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What to Know About Window Graphics

Window graphics are signage and advertising products that are attached directly to a window. Typically, they’re made from a type of film that adheres to glass without damaging it. Window graphics come in a variety of different types,styles and sizes, and they’re usually fully customizable based on a business’needs.

April 7, 2020

What to Know About HDU Signs

Signs made of High Density Urethane better known as HDU have become the leaders when it comes to custom engraved signage.Through improved access to information today, many purchasers of handcrafted signs have become aware of the sustainability and weather-related issues that come with carved wood signs. Most have also heard of the alternative substrate of choice - High Density Urethane - and many ask for HDU by name or description when ordering a carved sign. An informed customer gets the best v...

April 7, 2020

6 Different Types of Signage Ideas for Your Next Event

Event signage may seem like the most basic of all event details, but get it wrong, and your entire attendee experience is at risk. Without clear and concise signage directing your attendees and helping them find what they’re looking for, any event will quickly descend into chaos. Signs don’t need to be utilitarian, though. Because of their highly visual nature, signs provide plenty of opportunities to promote your brand, and when appropriate, your sponsors.

April 7, 2020

What are Wayfinding and ADA Signage?

Wayfinding and directional signage has become an increasingly important element of creating positive visitor and customer experiences. In a fast-paced world people need to know exactly where they’re going with no confusion.This type of signage spans from reception signs to complex maps for large spaces. Businesses that experience high volumes of people particularly benefit from wayfinding and directional signage to ease the flow of visitors.

March 26, 2020

Mobile Billboards

Why Vehicle Wraps?Whether your organization has a single car, a dozen vans, or a fleet of trucks, custom vehicle wraps and graphics will turn heads at all hours of the day and night, building awareness of your company with each and every mile.Wraps are a great way to give your vehicle a whole new look while protecting the original paint job. As a cost-effective alternative to repainting, wrapping is the right solution if you want to transform your vehicle's appearance without paying for a full c...

February 17, 2020

Logo Floor Mats and Cautionary Signage: The Perfect Duo

Did you know that 1 million Americans are injured due to slip and fall injuries annually, and that slips and falls are the leading cause of lost days from work.The winter months are some of the most dangerous. With the combination of slick ice all over roads and walkways, blinding snow fall, and extreme cold conditions, accidents happen. This is especially true in workplaces where liabilities are the highest.

February 17, 2020

Make Something of Your Empty Walls: Wall Wraps!

Using your imagination when decorating your office space can be a difficult thing. Often times it can be a challenge to find something that combines imagination, and your company’s values and essence. Because of this, most office spaces tend to look the same.

February 11, 2020

Why You Should Use Vehicle Wraps and Graphics

Spotting a vehicle wrap while you're taking that daily commute to work isn't a rare thing to happen, as companies understand that they need to brand themselves properly in order to become successful. When you aren't branding your company properly, people are going to lose trust. When they don't have faith in the service or product, they simply aren't going to pay you any attention.

February 17, 2020

How to Identify a High-Quality Vehicle Wrap

Companies all over the world make use of the vehicle wrap, and that's because it checks off almost every single marketing requirement a platform could have. It's a mobile billboard that lets people know what your business is all about, and it's essentially free! While you have to pay for the initial fee of wrapping a vehicle, the amount of advertisement that you'll receive from one car alone is worth the investment.

February 17, 2020

Vehicle Graphics: Marketing Your Business the Smart Way

Business owners are forced to adapt on a yearly basis, and that's why you have to think hard in regards to your marketing efforts. Your business is only going to be as good as your marketing campaign will allow. There are plenty of services out there that fall flat due to poor marketing, and you want to avoid that whenever you can.

February 17, 2020

How a Monument Sign Can Help Your Business

As a business owner, you are responsible for trying to grow your presence in any way possible. Marketing is a tough process for even the most seasoned business owners in town, which is why you've got to make the most out of your opportunities. When you don't market properly, there's really no telling how much money you're going to miss out on.

February 17, 2020

Conduct Business in Style with an Elevator Vinyl Wrap

Almost every single business that is worth its weight in gold will have an elevator to match that statement. Elevators don't seem like the most enticing thing to be personalized, but there is a reason why many of the most successful companies in the world have awesome looking elevator vinyl wrap. If you have employees to consider, there is even more reason to give your elevators a makeover!Motivation is one thing that fuels most workers, and if they have to look at the same old boring elevat...

February 17, 2020

Interior Business Signs: Maintaining a Professional Approach

Some of the most established companies in the world have interior business signs all over their offices, and that isn't a random occurrence – when you're a strong brand that is being represented globally, you want to enforce your name whenever you can. Not only will large corporations make use of interior business signs, but even local shops and service providers can find a use in them as well. For example, a dentistry office would come off as being much more “polished”...

February 17, 2020

How to Identify the Best Custom Banners Near Me

Contrary to popular belief, the most successful businesses in the world don't just appear out of thin air. It takes a dedicated marketing campaign to push a brand to the top of any given industry, regardless of how good their product or service happens to be. One way to go about marketing your company is through the use of banners, which is why finding the best custom banners near me would save you a lot of hassle in the future.

February 17, 2020

Window Lettering Near Me: Finding the Best Fit

Why is Window Lettering Near Me Important?While many people dream of starting their own business, there are a lot of requirements that come along with it. Marketing will be a large component of owning a business, and window lettering is going to be something that lets people know that you run a professional operation. This also means you'll have to invest in your brand - and when you wonder "where can I find window lettering near me?", you've got to know what to look for.Identi...

March 26, 2020

See Through Window Graphics??? Absolutely!

When a customer has an interesting problem, we love to come up with a creative solution. This specific park district had a street/pedestrian facing window bay, and was looking for a way to conceal the storage room behind the windows, but at the same time did not want to restrict the view from the inside looking out. The best way to solve this problem, is by using a product called perforated vinyl.Perforated Vinyl appears opaque from the outside, but allows visibility from the inside looking out....

February 17, 2020

KIOSKS: We Can Wrap Anything!

If you are from the Chicagoland area, chances are you have heard of Woodfield Mall. Woodfield Mall is one of the nation’s largest shopping malls, and has a very healthy Kiosk storefront population. All throughout their mall, these mobile Kiosks sell an assortment of different products.

February 17, 2020

Sign School: Sandblasted Signs

There is nothing more artistic or nostalgic than a sandblasted sign. The intricate detail, carved wood, and vibrant colors make for an excellent “Old Town” feel. This unique look makes these signs excellent for a variety of settings.

February 17, 2020

Pole Banners 101

Branding the exterior of your building or property is crucial to attracting customers, but as marketers, we are always looking for ways to reach potential customers SOONER! Most organizations have the basics covered (Building signs, lobby signs, monument signs, etc.), but are looking for MORE ways to reinforce our brand. If that’s the case, pole banners might be just the trick!If you are a hospital, school or university, park district, large retailer, church, or simply a company with a large par...

February 17, 2020

Tradeshow Season is Here!

Although we may not want to admit it, winter is here. And although winter does not bring the nicest weather, it does mean the beginning of trade show season! Trade shows are incredible opportunities to meet new vendors and suppliers, along with getting your name out to potential customers.

February 17, 2020

How to Create HIGH IMPACT Signage in a FAST MOVING Environment!

In our society, people want things FAST! Everything we do is instant. Things such as checking emails, replying to text messages, getting the news, and checking scores, are all things we can do with the click of a button.

February 17, 2020

3 Tips to HIGH IMPACT Vehicle Graphics!

Take a moment to travel with me into the mind of an excited business owner. Don't worry, we'll be back to reality in a flash!"Man, I am excited. I finally decided to get graphics on my company vehicles.

February 17, 2020

Do Signs Actually Work? Stats & Facts

I think we can all agree that a sign is a good thing to have at our businesses. But just how much of a difference does a sign REALLY make? Most of us see a sign as a way to complete our building, make it look more professional, or even as a way to make your building “prettier”.

February 17, 2020

The 3 WORST FONTS For Signage! (Open at Your Own Risk)

In the signage industry, we deal with FONTS on a daily basis. Nearly every sign incorporates text in one way or another. Now, although you may think you know your fonts pretty well, you may be interested to see which POPULAR FONTS we believe you should do your best to stay away from.When fabricating signs, there are 3 THINGS you must consider when evaluating your choice in font.1.

February 17, 2020

Winter is Coming...

Winter is Coming...The beginning of fall is a wonderful time of year. The sweltering heat transitions to more comfortable temperatures, our favorite sports are back in action, and trips to the pumpkin farms and apple orchards are in full swing! Although we love the fall and everything that it brings, Game of Thrones said it best; “Winter is Coming”.When temperatures start to drop in the Midwest, there are certain limitations the cold weather brings in regards to your signage projects...

February 18, 2020

We Can Wrap Anything!: Elevator Graphics

The elevator bay/waiting area is a place where people sit and wait. It is one of the only places in your building where people stand and stare at the elevator doors waiting for the bell to ring and doors to open. Throughout the years we have been able to help many of our customers take advantage of this opportunity.Elevator Graphics and Wraps are another excellent way to add that extra level of interior branding, and continue to send messages to the people in your building as they travel through...

February 17, 2020

The Most Versatile Sign We Offer

Retractable Banner Stands, or “pop up banners” as some of our customers call them, are one of the most popular products we offer. Banner stands come in many different widths, heights, colors, materials, and price ranges, which make them a must-have for many of our customers. Banner Stands are also incredibly easy to use!

February 11, 2020

HDU is the New Brick!

One of the most exciting things about the sign industry, is the constant change and improvements being made across the industry. Advancements in printers and routers, and the increased quality/versatility of digital media are just a few of the drastic improvements over the last 20 years.One of the biggest improvements in the industry that isn’t talked about enough is the development of High Density Urethane, a.k.a., HDU. HDU is an engineered signage material that can be cut, painted, and r...

February 18, 2020

WALL GRAPHICS: Transforming Spaces

Using your imagination when decorating your office space can be a difficult thing. Often times it can be a challenge to find something that combines imagination, and your company’s values and essence. Because of this, most office spaces tend to look the same.

February 11, 2020

Custom Signs: Schaumburg, IL

“Custom Signage” is a term that is thrown around frequently, but more often than not, is not thoroughly explained. So, today’s blog will highlight a recent project that will help to explain what a custom sign is, and will help you to understand standardized signage compared to “custom signage”.Whether you realize it or not, you have seen, read, or used, a standardized sign almost every day of your life. All sign shops, including Divine Signs, fabricate, produce, and install standardized signs on...

February 11, 2020

THE STATS DON'T LIE: Vehicle Graphics & Wraps

Vehicle Graphics and Wraps are becoming more and more prevalent for businesses around the country. It is now very common to see vehicles covered in graphics that display and represent their brand. With every form of signage, it is important to study just how much of an impact a wrapped vehicle can really have.

February 11, 2020

GRAB ATTENTION with POLE BANNERS!

GRAB ATTENTION with POLE BANNERS!Branding the exterior of your building is crucial to attracting customers, but as marketers, we are always looking for ways to reach potential customers SOONER! If that’s the case, pole banners might be just the trick!If you are a hospital, school or university, park district, large retailer, church, or simply a company with a large parking lot, pole banners can add that additional layer of branding you are looking for. Here are a few perks of using pole ba...

February 17, 2020

WALL WRAPS BY DIVINE

Using your imagination when decorating your office space can be a difficult thing. Often times it can be a challenge to find something that combines imagination, and your company’s values and essence. Because of this, most office spaces tend to look the same.

February 11, 2020

VIDEO-CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: Andigo Credit Union

At Divine Signs and Graphics, we thoroughly enjoy being able to take a blank canvas, and help our customers turn a concept into a branding experience. And when Andigo Credit Union called us to brand their new building, we couldn’t wait to get started.Andigo Credit Union (formerly known as MECU) is one of our most complete and unique signage projects to date. Andigo prides themselves on taking the “regular” banking experience and blowing it out of the water.

February 11, 2020

ADA Compliance: Signs

If you own or work at an office building, school, hospital, or church, you are most likely familiar with ADA Signage. ADA Signage are signs that must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which ensures that those with special needs have the proper access to public places and facilities. Here are just a few of the of the ADA Signage requirements.ADA SignsThese signs are typically fabricated with raised text and braille.All text must fall between a specific size range.Signs must be inst...

February 11, 2020

Branding in Multiple Locations

Branding an entire building can be a daunting task. There are many factors that need to be accounted for when undertaking the branding of a new building. The colors, theme, and placement must be perfect to create the best customer experience.

February 11, 2020

Custom by Divine!

“Custom Signage” is a term that is thrown around frequently, but more often than not, is not thoroughly explained. So, today’s blog will highlight a recent project that will help to explain what a custom sign is, and will help you to understand standardized signage compared to “custom signage”.Whether you realize it or not, you have seen, read, or used, a standardized sign almost every day of your life. All sign shops, including Divine Signs, fabricate, produce, and install standardized signs on...

February 11, 2020

Does a sign REALLY make a DIFFERENCE? The Numbers Don’t Lie!

I think we can all agree that a sign is a good thing to have at our businesses. But just how much of a difference does a sign REALLY make? Most of us see a sign as a way to complete our building, make it look more professional, or even as a way to make your building “prettier”.

February 18, 2020

New Office? The Branding Basics

When you are renovating your new space, one of the main priorities is how you are going to brand this building. The ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere that effectively and creatively displays your brand, but at the same time, does not overwhelm customers or employees. Throughout our years in this business, we have identified 3 spots that are perfect for your logo.1. Lobby: Your lobby or main entrance is prime real estate for company branding.

February 11, 2020

You Name It, We Wrap it.

You Name It, We Wrap it.Vehicle Wraps are becoming increasingly popular in recent years; and no, I’m not talking about hip-hop songs about cars. In both the corporate and personal sector, vehicle graphics are becoming a staple for most fleets. Although we are experts at wrapping vehicles of all shapes and sizes, cars and trucks are not the only things we wrap.Divine Signs is your full service, one-stop-shop, for all things “wraps”.

February 17, 2020

CHANGE YOUR SPACE with Dimensional Letters!

CHANGE YOUR SPACE with Dimensional Letters!3-Dimensional Letters are one of the most versatile products at any sign shop. 3-Dimensional Letters can be seen anywhere from interior lobbies, to exterior high-rises. Dimensional letters can be custom routed and painted from almost any material to match your desired look and feel.

February 17, 2020

Top 3 Uses for Banner Stands!

Retractable Banner Stands, or “pop up banners” as some of our customers call them, are one of the most popular products we offer. Banner stands come in many different widths, heights, colors, materials, and price ranges, which make them a must-have for many of our customers. Banner Stands are also incredibly easy to use!

February 11, 2020

We Can Wrap Anything!

Digitally Printed Graphics can transform nearly any surface or object. Digital Graphics, also known as wraps, have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years. Although their most common application is their use on vehicles, wraps are also commonly seen on walls, floors, elevators, tables, windows, and almost anything else you can think of!Why are Wraps so popular?They can transform almost any object into a marketing opportunity.Whether it is a wall, elevator, table-top, podium, ATM, or e...

February 11, 2020

Retail Experts!

Retail Experts!If your familiar with the mall scene, you have surely noticed how often new stores come to the mall, and existing stores move locations within that mall. Oftentimes retailers will have 3-4 different locations in the same mall; some lasting a few months, and others a few years!We have the privilege of helping our retail customers set up the signage for their temporary and permanent workplaces throughout some of the largest shopping malls in the state of Illinois. In the case of a t...

February 17, 2020

Special Event TIPS and TRICKS!

Signage is a mandatory necessity for every special event. Whether it is a Golf Outing or Banquet, signage can play a large role in making your event a special one. We know that planning and organizing special events is no easy task.

February 17, 2020

Children's Hospital - University of IL medical Center

When the University of Illinois Medical Center re-opened their outstanding Children's Hospital they went the extra mile to make certain that when their little patients and families were on the floor that the decor would be one of the elements that would brighten their outlook. Divine Signs worked with the design team to deliver wayfinding signage, transform a ceramic tile wall into a goregoeus would wall with bright colored dimensional letters, frames and mounted prints, eyecatching "wall wraps"...

February 17, 2020

Customers Become Partners

It's not uncommon in the sign business to utilize various suppliers, sub-contractors, and vendors to complete a job. If you are a sign company focusing on the NEEDS of your customers (vs selling only what you can make yourself) inevitably you will have to go outside your shop to complete the job. (Electricians, Masons, Concrete Work, Fabrication, Digital Displays, etc.).

February 17, 2020

Budget Beater - Refresh VS. New

At times we are asked to "refresh" an existing sign vs. fabricating and installing a new sign..in this case we transformed this sign, for the new owners, from a sign that had out of date tenant information, an old paint color, and the wear and tear associated with tenant changes/age..... This refreshed sign includes a new scheme for tenant changes that will not leave behind scars and faded paint....

February 17, 2020

I Only Have One Nose to Give

Oftentimes people take for granted the power of a well-designed, professionally installed sign. A sign like the one in the photo is usually installed AFTER someone did not open the door slowly...yikes! I only have one nose to give....Everywhere we look we see signs of all types, shapes, and sizes.

February 17, 2020

RSVP On Steroids

Next time you can't make a party or a meeting....don't just simply respond "no"....send yourself. Imagine showing up for a party via UPS or FedEX? Can you tell which of the 3 are real?...or are they all "pop-up people"?....or are they all real?

February 17, 2020

The Stats Don’t Lie: Vehicle Graphics

Vehicle Graphics and Wraps are becoming more and more prevalent for businesses around the country. It is now very common to see vehicles covered in graphics that display and represent their brand. With every form of signage, it is important to study just how much of an impact a wrapped vehicle can really have.

February 17, 2020

Does Divine Signs do Promotional Products?

Does Divine Signs do Promotional Products? As a matter of fact, we do! Thanks so much for asking!Oftentimes the importance of promotional products are overlooked by business owners and marketing departments, and we understand why that can happen!

February 18, 2020

TRANSFORMATION Specialists!

At Divine Signs, we specialize in transformations. There is nothing more gratifying for us than being able to help our customers transform a wall, entrance, vehicle, or facility. The reason why signage transformations can be so impactful, is because signs represent your company in one way or another.

February 18, 2020

Custom Routed Signs OVERNIGHT!

Have you ever wondered how your signs got their custom shape? How did we cut your sign to make a perfect circle? Or how did we take a raw piece of material and cut it to perfectly match the text and design of your logo?

February 18, 2020

Pool Season with Divine!

As Memorial Day approaches, so does the beginning of pool season! Park Districts, privately owned pools, and country clubs are all getting their facilities ready for pool season. Along with cleaning, repairs, and filling, there are signs that need to be updated!Over the past 15 years, we have partnered with more than 20 park districts throughout the state, and every year before Memorial Day, we help to outfit each pool with the appropriate signage and branding before the season opens.If you visi...

February 18, 2020

A Sign that Lasts a Lifetime: Bronze Plaques

In our industry, there are many ways to recognize the exceptional. Signage for special events, customer or employee appreciation, or even grand openings, are all ways to recognize the people or buildings that go above and beyond. Although these are all viable options, there is nothing more elegant or honorable, than a custom cast bronze or aluminum plaque.When we fabricate these plaques for our customers, you can see AND feel the craftsmanship.

February 18, 2020

Form Meets Function

Form Meets FunctionSelling an empty building can be a daunting task. Commercial Realtors do their best to encourage their clients to “use their imagination”, but it can be difficult to see beyond the blank walls and empty rooms. Throughout the years, we have partnered with many commercial real estate companies to turn blank walls into vibrant advertisements.

February 18, 2020

Sandblasted Signs

There is nothing more artistic or nostalgic than a sandblasted sign. The intricate detail, carved wood, and vibrant colors, make for an excellent “Old Town” feel. This unique look, makes these signs excellent for a variety of settings.

February 18, 2020

Window Graphics: The Time is Coming!

Window Graphics: The Time is Coming!As the winter turns to spring, our customers begin to look at the exterior of their buildings for marketing opportunities. If your home is the Midwest (or anywhere that has sub 50 temps), you know that certain signage is dependent on weather. Window graphics is an excellent way to brand the exterior of your building, but requires warm weather for installation.

February 18, 2020

Totally CUSTOM!

Totally CUSTOM! “Custom Signage” is a term that is thrown around frequently, but more often than not, is not thoroughly explained. So, today’s blog will highlight a recent project that will help to explain what a custom sign is, and will help you to understand standardized signage compared to “custom signage”.Whether you realize it or not, you have seen, read, or used, a standardized sign almost every day of your life.

February 18, 2020

How to Brand Multiple Locations!

How to Brand Multiple Locations!Branding an entire building can be a daunting task. There are many factors that need to be accounted for when undertaking the branding of a new building. The colors, theme, and placement must be perfect to create the best customer experience.

February 18, 2020

Same Ugly Pillar, Different Dress

Same Ugly Pillar, Different DressA HUGE part of the signage and graphics industry is being able to take something “ugly” and make it look appealing. Throughout the years, many of our customers have called us wanting to transform a physical characteristic of their building or property, and make it look better. It is not uncommon for us to hear about ugly pillars, plain walls, boring hallways, or lack-luster lobbies.

February 18, 2020

Tradeshow Season with Divine!

Tradeshow Season with Divine!Although we may not want to admit it, winter is here. And although winter does not bring the nicest weather, it does mean the beginning of tradeshow season! Tradeshow’s are incredible opportunities to meet new vendors and suppliers, along with getting your name out to potential customers.

February 18, 2020

Printing 101: Flat Bed Printing vs. Wide Format Roll Printers

Printing 101: Flat Bed Printing vs. Wide Format Roll PrintersIn our previous blog, we briefly mentioned some of the advancements in the signage industry, and how far this industry has progressed in the last 50 years. In almost every sign shop, the printers are the workhorses of the company.

February 18, 2020

To Wrap, or Not to Wrap? Volume 2

To Wrap, or Not to Wrap? Volume 2If you are from the Chicagoland area, chances are you have heard of Woodfield Mall. Woodfield Mall is one of the nation’s largest shopping malls, and has a very healthy Kiosk storefront population.

February 11, 2020

To Wrap, or Not to Wrap?

To Wrap, or Not to Wrap?In recent years we have noticed, and been a part of, the increased interest and popularity in the wrapping craze that is sweeping through the sign and graphics industry. Not only are people realizing that they can wrap or put graphics on their personal and commercial vehicles, but they are also beginning to realize the usefulness of printed graphics in many other applications. As we have mentioned in previous posts, wraps/graphics can be used on vehicles, walls, kiosks, e...

February 18, 2020

GET NOTICED at Your Retail Storefront!

GET NOTICED at Your Retail Storefront!Having a retail storefront means that you are trying to get noticed. As a signage provider, we have the pleasure of helping our customers attract new and existing customers to their space, along with boosting their brand awareness. Over the years of supplying signage for retailers, we have found that there are three key components to every successful storefront signage package.BE CLEAR!

February 18, 2020

Signage Takeover!

Signage Takeover!This year, we had the opportunity to produce and install all of the signage for Cushman & Wakefield’s 2016 Symposium; a large conference for their staff at the Marriot Chicago Downtown.These projects are so fun, because we are able to completely brand and transform an entire hotel with branded signage. The goal of these “Signage Takeovers” is for the staff at C & W to see the work that their company does to invest in them, and branding every nook and cr...

February 18, 2020

Use Your Imagination....with Wall Graphics!!

Use Your Imagination....with Wall Graphics!!Using your imagination when decorating your office space can be a difficult thing. Often times it can be a challenge to find something that combines imagination, and your companies values and essence. Because of this, most office spaces tend to look the same.

February 18, 2020

Special Event Signage!

Special Event Signage!Signage is a mandatory necessity for every special event. Whether it is a Golf Outing or Banquet, signage can play a large role in making your event a special one. We know that planning and organizing special events is no easy task.

February 18, 2020

EXTERIOR SIGN SEASON VOLUME 4: WAYFINDING MONUMENT SIGNS!

Exterior Sign Season Volume 4: Wayfinding Monument Signs!Navigating a large and confusing parking lot can not only be frustrating, but dangerous as well! Our customer in the photograph above manages and owns the property that these signs were fabricated for. If you take a look at the map, you can see that there are 5 buildings, many different parking lots, and a bunch of different ways to get to each building!

February 18, 2020

Exterior Sign Season Volume 3: Pole Banners!

Exterior Sign Season Volume 3: Pole Banners!Branding the exterior of your building is crucial to attracting customers, but as marketers, we are always looking for ways to reach potential customers SOONER! If that’s the case, pole banners might be just the trick!If you are a hospital, school or university, park district, large retailer, church, or simply a company with a large parking lot, pole banners can add that additional layer of branding you are looking for. Here are a few perks of us...

February 18, 2020

MAXIMIZE YOUR BUDGET!

MAXIMIZE YOUR BUDGET!TMS was looking for a way to take their school, and move it in a more current and consistently branded direction. Like most of our clients, our customer wanted to MAXIMIZE their budget to get the most VALUE out of their signage. Although this seems straightforward, it is not always an easy task.

February 18, 2020

Exterior Sign Season (Volume 2)! Tips & Tricks!

Exterior Sign Season (Volume 2)! Tips & Tricks!If you keep up with our blogs, you know that Exterior Sign Season is upon us. The warm weather has people out and about, and has companies and organizations more aware of their branding.

February 18, 2020

WE WRAP IT ALL!

WE WRAP IT ALL!When we say that we can Wrap anything, WE REALLY MEAN IT! Oftentimes when people hear the word “Wrap” or “Graphics” their first thought jumps to cars or walls. Although Cars and Walls are common things to wrap, the fun doesn’t end there!Conference Room Table: Although there is nothing wrong with a standard wood grain conference table, we were looking for a fun way to spice up our conference room table.

February 18, 2020

3 TIPS FOR HIGH-IMPACT VEHICLE GRAPHICS!

3 Tips for High-Impact Vehicle Graphics!Take a moment to travel with me into the mind of an excited business owner. Don't worry, we'll be back to reality in a flash!"Man, I am excited. I finally decided to get graphics on my company vehicles.

February 18, 2020

Mercedes-Benz Car Wrap!

Mercedes-Benz Car Wrap!In our industry, it is very common for full service sign & graphics companies to get labeled as “Commercial only” vehicle wrappers. People often think they have to take their car to a specialty graphics installer or detail shop to get the job done right. At Divine Signs and Graphics, that is simply not the case.If you need a Vehicle Wrap in the Chicagoland area, look no further. The customer photographed above had a very high end luxury vehicle, a...

February 18, 2020

Exterior Sign Season!

Exterior Sign Season!With the warm weather finally upon us, and hopefully here to stay, it is time to spruce up your Exterior Signage. Summer weather means that more people are out and about, which in turn means that more people are seeing your signs!Your exterior signage is the first impression that your company makes to the public. Make sure that impression is impressive!

February 18, 2020

Where Should I Brand?

Where Should I Brand?When you are renovating your new space, one of the main priorities is how you are going to brand this building. The ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere that effectively and creatively displays your brand, but at the same time, does not overwhelm customers or employees. Throughout our years in this business, we have identified 3 spots that are perfect for your logo.1. Lobby: Your lobby or main entrance is prime real estate for company branding.

February 18, 2020

A SIGN FOR LIFE

A Sign for LifeIn our industry, there are many ways to recognize the exceptional. Signage for special events, customer or employee appreciation, or even grand openings, are all ways to recognize the people or buildings that go above and beyond. Although these are all viable options, there is nothing more elegant or honorable, than a custom cast bronze or aluminum plaque.When we fabricate these plaques for our customers, you can see AND feel the craftsmanship.

February 18, 2020

3M CERTIFIED AND AVERY DENNISON CERTIFIED INSTALLER

You can have the most beautifully designed graphics, produced using the highest quality materials, but unless you have an expert installing your graphics, it could all be for nothing!In our industry, there are two main players in the graphics manufacturing sector: 3M, and Avery Dennison. Although there are many other graphic manufacturers on the market, 3M and Avery Dennison occupy a majority of the marketplace. These two companies supply thousands of sign and graphics companies around the natio...

February 18, 2020

Sandblasted Signage

Sandblasted SignageThere is nothing more artistic or nostalgic than a sandblasted sign. The intricate detail, carved wood, and vibrant colors, make for an excellent “Old Town” feel. This unique look, makes these signs excellent for a variety of settings.

February 18, 2020

Creating HIGH IMPACT SIGNAGE in our Fast Moving Communities.

Creating HIGH IMPACT SIGNAGE in our Fast Moving Communities.In our society, people want things FAST! Everything we do is instant. Things such as checking emails, replying to text messages, getting the news, and checking scores, are all things we can do with the click of a button.

February 18, 2020

A Dozen Years

Throughout our 12+ years in business we have been blessed with very loyal customers. The customer photographed above is an example of a customer we have had from the start. This customer is a 5-Star retirement community located in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, and houses thousands of residents on its 60 acre campus.Over the last Dozen Years we have supplied this customer with all of their signage needs.

February 18, 2020

Custom Signage!

Custom Signage!If you have read previous blogs, or are familiar with Divine Signs, you know that we make “custom signs”. Just what does a “custom” sign entail? When we use the phrase “custom sign”, we are referring to a sign that needs to be designed, fabricated, and installed from scratch.

February 18, 2020

Divine in Action!!

Divine in Action!!Not only do we produce and offer trade show displays to our customers, but we actually use them at trade shows as well!! So many times, your signage supplier will sell you a story of how easy something is to set up, or how attractive it may be to people walking by, without ever actually using it themselves! At Divine, we practice what we preach!The picture above is a front view of our trade show display in-action at the 2016 Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Confere...

February 18, 2020

Neon Signs or LED Signs

Neon Signs or LED SignsKNOWLEDGE is power, and here at Divine, we want to supply you with all the information you need, from our experience in the Sign Industry, so you can make the smartest sign choice for your company.When the time comes to add a new illuminated sign for your business, you are typically presented with two options for lighting your sign: Neon lighting or LED lighting. From our experience, LED signs are far superior to Neon signs in almost every category.LED's are the future...

February 18, 2020

DON'T BRAND BIG...BRAND HUGE!

Don't Brand Big...BRAND HUGE!The customer photographed above recently built a brand new facility. The large walls and high ceilings throughout this building created a cutting edge and spacious look. When you enter through the front doors you are greeted by a massive white wall spanning over 100 feet in width, and over 25 feet tall.

February 18, 2020

AWARD WINNING WRAPS!

AWARD WINNING WRAPS!Congratulations to our customers at the Arlington Heights Park District and Schaumburg Park District on their Award Winning Vehicle Wraps!Every year the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) puts on the largest 3 day conference for Park Districts in the country. Hundreds of park districts come from all over Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana to participate in workshops, attend special events, and meet new vendors.Every year, the IAPD runs an Agency Showcase that is...

February 18, 2020

Out with the Old, in with the New!

Out with the Old, in with the New!Evolution is a part of every successful business. Throughout a company’s lifespan, the need to evolve is a necessary change to remain successful, and increase your success each year. When a company evolves, they are looking to change the way that customers perceive their firm.

February 18, 2020

How to Deal with Mother Nature

How to Deal with Mother NatureIn life, and especially in business, there are many things we CAN control. We can control our pricing, the way we treat our customers, the way we treat our employees, the equipment we buy, and the list goes on. But one thing we CAN'T control is Mother Nature.As a sign company, especially a sign company in Chicago, we are always working with and around the ever-changing weather outside.

February 18, 2020

BUDGET BEATER: Refreshed vs. New

BUDGET BEATER: Refreshed vs. NewAt times we are asked to "refresh" an existing sign vs. fabricating and installing a new sign.

February 18, 2020

Meet the Staff Vol. 4: Business Development

Meet the Staff Vol. 4: Business DevelopmentThe Business Development team at Divine Signs is in charge of bringing in new business, and managing those customers from beginning to end. The Business Development team attends and is heavily involved in local Business Associations, are the main points of contact for a majority of our customers, and manage projects through each stage of design, production, and installation.

February 18, 2020

Make Money with Your Elevators!

Make Money with Your Elevators!The elevator bay/waiting area is a place where people sit and wait. It is one of the only places in your building where people stand and stare at the elevator doors waiting for the bell to ring and doors to open. Throughout the years we have been able to help many of our customers take advantage of this opportunity.Elevator Graphics and Wraps are another excellent way to add that extra level of interior branding, and continue to send messages to the people in your ...

February 18, 2020

BRAND BIG AND BRIGHT!

Brand BIG and BRIGHT!Fabric backdrops are the premier way to BRAND your company in a BIG and BRIGHT way. You will most commonly see these displays at trade shows, hotels and convention centers, media days & press releases, or even company lobbies. Our customers love this product because of our ability to print and produce crystal clear images, wrinkle free fabric, and turn up the brightness on all of their colors.These backdrops are so great for a number of reasons:1. Quick and Painless...

February 11, 2020

Tips and Tricks for Retail Signage

Tips and Tricks for Retail SignageCongratulations! You just signed the lease on your new retail space, and you’re thrilled about the new business that will be coming your way. One of the most exciting parts about operating out of a retail space is the high volume of traffic that passes by your location.

February 18, 2020

Why are Way-finding Signs so Important?

Why are Way-finding Signs so Important?All buildings have one thing in common. The people who own them or run them want the customer experience to be as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Whether you are a private or publicly owned business, state run institution, not-for-profit, or even in the health care sector, you always want to people inside of your building to have as positive of an experience as possible.We have all been inside the building, wandering around aimlessly, that is in extreme...

February 18, 2020

Meet the Staff Volume 3: Production Team

Meet the Staff Volume 3: Production TeamA sign company can design the most beautiful signage, sell a billion dollars worth of signs, but without a talented production and installation team, you’re nowhere. At Divine Signs we are blessed to have an extremely talented and experienced production and installation team.Our production team is in charge of producing, building, and installing all of the signage projects that come through our shop. This group has produced, built, and installed mill...

February 18, 2020

Large Scale Corporate Conference

Large Scale Corporate ConferenceLarge scale corporate conferences are so much fun for us at Divine, because our customers get to experience and take advantage of our full capabilities. Our customer photographed above is one of the fastest growing payroll companies in the nation, and every year has a conference to celebrate their clients, and train their employees. It was our pleasure to be the signage supplier for this event, and help our customer celebrate their success and brand their large sc...

February 18, 2020

From Camera to Canvas

From Camera to CanvasCanvas prints are not only one of the most popular ways to decorate your home, but are also frequently seen in corporate conference rooms, lobbies/waiting rooms, and hallways. At Divine Signs, our high-end printers can print any photo, image, or design, on to canvas, and bring your photographs from camera to canvas.Canvas prints are so appealing commercially and residentially because they have a very unique look and feel. From a few steps off, the canvas looks like a high qu...

February 18, 2020