Innovative Results Gym in Costa Mesa bills itself as “Orange County’s only Adventure Gym”, and rightly so. Owner Aaron Guyett has gone to great lengths to create a Gym environment that invokes the feeling of being outdoors. Even the flooring is grass-like and the addition of a rock climbing wall is certainly adventurous. To pull this theme together, Aaron approached us to install large wall graphics in the form of photos of people enjoying outdoor activities here in Coastal Orange County.
To accomplish this we enlisted the aid of Shutter Stock which is a great source for finding photos and vector art work. A tip here: if you’re going to blow up a photo to the size of the murals we did make sure you download the highest resolution option available on Shutter Stock. You don’t want to lose any image integrity when enlarging the photo. Once we had the photos selected and approved, we had to determine the best approach to the material to be used and the width of the strips to be printed. If you print the strips too wide, it makes matching them up perfectly more difficult, albeit, smaller strips take more time to install. The end result was the decision to print on a calendared vinyl which we then laminated in a luster finish. The width we landed on was 30″. I believe the largest of the eight murals we installed required something like 39 strips.
The biggest concern about a project like this is making sure the wall surface is clean so the vinyl will adhere properly. If the surface is not clean you can bet the vinyl will peel sooner than you’d like. In an ideal world, the walls will have been freshly painted with a couple of weeks curing to boot.
If you’re considering a similar large format wall graphic project in Costa Mesa, give us a call to come out and do an onsite visit. That way we can recommend what kind of covering should be used (wall paper or vinyl or treated fabric) and consult on design as well. The wall paper and vinyl actually run about the same cost, though the wall paper is easier to install. This is because we use HP PVC free wall paper which has a built in adhesive (thus no paste mess).
We make signs. One of a kind signs. Custom designed, fabricated and installed, just for you. It’s a big deal to get a new sign, so choosing your sign company is important. I bet 30% of our business comes from decision makers who already have a sign company, but need a better, more responsive, more caring sign company. We thought if you are looking for a new sign, you’d probably like to get to know us a little better, so we put together this one minute video.
What we didn’t include in the video are all of our services and products. But we hope at the end you’ll get an idea of the people who make this company, and the values and mission we honor. Thank you for considering Focal Point Signs! Call us at 714-204-0180.
Saddleback Business Park’s custom Lobby Sign by Focal Point Signs; one of our favorite types of signs to work with customers on are lobby signs. Partly because there is a tremendous sense of pride knowing that the first impression of an Office Building is often the Lobby Sign. It sets the tone and creates expectations of what the experience in the building will be. The Lobby Sign is an extension of the buildings’ personality and the companies’ brand. The sign can be lovely and solemn like a beautiful high-brow woman or fun and colorful like an exuberant child. Every Lobby Sign is its own custom, one of a kind creation. Like Michelangelo working on his David, we get completely entrapped in the creative process excitedly passing back and forth ideas on the materials we can marry to create the overall “theme” and feeling. Yes! Lobby Signs are a passion!! Let us render in Illustrator the object of our obsession. Give us aluminum and acrylic and let our hands begin to play the instruments of our trade! The panel saw, router, and flame polisher! Ah, the smell of substrate being molded to our very desire. Carpe diem!
On the, albeit, selfish side, it’s also just plain fun for us to work with Lobby Signs. On installation day the energy is palpable in the air. Employees find reasons to linger a little longer to watch the new creation go up. Everyone is happy. It’s like getting a new car, or new jewelry for the office walls! I am blessed to be in a trade that gives me and all of our employees a sense of pride and accomplishment. We actually get to see the end result of our labors, and know that for years to come our creation will grace the office lobby and like a silent stalwart, greet all who enter.
We recently had the privilege of making an astonishingly elegant Lobby Sign for Saddleback Business Park, and I have to say it really is the center piece of the office. The elegance is in the simplicity of the design and how well it works with surrounding colors. I thought it would be interesting for anyone considering a similar approach to their lobby sign to see the process, so we made this video. If you are looking for a new Lobby Sign and want to work with people who get excited about projects and really want to work with you, then give us a call at 714-204-0180.
LED Signs are extremely popular today, and the newest most creative alternative on the market today is the SpellBrite System. This is so simple and so affordable, it makes the once cost prohibitive neon sign now in the reach of any business owner. You simply order the letters you want and snap them into place. Voila! A neon-like sign that is cool to the touch. Looking for a special gift? How about a custom sign for that special someone’s man cave?
What we love about this product for the small business is that you can change the signs’ message at any time. Let’s say you are running a lunch special for $6.95 and need to change it to $7.95 later, all you need is to switch out the number 6 for the number 7 and you have a new neon-like sign. We also love that this sign uses half the electricity of neon and has the long lasting LED technology.
It may seem counter-intuitive to think of eco-friendly commercial printing, but the HP L26500 printer we use is exactly that. This new technology not only is capable of reproducing photographic quality images in spectacular full color, but also uses inks that are not chemically based, but rather are water based. Interestingly enough, the inks used by this technology last longer than those used in the past and are more durable too. We also have the flexibility of printing on a multitude of materials including banner, vinyl, poster, polyester, nylon, and wall paper. What is more impressive is that the HPL26500 prints on PVC Free wall paper which is perfect for hospitals and schools and because this is latex based there is no residual ink or chemical smell. HP even makes a biodegradable banner material perfect for Green Companies.
Yes, I do sound a bit like a geekazoid getting all excited about what this “mother of all large format printers” can do…but, the color quality she rips out is absolutely stunning. Recently I received a phone call from the property manager of a large business park here in Orange County. She’s been using the same sign guy since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, so her guy is comfortable making her post and panel signs, but he’d not yet encountered this project. She wanted a facelift for the leasing office which included a new lobby sign – which is to be the center jewel of the remodel. Imagine the classy look of polished acrylic on a large scale, affixed to the freshly painted walls with 3/4″ brushed aluminum stand offs, and full color graphics of the complex with their logo proudly blazed across the bottom….a vision of loveliness. However, her sign guy was using old technology that couldn’t reproduce the colors she wanted. A big Lobby Sign (the first impression of the professionalism of the organization) is a big deal and this lady wants it right! That’s where we came in. We were able to exactly reproduce the gradient colors she needed and in such high quality, it was perfection. So – it’s a happy end to the story all because we use the HPL26500.
If you need super high quality graphics for your signage; lobby signs, vehicle wraps, banners, or any other sign – call us. Focal Point “where your business is the center of attention”. 714-204-0180