Some sign shops just plain refuse to listen to your ideas. Or, they have an in-house graphic designer that they insist you must use, even if you have your own talented guy or gal on staff. Specialty Graphic Solutions is more flexible than that. We regularly work with the region’s top graphic artists. This was true when we recently helped out Western Energy Institute by fabricating lobby signs in Portland, Oregon.
What’s Western Energy Institute?
Located on Southwest 5th Avenue in Portland, the Western Energy Institute facilitates direct connections between natural gas and electric industry professionals. They orchestrate and lay the groundwork for discussions to foster dialogues and collaboration between professionals. Members receive access to collaboration, networking, training, and educational opportunities. Basically, they’re like OkCupid for energy industry professionals, only without the making out (we assume): they build business relationships.
A Little about Ryan Mowery
Now that you know about Western Energy Institute, we gotta tell you that we weren’t really working directly for them on this awesome sign. Instead, this project came to us from Ryan Mowery. Ryan, or “RyMow” as the cool kids call him, is a diverse graphic designer in Portland with experience in information architecture, brand identity, web, art direction, content strategy, mobile, and overall UX (that’s “user experience”) design.
Over the last few years, SGS has worked with Ryan on a couple of projects. For this latest project, he wanted us to bring his idea to life. Even though we can create some pretty groovy graphic designs in-house, we also love to work with various graphic designers to create stunning lobby signs. The sign for Western Energy Institute was one of those collaborative projects.
What We Did for RyMow and Western Energy
Ryan knew exactly what he wanted and was able to provide us with the specifications in a way that was easy for us to get right down to work. We started with a huge ¼” thick clear acrylic panel. We then used a CNC router to create a 51" diameter round piece. The printed graphics went directly onto the back side of the acrylic using a state of the art large format digital printer. We did this so you can look through the sign to see the logo. Finally, we polished up the edges.
The installation of this sign was a little unique because the mounting hardware is incorporated into the design. The white standoff mounting hardware is positioned so that it’s on the four “dots” in the design, which hides it from view. This makes it appear as if the sign is floating off the wall: a very clean and sophisticated appearance.
In the end, everyone involved felt lots of good karma and energy about completing another great looking sign!
Let SGS Help You Look Your Best
Whether you need a new lobby sign, window graphics, fleet graphics, or anything else, we can help you out. We can take care of every step of the process from working with your graphic designer or some other local talent to fabricating and installing your marker.
Get the ball rolling by contacting the mighty sign makers at SGS today!