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News update for April 2012

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UK Sign and Digital Awards
Create Signs were runners-up in our category at the 2012 UK Sign and Digital Awards. We were pleased to have been part of the event and the whole evening was a fantastic opportunity to see the very best of what our industry can offer. Read about our entry here.

New graphic designer joins Create
Create are pleased to welcome a new member to the team – Calum is our new junior graphic designer and is now settled in at his new Mac in the graphics department. Calum is a graduate in Design and Typography from Plymouth University and is ‘really enjoying’ his work at Create. He has already produced a wide array of visuals for clients – from SkatePark logos to Town Hall window manifestations and building development site boards. He certainly won’t be short of variety here! Good luck Calum. Read more about our design service.

Demand for digital print increases
We are also expecting another addition to the team shortly, a new large format digital printer cutter. We have seen a significant rise in demand for large format digital print and we will extending our offices to accomodate the new machine in the new few months.

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April 26th, 2012 at 11:07 am

Bristol Mshed shortlisted for major sign award

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Our signs at Mshed museum in Bristol have been shortlisted for Best Multiple Sign Project at the Sign & Digital UK Awards 2012. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation, creativity and achievements in the UK sign making and digital printing industry.

Create Signs implemented all signage for the building from designs produced by Bath-based heritage specialists SteersMcgillanEves. The museum re-opened in July 2011 after 5 years of refurbishment and has received massive acclaim with visitor numbers exceeding expectations . Create were subsequently delighted to be announced as sign supplier to Bristol City Council later in the year.

The range of signage required for the project was considerable and included digital print, vinyl wall graphics, banners, large illuminated architectural lettering, wayfinding signs, Braille and tactile signage, exhibition graphics, display holders and metalwork barriers with graphics. More pictures>

Described as ‘Bristol’s very own Smithsonian’, the Mshed is a museum dedicated to telling the amazing history of the city of Bristol through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today. As one of the UK’s most innovative and ambitious museum developments, Mshed has been nominated and short-listed for the coveted European Museum of the Year Award 2012.

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Mshed signage up for top award

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February 24th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Signmaking NVQs for Create team

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Create’s commitment to staff training was put into practice again this week when the first session of our Sign Making NVQ course took place at our offices in Bristol. We recognize the importance of our staff being properly qualified so invited Walsall College to help Create employees attain the National Vocational Qualification in Sign Making. The QCF signmaking qualification provides recognition of the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in a signmaking environment and covers health and safety, competence and effective working relationships. The process lasts a year and we look forward to handing out the certificates in 2013.

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February 10th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

State of the art environmental buildings for Aberystwith University

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The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is a world class award winning research and teaching centre at Aberystwyth University and Create were chosen by the construction firm Willmott Dixon to provide the main entrance signage to the two new buildings at Gogerddan and Penglais. Both buildings have many environmental features including sedum roofs, rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation and sustainable timber cladding and were designed to achieve a Breeam rating of Excellent.
Fixing the stainless steel letters to the ventilation louvres of the two storey research building from a mobile elevated platform provided a small challenge to the sign installation team but the completed signs look very effective.
More education signage >

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February 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 am

Signs are good for 2012

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With 2011 now a distant memory, 2012 got off to a fantatic start with possibly our busiest ever January. We are delighted to have added more construction companies to our client list and welcome BAM, Barwood Developments, Buckingham Group, Dawnus and Midas Construction as clients. We will do our utmost to provide the best possible sign service to all new and existing clients in 2012.

In 2011 Create also became an approved contractor to commercial real estate brokers and consultants Cushman and Wakefield. Assessed by Human Focus for Health and Safety complicance we have passed their Competent Contractor scheme so now have another logo to add to our letterhead!

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Create welcome in 2012

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January 16th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Bristol City Council choose Create

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Bristol City Council museum exhibitiongraphics

I've got my beady little eye on you...

Bristol City Council have announced that Create Signs have won a contract to supply the council’s signage. The Create team are delighted that the council recognized that the company stood out from the competition and is able to meet the council’s many requirements to deliver a quality sign service.

“Create are able to offer the council an economic, efficient and sustainable sign service and we are incredibly proud that Bristol City Council has recognized that Create are one of the leading sign companies in the South West, able to deliver a first class service to a complex organisation such as the Council”, said Create partner Andrew Fogg. Projects already completed for the Council include some fantastic exhibition graphics for Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

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November 7th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Fantastic feedback for new IFA signs

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Lansdown Place office sign

Thank you to independent financial advisors Lansdown Place for some very kind comments (see What Our Clients Say) about our recent work. I think we all agree that the new office signs and window graphics look fantastic.

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October 13th, 2011 at 11:26 am

Membership has its benefits…

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We are pleased to announce our membership of the UK sign makers trade body, the British Sign and Graphics Association. If you are looking to purchase signs for your company then take a look at their sign buyer’s guide for useful information and insight into sign types, what you should know and how to get the best from your sign supplier!

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September 12th, 2011 at 10:27 am

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Top ten tips for successful accessible signage

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School braille and tactile sign

Braille and tactile school sign

Good signs and wayfinding guidance are an essential part of any successful access strategy. We believe that clarity and simplicity in our signage makes our buildings more user friendly for everyone, not just those with visual or physical impairments. The most most successful sign systems are those which are clear and simple and use common, consistent language and symbols. Here is our list of 10 top tips for successful access for all signage:

1. Ensure there is a good contrast between text and sign background and if possible between the sign and the surface on which it is located
2. Position signage consistently so people know where to find relevant information
3. Signs should be fixed at eye level, where possible – between 1.4m and 1.6m above floor level
4. Choose fonts with a clear, unembellished (sans-serif) typeface and use sentence case with no underlined text (headings could be a larger size and bolder)
5. Make sure letter heights are large enough to be clear from a distance and use left aligned text
6. Pay particular attention to space – between letters, words, lines and around the sign itself. To improve legibility, it may be necessary to increase spacing by up to 30%
7. Tactile signs should have raised/embossed text and be positioned between 1.4m and 1.7m above floor level and at a distance of approximately 0.5m. The minimum character height should be 15 mm.
8. Always use tactile signs on toilet and bathroom doors, near lift call buttons, at the top and bottom of flights of stairs and wherever it is necessary to show the function of a room
9. Simple pictorial devices and symbols can be more successful in aiding recognition and overcoming language barriers. Internationally recognized symbols should be used if appropriate
10. When Braille is used on signage, it should be located directly below the text and ranged left. A recessed or raised Braille Locator mark indicates to the reader the exact location of the Braille on the sign

A good guide to inclusive signage is published by the JMU and Sign Design Society and is available from the RNIB.

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July 5th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

M Shed Bristol – Worth the wait

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M Shed Bristol main sign

Fantastic new signs for the M Shed Bristol

At last it’s here! M Shed, the revamped Industrial Museum on Bristol’s harbourside, has opened following nearly 5 years of renovation.

Create Signs were delighted to have been asked to produce and install the external signage and internal wayfinding signs for this historic project. The signage, designed by culture and heritage specialists, SteersMcGillanEves, compliments the fantastic new internal spaces and will dazzle visitors to Bristol’s harbourside and revitalized Museum.

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June 16th, 2011 at 1:52 pm