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2015 Signs of the Times Contest Winners

We want to offer a huge congratulations to this year’s Signs of the Times contest winners. It came as no surprise that all of the projects are one of a kind and incredibly unique in both design and construction. We’ve shared a few of our favorites below hoping these signs can serve as inspiration for your next project.

Visit this link to view the entire collection of project winners.

1. Schnipper’s Kitchen

This sign was done by ArtFx in Bloomfield, CT.  We love this sign because it is a true statement piece and because it especially proves that signs do not have to be illuminated to be eye catching and beautiful. *ahem, architectural signage wins!*

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2.Kingsboro Park

This mural was done by Best Dressed Signs in Jamaica Plain, MA.  What is better than the classic look of this mural and the feeling of home that it brings?  This mural was masterfully crafted by hand by the amazing Josh Luke. Another architectural signage win!

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3. Summit Bechtel Reserve

These signs were done by Design Communications Ltd. in Boston, MA.  We love the rusted, aged look of the metal in with the natural wood background.  These pieces blend so well with the natural environment and create a true sense of place in the area.

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4. H-E-B Grocery

These classic neon signs were done by Ion Art in Austin, TX.  We really like these signs for their timeless simplicity.  They are perfect for the store, but we could see this type of sign in so many other places.

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5. Tradition Center for Innovation

This sign was done by Creative Sign Designs in Tampa, FL.  We really like this sign because of the color, layout, and of course of the use of LED lighting.  LED lighting is the way of the future because of it’s long lasting, durable quality as well as it being good for the environment.  This sign is stunning and a well deserved win for Creative Sign Designs.

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What an amazing competition and incredible signs!  We are already looking forward to next year and the works of art we will see then.

 

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Opsis Architecture Is Awarded National USITT Award

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Congratulations to Opsis Architecture who received the 2015 Architecture Merit Award for Reed College’s Performing Arts Building.  We are so proud to have been part of this project along with Mayer/Reed and Hoffman Construction.  More information on the award Opsis Architecture received can be found on their website at http://bit.ly/1A6KeBK

Project Overview

Reed College’s Performing Arts Building characterizes the school’s dedication to performance arts both in what role the arts played in the past, and what role they will play in Reed’s future. The Performing Arts Building now houses theatre, dance, and music departments as well as rehearsal space, a performing theatre, costume space, a multimedia lab, and offices. The building architecture team worked to produce a building that meets the needs for a performance space, academic space, and mixed-use facility.

Sign Package Overview

The Performing Arts Building sign package reflects the curves and lines of the building interior creating a seamless look as the eye moves from wall to room. Before entering the 80,000 st. ft. building, large monument signs greet patrons at both east and west entrances of the facility. The east and west monument signs are built to illuminate the flush mounted FCO letters, adhered to the painted aluminum backer. The east monument sign stands alone while the west monument sign is mounted on a cement wall. A magnetic LED-illuminated directory sits just outside the main entry doors. Upon entering the facility, the striking walls have been designed to appear as wooden waves moving horizontally from the east to west entrances. Room identification signage, made of laser cut acrylic, is placed on these walls to flow in sync with the architecture. A custom glass donor panel greets patrons by highlighting the persons who made this project possible. The building’s wayfinding package is comprised of a combination of freestanding directional signage, flag-mounted signage, and digitally printed vinyl graphics. The freestanding directional signs are made from painted aluminum bases with vinyl text and graphics. Classroom and office identification is ADA compliant and made of painted acrylic backplates with raster text and braille. A notable feature of this sign package is the transgender restroom signage design, which is made of acrylic with screen-printed artwork. The complete package includes wayfinding, donor panels, room identification, a directory sign, and monument signs.

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Additional project photos can be seen here http://meyerasg.com/portfolio/featured-projects/#reed

Pantone Color of the Year for 2015

Pantone releases the 2015 color of the year: Marsala (PANTONE 18-1438) “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute® This is a deep color that we are excited about seeing in use this year.  You will … Read morePantone Color of the Year for 2015

The Portland Building is saved… Are you a fan?

“Michael Graves’ seminal Portland Public Services Building will be spared from demolition, despite being described as a “white elephant” and requiring an estimated $95 million for renovation. Also known as the Portland Building, the 15-story office block in Portland, Oregon, will continue to provide facilities for 1,300 of the city’s employees with a redesign that will include … Read moreThe Portland Building is saved… Are you a fan?