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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.

RV wrap - Winnebago make over after

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?

Break Room After

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.

pontoon after vinyl wrap

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!

sdsu game day graphics

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!

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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.

Sign Shop Gets Behind Beer and Brewing

By Wall Wraps & Custom Displays

It’s not every day the HS Sign Shop gets to play with beer.

Ben’s Brewing Company changed that. Owner Ben Hanten witnessed the explosion of craft brewing first hand while living in Fort Collins, Colorado. Hanten brought his love of beer and entrepreneurship to Yankton, South Dakota to start his bar and eventually brew his own craft beer line.

Ben’s Gets a Makeover

A popular stop in Yankton for years, Ben’s physical location is historic. It features a hand cranked elevator system that lowers wheat, barley and hops to the basement where the beer is brewed. The main floor is Ben’s bar area and upstairs is a second speakeasy called The Copper Room.

There was just one problem. Most of the beer brand signs and decorations on Ben’s wall were beers he didn’t carry. Ben is a tireless promoter of the local economy and business development. He realized he was missing an opportunity to have Ben’s Brewing Company better reflect the local landmark he already is.

Before:

“There was a great space to work with there, what made it a fun challenge was the fact we had to do it before opening hours, since the bar is open every day of the year.” says HS Sign Shop Large Format Specialist Eric Van Beek.

Eric Van Beek

The Redesign

HS Sign Shop and Ben drew up a plan to rebrand the perimeter walls of the bar. Together, we designed a wrap for roughly 75% of the wall space. Portions of the wall focused on their beer brands, others on seasonal flavors with decorative wrapped clipboards hanging on the wall.

Another area was dedicated to displaying the entire beer brewing process from barley to beverage. Customers could now sit and witness the fun design showing exactly what was going on underneath them in the basement.

After:

Finally, HS Sign Shop tackled the upstairs Copper Room space too. The speakeasy resembles prohibition era bars with a discreet entrance and craft cocktails. To emphasize this hidden vibe, HS wrapped the east wall in Ben’s in a warm brick wrap leading upstairs to The Copper Room. We also gave the upstairs a makeover with a buttoned upholstery pattern in browns, tans and copper featuring graphics of their custom cocktails.  

All in all, the HS work featured over 750 feet of vinyl. That’s a lot of vinyl for a lot of great beer.

To see how HS Sign Shop helps businesses better use their space, check out more of our custom wall wrap work. 

Interstates Wall Mural

How Labels, Decals and Signage Can Improve Efficiency At Your Business

By Business Signage, Wall Wraps & Custom Displays

In business these days it’s important to take advantage of every edge possible. When we think about labels, decals and signage, we often think of the identifying and promotional aspects of them – they can be a great marketing tool to provide basic information about your brand, and getting your name out in the marketplace. We love to come up with creative ways to cover the basics – such as the name of your company, your logo and your location. Our design team is able to come up with a completely new look for your business, if that’s what you need.

But you may not have ever considered how labels, decals and signage can be utilized to improve efficiency amongst your in-house teams. We can develop some innovative ways to increase efficiency, and even inspire your employees!

Walls, Floors & Exteriors

One way you may be able to maximize workflow and direct traffic in your office or production facility is by utilizing floor graphics. Strategic placement of floor decals helps acclimate new employees to your facility, as well as helping guests navigate your space with ease. This is especially relevant for larger factories and facilities.

Large, eye-catching wall graphics can be used to inform your employees of best practices, important new policies, general company information, philosophical musings and inspirational quotes. A work environment that provides a supportive décor enhances engagement and productivity amongst the employees.

Whether you want to label your machinery to take that extra step in the name of safety, or if you want to take your workflow or organizational chart and turn them into a unique art piece that helps keep your team on task, the HS Sign Shop can design and create unique labels, decals and signage that will help your employees be their best.

Equipment & Hazardous Chemicals

If your industry deals in dangerous equipment or hazardous chemicals, you may want to consider going above and beyond the minimum regulatory requirements to maximize your team’s safety. We can enhance and enlarge any required safety labels or we can customize an informative and entertaining way to hammer home the importance of staying safe on the jobsite.

We can create labels and decals that communicate this extremely important information in a memorable manner – for both your team and any subcontractors or visitors you may have on-site. Have you considered labeling your equipment in a way that reminds users about safety and performance issues? It may be time to consider going beyond minimum compliance, especially if your business operates under the auspices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

If you do work on a dangerous jobsite, you may want to consider signage that speaks to how long its been since the last accident on the job. This works both as a safety message and a motivational message to make sure everyone is working hard, safely, to extend that streak!

Products & Packages

If your business specializes in packaging and shipping operations, you may want to consider assigning colors and designs on delivery trucks, equipment, boxes, walls or floors to help streamline your delivery process. We can print labels and decals that will not only help your sales, but decrease the time it takes for the product to get through the delivery process.

If you’re looking for a way to be able to change your message, pricing or promotional information without a long lead time, temporary signage can be an excellent option to keep your employees in the know and on the same page in a fast moving environment. It’s also a great way to keep your team up to speed and tailor information in an industry where variable data and content are the norm.

The HS Sign Shop is here for any of your label, decal or signage needs. If you don’t have a design you like, our team will create a new one you’ll love. If you already have the design, that’s no problem – we can produce the work and install it for you. Contact us for more ideas on promoting your business and increasing the efficiency of your employees!

Augustana University wall graphics

Augustana Music Department’s Wall Wrap

By Client Features, Wall Wraps & Custom Displays

Custom graphics and photography in wall wraps: an alternative to hand painted art.

In this Q & A, we sat down with Eric Van Beek, our Large Format Specialist who installed this piece of art at Augustana University’s music department.

Where did the inspiration for this wall wrap come from?

The inspiration for this idea came from Augustana themselves. They had the vision for this “time collage” and HenkinSchultz graphic designer Tammy Larson came up with the design and did an amazing job. Augustana had the idea to show a timeline from the early days of their music department to the current era of what the the department looks like today. This piece features professors, students, concerts and more all brought together in the glow of Augie gold. Splashes of muted color with century-old photos make this a breathtaking blend of art and history.

What materials were used for this project?

The wall graphics were actually printed on material very similar to what we use to wrap vehicles. It’s an incredibly advanced, conformable vinyl that can be heated and pressed into the deep texture of a cinder block wall. It’s a very high quality 3M material. We also used an ultra matte finish laminate to prevent glare. Glare can be a major distraction when light reflects off of a textured wall. Because of our techniques, specialized tools and experience the graphics actually look hand painted but in actuality it’s high res photography.

What tools and processes were used to adhere the vinyl and laminate to the wall?

Different sized rollers and heat were used to press the material into the textures and grout lines. The rollers look quite simple, but are surprisingly specialized for certain widths, depths, shapes and also hold up to very high temperatures. These along with heat guns, squeegees, blades and a lot of experience can create a beautiful, durable & unique addition to any space.

And because this wall wrap is in a temperature controlled environment, it can be expected to last a very long time?

Correct. Vehicle wraps are exposed to a wide range of temperatures and sunlight and can last up to 10 years. This wrap is exposed to students (chuckle), but will last as long as Augustana wants it to.

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LSS donor display

Defining Your Space

By Wall Wraps & Custom Displays

You may have heard the phrase, “happy wife, happy life,” but have you ever heard the phrase, “happy employees, happy company”? It may not have the same ring to it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

A good company begins with a solid foundation. And to build this, you have to not only keep your clients happy, but your employees, too. We can’t promise that they’ll be chipper at 7am on a Monday, but by creating a work environment that they enjoy and engage in, you generate more productivity and a better bottom line.

According to the Harvard Business Review:

“In organizations with low employee engagement scores, they experienced 18% lower productivity, 16% lower profitability, 37% lower job growth, and 65% lower share price over time. Importantly, businesses with highly engaged employees enjoyed 100% more job applications.”

Happy employees are not just better employees, but one of the most invaluable components of a company.

Positivity & Personality

So how do you build a positive work environment? It all starts with the space. And no one knows space better than the team at the HS Sign Shop. Come see us to redesign your space and craft the perfect environment for your office. Whether that means building a giant neon sign for your conference room or designing a 3D wall display of your company’s motto, we’ll find a way to transform your office and bring your company’s personality to life. With a work environment that showcases your company and motivates your employees, you’ll ensure that your company is strong from the inside out.

See some of our custom work.

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Add a Little Energy to Your Conference Room

By Wall Wraps & Custom Displays

Meetings don’t have to be boring. Give your office space some character and your conference room some privacy with one of our custom wall wraps or etched glass displays. The HS Sign Shop can design and install distinctive pieces to set your company apart from the rest.

Get the ideas flowing in a space that’s tailored for your office needs. Whether you want a creative space for your employees to brainstorm, a little privacy when you’re making important business decisions, or a place to impress your clients, a wall wrap can take your conference room to the next level and keep you awake when the meeting stretches past the 3-hour mark.

These displays work in offices ranging from small startups in the creative industry to big law firms. Our graphic designers can draw up a display that instills a sense of motivation, inspires creativity, or dresses up a formal office—whatever suits your specific goals.

With a conference room that embodies your company, you won’t be embarrassed to have your clients meet at your office anymore. Come see at the HS Sign Shop and we’ll design the perfect display for you. To see our work visit:
https://hssignshop.com/custom-displays-wall-wraps/