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2017 Award Winning Sign Designs

Since 1947, our art department has featured some of the best graphic designers in the industry, and nothing is better than seeing their talent recognized and appreciated by others in the sign industry!

Most recently, this recognition includes the 2017 Alberta Sign Association Sign Design competition, and we are proud to announce that two displays we completed in 2016/17 were deemed most impressive in their respective categories, and one other received an honourable mention. Big congratulations to our design team!

Here are our latest award winning sign displays:

Empire Building – Winner (Illuminated Building Signage)

Kipling Realty was looking for a partner company to design, build and install two (2) signage displays that offered the greatest exposure within a specific budget for their high-profile downtown Edmonton location, and we were proud to have been chosen for our design of two reverse channel displays.

For the purpose of this design competition, we submitted the lower display; a 24″ tall set of Reverse Channel Letters mounted to a beam above the front entrance with an over-sized backer behind each letter to achieve the “halo” effect.

As a testament to our designer, Jeff Billey’s skill, take a look at the below design concept provided to the client, and note how similar it looks to the final award winning sign. Our goal is to provide renderings of every proposed display as accurately as possible to help clients realize our vision for their signage, and in this case, the drawing couldn’t have been much closer to the final result!

Award-Winning Sign Design

SK Business Centre – Winner (Non-Illuminated Signage)

As happy as we are to be recognized for this non-illuminated sign design, it is the project as a whole we are most proud of.

Starting with developing a new logo for the client, this complete signage program also included an exterior directory, individual channel letters and a freestanding pylon sign complete with an electronic message centre.

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More on our comprehensive signage services.

Bee Bell Bakery – Honourable Mention (Historical Signage)

Refurbished in-house and installed at the Edmonton Downtown Neon Museum, this sign restoration project was a true labour of love. From re-painting the damaged cabinet to repairing and replacing the neon tubing, our team brought the classic display back to perfect condition to be enjoyed once again by visitors to the Neon Museum.

Read more about the restoration process of the Bee Bell Bakery retro sign.

 

Other Design Entries

Although these designs did not receive top honours at the 2017 ASA Design Competition, they are still winners to us! Here are a few other displays completed in 2016/17 that we entered in the competition:

City of Edmonton Signage (Illuminated Building Signage)

As the first completed tower in the new downtown Ice District, two (2) sets of RGB illuminated channel letters were manufactured and installed by our talented team for the Edmonton Tower. This was one of the most complex and largest projects that we completed over the past year.

Read more on Edmonton Skyline Signage.

Lynnwood Centre (Illuminated Freestanding Signage)

With custom cladding complimenting the renovated building facade, these two (2) illuminated pylon signs offer attention-grabbing exposure to the tenants of the centre.

Learn more about Pylon Signs.

Harvest Pointe (Illuminated Freestanding Signage)

As the fifth freestanding pylon sign we’ve completed for Harvest Pointe in South-East Edmonton, this double-sided pylon features decorative side and roof cladding along with individual channel letters with perforated film that results in the letters appearing black during the day and illuminate bright white at night.

BNL Retro Sign (Historical Signage)

Stay tuned for more details to come on this exciting new project!

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    Now Hiring – Electrical Wiring Technican

    Looking for a change in pace? We are looking for an electrical wiring technician to join our award-winning production team starting immediately.

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    Electrical Wiring / Signage Assembly

    At Blanchett Neon, we are committed to providing custom signage displays of the highest quality to our clients, and our production team is essential to every successful project. A family owned and operated business, we are looking for an electrical wiring / assembly professional to join our industry-leading team in a full-time position beginning immediately.

    Our wiring / assembly department is one of the final steps in the signage manufacturing process, and applicants will be responsible for working in a team environment to complete the wiring and final assembly of electrical components into our signage displays.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Wiring signage displays with LED or fluorescent illumination.
    • Testing and troubleshooting

    Skills:

    • Ability to interpret blueprints to a high degree of accuracy
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • The ability to interact cooperatively and collaboratively with others as a team.
    • Can work in a physical environment including bending, standing, sitting, all of which vary in duration.
    • Capable of working in a safety-first environment, and working to uphold Blanchett Neon’s COR safety status.

    Requirements:

    • Experience in electrical wiring (preferably in a sign shop) required.
    • Valid Driver’s License and vehicle.

    Competitive wages and benefits available. For more information, please send an email with your resume to dneiman@blanchettneon.com

     

    Happy Valentines Day

    From couples promotions to ads targeting singles, Valentines Day is a great opportunity to attract attention to your business through creative and unique exterior signage advertising.

    The use of puns, subliminal messaging and plays on words unique to your business and industry are sure to catch the eye of potential customers, and hopefully their business!

    Here are a few of our favourite Valentines Day Funny Signs:

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    Contact Us 

    We want to hear from you: found a creative or unique sign in your area? Connect with us on Social Media or send us a message.

    Welcome to the Team

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    Blanchett Neon is excited to announce Jim Kosh will be joining our team beginning January 9, 2017 as Sales Manager. As we enter our 70th year in business, we can think of no better time to bring on board an experienced industry professional to help us kick off our next 70 years.

    With over 30 years of sales and project management experience, Jim will work closely with our Sales team to build upon established relationships and partnerships to provide an industry leading, complete buying experience for our current customers, and continue our tradition of comprehensive project management services for businesses that may not know us yet.

    Additionally, Jim’s role will include assistance in coordinating large-scale projects, streamlining production requirements and generally improving the purchasing experience.

    Join us in welcoming Jim to the Blanchett family, and stay tuned to this blog and social media for more news and events as we celebrate 70 years of serving Western Canada’s business signage needs.

    Blanchett Neon Holiday Hours 2016

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    For anyone looking to contact us during the holiday season, our office hours are as follows:

     

    Hours Of Operation

    Friday, December 23: CLOSED at 12:00pm for Staff Christmas Lunch

    Monday, December 26: Stat Holiday, CLOSED.

    Tuesday, December 27: Stat Holiday, CLOSED.

    Wednesday, December 28: Open Regular Hours (Emergency Support Only.)

    Thursday, December 29: Open Regular Hours (Emergency Support Only.)

    Friday, December 30: Open Regular Hours (Emergency Support Only.)

    Monday, January 2: Stat Holiday, CLOSED.

    Tuesday, January 3: Open Regular Hours.

     

    Happy Holidays!

    From our family here at Blanchett Neon to yours, we hope you have a restful holiday season!

    For any questions or concerns about our hours of operation, please Contact Us or call 1-800-226-6366 during regular operating hours (7:30am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday).

    How to Choose A Sign Company

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    As signage is your brand’s visual identity (often for years at a time), purchasing signs of any kind can be a major investment and choosing a sign company capable of producing a display of a high enough quality to last through the seasons could not be more important.

    Here are a few tips to help your business choose a sign company partner:

    1. Years in Business

    Will this company be around to support my display for the full life of the signage?

    When a signage display is the visual face of your brand, your best bet is to put your trust in a company with a proven history of success, and years in business is a great measuring tool. A company that has been around for 25+ years is always more likely to be in business for the life of the signage than a company only in the industry for a few years.

    Signage displays are built (on average) to last 10-15 years, and even with using only the highest quality materials, all will require service or maintenance within their life-span.

    Ensure the sign provider you choose will be able to support the parts and components in your display throughout the warranty period and after.

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    2. Professional Associations

    Are they active in the sign industry?

    In any industry there are professional associations in which businesses belong to, and the sign industry is no exception. From local to national associations, membership is a great indication that the sign company is not only credible, but also active and involved in the industry; dedicated to growing their business.

    Specifically here in Alberta, these are a few professional associations your Sign Company partner should be a member of:

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    3. Experience – Manufacturing

    Does this company have the experience to manufacture my display?

    When a proposal sounds too good to be true… it usually is. Although the manufacturing of exterior signage is not rocket science, it does require industry-specific knowledge regarding best-practices, and current product offerings along with unique trade skills in order to produce displays that will last the test of time.

    For example, the manufacturing process of a standard Freestanding Pylon Sign includes sheet metal, plastic, painting, CNC routering, vinyl application, wiring, and installation among other job-specific trades. All of these departments / processes require specific training, formal certifications and most importantly, experience to produce a quality sign.

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     4. Project Management

    Will they work well with other trades on site?

    Signage projects often coincide with new construction or renovation projects where multiple trades will be on site working alongside one another. Does the company you are researching work effectively and efficiently when dealing with the challenges that arise from working on a shared job site?

    5. Tour Their Shop

    Do they manufacture or import their signs?

    The absolute best way to get a feel for a company is to visit their shop, tour their facility, and meet the staff you will be dealing with. Reputable signage companies would be more than happy to (safely) show you around their manufacturing facility and explain the processes and techniques at work, and it will give you a great opportunity to observe at how they operate on a day-to-day basis.

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    6. Online Presence

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    The very first place you should look when searching for a sign company partner is online; reading reviews, researching affiliations, and viewing their own website. A professionally designed and maintained site can be a great indication of a company that is with the times, just as an out-dated site suggests a business that is stuck in the past.

    In addition to their own website, trusted organizations such as the BBB offer a fair overview of a company’s reputation, and are a great point of reference.

    7. Check Their References

    Do they complete work as described?

    You would never hire an employee without first checking their references, so why would it be different when choosing a sign shop? In addition to checking a company’s reputation online and through organizations such as the BBB, contacting past customers is a great way to get a feel for the company you are looking at:

    • Do they complete work when promised?
    • What is their customer service like; are they responsive to questions and inquiries?
    • Was the project completed on budget (as quoted), or were additional costs added at the end of the process?

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    8. Safe Work Practices

    Will my signs be completed safely?

    Exterior signage is located primarily above a storefront’s entrance, and installation of these signs requires working in close proximity with customers and staff coming and going from your business.

    Any reputable sign company will take the safety of your customers and staff (not to mention themselves!) extremely seriously, so ask or check out their website for information on their commitment to safe work practices.

     

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    When searching for a Sign Company’s safe work practices look for COR or a Certificate of Recognition from Alberta Labour. As an un-biased system, COR is a great tool to gauge a business’s practices and safety:

    “A COR shows that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and meets provincial standards. These standards are established by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).”

    9. Capability / Capacity

    Will this company meet my needs?

    In any relationship, you and your partner (in this case your Sign Company,) need to be a good fit. Sign companies exist in all shapes and sizes, with some specializing in window graphics and vehicle wraps, whereas others only manufacture displays, and don’t have the resources to install their signs.

    Before beginning the search for a company, sit down with your team and determine your unique signage needs to effectively research sign companies that will best meet those needs:

    • What is the typical type of signage we will require? (exterior illuminated displays, pylon signage, interior wayfinding, POS, menu boards, ext.)
    • Will we need installation or maintenance services?
    • Do we require design assistance?

     

    10. Local Market Knowledge

    Do they know the trends and regulations of my area?

    Market conditions vary greatly even between towns and cities only kilometers apart; from signage legislation to local trends, a company local or familiar with your area and with past experience will always be a better option than a supplier from another area.

     

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    Finally most importantly, don’t forget to take a look at their previously completed signage displays; if the paint is fading or the vinyl peeling after only a few years of use, the company may “talk-the-talk,” but the quality is not there.

     

    About Us

    Established in 1947, Blanchett Neon has the experience, capability and capacity to install all types of signage, and our comprehensive project management solutions have made us the trusted supplier for businesses big and small! Contact Us today to learn more about how the most cost effective form of advertising, exterior signage, will increase sales for your business immediately.

    Notable Edmonton Sign Installations

    Since 1947 we have been proud to complete many Edmonton Sign Installations that have become landmarks throughout the City. From custom neon to freestanding pylons, how many of these displays do you recognize?

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    As one of the largest signage projects we have ever completed, the two monster 20′ x 47’-2″ custom oval-shaped logos were manufactured and installed by Blanchett Neon on the Northlands Coliseum here in Edmonton back in 2002. Although these displays were removed in 2016, with the opening of Rogers Place, they will not be quickly forgotten!

    Read more about the Rexall Place signage project.

    Edmonton Sign Installation

    Mayfield Common

    Located at the busy West-Edmonton intersection of Stony Plain Road and 170th Street, the Mayfield Common Rotating pylon sign featuring extensive custom neon illumination. In addition to the rotating entrance display, we also completed directory wayfinding and multi-tenant pylon signage at the centre.

    More on Signage Solutions.

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    Gateway Park

    For those travelling North on the QEII into Edmonton, the Gateway Park entrance display is one of the first welcomes to the Edmonton region! Featuring unique elements of the Edmonton (and area) skyline, this Edmonton sign installation is constructed of layered metal illuminated with flood lighting for a halo-effect.

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    Palace Casino

    This classic Edmonton Sign Installation is a great throwback to our days of neon! The custom building treatment and individual letters feature hand-blown neon tubing details for a captivating look fitting for the West-Edmonton Casino.

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    South Edmonton Common

    Just a ways past the Gateway Park display along Gateway Boulevard is South Edmonton Common, and these 40′ high freestanding pylon displays. We have continued to work extensively with South Edmonton Common and Cameron Developments over the last 10+ years, manufacturing numerous pylon, wayfinding and tenant building signage displays.

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    For more Sign Installations that we have completed in Edmonton and across Western Canada, check out our portfolio.

    Freestanding Pylon Upgrade

    Freestanding Pylon Upgrade – Oliver Place

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    Freestanding Pylon signage is a must-have for any shopping centre, strip-mall or commercial development; Landlords generate revenue by renting panels to their tenants, and tenants easily attract customers to their business from the street.

    However, in a lot of cases as a development grows, so does the pylon signage. New panels are added, existing panels revised, and the display becomes too visually busy to be effective. Such was the case for Oliver Place in downtown Edmonton.

    We manufactured the original Oliver Place pylon structure back in 1991, and earlier this year when the property underwent a facade improvement, we were approached to assist with the freestanding pylon upgrade.

    The Design Process

    When designing a pylon upgrade, a few major questions come into play:

    Permits

    • Has anything changed in the City’s bylaws or area plans that might effect or limit our design capabilities?
    • Checking the zoning for a specific area is always our first step in the design process.

    Learn more about Signage Permitting.

    Tenants

    It is ideal to have enough space for all tenants in the development to rent space on the display, but you need to balance the need for the sign to be easy to read:

    • Do you have any anchor tenants that require top or large panels?
    • Have the number of tenants increased or decreased? Do you expect the number of tenants to change in the future?

    Design

    • If the property is undergoing an upgrade or change, should the new pylon sign compliment the building?
    • Should the name of the property be featured on the display? It will reduce the available space for tenant panels, but might be a landmark visitors are looking for.

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    Our Pylon Upgrade Design

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    With these questions answered, our talented design department created the above pylon design that complied with local permit requirements, complimented the building, and featured the name of the display for reference.

    To help keep the project on budget, we reused the internal structure (steel support poles, concrete bases and anchor bolts,) and only manufactured a new tenant cabinet, header structure, non-illuminated individual letters, and pole cladding to be installed on the refurbished poles.

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    Pylon Upgrade Signage Installation

    As part of our comprehensive project management services, in addition to achieving the signage permits, removing the existing display and manufacturing the new, we also supplied graphics to a number of the tenants.

     

    For more information on upgrading existing pylon displays, please Contact Us.

     

    St Albert Signage Bylaw Changes

    • Should a signage bylaw control the content shown on a specific display?
    • Should a preference be given to local business over 3rd party billboard advertising agencies?
    • If a digital display is located close to your business, will that effect your ability to have a similar electronic display?

    After growing interest from local business and the Signage Industry, the City of St. Albert is planning on updating their land-use bylaw to formally allow digital displays (among other changes) within City Limits, with a public consultation taking place Monday, August 22nd from 2:00-9:00pm.

    A previous hearing was held January 2016, and that feedback went into the proposed bylaw that is now expected to go before city council Q3 2016.

    Local Business Impact

    The updates to this signage bylaw will greatly effect new and existing local businesses, specifically along major routes in and out of the City. With these changes in mind, we are highly encouraging local business owners to educate themselves by viewing the updated bylaw, and attending the hearing to have your voices heard to administration and decision makers within the City of St Albert.

    We will be at the hearing to answer any questions regarding specific signage or Electronic Message Centre terminology, as well as to support local business in the right for visible, effective and appropriate signage.

    Digital Displays

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    Digital displays, also known as electronic message centres (EMC’s) or LED signs, are a great tool for businesses of all sizes to advertise services and remain top of mind to clients through a cost-effective advertising medium.

    Studies have proven time and time again that these displays are not a distraction to traffic (eliminating safety concerns), as well as that digital boards have the ability to increase sales immediately by up to 150%.

    As one of the top re-sellers of digital signage in Western Canada, we have seen the impact that our clients (many of whom are independent, local businesses), have had in terms of success found through using the technology, and are proponents of encouraging every municipality to pass appropriate, effective digital signage legislation.

    • We have provided our professional expertise to various municipalities throughout Alberta (including the City of Edmonton), to draft LED sign bylaws.

    Make your voice heard August 22, and we hope you will join us.

    More Information

    For more information on the City of St. Albert Bylaw Changes, as well as our experience working with local municipalities on effective signage legislation, please contact us.

    Does My Business Need Illuminated Signage?

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    In our business, a question we hear quite often from customers is “does my business need Illuminated signage?” In the simplest terms yes, every business should illuminate their exterior sign displays, and here’s why:

    Easy Readability

    Although down-lighting does allow your business signage to be seen at night, it also illuminates all surrounding objects that will cast unnecessary shadows around or behind your sign display.

    • For easy readability all hours of the day, internal illumination is by far the best option for your business signage.

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    Attract Attention to Your Business 24/7

    During the winter months in Western Canada there are limited hours of light in a day, and yet potential customers are driving past your business long before and after the sun has set. Illuminating your display will ensure all passerby will notice your location, any time of day.

    • Illuminated Signage advertises your business location to potential customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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    Stand Out From the Competition

    If your business is located in any sort of commercial area, there are most likely dozens of other illuminated elements to distract driver’s attention; from street-lights to electronic billboards to your competitions sign displays.

    • A well-designed, brightly illuminated custom sign display will ensure your business stands out in the crowd.

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    Learn More

    Using creative illumination methods, our talented Design Team will create an attractive, attention-grabbing illuminated signage display for your business. For more information, check out Types of Illumination or Contact Us today!

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