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You're going to have to be creative to design a business sign that attracts customers, and I'm going to help you out with that. Hawaii has a whole book of rules about what kinds of retail signs are allowed, how big they can be, and whether you can light 'em up. There are no giant billboards or shopping center monuments with tenants' names. In places like Waikiki, you can only use indirect lighting. And one more thing … in Hawaii, the size of your sign is determined by how much business frontage you have.

Your goal is to put up a sign that promotes what you sell and directs customers to your front door. I can help you with that. We'll run through some fresh ideas that can be adapted to fit almost any budget. Depending on where you're located, storefront signs may be lit or unlit, made of different kinds of materials, or be as simple as vinyl lettering on your window.

First, ask yourself whether your selling a brand or a product. A brand is something everyone recognizes, either a name or a logo, like Time Market. If your sign promotes a brand, the design is already taken care of and all you have to decide is how big. On the other hand, if you're selling a product, deciding what the sign will say is more complicated. For a business named Kimo's Crack Seed, should you make Kimo the bigger letters, or Crack Seed. That's called ranking, so that the most important words are bigger and more predominant.

Two more thoughts about design, then we can make some budget decisions. First, what font or typestyle should the sign letters be? Choosing the right font can do more than just spell your business name, it can tell a story about your business. The big box retailers keep their sign letters big and bold and I think most of the time, that's a winner. Don't forget, most people will see your business sign from a moving vehicle, so it has to be easy to read the best fonts for commercial signs include Helvetica , Futura, Grammond, Bodoni, and Frutiger.

On the other hand, a distinctive typestyle that fits your business can help you get noticed and stand out from the crowd. A creative font or graphic can set you apart. Color can also have a dramatic impact on sign design. Consider Home Depot with their bright orange.

Channel letters are the most common kind of lighted business sign at most of the major shopping centers. As a matter of face, they're usually required. Face lit channel letters look great and have the best nighttime visibility. If you're located on a busy street, thousands of customers will see your sign every day and every night, whether you're open or not. Halo lighting, sometimes called indirect illumination, is different from face lit channel letters. It's intentionally understated to create a more upscale feel. The light comes out the back of the letter and reflects off your storefront wall. Waikiki requires indirectly lit signage, so you'll see lots of halo lit letters on Kalakaua Ave.

Face Lit Channel Letters Business Sign for Grylt

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