom design, higher end materials and intentional cohesiveness with the surrounding space. Typically done through design queues that match materials, shapes and colors of the interior décor. Details such as fastening or mounting systems are hidden, seams are avoided whenever possible and materials are typically more durable than commercial signs.
On the other hand, commercial signs are typically molded plastic or less expensive materials compared to architectural signs. They are not quite as detailed as architectural signage as the intent is to be viewed from a distance. Exposed fasteners and seams are usually acceptable for commercial signage.
How do I know what type of signage I need?
Architectural signage has four key features:
- Matches the architectural features surrounding the sign
- Clearly communicates wayfinging messages
- Includes the customers brand identity
- Higher end materials and methods of construction
Commercial signage has three key features:
- Usually massed produced for high volume considerations (i.e. exit signs)
- Less detailed features, these signs many times are vacuum formed or molded plastic which reduces the ability for customization.
- Lower life expectancy than Architectural signage.
Obviously an architectural sign will be more expensive than the commercial sign options. While commercial signs are somewhat standardized and readily available, architectural signs usually go through a custom design and fabrication process. That is what makes this style sign really stand out and make a statement about a business. Utilizing similar materials and design queues from the physical space where the sign will be located, these signs are designed to blend into the environment.
Architectural signs require an understanding of the space where the sign will reside as well as a high attention to detail. These signs are intended to be viewed up close and portray the essence of your business. That is what makes Paramount Signs your only choice for Architectural signs. Our experience and design expertise separates us from the others. We take the time to evaluate the space, create a design that can be produced with a high level of detail and quality that clients will notice.
If you need an architectural sign for your space, give the experts at Paramount Signs a call. Remember, “getting you noticed is Paramount”