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The 5 Most Popular Office Signs. Number 3 is a MUST!

Office SignsIt’s sometimes intimidating trying to find the ideal office signs for your business given the amount of options from which to choose.  You first have to pick the right sign frames and then you have to decide what type of inserts to use.  I thought I would take some of the more frequently ordered signs and briefly describe why I believe most people tend to gravitate towards them.  I’ll also take a few minutes afterwards to talk about Vista System office signage in general, including the features common across the entire product line which may help further explain why customers like these particular sign frames.

  1. WFFP2U    – Dimensions 3″H x 5.25″W.
  2. WFFP16U  – Dimensions 6″H x 6″W
  3. WFFP17U  – Dimensions 6″H x 6″W with a 2″ ADA header
  4. WFP1U      – Dimensions 2″H x 4″W
  5. WFP84U    – Dimensions 11″H x 8.5″W

The WFFP2U is the smallest and most economical of the flat product line.  The WFFP16U sign frame is one of the more popular office signs because it’s ideally sized for insert content with an attractive price point.  The WFFP17U is identical to the 16U but is a two-part sign frame with a two-inch ADA header.  The flat portrait office signs in general have become increasingly popular for the above reasons.

The WFP1U is the most cost effective of the office door signs.  Unlike the other three listed so far, the WFP1U is from the curved product line.  Since the curved line is LEED certified I believe this may be another contributing factor to the curved line popularity.  Finally, the WFP84U sign frames accommodate 8.5 x 11 letter-size inserts which make it an ideal solution for the do-it-yourself-er.

Overall I believe people choose office signs from Vista System because they are competitively priced, aesthetically pleasing and most importantly, are extremely easy to maintain.  There are others too but maintaining your office door signs, for example, can be very costly downstream due to promotions, attrition, etc. By using paper inserts you can print new office door signs in minutes for a fraction of the cost of having to call your local sign company.

If you would like a free sample please let us know and we’ll send you one just for the asking.  We value your business and opinions so please comment on our blog or any of our other social channels.

18 Essential Railway Sign Frames

Sign FramesVista System produces a wide variety of both interior and exterior sign frames specifically designed for train stations or railway systems.  This includes everything from wayfinding signs for lobbies, to platform signage and parking signs all the way down to directory and restroom signs.

Here are 18 essential railway sign frames that every station or rail system should have.  We’ve omitted the pictures and detail of the following signs from this post but we’d be happy to send you the link if you contact us for this information.

  1. Station Name
  2. Platform Number
  3. Train Schedule
  4. Advertisements
  5. Digital Information Sign
  6. Exit Signage
  7. Railway Map
  8. Central Station Wayfinding Sign
  9. Restroom Signs
  10. Wayfinding Suspended Sign
  11. Price List Directory Sign
  12. Tickets Cashier
  13. Train Route Illuminated Map
  14. Wayfinding Flag Sign
  15. Long Term Parking
  16. Disabled Parking
  17. Route Map
  18. No Smoking

With the Vista System Modular Curved Frame Technology (MCFT) and full suite of sign frame products available almost any type and size of sign can be fabricated.  Given that all frames are built to order, Vista System effectively provides custom signs with “off the shelf” frame prices.  The extrusions accommodate a wide variety of insert materials and thicknesses which make matching interior or exterior color schemes or existing sign programs simple.

As noted above, we have tons of pictures and details surrounding this railway signage so please reach out to us.  If you would like to see a sample to experience the quality of the product first hand let us know and we’ll send you a free sign frame just for the asking.  Click on the blue “get a free frame” bubble and we’ll get it in the mail.

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5 Considerations in Using Flag Signs versus Corner Signs

Flag SignsFlag signs and corner signs both serve the wayfinding space extremely well.  It should be noted that both types of office signs can support wayfinding on both corner and hallway applications however, flag signs tend to be the sign frame of choice on hallways and corridors while corner signs are preferred on intersecting walls. So what are some of the considerations that come into play using one versus the other?  Our top 5 would be as follows:

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Height Limitations
  3. Cost
  4. Vandal Resistance
  5. Installation

Aesthetics – Some people simply prefer the cleaner, lower-profile look that the corner signs exhibit versus the higher profile, projecting look of the flag signs.  It’s clearly a personal preference but because they are modular it’s very common to use them in conjunction with one another.

Height Limitations – Buildings with drop ceilings or older buildings in general may provide vertical challenges when it comes to choosing the right sign frame.  On intersecting walls, the corner frames are the safer bet over the projecting frames as they lie flush against the wall.  On hallways, choose a smaller frame such as the FSF1U or landscape-oriented projecting sign frame to minimize vertical interference.

Cost – The cost of both types of office signs vary based on size.  Choose the proper size frame based on the line of sight.  For example, for most interior office space you’re safe with any size sign because you’ll be able to see it clearly within 50 feet or so.  For exterior applications where the sign needs to be visible at a distance, please consult a letter visibility chart to determine the size of sign you’ll need.  The minimum letter height required for a sign viewed at 100 feet is 4″ for example, so your content should drive the size of sign frame needed at that distance.  Both types of frames accommodate paper inserts so it’s inexpensive if you go the paper route to sign your building.

Vandal Resistance – Interior office signs are rarely vandalized compared to those installed outside.  Since wayfinding signs in general are installed high enough for people to see the height of the sign frame itself is definitely a deterrent.  Mounting surface and mounting method are other areas which can help mitigate vandalism.  Due to the projecting nature of flag signs it’s more likely for them to be physically loosened from their mounting surface but either sign is equally likely to be damaged with the malicious intent.

Ease of Installation – Since corner signs can be installed with double-sided tape or velcro in addition to wall anchors and screws the nod for ease of installation would go to them.  That said, both flag and corner frames can be installed in minutes using wall anchors and screws.

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Expand Your Horizons with Sign Frames from Vista System

Large Sign FramesVista System recently launched a new line of sign frames creating the best solution in the market for projects requiring extra large signage.  It’s called the Vista Expand series and consists of environmentally friendly indoor and outdoor sign frames ranging in size from 700-1400mm (27.5-55″) wide and up to 4 meters (13′) high.  The ultra modern design has a minimal curve and supports XL pylon signs (above right), landscape and portrait XL wall signs (above left) and landscape and portrait XL post and panel signs.

The portrait XL wall signs as illustrated above are a superior solution for displaying information including, but not limited to, floor maps, logo and branding imagery, floor directories, advertising space and exit routes.  Its landscape counterpart, XL landscape wall signs, are used to display wayfinding information and branding images, company name and logo, floor lists, decorative photos, advertising space and much more.

The Vista System Expand Series of sign frames, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing, are also easy to install and update.  Installation of the Vista Expand wall signs is done by simply attaching the main profile to the wall with the screws smartly hidden under the insert sheet.  The sign frames accept digital prints, vinyl and other materials to present updated information.  The replacement process if fast and easy and can be completed on-site with in-house staff.

Vista System double-sided pylon signs are extremely popular and well known for wayfinding.  Often projects call for extra large pylons making the Vista line the most attractive solution available.  Applications are varied from displaying directions outdoors to wayfinding, branding, information, images, instructions and advertising within the complex.

The XL portrait and landscape post & panel signs are often used to display information to the public including orientation maps in the mall, real estate project specification stands, terminal information posts, industrial zone directories and much more.  Because of the modular design, many variations of both types of post & panel signs are possible.

Vista Expand proves that just because they are bigger they are still flexible, easy to deliver and install as well as maintain.  We have a number of images and videos that go into much more detail than what’s included here.  Contact us and we’ll be glad to send them to you.  We hope this information was helpful as we try to keep you up to date with the latest on architectural signage throughout the industry.  Please like, share or subscribe to our blog or visit our website for other signage products.

Directory Signs with a Zero-Dollar Budget

If you’re looking to get directory signs with a zero-dollar budget it’s time to consider Vista System.  Here’s a quick video using our vertical curved directory signage to illustrate the point.

All to often people purchase office signs, directory signs included, without thinking about what happens when changes are needed later on.  Tenants leave, tenants come, names change and so on, all which warrant changes to your office signs.  Replacing individual name plates for your directory signs can not only get expensive but can also take some time.  That responsive sign company that initially installed all the office signs in your suite is not so responsive when you need just one or two additional name plates added. The good news, as illustrated in the video, is that you can design and print paper name plates for your directory signs in minutes AND you don’t have to budget for it.  If you have MS-Word or similar desktop software, a printer and some paper you can truly have designer-quality paper name plates without any delay and with no additional cost (excluding the paper and ink of course).

If you wanted to spend a little money to upgrade your office signs consider buying some specialty paper at your local card shop or office supplies store.  Parchment, marbled or even gloss or semi-gloss paper will make a huge difference in your paper name plates when displayed in the sign frame.  The cost is nothing compared to what you’d have to pay for acrylic, PVC or even vinyl material for those same frames.

What is illustrated in this video regarding paper inserts for these vertical curved directory signs holds true for the entire line of Vista System products.  Our How-To section is a great resource with step-by-step instructions on how to print paper inserts for your Vista frames.  Please comment on this blog or visit our channel for more information on the various office signs available.

Sign Frame Installation – Tape and Velcro

Sign frame installation using tape or Velcro is fast and easy with these step-by-step instructions.

This short video shows how easy it is to prep and mount your sign frame with double-sided, very high bond (VHB) tape however, you’d follow the same process in mounting your sign frames with either double-sided foam tape (mild adhesive) or Velcro (hook and loop).  In addition, this process would be used across the entire line of Vista System products including directory signs, door signs, office signs and poster frames.

Here’ are the step-by-step instructions:

1. Apply the tape or Velcro to the back of the sign frame
2. Remove the vinyl backing from the tape or Velcro strip
3. Level and mount your sign

Please make sure to test your surface prior to installation.  The tape is ideal for installing your sign frames on smooth surfaces and is intended to be permanent.  The VHB tape has more aggressive adhesive than its foam counterpart yet both are sufficient to install both office and directory signs.  Also, please consult your local building codes for mounting height specifications prior to installation.

Small office signs, cubicle signs or sign frames that might move frequently are better suited for Velcro.  All sign frames can be ordered with the tape or Velcro already cut and applied to the frame to expedite the installation process. However, if you’d prefer to do it yourself, especially if you’re installing a large number of office signs at once, you can purchase the tape or Velcro at your local hardware store, office superstore or online to save some money.

We hope you enjoyed the video.  If you would like additional product information or alternatives to tape or Velcro sign frame installation please visit our video channel.  We welcome your comments so please share or subscribe to our blog.

Directory Signs – Go Big or Go Home!

Multi-panel directory signs are the preferred choice for large office buildings or buildings with room for expansion.  Typically used as building directory signs, these versatile sign holders can also be used as menu boards, directional signs or wayfinding signs.  They’re available with flat and curved profiles and be used for both interior and exterior signage applications.

The flat profile directory signs, such as the DF34U, consist of three portrait-oriented directories with one landscape-oriented header.  However, the curved profile directory signs, like the D36U, have two horizontal curved directories with one vertical curved header.  The entire line of Vista office signs are built to order so if you need custom sizes, including the number of panels per sign frame or the size of the frame itself, we can accommodate your requirements.  This is especially advantageous with menu boards or similar sign holders where unanticipated space is needed.

On the topic of menu boards and sign holders, these multi-panel sign frames accommodate a wide variety of insert materials.  Paper is the most popular since you can print the inserts yourself in minutes.  It’s fast, economical and you don’t have to wait for the local sign company to get them done.  If you have existing office signs in place which utilize engraved, acrylic, vinyl, PVC or comparable materials, the Vista multi-panel directory signs can accommodate them all effectively blending into the existing sign program.

The frames come in three elegant anodized aluminum finishes; brushed silver, black and gold.  There are metal end caps to match or choose from grey or black plastic to complement your existing color scheme.

We hope you found the video and this article useful and informative.  For more information on Vista office signs and installation options please visit our channel for helpful how-to videos.  We also ask you to comment or subscribe to our blog.

 

Restroom Signs Made Simple – See for Yourself

restroom signsHere’s an example of restroom signs made simple with a photo sent in by one of our recent customers, Luc.  I’ve also included a photo of one of the office signs he sent in, which in combination, were installed throughout their offices.

First, the restroom signs.  Luc chose the WFP34U frame for all the restroom signs throughout their space.  This particular sign frame has the brushed silver finish with grey plastic end caps and grey divider strips.  The sign frame measures 8″h x 6″w with a 2″ ADA header/footer.  The WFP34U along with the rest of the Vista office signs support a wide variety of insert materials including paper, acrylic, PVC, vinyl, photopolymer, metal, ADA and more.

For the door signs, office signs and conference rooms Luc chose the WFL12U sign frame.    Also in brushed silver with grey plastic end caps, they opted for paper inserts for the office signs and door signs yet the WFL12U also accommodates all the materials listed above.  The WFL12U sign frame, for reference, has a vertical curvature and is 3″h x 10″w.

Vista System products are premium, anodized aluminum sign frames and come in three elegant finishes; brushed silver as shown in the door and restroom signs above, black and gold.  End caps are available in grey and black plastic as well as the three anodized aluminum metal finishes.  Most sign frames are available with both plastic and metal options while some have one or the other.

Vista System is the preferred choice of sign professionals world-wide.  The curved line is LEED certified for projects requiring sustainable sign solutions.  Vista also provides custom sizes without the incremental cost factor typically applied to non-standard products as all frames are built to order.

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Directory Signs – Flat Landscape for Directional & Wayfinding

Directory signs with the flat, landscape orientation are typically used as interior office signs including directional signs, directory boards and in various wayfinding applications.  The flat landscape directory signs accommodate interior and exterior sign applications and provide navigation and traffic control within your building or office complex.

Wayfinding, by definition, encompasses all of the ways people orient themselves in a physical space and navigate from place to place.  More recently, wayfinding has been used in the context of architecture in reference to the experience of orientation and choosing a path within a built environment.  Directory signs, when used in a lobby for example, provide the information necessary to get the customer or client to their appropriate destination.  This is the most common use for these type of frames.

There’s also the other aspect of wayfinding which entails traffic control.  When used in hallways or corridors or upon exiting an elevator these directory signs become directional signs, typically with directional arrows, providing a clear path within or among buildings.

Vista’s modular line of office signage provides extreme flexibility from a design and implementation standpoint.  First, all flat landscape directory signs are built to order so custom sizes are expected without having the exponential cost factor applied to non-cataloged frames.  Second, because the landscape-oriented office signage is installed as individual panels, architects and designers have become extremely creative in their designs for directional signs by staggering the frames as well as creating complete murals across the grouping.  Combined with the various types of materials the frames can accommodate, they become interior design features versus simple office signage.

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Sign Frame Installation – Wall Anchors & Screws

Sign frame installation for Vista System products is fast and easy and just one of the reasons why sign professionals around the world choose them.  This video clip illustrates how to install one of our 8.5 x 11 letter-size office signs using wall anchors and screws but the same method holds for directory signs, door signs and poster frames.  Take a look.

As you can see, installing your sign frames can be done in a matter of minutes and only requires a level and an electric drill.  Here’s a quick recap of the process:

Step 1: Level Your Sign Frame
Step 2: Mark Your Holes
Step 3: Set the Wall Anchors and Screws
Step 4: Add the Paper Insert and Acrylic Lens

Keep in mind that installing your sign frames with wall anchors and screws is meant to be permanent.  So, if you intend to move your office signs or directory signs frequently, or at all, other mounting options should be considered.  Also, consult your local building codes and regulations for mounting height requirements before installing your sign frames.

Because of the various surfaces in which you can mount your sign frame, the frames are not shipped with the mounting hardware.  Common wall anchors and screws can be purchased at your local hardware store based on your specific mounting needs.

One other point to note.  The WFP84U office sign used in this video illustrates the use of a paper insert with a clear acrylic lens.  By far, paper inserts are the preferred choice from a maintenance perspective from a cost and turnaround standpoint since you can do it yourself.  However, Vista System office signs support a variety of materials in addition to paper including acrylic, ADA, vinyl, photopolymer and many others.

Please comment on our video or visit our channel for more information on Vista System products.