Sign & Digital Graphics

November '15

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58 • November 2015 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS "Blending the vintage with the more modern elements was the ultimate goal, and the sign system has been very well received," Cox says. Cox points to careful attention with this kind of work because "the various substrates, finishes and textures must be executed to be both aesthetically pleas- ing, sufficiently durable and compatible with the framework, brackets and hard- ware required to secure the sign." Most often the types of substrates that are used, and the methods of installation being implemented are left to the sign maker's discretion. "Rarely do we get a customer who is specific about the materials used on the sign," Cox says. Ziglin echoes by saying, "We don't consult with our customers about mate- rials. The customer sees a piece of paper and they say, 'That looks cool, make it look like that.' The rest of it is on us and our vendors." Very recently, Ziglin Signs was awarded a project that included fully cus- tomized elements from concept to finish. "A customer wanted us to do a 3 D six-foot-tall sparkplug," Ziglin says. "To come up and figure out how to make this and then figure out some type of stand for trade shows and other venues— there's a lot that goes into the thought process behind it." Ziglin admits, he wasn't sure which way they wanted to go with this project. "There are several ways you can skin a cat," he describes. "Ideally, with the five-axis CNC router and the technol- ogy that's out there, you can do things a lot easier." Ziglin leveraged not only his machin- ery but his team to make the sparkplug project come to life. "With this particular project, it's an 18-inch round realistic sparkplug that we sliced into two-inch pieces and laminated all together." After that they hand sanded the sur- face and painted it to make it look as realistic as possible—even as a larger- than-life automotive component. Many times, one project can grow into several projects as has been the case at Ziglin Signs. "Keeping the work in-house allows us to get very creative," Roger Cox says. Outdoors, these routed signs are highly visible and present a classic look. (Image courtesy of House of Signs)

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