Sign & Digital Graphics

February '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2019 • 25 cast bronze is often the preferred choice with its richness and heritage and dura- bility in the weather." For outdoor uses, substrates for donor recognition displays are more limited due to exposure to the weather. The best sub- strates to use outside include cast bronze, zinc, stainless steel, wood and etched plaques, says Todd Carey, vice-president of sales and marketing for ASI | Signage Innovations. The options for indoors are more extensive, including metal, as well as laminates, acrylic, aluminum, bronze, wood, glass, vinyl, marble, quartz, archi- tectural resin panels and avonite, he says. Digital Recognition Displays The indoor and outdoor options are for static recognition systems—another option is to incorporate digital interac- tive displays into donor walls and dis- plays, providing flexibility and the abil- ity to add names and change categories, Carey says. Screens, such as L E D or projection, can be singular or multiple, changing to show different information and allow for continual updates, he says. Whatever is used, at least with mul- tiple donor recognitions, tying them together is important, Carey says. The recognitions need to coordinate in overall design, color and fonts, and any additions need to match what's already in place to make the overall look seam- less, he says. "What's important, from an archi- tectural standpoint, is that donor and signage elements tie together with the architecture of the facility," Carey says, adding that he sees 50 percent of users ask for the additional rooms, or room sign add-ons. "You may want the dimen- sional letters to match the font and colors and play off the sign of the main donor wall, for example. It's that cohesive, com- prehensive look and feel." The recognitions can include other features, such as a sculpted image of per- son or building on a plaque, Fincher says. The image often is developed by a sculp- tor, who begins with clay that is then cast into bronze or another material, he says. Another feature could be incorpo- rating environmental graphics in large- format printing to provide a backdrop or background to the design for some- thing like a donor wall, Carey says. The graphics can also include a logo, mascot or images of donors, "Environmental graphics are great for setting a mood for the people who come into that facility," Sheldon O'Byrne says. "It's like artwork, and it can be integrated into the design of the facility or donor wall or anything that you want to do." The Ordering Process Following the design process, the timeframe to fill an order depends on Environmental graphics are great for setting a mood for the people who come into that facility. JPPLUS.COM • 1-800-869-7800 Offer the look of classic, permanent cast projects to your customers at the fraction of the price! With FusionCast's patented process you simply pay for the metal you see and still get the same durability benefit of tooled bronze and brass.

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