architectural signs

Calgary Transit – LRT Parking

Directional Signs

Added 24 Nov 2016

Calgary Transit – LRT Parking

Directional Signs

Winsport

Directional Signs

Added 24 Nov 2016

Winsport

Directional Signs

Calgary Tower Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Monolith Pylon Sign

Added 24 Nov 2016

Calgary Tower Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Monolith Pylon Sign

Sky Pointe

Construction Signs

Added 9 Mar 2016

Sky Pointe

Construction Signs

Alberta Children’s Hospital

Parkade Level Painted Wall Sign

Added 6 Apr 2015

Alberta Children’s Hospital

Parkade Level Painted Wall Sign

Shane Homes

Vinyl Lettering & Graphics

Added 2 Apr 2015

Shane Homes

Vinyl Lettering & Graphics

University of Calgary Spy Hill Campus

Room Sign

Added 2 Apr 2015

University of Calgary Spy Hill Campus

Room Sign

West LRT Parkade

Stair Sign

Added 2 Apr 2015

West LRT Parkade

Stair Sign

University of Calgary Spy Hill Campus

Freestanding Low Impact Sign

Added 17 Mar 2015

University of Calgary Spy Hill Campus

Freestanding Low Impact Sign

Ronald McDonald House – Calgary

Engraved Architectural Sign with Donor Plaque

Added 17 Mar 2015

Ronald McDonald House – Calgary

Engraved Architectural Sign with Donor Plaque

Information & Privacy Commissioner

Metal Office Architectural Sign

Added 17 Mar 2015

Information & Privacy Commissioner

Metal Office Architectural Sign

E-mart

Non-Illuminated Interior Awning

Added 17 Mar 2015

E-mart

Non-Illuminated Interior Awning

E-mart

Non-Illuminated Interior Awning

Added 17 Mar 2015

E-mart

Non-Illuminated Interior Awning

Southcentre Mall

Hanging Architectural Sign

Added 13 Jan 2015

Southcentre Mall

Hanging Architectural Sign

Washroom Sign

Washroom Sign

Added 9 Feb 2014

Washroom Sign

Washroom Sign

University of Calgary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Projection Washroom Architectural Sign

Added 9 Feb 2014

University of Calgary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Projection Washroom Architectural Sign

If you walk around a university, you’ll probably notice that each piece of campus signage visually relates to the next. This is an example of an architectural sign system and can include a variety of sign types such as directory boards, campus maps and bathroom signs.

Architectural signs are designed for both aesthetics and function, with function being foremost. This means language simplicity, readability and position are the most important design factors contributing to their core purpose. Because they are an integrated part of facility design, architectural signs are often treated as a more permanent installation than other signs. As a result, they can be made from a variety of strong materials, from stainless steel to wood, as a stand-alone sign or part of a comprehensive sign system.

People rely on design conventions to gather information quickly so, when creating a system of signs, it’s crucial to use visual elements consistently. For instance, if the signs in different wings of a hospital are color coded, people take that as a cue to know they are in the right place. It may seem like a lot of extra work up front, but establishing a clear “branding guide,” that outlines these visual “rules,” will speed up the process for any additional signs that need to be created. Just think, many of the design questions that a sign manufacturer will ask will already be answered.

While practicality is important to architectural signs, you can have fun too. The form your architectural signs will take will also depend on the image you want to project about your business. If you’re creating signs for a children’s hospital, you’ll want to design something bright and welcoming, that’s easy for young and old to understand. If you’re setting up a security technology company, a more modern and serious approach might be more appropriate.