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Getting the Sign Colors Right

Brand colors need to be consistent to project the full power of your marketing. An error in coloring will be noticed, whether overtly by those with discerning eyes, or subtly and even subconsciously by onlookers. On the other hand, the right colors can be associated with a specific brand even before the audience sees the logo itself.

Property sign for Brentmako, Long Island, NY

What kinds of signs do you need for your business?

There are so many types of signage that appear inside and outside of office buildings, commercial properties, hospitals and campuses. Each one gives an impression to all who work and visit there. What is your property signage saying? Let’s look at a few of the many ways your signage can help give your property appeal – or turn your visitors away.

Installation of custom-branded changeable letter sign

Changeable Letter Sign For Dairy Queen

Franchisees need precision in following specifications to assure that their signage is exactly aligned with brand requirements. In Dairy Queen’s case, it means Lexan sign faces with translucent black vinyl and faithful renders of their their logos and brand. The changeable letter sign has rails so the backlit lettering can be easily swapped out depending […]

How big should the letters in a sign be?

Legibility and Color Combinations Help Make Your Messages Seen

Signs are how a business or establishment conveys its branding to the world and attracts potential customers. Done right, a good sign will project a brand to new heights of visibility and contribute to a bustling business. Done wrong, a bad sign will undermine a brand, diminish people’s confidence in a business or just do nothing to promote it, resulting in tepid or even lessened sales.

Salon signs, window treatments, wall treatments, gold vinyl

Privacy Window Treatment for The Valon Salon in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Beauty services need beautiful signage, like this privacy window treatment we provided for The Valon Salon. The Hauppauge establishment had their salon windows enhanced with a coating of highly reflective, double gold metallicized vinyl. What results is signage that stands out with its strategic placement – a real plus in the competitive Long Island salon ecosystem. […]

custom signs, logo signs, window signs, salon signs, sign consultation

“Custom” Means Exactly The Sign You Need

We need to have a feel for our clients and what their business is all about. What do they do and what are their customers looking for? What makes them different? What “culture” are they trying to convey through their signage? This is one of the subtler parts of the sign making process, where the art and craft connects with customer service. Only then can we focus on the particulars.

Outdoor signs, event signage, sponsor banners, baseball signs

Banners for Village of Islandia Baseball Field

Banners are light and easy to store and transport, they’re not fragile at all and they’re reusable to boot. They work for all sorts of events, from sports to festivals and fairs. They’re also great for trade expos and exhibits that occur indoors.

Interior logo graphics installation

Corporate Logos For A&E Networks, New York City

The Unseen Value In Signage A&E Networks is a leading global entertainment brand based in midtown Manhattan. With internationally renowned cable and satellite channels such as History, Lifetime, FYI and Viceland, they needed an exceptional level of quality in their corporate logo signage to extend the imprimatur of their brand to the staff and guests […]

metallic lobby sign

Lobby Sign for Straight Line Source in Uniondale, NY

Great signage isn’t just a matter of appearances, its a matter of identity. A company’s branding has to be visible, but it also has to present the company’s identity impressively. Doubly so when it’s a logo sign in the business’ own lobby.

Vinyl Backdrop for outdoor concert

Event Signage For Camp Kinderland Arts Festival

Well thought-out event signage is a critical part of what makes an event successful. Sponsor branding needs to be visible to have an impact, to build association between the sponsor and the cause.

Event banner for Hauppauge High School Robotics

Making Your Events Memorable Through Signage

Consider banners commemorating the reason for the gathering. A “Step And Repeat” photo backdrop, containing logos of the sponsoring organization or sponsors is a must for guests to be able to create their own mementoes, or to assure the right publicity. Custom printed table throws, easel signage, and posters are all elements to consider.

Truck Graphics

5 Clues You’ve Picked The Right Sign Company For Your Vehicle Graphics Project

If you’ve been thinking of a full wrap for your Mobile Salon RV, branding your car, tricking out your motorcycle, or outfitting your fleet of box trucks – we’ve got some helpful tips for you. We’ve heard too many sad stories from our customers about ways they’ve been burned by other companies. So how do […]

Vehicle wrap

Street Wise Branding: Six Ways Vehicle Wraps Accelerate Sales.

Advertising your business on your car, truck or van generates an average of 600 impressions per mile driven. In heavy traffic and on busy roads, that number is easily quadrupled! Not to mention the additional awareness it generates while parked at your facility or customers’ locations. With advancements in materials science, and availability of latex printing technologies, vehicle graphics […]

Routed and Carved Sign Panels Make a Lasting Impression

After creating beautiful sandblasted plaques for their Administration Building, High School and podiums, the Malverne UFSD administration brought Signwave back to recognize their Middle School, Intermediate School and Elementary School for being awarded “Blue Ribbon” status….We created a similar design for all three schools to assure a unified look to their district.

sand blast stencil

Sandblasted Signs For Schools – What A Relief!

Sandblasting is one of several techniques used to create beautiful dimensional signs that can stand up to the elements. For this project, a block of High Density Urethane (HDU) was sawn and routed to size and shape. A vinyl mask was created to block off those areas not to be abraded by the blasting material, and the material (“sand”) was selected to provide the proper texture and density.

lobby sign

Is Dimensional Signage Right For Your Lobby?

The most popular option for lobby signs is to render the logo with dimensional letters and logo shapes. These can be fabricated from acrylic, PVC, metal, wood or various other materials. They can have various finishes – gloss or matte, metallic or clear, wood grain. The dimensional characters can be mounted flush to the wall, on spacers, or mounted to a backer panel made of a variety of material and shape choices. If your company logo includes thin, delicate lines, there are still dimensional options available. Logos can be routed, engraved or carved in relief – on metal, wood, acrylic or PVC.

grand “lightning” logo rendered spectacularly in window perf

Signage Speaks Volumes for a Distributor in Islandia NY

Wall Wraps, Window Graphics, Lobby Signs, Illuminated Indoor Signs, Wall Textures, Interior Design

Door signs for both wayfinding and information at Long Island location.

Multi-Purpose Signs: Visibility and Wayfinding

If you have multiple entrances to your building, consult with Signwave of Suffolk County to find ways to make sure you are visible to the neighborhood and make sure that everyone knows which entrance to use.

Custom street signs

Custom Street Signs Enhance Community Aesthetics

Country Pointe, a distinctive Long Island community, needed to replace street signs that were faded and illegible at worst; pedestrian at best. The Board Of Directors was looking not just to replace the signage but to upgrade the look and feel of the suburban landscape. By the time they found Signwave, they were nearly exasperated. It had been hard to find a sign company that would take their vision seriously.

Using color to identify subsidiaries in dimensional lettering

Building Client Confidence Through Office Signs

When the financial services organization The WizdomOne Group was moving into a new office suite in Islandia, New York, they wanted to create a reception area and conference room that cemented an impression of excellence in their visitors’ minds. They worked with a commercial interior designer for their furniture and carpeting, and called in Signwave to […]

Lobby Sign for Long Island Tech Company

Lobby Signs In Line with Business Technology

Design and materials compliment one another in this bright contemporary business sign. A glossy acrylic logo with dimensional lettering set the tone in the reception area for this forward-thinking company. We followed the contour of the gel-effect iconography to make it pop, with just the right color and contrast.

Aluminum and acrylic business property sign

Integrating Business Signage with the Landscape

Designatronics, a designer and manufacturer of high quality mechanical components, recently consolidated its operations at 250 Duffy Ave., one of the largest industrial buildings in Hicksville.

With frequent customer visits to their plant, and scores of deliveries every week, they needed point of entry signs that would show visitors and vendors where they are, and which entrances to use.

Signwave handled the entire installation project from permits to polish. If you’re consolidating, relocating, or establishing a new location, ask us what you need to know to make it easy to navigate your business property access.

Hospital emergency sign

Responsible Wayfinding Signs for Healthcare Facilities

Multiple entrances. Long corridors that all look the same. Ongoing renovations and organizational changes. How does a patient or visitor know which way to go? This is more than a matter of convenience in a healthcare facility. Visitors are already in a state of stress if they or a loved one are seeking treatment. It’s […]

Wayfinding signage system in a parking garage

ADA Compliance and Signage: Thinking Beyond Braille

Have you ever gone down the wrong corridor in a hospital or office building? It’s frustrating, right? Imagine how it feels if your vision is impaired, if you are having trouble walking, or if you are already suffering from anxiety. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) aims not only to ensure against discrimination, but also […]

Fall signage for West Islip, NY flower shop

Is Your Signage in Season?

For retailers, compelling signage makes all the difference in attracting customers all year round. Depending upon the location and the type of store, you can offer a new promotion every month – and signage designed with changing sales seasons in mind can make sure that there’s always a relevant offer on hand. Let shoppers know […]

Safety Signs

Safety Signs

The Robert J. McMahon Children’s Center, part of the SCO Family of Services, is a residential center for children and adolescents with special needs. As part of their recent capital improvement program, they installed playground equipment throughout the grounds to provide a fun recreational outlet for their residents. The equipment went in without a hitch […]

Fleet Graphics

Graphics on a Fleet Of Box Trucks For Green Audit USA

Green Audit USA of Islandia, NY needed new graphics for the trucks that they use to perform energy audits for thousands of homes every year. They assess energy issues in the home or business, make recommendations for reducing energy loss, offer financing, and perform all related installation services. They had an existing truck design but […]

Signwave’s John Hollingworth Selected to Paint Town Mural

Islandia, NY – John “Jonny Mike” Hollingworth spends his days fabricating complex and beautiful signs at Islandia sign company Signwave. But in his off hours, he can’t seem to stop creating art. This spring, Jonny’s mural design for the Patchogue Arts Council’s “Arts on Terry” street festival was chosen selected out of over a dozen entries […]

Cindy Simon of Signwave

Signwave Proud to Announce the Addition of Cindy Simon

Islandia, NY – Signwave is proud to announce the addition of Cindy Simon to our management as new co-owner and Creative Director. Cindy started with Signwave in March 2017 and is now full time to help find signage solutions for various business challenges. Cindy comes to Signwave after nine years working in packaging design and […]

Mounting a sign

Why Signs?

Signs are everywhere we look. Adhered to doors, windows, walls and floors. Hung from ceilings. Wrapped around cars, vans, trucks, boats, planes, skateboards and helmets. On poles in the ground, on brick walls, on edifices, on your desk or on your office building 600 feet off the ground. Signs are there to tell you what […]

Guidas neon sign from eccentric roadside

Signwave | Does Your Signage Have The Uglies?

Is your business the one with the beautiful signs? A good outdoor sign is a form of landscape art. Not only will they attract customers to your door but they will build your standing in the community. Attractive signs that comply with community codes help convey an image of responsible citizenship. Signs transform your place […]

Signs, Soup, and Socks

On a cold autumn morning the feeling of slipping one’s feet into a warm pair of socks is one of the most nurturing feelings there is. It warms your feet and your heart, and gives you the extra boldness to take on life’s challenges. Even warmer is to give that feeling to others who need […]

storefront door sign is a welcome mat

When Is A Door Not A Door? Why Door Signs are Important

If you don’t know the answer to this old riddle ask your dad. But here at Signwave, Long Island’s home for beautiful signage and displays, the answer is “when it’s a welcome mat!” How do you welcome your customers, clients and guests? Can they find you? Does your door reinforce your brand? Does your door […]

channel letter restaurant sign

Introducing Yourself To The Neighborhood

So, you’ve got your business plan, your financing and your legal details all worked out. You’ve found the perfect location, negotiated your lease, and got your permits. You’ve spent weeks cleaning, painting, wiring, building, installing technology. Your Help Wanted signs are up. Congratulations! You are ready to welcome your first customers. Or are you? How […]

a giant sign

Giant Signs

In the showcase of giant electric signs that is on display in Midtown Manhattan every night, there’s a new Top Banana. Tonight marks the debut of the largest array of kaleidoscopic glory ever to bejewel New York’s Times Square. Taking over the entire block of Broadway between 45th and 46th St., tonight’s debut of the […]

wall graphic

Signs And Marketing – What is the Return On Investment?

Any business or organization considering investing in signage to amplify its message is likely to think of ROI first and foremost. What am I getting for my dollar, and how will that impact my bottom line? Some businesses may chose a targeted approach, using cold calling, pay-per-click and direct mail, spending more to reach only those customers that […]

Welcome to the Signwave Blog

We are in the business of helping organizations prosper through the use of excellent signs. Our tagline is “Amplify your message.” We want to help business get their message out to their prospective customers. We hope to educate them on the importance of the right signs as part of their marketing strategy. With our design […]