Signage – not a business of life and death – UNTIL IT IS!

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Signage – not a business of life and death – UNTIL IT IS!

The image above is of a banner sign that has weathered to the point where it is disintegrating leaving the ‘bar’ exposed.

One advantage of being in the signage business is that unlike doctors, we don’t have to be on call 24 hours a day as we are NOT in the business of LIFE AND DEATH.

Generally, signs are not so important that a missed deadline will result in people dying or something similarly negative. Signs go up, they are part of a marketing campaign, they live, and people move on.

This is GENMERALLY the case, but not necessarily the case when one is building (or working with) PYLONS, BILLBOARDS or AT HEIGHT work.

Why can PYLONS, BILLBOARDS or AT HEIGHT work be life threatening.

Lets start with Pylons and Billboards. Both HIGH, HEAVY steel structures. Lets imagine a 14 meter tall pylon. 14 meters equates to just under five stories. Now imagine if that had to fall down. It would cause some SERIOUS damage, either to property or life. It is for this reason PYLONS and BILLBOARDS can be considered matters of life and death.

AT HEIGHT work refers to signs that are HIGH. Imagine a sign that is 10 stories up, or one that is 30 stories up, or even a sign that is 2 stories up. What COULD happen if a sign – or a piece of one – at that height falls.

Signs need to be insured and maintained, and certain signs need to be replaced at regular intervals. Some are six monthly, some five to seven yearly.

The one constant is that when a sign deteriorates, it will do so slowly and then like an avalanche, once it gains sufficient momentum, it will happen VERY FAST.

It is when signs deteriorate that suddenly, signage becomes a matter of life and death.

If you have signs that are aging and in need of removal, maintenance and / or repair, SignForce can assist.

Contact SignForce now on +27 (0)11 440 7525 or email info@signforce.co.za

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Is there any coloration between SIGNAGE and MAGIC?

Signs, like magic, is all  about the Illusion!

Sandblast vinyl - with or without patterns

Lets start with a disclaimer. The only magic I know is a simple card trick I was taught when I was about 3 years old – so I cannot talk about magic with ANY authority whatsoever, other than as a ‘man-on-the-street / witness.

That said, like magic – slight of hand and illusion – simple #signage can sometimes be a lot more than it seems.

Take for example the window in the attached picture. This is possibly the simplest ‘special’ effect in an office that can make a disproportionately huge difference in the way an office looks and feels as well as it’s functionality.

The sandblast effect vinyl used on this internal office window allows in a good measure of natural light, allowing the office to remain ‘light’ while at the same time giving the occupant more privacy when in the office.

The photo here is of a floor to ceiling window that separates the private office from the larger, open plan office. Because of where and how the vinyl is applied to the glass, the large pane has been transformed to a fully functional white board for the open plan office, making the space a practical and functional space to meet, plan and display!

Like magic, a simple sandblast effect film on the glass makes sandblast effect vinyl a VERY cost efficient way to make internal glass more multi-functional.

SignForce has been around for over a fifth of a century and are always willing to consult and guide you to show you how simple, cost effective signage techniques can help you make your offices as user friendly and practical as possible. We are not interior designers, so we stick to simple advice, but we can help.

For further information please contact us on info@signforce.co.za or call us on +27 (0)11 440 7524 / 5

Using sandblast vinyl can make a office more private, create white boards and keep offices light -all done in a clean manner, on site.

Can SignForce illuminated signs aid area security?

SignForce illuminated signs and possible area security

Having just watched an episode of #ReturningTheFavor on FaceBook I was reminded of how crime often feels like a universal issue. In the town of Engelwood in the USA more than 2,000 shootings were reported in 2018.

Now SignForce South Africa is far from Engelwood, (in fact our main office is in Johannesburg, South Africa), many of thousands of kilometers away. That said, there are similar issues occurring in pockets around South Africa, some being so bad, especially around Cape Town, that the army has been called in to maintain some semblance of security.

The issue of crime and some of it’s causes (amongst them being political nonsense, lack of jobs and the lack of well illuminated area’s) got me thinking about how #signs, and specifically signs manufactured by SignForce, assist more than the business that has paid for the sign, but also the surrounding community by illuminating often very dark area’s.

At SignForce we generally follow the rule that MORE IS BETTER, so more light is better!, as it lights up the sign, making the message BRIGHT, LOUD and CLEAR, while at the same time providing ambient light (and it’s accompanying security) to the immediate area.

If you are interested in attracting more attention to your business, and at the same time helping you community by bringing some light to any dark area’s, we at SignForce are here to assist, so feel free to contact us on +27 (0)11 440 7525 or email us at info@signforce.co.za