Archive for May, 2011

Congratulations to RIBA 2011 winners

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University of Glamorgan Students Union by Rio Architects

RIBA award-winning architecture

Great to hear that Rio Architects and BDP won awards for the Wales region at this year’s RIBA Awards. We were pleased to work on the signage for two of the winning buildings – the University of Glamorgan Students’ Union (Rio Architects and Vinci Construction) and the University of Wales, Newport (BDP and Willmott Dixon Construction).

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May 20th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

The BSGA – Membership has its benefits

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It was good to have the director of the BSGA call in to see us recently. Following discussions at the 2011 Sign & Digital UK Show we needed to know if signing up with the UK’s principal trade organisation for the sign industry really can reap benefits for members. We were impressed with ideas for taking the BSGA forward and believe that membership is definitely a 2 way street. We hope that with accreditation Create will benefit from the Association’s experience and support and that we can contribute to making the BSGA a strong and vital industry body.

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May 16th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

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10 Stunning Ghost Sign Photographs

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In a time long before digital printing and software based sign design, commercial signs were hand painted. But not to be attached to a wall or post – advertising was painted directly onto the walls of thriving industrial cities around the world.
We featured one of these painted signs back in our first Inspiring Sign Photography post and felt it was appropriate that these fading advertisements, once hand painted onto brick walls, were given a post of their own.

It was in the early 20th century that this type of sign was created by businesses wishing to publicise their products and services. Commercial signs have come a long way since this period, but many of the hand painted signs live on and can be seen all over the UK, France and the United States. The signs are now known as Ghost Signs due to their weathered and faded appearance, in addition to the fact that many have outlived the brands which they set out to publicise.

Panda Paints

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The Ghostsigns Archive has documented over 700 examples which can be viewed at the History of Advertising Trust. In addition, Flickr has a Ghost Signs group with over 14,000 photos in its pool.

If you want to see more incredible photos of signage from the past, read our post on Inspiring Sign Photography.

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May 13th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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Back to the future for Bristol shoppers

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It was a hard day’s night for our install team at The Galleries Shopping Centre at Broadmead, Bristol last week as we rushed to rebrand the centre back to its original name. The rebranding of The Galleries (formerly The Mall) took just one week from site visit to completion and installation of all the new internal and external signs including 8m high external aluminium fins, entrance signs, store directories, door branding and car parking signage. Signs were installed overnight while the shopping centre was closed to customers. Aspect Partnership who were in charge of the rebrand were ‘delighted’ with the results.

Sign installation at the Galleries, Bristol

Sign installation at The Galleries, Bristol

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May 5th, 2011 at 10:13 am