3d Design Considerations
3D Signage calls upon an additional set of design-skills and there are many factors to take into consideration.
Sign Location: Where the 3D sign is to be located is critically important and a professional site-check is essential. Location will dictate the design-area available and surface-type will influence the colour and materials used, as well as the installation process.
Indoor/Outdoor: Whether a sign is to be placed indoors or outdoors is also key. Landlords and Local Government impose more regulations on exterior wall signage and weatherproof materials need to be used, whereas, interior 3D signage is often free from additional requirements but is generally viewed up-close and is therefore designed with a stronger sense of aesthetics.
Viewing Distance: The distance from which dimensional signage needs to be viewed is also vitally important, as this determines the size and kerning of the typography as well as the depth of the engineered letters.
Designs and Plans
Initial designs are created (or provided by an agent or customer) and and will include height length, depth and elevation measurements. For Large Commercial Jobs, building plans and drawings should also be provided by an architect, engineer or skilled surveyor.
A superimposed image of the approved design on the intended surface is also recommended.
Designs for 3D lettering or acrylic welded signs must be created in a vector-based software like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. An accurate, full-size vector shape is created and exported into the correct file format, for example EPS / AI / DXF which can be read, either by a Laser Cutter or CNC Router. These files are sent off for Fabrication.
Our designers are qualified and experienced, they know which printing techniques work best and what limitations certain materials have.
They are also aware of engineering and installation processes and whether or not specialised mounting will need to be considered and accounted for in their designs as it can often add-to or detract-from a sign’s appearance.
We know our stuff, we can design your sign from scratch or are happy to work with your Designer or Agency to ensure that your sign will work perfectly in 3D.