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Looking for MUTCD Signs? All Reflective and Approved Signs In Stock

Posted by Julie Ramirez on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 @ 06:12 AM

Looking for MUTCD Signs? All Reflective and Approved Signs In Stock

The Sign Studio is the place to visit for all sorts of signs that meet the standards set out by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). They have highway signs, traffic signs, warning signs, regulatory signs, standard signs and all sorts of other signage. See MUTCD Poster of all graphics.

The MUTCD sets out a number of regulations for these types of signs. That is why it is so important for them to meet these qualifications. For instance, regulatory signs must be illuminated or retroreflective so that they show their shape and the color that they give off during the day at night. The illumination from a streetlight or some other road lighting is not enough to satisfy these requirements. 

Every one of these signs needs to be the right size and have the same dimensions as other signs of the similar type. This is to ensure that these signs are easily recognizable to drivers who may be moving at a very fast rate of speed and trying to stay safe while driving alongside other vehicles. These regulations are very important to the safety of everyone on the road. It is so important to purchase these signs from a shop that pays close attention to the regulations set out by the MUTCD.

Every aspect of the appearances of these signs is so important. One slight mistake can be found to be illegal. However, the visual aspect of the ways in which these signs are produced are not the only thing that users and installers need to keep in mind. They also need to be sure to place these signs in the right locations. They need to secure them properly. They need to mount them at the right angles. There are numerous regulations for how these signs need to be positioned to stay within the regulations upon which everyone has agreed. Anyone who is using these signs needs to be sure that they follow every rule set forth in the MUTCD.

The Sign Studio pays close attention to every one of the regulations outlined in the MUTCD. They take pride in making sure that every sign they sell meets all requirements exactly. Anyone who is involved in posting highway signs, reflective signs, traffic signs, regulatory signs or warning signs needs to visit the Sign Studio and see what they have to offer them. They are sure to be very impressed by what they find there.  If The Sign Studio does not have them in stock, they will make them within a 24hr turnaround. 

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call The Sign Studio at (818) 843-9200 or send an e-mail to

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Topics: Traffic Signs, Guid, Regulatory Signs Warning Signs, Standard Signs, Highway Signs, Reflective Signs

Powerful and Effective Signs for your Business - Facts for 2014

Posted by Julie Ramirez on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 @ 06:12 AM

Powerful and Effective Signs for your Business

Signs are an excellent way to get your business recognized. In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration touts about signs being the most effective way to advertise a business. They also state that signs are the most cost-efficient way to advertise your business. 

Firstly, a sign introduces your business to the public. It lets them know where you are and what you do without having to enter blindly or walk past without ever knowing what's inside. The sign outside your business is like a first meeting with your business. Many customers judge your company by what it looks like on the outside including the sign you have out front. Fortunately, a sign can make your business more successful. On the other hand, not having a sign or having a sign that's not adequately advertising the business can cause your company to fail. 

It's apparent that a sign can make or break your business, so that's why you should select a sign company that knows the ins and outs of sign making, advertising and branding. The trio behind The Sign Studio consists of Chris, Bill and Julie, all business logo design and sign experts. Julie Ramirez is the marketing specialist, while Bill Bates is the art director. Together, these two can come up with a solution based on the client's needs and that targets their particular audience. At The Sign Studio, clients become more like friends once they go in for a sign. In fact, Julie says, "“It’s important we get to know our clients…they become our friends. Then we work to design signage that fits the business and captures its personality.”  

Chris Ramirez, specializes in the production and installation of each sign. He does a majority of the fabricating himself in the showroom. Mr. Ramirez monitors any sign needing outsourcing carefully to ensure high quality. 

Since October of 2004, The Sign Studio has been providing banners, window and vehicle graphics, digital menu boards, displays, ready-to-apply (RTA) lettering and graphics as well as ADA-compliant signage. Throughout nearly a decade, they have been working one on one with clients to find sign solutions that fit clients' needs and meet the clients' expectations. 

Let The Sign Studio help you put the right sign forward, especially considering a sign if the first thing someone sees when arriving at your establishment. Serving greater Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, these three use state-of-the-art sign-making systems and techniques, so you should contact them today for all of your sign needs. Can your business really afford to lose money over not having a sign or having a poorly executed one?

If you have any questions, please contact The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or send an e-mail to

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Topics: Sign Company, sign advertising, Business Logo Design

Everything You Need To Know About Signs – Your Message

Posted by Julie Ramirez on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 @ 06:12 AM

Everything You Need To Know About Signs – Voice On The Street

People are visual. When we  see images, we see stories being told that hold more detail than novellas. That is why the old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words" will always hold true; it's also the reason signage is important for your organization's success. But what story is your sign telling? If you can't elocute a clear answer to this, then you should revisit everything you thought you liked about your signage. Your sign is what people see first; it is their first impression of your business; it is your voice on the street.

To ensure that you have good signage that creates the first impression that you desire, we will explain everything you need to know about signs.

Elements of a sign

The five basic elements of signs are medium, color, message, imagery, and size and placement:


If your sign cannot survive the conditions it is exposed to, then you will find yourself replacing it very soon. Also, any effects that you would like your sign to have are determined by what it is composed of (you can't make a neon sign out of stone).

It is for these reasons that you should think very carefully about the medium used to construct your signs.


Scientific research completed by psychologists and other human thought process experts has proven that most people react to different colors in very specific ways. Some colors soothe, some increase aggressiveness, some can even make a cool room feel warm--or vice versa). In short, colors send a message; your sign is not exempt from this power, so you should consider the colors that you choose carefully.
For more information: - Guide To Color Choices


Even though signs are pictures, they usually include words, phrases, and even short sentences. These words should work to quickly assert the sign's purpose and the benefits of your organization, or if your brand is strong enough, it should work to inform people that your business is near (if you aren't sure, then your brand is NOT strong enough).


As we said earlier, a picture is worth a thousand words. Even if it is mostly composed a words, your sign is a picture that is attempting to tell a story. The imagery of your sign is so powerful can even overshadow the message itself.

The pictures included, the placement of said pictures, the font of the words, and even the shape of the sign itself all need to be considered when crafting your sign. Make sure that the imagery is not just interesting. It should cater to those whom it will concern (ex: customers). Work with a graphic design team to determine what makes a good sign for you.

Size and placement

In order for the right people to be captivated by the wonderful imagery, colors and message included in your sign, they have to know that it exists. If your sign is huge and right in front of people's faces, they will not be able to see the whole picture, let alone receive the intended message; likewise, if it is too small, then people won't be able to see it clearly--or even notice it. If it is in the wrong place, then none of this matters, because they won't see it at all.

You need well designed AND placed signage for it to work.

Producing your signs

To ensure the quality of all of the sign elements, your signs should be produced by a professional sign maker who knows how to combine them.

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To learn more about creating the best sign for your organization, contact The Sign Studio. They are a top sign producer in California.  Please feel free to call (818) 843-9200 or send an e-mail to


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Topics: Good Signage, Well Designed and Placed Signage, Generate Huge Profits With Your, Elements of A Sign

Lobby Interior Signs aka Reception Area Signs Show You Off

Posted by Julie Ramirez on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 06:12 AM

This Way In: Lobby Signs For Your Office Make A Lasting Impression

Looking to make a strong first impression in your office or place of business?

One way to accomplish this is by having a well-crafted and designed lobby sign.  Nothing welcomes visitors, promotes your brand and makes a lasting impression like a lobby sign. Take a note next time you see a bad or unsightly produced lobby sign; you’ll agree it shows  unprofessionalism and cheapness.

What exactly constitutes a lobby sign? It’s exactly what the name states; a sign, fixture or stand, generally found in the lobby, entrance or reception area to your business. As with virtually every other type of sign, it is an advertisement, calling card, display and brand promotion all in one. And just like all other branding efforts, your sign should be consistent with your other brand elements; logo, font and overall feel.

Types of Lobby Signs

Lobby signs can be made from a wide array of materials, ranging from the simple to the extremely artistic. These materials include Gatorfoam®, a specially designed foam board, brushed aluminum and Plexiglass, among others. Another option include letters (available in many different fonts) that are “pegged” to the wall, giving an attractive 3D look. This is a particularly popular choice for companies whose name itself (and font style) is its logo.

In addition, these signs can be permanent (mounted to a wall, reception desk or plaque) or temporary (hung from the ceiling, mounted on an easel). This is an especially popular option for companies who use temporary or  “pop-up” office space. It conveys to the public that the same care was used as in a temporary or portable sign that was used in a permanent fixture.

Things to consider

As mentioned earlier, your sign should feature the same brand elements as all of your other collateral. This includes logos, font style and colors (if applicable) that define your company. You want your sign to be one more definable part of your image, not the exception to your brand.

One other thing to consider is how well your lobby sign fits in with the general motif of the space. For example, if all the signs and fixtures in a general area are muted brass, you don’t want a blinking neon outline type of sign that screams “tacky.” Also, the size of your sign should be consistent with the overall environment. A sign that is far larger (or smaller) than others in the same area will stand out, and not in a good way.  Likewise, one that is overwhelming for the space itself (for example, taking up the entire area behind the reception desk) is also something to be avoided. 

If you have any questions or need further help, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail at or give us a call at (818) 843-9200. 

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Topics: metal signs, Reception Area Signs, Acrylic Dimensional Signs, 3D Signs, Lobby Signs