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The Signs of 2019 and Trends for 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What do a buffalo, tigerhawk, and Ronald McDonald all have in common?

They were the trending signs in 2019 here at ImageFirst™ signs.

Like Living Coral (16-1546) was the 2019 Pantone of the year, Flex Face was the sign of the year.

Why Flex Face? Because it made sense for each of the projects where it was used. When our team is able to work closely with a sign dealer and their client on all aspects of a project it is easier to propose the best product for the job. 

Here's a couple of Flex Face project videos:

3 Important Considerations When Collaborating on a Signage Project:

  1. Branding and logos. By far the most important to ensure whatever information conveyed with the sign is the ideal size for the building and the environment. 

  2. Location. This includes environmental factors (temperatures, wind, elevation) in addition to the actual installation location of the sign whether it be a projecting sign, monument , sign, etc. 👉🏻Pro Tip: Always make sure you are compliant with local city code restrictions for the area.

  3. Fabrication. We are manufacturers. In every project conversation we have, our brain is rolling through the best way to “Build” the solution to withstand the environment of it’s final install. We can’t help it, it’s how we’re wired.

The Big Sign Question?

What do we anticipate our Classic Blue (19-4052) (the 2020 Pantone of the year) of signage will be? 

Dave and Michael have a couple trends to watch...

Here’s 2 sign trends we’re keeping our eye on in 2020: 

  1. Sign Material Options
    Dave Watts, Production Manager at ImageFirst™ is seeing “more and more mixed material signs. We saw this starting last year and anticipate a continued use in 2020.”Newer sign materials used in 2019 included tile, faux wood, faux rust, composite and laminate products. “It’s important that we choose high quality materials for all of our signs to ensure they both meet the design criteria and are durable in their environments,” said Dave.

  2. Lower Profile Signs
    “We’re also seeing more of a push to lower profile sign designs,” said Michael McKeag, President of ImageFirst™. “This is a natural transition with the LED technology vs. fluorescent illumination. Thinner lighting, means thinner signs. The right combination of extrusions and LEDs are able to make this happen and ensure the sign is properly illuminated with no hot spots."

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