5 Different Types of Signs and Their Applications

Different kinds of signsSigns are an essential part of business. They promote, advertise, and bring awareness to stores, organizations, and issues. Design of All Kinds can create custom clothing, awards, and much more for the Portland metro area. Custom signs are one of our signature items, and we have over a dozen varieties for any situation you might need. Each type of sign has a particular usage, and it’s important to know the differences between them before you make a decision on which one will be best for you.

Basic Signs

A-Frame Signs

A-Frame signs, also known as sandwich signs, work well for outdoor marketing. At county fairs, bazaars, and markets, having an eye-catching sign beside your stand can be a great way to entice customers to stop by and take a look. They can also be used to give instructions or directions, such as pointing to concert venue seating or makeshift parking lots. They’re also great for temporary warning signs such as wet floors or advising about muddy ground.

Banner Signs

One of the best ways to advertise for a business is by using banner signs. Unlike permanent signs like awning signs or dimensional signs, banner signs are easily moveable and can be set up quickly and easily. A good banner sign should be tough and durable, especially when used outdoors. They can be used year after year to promote a business or showcase your brand. Banner signs can also be used for personal use, such as corporate parties or major events. They can add flare to a graduation party or golden anniversary while being attractive and reliable

Campaign Yard Signs

During election times, campaign yard signs are found everywhere. While many generic signs are offered on a candidate’s campaign website, you might want a different version or support a lesser-known candidate. Maybe you want custom signage showing your support of dogs and their fight against vacuum cleaners. Or maybe you want to make signs for your own candidacy and want to make it stand out from the crowd. In these cases, getting a custom campaign yard sign is probably your best option.

Since campaign signs are often outdoors, it’s important to make sure the ink and sign material can handle all kinds of weather. A cheaply-made sign might fade or blow over in a storm, meaning you or your candidate lose valuable exposure during the election season. Always check for quality and durability before deciding on a campaign sign.

Corrugated Signs

Corrugated Signs are an inexpensive way to spread the word. If you need a temporary or one-time use sign, this is likely your best choice. While they generally cost less than other types of signs, having a professionally-made corrugated sign can help you stand out among the competition. They’re well-suited for city-wide garage sales and are easier to read than hand-made signs.

Usually made from plastic, it’s important to look for top-quality plastic for any signs that will be used outside, especially if you plan on using the same time multiple times. Cheap plastic can have smudges on top of your lettering that can make it difficult to read or not hold up against harsh weather.

Advanced Signs

Awning Signs

Awning signs are a good choice for storefronts or when you need to grab the attention of a large group of people at once. You can put your business logo on the sign or simply use it to show where a designated eating area is. Awning signs are large and bulky and are difficult to put up. These should only be installed by professionals that will make sure the sign is placed in a good position, that it’s straight and level, and that it’s secure and stable.

Dimensional SignsDimensional Sign

One of the most spectacular signs almost guaranteed to catch someone’s attention are dimensional signs. Unlike flat panel signs like corrugated signs and banner signs, dimensional signs are three-dimensional. These 3D signs are extremely versatile since they can work well outside or inside. Because of their numerous applications and different kinds of materials that can be used for these custom signs, they are more costly and usually needs a team to create. A quality dimensional sign requires a number of steps before being constructed.

First, the artist makes a computer rendering of the sign. This digital three-dimensional model works as a preview to show what the completed sign will look like once it is built. An advantage of digital modeling is that it is quick and easy to make fine-tuned adjustments before production so the sign appears exactly as you want it. The computer model is also able to simulate the appearance of various materials, so you won’t be surprised by the finished product.

Next, a material is chosen and a mock-up version is made. This version of the sign is usually life-sized but made from cheaper materials that will simulate the final version. Sometimes, it’s easier to notice things in actual size than on a smaller scale, and having this 1:1 version makes sure that you’ll have no regrets when your custom sign is complete.

After a decision is made from the mock-up, the sign is constructed. There are dozens of different materials that the sign can be built from, depending on your particular needs. A common option is high-density foam. This special foam is different than low-grade foam as it can withstand outdoor conditions. The foam can also be cut, designed, and painted in a variety of ways to have a high-quality yet customizable look. While an excellent choice,  foam isn’t the only option. Other possible materials include stainless steel and other metals, plastics, woods, and more.

Finally, the finished sign is installed. Since dimensional signs are costly and complex, installation should always be handled by a trained professional. This will ensure that everything fits as it should and will make sure the sign will last for years to come.

There are many more kinds of signs

While this covered some of the types of signs, it is by no means exhaustive. There are many variations of these and other types of signs that can fit any scenario you can think of. What’s important is making sure that you have the right sign for the job.