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A Few Creative Ways to Use Vinyl Wraps and Custom Signage

By Wall Wraps & Custom Displays

If you’re looking to transform a space, small steps can go a long way..

A blank wall. Your vehicle. A store front.  There are many creative ways to use whatever area you have available.

Some clients come to us with a specific idea in mind.  Others just show up with a space. An area that just “needs something”.  Either way, with our experience, we know the steps to take. Check out some of our favorite creative projects!

Vinyl Signs, Dimensional Displays and More.  Whatever It Takes To Be Transformational.

It’s amazing how design elements big or small can catch the eye or build a brand. All needs, budgets and spaces are different. We work with what you’ve got.

Avera McKennan Foundation Donor Wall

1. Donor Wall Display

A donor wall is a great way to give a special thank you message to donors. With an original display, you’re able to pay a kind tribute to the donors who have given so much.

A boring list of names really doesn’t do the trick. The best donor displays weave in a story about your philanthropic mission, while promoting continued giving in the future. Sometimes a donor will be so moved to see their name as part of a passionate display that they will feel inspired to donate even more.

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2. Family RV Motorhome Wrap

Traveling on your next road trip gets even better with a one-of-a-kind camper. With a pop of color and playful design, your RV motorhome is bound to stand out at the campsite.

Life’s a journey. Might as well make the most out of your motorhome away from home. See our vehicle wrap FAQ to get answers on frequently asked questions like how the vinyl wrap process begins, what to do to take care of an RV wrap, and more.

ArtVision Wall Display

3. Reception / Lobby Wall Mural

Our opthamologist client, ArtVision, has a custom wall display that forms to the curved wall seamlessly. This distinctive piece not only functions as a work of art but also portrays their superior vision services.

Give your clientele something to cast their eyes on as soon as they walk into your business. What better way to make a solid first impression than with an exclusive sign true to your brand?

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4. Break Room Vinyl Graphics

As a subtle escape from the daily grind, this client has a quote display placed right in the break room.

Team building doesn’t just happen on it’s own. A message like “We rise by lifting others” speaks directly to employees while they’re in a relaxed setting. Talk about being at the right place at the right time.

Small design elements can make a big impact. This one is proof.

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5. Pontoon Vinyl Wrap

The sturdy yet non-intrusive nature of vinyl makes it a great solution for personalizing your boat! This patriotic pontoon wrap makes exploring the open waters even more fun.

Plus, what better decoration could there be for a 4th of July party?

HS Sign Shop Makes Ideas Come to Life

As you can see, the HS Sign Shop has put together custom signage for a variety of purposes. From concept to design to the installation itself, we can make any vinyl wrap or display work for your needs.

Get started by requesting a fast, free quote! We’ll give you information on the process, cost, and anything else you have questions on. Reach out today!

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Top 3 Types of Vehicle Wrap Graphics

By Vehicle Wraps

Our vehicle wrap designs come in all shapes and sizes.

The flexibility of vinyl makes it possible to create and install a custom wrap for any vehicle — whether that be a car, truck, van, RV, or trailer.

While we can make whichever type of vinyl wrap work for you, we typically categorize these vehicle wraps into three different types: die-cut, partial, or full.

Comparison of Vinyl Vehicle Wraps

Wraps start out as large sheets of adhesive-backed, vinyl film designed specifically for vehicle application. They come in an array of styles and finishes – from matte, satin or gloss finishes, to chrome and beyond. Printed designs containing your logo, photos, graphics, textures, or branded elements are all options.

Here’s a comparison of the three most common types of vinyl wraps the HS Sign Shop team offers.

Die-Cut Vinyl Custom Wrap:

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A die-cut vinyl wrap adds a touch of design to your windows or vehicle body.

This is an affordable option for adding branding to your company’s fleet. By placing your business name, logo, and website on a vehicle, you’re able to create brand awareness while driving around.

The high amount of impressions you’ll receive of your business name alone makes the return on investment worth it.

Partial Vinyl Custom Wrap:

Waterbury vehicle wrap

A partial vinyl wrap provides design coverage for only a portion of the vehicle. This option often ranges from ⅓ to ⅔ of your vehicle being covered with a vinyl wrap.

This works well for your business’s service vans and vehicles. With your brand’s colors, logo, and list of services, you’re able to tell a quick story on what your company can offer to potential customers.

Full Vinyl Custom Wrap:

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A full vinyl wrap covers the entire vehicle.

This type of vinyl wrap makes a bold statement. It gives you a wide canvas to play with and enhances your opportunity for getting noticed while on the road. Eye-catching graphics cover the body of the vehicle and windows without disrupting your line of sight while driving.

If you need to amp up your fleet advertising, a full custom wrap will successfully do the trick.

Let’s Wrap Up…

That’s a wrap on the different types of vehicle custom graphics.

From concept to installation, we can make your project come to life for advertising on the road. Vinyl wraps are able to be installed as a temporary wrap that is easily removable or as a more permanent wrap that typically lasts between 5-7 years (depending on overall treatment).

Interested in hiring the HS Sign Shop team for your vehicle signage needs? Request a fast, free quote. Contact us for a quote and we’ll give you a price range for a vehicle wrap based on your needs!

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Commercial Vehicle Wraps: A Great Investment for the New Year

By Vehicle Wraps

Custom branding on vehicles is on the move.

And so are we. On average, Americans drive approximately 11,498 miles each year according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

It makes sense that vehicle advertising generates thousands of daily impressions on the road.

Get to know more about this type of advertising, why it’s effective, and how you can customize your company vehicles with our help!

Take Your Company Signage Ideas on the Road

A vehicle wrap is simply a digitally-printed mobile billboard on wheels. It is commonly printed on vinyl by professional sign shop experts.

Vehicle graphics tend to be eye-catching. A business is able to select either a full wrap covering the entire vehicle or a partial wrap. Wraps can go over the windows and won’t get in the way of your line of sight while driving.

Here are a variety of reasons to consider a wrap or graphics for your vehicle:

  • Your business or service is new.
  • You are undergoing an updated logo or rebrand.
  • You’re running a campaign.
  • You need to replace outdated or old graphics.
  • You purchased new fleet vehicles.

Check out our vehicle wrap FAQ to learn more.

Impact of a Full Vehicle Wrap Versus Other Forms of Advertising

Print advertising for a newspaper can run at about $23.70 per thousand people who see it. In comparison, a vehicle wrap is estimated to cost only 35 cents per thousand eyeballs.

This form of advertising is one of the most affordable mediums out there. Besides affordability, vehicle wraps are effective too.

97% of people remember ads placed on commercial vehicles versus only 19% for billboard advertising. In a single day you can get thousands of impressions from possible clients. Whether you’re driving the vehicle down the busiest street or parking it in front of your business, you’ll be getting noticed.

It also projects an image of professionalism on your company, building trust and making you stand out among competitors.

Get Custom & Cool Van Wrap Designs

Whether you already have the graphics ready for your vehicle wrap project, or if you need our designers to create a customized look that’s right for you, we can design, print and install whatever you need.

When choosing a type of vehicle wrap, here are some things to consider:

  • What your ideal budget is
  • How much exposure you would like to have
  • What will fit your brand and marketing efforts best
  • What will fit the message you want to convey best

Get car wrap inspiration, and let us know what catches your eye!

Contact the HS Sign Shop for a Full Vehicle Wrap Cost

Fleet advertising is one of the most affordable ways to spread the word about a business or service. HS Sign Shop experts customize vehicles of all kinds — and budgets.

Our sign shop experts have 40+ years of combined experience with large format graphics. Whether you need a truck, van, trailer, or car wrap, we have you covered on the design and installation.

Get a fast, free quote from the HS Sign Shop! Contact us for a quote and learn more about what we can do for your company signage!

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SDSU College Signage for ESPN College GameDay

By Wall Wraps & Custom Displays

ESPN Comes to SDSU, HS Helps in a Big Way

It was a historic day for South Dakota State University when College GameDay announced it would be rolling into the Brookings campus. The university, city and entire state were abuzz with anticipation of the ESPN crew and a national television audience.

Preparing for National Television with Custom Displays

South Dakota State University and the Jackrabbit football program were thrilled with the announcement and excited to host. It was College GameDay’s first trip to South Dakota. The popular Saturday morning program had been to Fargo previously to feature North Dakota State University, the Jack’s fierce rival.

Needless to say, SDSU felt the pressure to perform, on the field, and in front of the camera.

GameDay preparations began immediately, as ESPN crew and SDSU staff discussed the schedule of events, logistics, locations and the million other details that come with a nationally televised event.

ESPN and the University choose a location near the historic Coughlin Campanile with the SDSU Foundation Alumni Center in the background. The beautiful Jerome J. Lohr building was a perfect opportunity to showcase the university’s football program. However, the building’s exterior currently was largely a blank canvas.

With the eyes of the country focused on GameDay and South Dakota State, the SDSU Foundation called HS Sign Shop to build something big and memorable for the big day.

500 Square Feet of College Signage for Prime Viewing

The SDSU Foundation wanted to make the space in front of the building a popular spot. They imagined fans and crowds stopping in the front to take selfies and photos in front of the football graphics they envisioned. But the clock was ticking and the large building windows were still blank.

“We were on the phone with SDSU Foundation discussing it on Tuesday,” says HS Sign Shop Specialist Jason Jellis. “They were designed, printed and installed on-site in less than 48 hours.”

Jellis added that the weather cooperated and that fact helped in turning the project quickly. Here are a few fun facts about the signage itself:

  • Full size = 50 feet wide x 9 ½ feet tall
  • Approximately 500 square feet total
  • 12 panels made up the composition
  • High-resolution full color
  • Special perforated window vinyl

Jellis said, “The SDSU Foundation was very appreciative. It’s always great to work with great people.” Jellis and the HS Sign Shop team are always excited to jump on a challenge.

Do you have a challenge of your own? Challenge HS Sign Shop!

Harrisburg stadium logo sign

School Branding That Makes a Big Roar

By High School Signage

Fall means football in South Dakota. And at Harrisburg High School, their prized Tigers are kicking off the season with brand new football stadium signage courtesy of HS Sign Shop.

Custom Signage Greets Incoming Fans

HS Sign Shop staff not only love their jobs, they love sports too. Sports signage installations are some of the most fulfilling projects we do.

Every installation begins with a thorough site visit. The site visit is an opportunity to scope out existing branding and signage, structural barriers or focal points and to take precise measurements. In the case of the Harrisburg High School Tigers, our task was a stadium.

Harrisburg stadium, football field, track and sporting facilities are a huge source of pride for the school and the community. The on field game experience is second to none. But the off-the-field entrance to the stadium presented a challenge, and an opportunity.

The large back side of the stadium bleachers and press box faced to the west. Most fans enter the stadium from the west, where the primary parking lot is located. Artistically, there is nothing particularly appealing about the back side structure of bleacher seating.

However, the center of that space is the backside of the press box facing the parking lot. It provided the perfect blank canvas for a show of school pride. Today, that blank canvas boasts a 24’ x 10’ display of the Harrisburg tiger’s intense eyes greeting football fans as they enter.

Design and Installation of Exterior Sign

Jason Jellis, HS Sign Shop specialist said the project was especially fun, “Any time we get to design and install something this large and visible, it’s very rewarding.” Jellis and Harrisburg staff worked together on the vision, design and installation of the eyes. “These projects are always a collaboration, bouncing around ideas and designs to make the final project even better.”

Here are a few fun facts about the install:

  • Final size is 24’ x 10’
  • Assembled in (4) 6’ x 10’ vinyl panels
  • Took (3) people to install
  • …and required an 86’ boom lift

Custom Signage and More

In many ways, there is a custom element to every school signage or other commercial install. Do you have a sports venue or business that has a space you want to put to work for you. Talk to HS Sign Shop and we can brainstorm solutions with signs and graphics. Need some inspiration? Check out our gallery.

Photos of Different Angles/Viewpoints:

Mount Marty campus signage

Mount Marty College Signage Feature

By College Signage

Mount Marty, a college in Yankton, SD, reached out to the HS Sign Shop originally for an interior wall display two years ago. This custom display outlined the rich history of the nursing education program at the college.

Mount Marty liked what HS did for the nursing display series, and wished to continue working with our team on their next big endeavor: a full rebrand.

The design team worked with the HS Sign Shop to create a brand new logo and a series of custom signage across the campus.

Mount Marty College: Prime Example of HS Teamwork

Mount Marty campus signage

For the project to be a true success, it required multiple minds from our HS Sign Shop and design team to work together. Thanks to our strong collaboration, we were able to create a fully integrated rebrand and installation plan for the Mount Marty campus.

Our team believes the rebrand is a prime example of teamwork at HS. Together, we put together a highly strategic launch of the rebrand right before classes began in the fall.

HenkinSchultz & HS Sign Shop provides a strong solution because we all work together in-house. We produce every phase of the project—from conception to creation—all right here in one building. No other agency or sign shop can offer what we can.

Jason JellisPartner/Graphic Design

With brand verbiage such as “momentum” and “commitment”, the colors and designs had to stand out in a big way on campus. This required working with nearly all of the departments across Mount Marty for the concept creation to be a success.

After the concept of the logo design was complete, the HS Sign Shop worked backwards to figure out the physical installation. To begin, a visit to the location onsite is required.

HS Sign Shop Visited the Campus Prior to the Install

Mount Marty campus signage

Physical limitations of a space can make a world of difference for an installation of any kind.

Every space has benefits and limitations. Our HS Sign Shop crew knows what to look for prior to an install. For example, a building will likely be reinforced with lines from columns or beams that can shape a display in a pleasing way. Or, a wall exhibits a repeating pattern that can be mimicked on the sign.

The goal is to create a cohesive end product that integrates well with the surroundings and unique elements of a space.

Before the actual installation, the HS Sign Shop figures out all of the details beforehand. This makes the work go much more smoothly. In fact, roughly 90% of the work is done with planning before the installation takes place.

After months of working out the details, the installation only took three days to complete.

HS Sign Shop installed over 30 pole banners throughout campus, updated all of the monument signs and added dimension and excitement to prominent college buildings like the Cimpl Basketball Arena and Roncalli Welcome Center.

Fall Students Immersed with Newly Rebranded College Signage

One of the biggest factors when a student is choosing a school is the way the campus makes them feel. Bold colors and a powerful brand consistent throughout campus can make the difference.

The Mount Marty campus successfully welcomed students attending fall classes with a new logo and feel all across campus. Contact the HS Sign Shop to learn more about what we can do for your campus!

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Ideas for Interior Signs for Business Signage

By Business Signage

Do you know what “successories” are?

If the term doesn’t ring a bell initially, we’re willing to bet you’ve seen one. Successories are posters commonly found in office spaces with phrases like “Make It Happen” or Perseverance” underneath a stunning landscape backdrop.

While successories are intended to inspire, this type of office art ends up not saying much about who your business is.

That’s where custom interior signage plays a key role in distinguishing your company.

5 Types of Interior Displays for Your Office Space

Whether you’re looking to use a space as a canvas or for a specific purpose, here are just a few ideas.

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Branding Elements

The Avera Ecare wall graphics add a distinctive flair to the office with brand colors and health icons. Design elements connect and center around the work of the department.

LSS donor display

Logo & Company Slogan

The LSS logo and slogan make a bold, heartwarming statement. Each panel of the sign contains one big, blue letter. When set up next to each other, the panels spell out the phrase “Together”.

Avera Pasque Display -Custom wall graphics in Sioux Falls, SD

Mission Statement

In the halls of Avera Health is the mission statement of the hospital. The mission statement expresses the overall goal of the regional health system in Sioux Falls, SD.

Interstates Awards Wall Display

Achievements Display

The Interstates awards display wall features their mission to understand needs and deliver results with trophies and awards of achievement.

Interstates Custom Wall Design

Wall Mural

In addition to their achievement wall, the Interstates company mural is custom made to express what the company is all about. Employee photos give the business character while backing up their values.

HS Sign Shop Can Make Your Interior Signage Successful

Installing interior signs isn’t nearly as easy as hanging up pictures.

Reach out to our HS Sign Shop team here in Sioux Falls, SD. Our signage experts, Jason Jellis and Eric Van Beek, have years of experience creating and installing custom displays.

Contact us today for ideas, designs and strategies on your signage.

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How to Celebrate America with a Really Cool Matte Trailer Wrap

By Vehicle Wraps

When you have some fun UTV side-by-side toys, they need a trailer. And when you get inspired with a trailer wrap design, you need HS Sign Shop.

Inspired and Patriotic Trailer Wrap Ideas

The HS Sign Shop received a lead through their Get a Quote form on their website. What followed was an inspired and patriotic trailer wrap that really got the gang excited.

The client had a few ideas on how to add design to her and her husband’s utility trailer. The black 16 foot trailer was in pristine condition with a high gloss black finish. The customer researched some ideas online and asked HS Sign Shop to help.

The goal was to put matte black on a gloss finish for a subtle yet attention getting look. The flag would stand out – and you could still pick up some nice reflections from the factory gloss paint. As the Sign Shop guys put it, “A very cool effect.”

They settled on Dead Matte Black vinyl material. It had no reflection whatsoever and looked amazing against the trailer.

Going Big with Trailer Design

As most wrap projects go, there is always good collaboration on design. The client shared a few ideas she had researched and we offered a few options.

One option was a smaller more subtle flag design. The other was grander in scale with a full flag nearly spanning the whole side of the trailer. The owner loved it – and we adapted it for both sides, using flag standards. To drive by it – on either side – is to see the flag unfurled with the wind.

While the trailer continues to make quite an impression, it was an economical build too. The black on black process did not require a full wrap. That meant less material. The original gloss black paint is the backdrop. The flag itself is produced in house from contour cut vinyl.

Consequently, the cost of the wrap was very budget friendly. The client was happy with the price and quality and they continue to turn heads as they travel out and about this July.

trailer with vinyl wrap of flag

Do you get inspired by something you’ve seen? If you’re wondering if the HS Sign Shop can do it, they probably can. Check out our before and after pictures to see just what we can do and if you want to learn more, contact the HS Sign Shop today.

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Donor Wall Displays Make an Impact for Your Hospital or University

By Wall Wraps & Custom Displays

A donor display honors those who’ve given to your hospital, university or other institution. The right display pays tribute to the donors who made your endeavor possible. It can also tell a story about your philanthropic mission and promote future giving.

Donor walls should not be an afterthought. Instead, they should be included in your capital campaign planning. Obviously you want them to catch attention. But you also want to engage people to contribute.

They are a great opportunity to express your vision and mission through visual artwork. Take the Avera McKennan Rock Rapids donor wall for example. This installation really created a beautiful visual flow. It is a piece of artwork that demands to be seen.

Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital Lighted Sign

Your donors want to feel special and you have an obligation to make that happen. Celebrate your donors with a donor recognition display that represents your organization and the capital you raised.

Think Outside the Box When You Create

The HS Sign Shop team enjoys meeting with our clients and exploring the space first. Most of the time it’s a very collaborative process. Our goal is to create a display that is not only functional, but is also a piece of art that fits the environment.

Here’s an example of how it typically works:

Understand the Vision

  • Discuss the scope of the project
  • Understand the campaign and organization
  • Define schedule & deadline
  • Define an overall budget

Create the Design

  • Work with the HS Sign Shop designer
  • Concepting, design and proof out mockup
  • Adjust or approve

Make it a Reality

  • Order materials if necessary
  • Pre-assembly
  • Finishing and installation

It’s vitally important to your business to make sure you’re carrying your entire brand through your building. Every display representing your company should be consistent with your messaging goals.

Whether indoor, or outdoor, we make sure all of your displays align with your environment and entire campaign. Contact us today for ideas, designs and strategies on how to say a very important ‘thanks’ to your very important donors.

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When a Big Cause Meets a Big RV Wrap

By Vehicle Wraps

For Ed Hoffman, retiring from the TV business was never going to be a true retirement. After over two decades, he was ready to pursue some other passions. One of them was his love of RV-ing in South Dakota – and around the country. Another was his passion for motorcycle safety, helmet use and social responsibility.

A Forty-Foot Idea

Hoffman has always loved motorcycles. And anyone that rides regularly has unfortunately seen an accident, or even several, in their day. Hoffman was no exception. When his friend from South Dakota Rides approached him with an idea for his new RV, he was receptive.

South Dakota Rides advocates for motorcycle riding in the state, providing maps, weather and event information. But more importantly, it is a fierce advocate organization for helmets, safety and training. Hoffman had just recently purchased the new 40-foot RV. South Dakota Rides asked if he would advocate for the organization, on his RV, and share their message around the state.

Hoffman loved the cause marketing idea and agreed to wrap his RV with safety messaging. But with it being a brand new vehicle. Hoffman had some big ideas of his own. That’s where HS Sign Shop came in.

Vinyl Wrapping from Top to Tires

It was a project several weeks in the making. HS Sign Shop was tasked with helping conceptualize what the RV design would be.

We got together to take measurements and began kicking around ideas until something stuck. That’s usually how these big projects begin.

Jason JellisHS Sign Shop Specialist

Hoffman loves South Dakota and knew he didn’t want just another big ad on wheels. He wanted to:

  • Showcase the state’s beauty
  • Showcase the reasons people ride
  • Have a personal message
  • Make an impact wherever he stopped
  • And most importantly, bring attention to the safety message

Our graphics and installation specialists proposed several ideas to Hoffman and together, they settled on a design. The passenger side featured what is essentially a stunning, driving mural of the Badlands with a pair of motorcycle riders in the foreground.

The passenger side shared a personal line from his friend Renee who had survived a terrible motorcycle accident. “On August 2nd, 2018, my helmet saved my life. — Renee” The image was shot in HenkinSchultz’s studio and features Renee holding her severely cracked helmet. She stands in the foreground of Mount Rushmore and stands as a powerful testimonial to wear a helmet.

Wrapped in vinyl from front to back, the beautiful RV also displays the South Dakota Rides logo and corresponding URLs, including Drive Safe SD. Together, it makes a “wow” statement. And wow statements promote causes.

Hoffman says the RV is already making an impact for good. “Everywhere we go we are a huge hit,” says Hoffman. “We have had many people asking if they can share photos of it on their website and social media. The answer was “yes” of course.”

Making an Impact By the Numbers

HS Sign Shop estimates over 1,000 feet of vinyl wrap went into the project. With a project this size, there are countless handles, mirrors, latches etc. to disassemble. What was reassembled was a driving work of art with a very important message on helmet safety.

It is estimated that a vehicle wrap can receive between 30,000 to 80,000 impressions per day. That adds up to around 40,000,000 impressions over the vehicle’s lifetime. And with the miles Hoffman plans on putting on, our bet is he’ll get more.

But of all these numbers, a few remain most important: Raising awareness; increasing the number of helmet riders; and lowering the number of helmet fatalities. That’s the really rewarding part about completing a job of this nature. Doing good.

Do you have a cause or a business that needs to make an impression? Talk to HS Sign Shop and we can brainstorm a solution to support your marketing program. Need some inspiration? Check out our gallery.