So you need a sign?
Knowing that you need a sign is sometimes the easiest part of the sign making process, but that’s OK. At Spectrum Signs we do our best to make sure you know what to expect when you order a sign from us. This not only gives you a timeline but it also shows you why we look at each sign as a custom order and not just a cookie to cut out.
Customer contacts Spectrum Signs with an idea or need for new signage. An account rep then meets with the customer on site, if possible, to gather information.
This starts at the initial meeting. Your rep will sketch out the signage you are looking for along with the placement. They will also take measurements and pictures to finish the concept in the office with a designer.
During this stage, if necessary, permitting will be researched.
Design & Quote
Here, the designer creates a basic mock-up for the project, allowing an estimator to quote the project. Once the quote is approved and deposit is secured, the project will move on to the next stage.
Site preparations such as electrical needs or pre-construction will be specified at this stage as well.
Proof & Approval
This stage is designed to ensure you receive the exact sign you are looking for. The designer will add any missing elements to create a final mock-up. This is sent to the customer to make sure all the details are correct. If the customer would like to see changes this is the time, a change during this stage is a minimal delay compared to a change while in manufacturing.
One of the most important stage for us at Spectrum Signs is Quality Control. Both during and after manufacturing we verify your sign is fabricated to industry standards as well as our own personal standards.
Once manufacturing is near completion, we will schedule the installation of the signage. We will review install time, expectations and site prep once again and schedule the installation.
Customer contacts Spectrum Signs with a need for a custom print. If the customer knows what type of print/mount they need it moves straight to the quoting stage.If they need help deciding how to layout their print or what material(s) needs to be used an account rep will help them with the options.
Here we will ask a few questions to understand why you need your print, what environment it will be in and the message it will need to convey. Once we have determaned what materials are to be used a quote can be created.
Here, the estimator will quote the project based on the information gathered in the last stage. Once the quote is approved and deposit is secured, the project will move on to the next stage.
If the print is to be installed, any needed site preparations will be outlined with the quote (wall finish, hall closures, etc.).
Proof & Approval
This stage is designed to ensure your print is free of errors and is laid out correctly. If art is not supplied by the customer the designer will create a mock-up. this is sent to the customer to make sure all the details are correct. If the customer supplied print ready artwork, the designer will proof it to verify print accuracy.
Vector files should have fonts embedded or converted to outlines & spot colors should be called out. Image files should be saved as CMYK.
At this stage your art will be RIPed and printed on the materials specified in the previous stages.
Spectrum Signs used 6 color print technology and collaborates medias on a regular basis, this combats color drift. We also verify/create new ICC profiles for new medias as we bring them in. This ensurs color consistency across multiple media types and brands.
Once printing is completed it moves to finishing. This is where you print is laminated, mounted, trimmed and/or assembled.
One of the most important stage for us at Spectrum Signs is Quality Control. Both during and after manufacturing we verify your custom print is produced to industry standards as well as our own personal standards.
Once the print is near completion, we will schedule the installation of the project. We will review install time, expectations and site prep once again and schedule the installation.