Sign & Digital Graphics

August '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • August 2018 • 61 changeable panels, vandal cabinets, dif- ferent post designs and countless more," Curtis says. The use of aluminum allows for more design features, such as a variety of post styles like square, round or round fluted, Iyoob says. The styles can be used with a variety of post bases and finials, or orna- mental elements at the top, to create a more decorative look, he says. The final result can be more traditional or archi- tectural, he says. "We get a mixture of both types and have not seen either going out of style," Iyoob says. "With the use of CNC rout- ers, the sign panels can be cut to almost any shape providing a unique look." Other popular styles for post and panel signs include the bent-back inter- pretive design, the radius and peaked top, and slopes or waves, Freeman says. Single post systems also are popular that have manufactured bracketry and base and finial components, Schulz says. The styling can be minimalist with basic clean lines and shapes or more ornate with artistic edging and crafting, he says. "Each metal bracket is handmade to specifications with a high quality and durable powder-coated steel finish," Schulz says. "These systems are mainly used for wayfinding and walk-up entry to businesses and offices. It's hard to miss your signage and message when using these bracket systems." The size of the signage also can vary, though it will remain smaller than a highway sign. The variance is contingent, in part, on the amount and size of the copy, depend- ing on the distance from the roadway or viewing area and the distance the user wants that sign to be legible, Curtis says. Other variables that effect sign size include traffic patterns and passing vehicular speed, Freeman says. "A sign that is intended to be read up close can be quite small in size, while sig- nage intended to be viewed from a distance needs to be much larger," Freeman says. The Ordering Process Once the decisions about the size and features of the sign are made, the order is placed. The intricacy of the features, as well as the quantity and time of year for the order, will affect the timeframe for final delivery, Curtis says. Warmer months tend to be busier for orders, because post and panel signs typically require holes to be dug for the mounting, he says. "Because of this, warmer months tend to have a little longer lead time, but even still with standard post and panels, CSI can turn them around in about two weeks time," Curtis says. For a standard post and panel sign, a selection can be made and priced out of Website inquiries, online chats and email inquiries have drastically increased over the past few years. Durable Extruded Aluminum Signage System Components Modular Interchangeable Designs Custom Cabinet Shapes Decorative Post Caps Various Post Sizes and Profiles Custom Filigree Panels EXTERIOR SIGNAGE EXPERTS TOLL FREE 800-458-0591

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