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Andria Theatre


Reviving the Historical Landscape of Downtown Alexandria The Andria Theatre (Alexandria Area Arts Association) has been a part of the Alexandria’s downtown scenery since 1936.  A spire was part of the original building back in 1936.  However, a storm blew Read more

Building Relationships and Signs with Contractors


Building Relationships with Contractors Developing genuine trust and providing a value beyond the products and services we provide our customers, has always been a foundational block of our relationships at Indigo Signworks. Not only do we work directly with the Read more

Animated Signage Ignites Attention


One of a Kind Interior Signage for SMOKE BARBEQUE & BREW Shooting Star Casino has asked us to be a part of a fun new project at their Mahnomen location.  SMOKE Barbeque & Brew was conceived to replace Whispering Winds Restaurant.  Read more

Building Relationships and Signs with Contractors

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Building Relationships with Contractors

Developing genuine trust and providing a value beyond the products and services we provide our customers, has always been a foundational block of our relationships at Indigo Signworks. Not only do we work directly with the final clients, we also form business relationships with real estate developers, designers, architects, engineers, marketing firms, general contractors and consultants, just to name a few. With their intimate knowledge of the overall project, working with Indigo Signworks during development and deployment ensures a successful signage package! We really take the time to hear our clients out, learning to understand their needs. Taking their very valuable ideas, suggestions and perspectives, and engaging experienced signage professionals to create a option that will make our client’s new or existing business successful.

Gaining Perspectives

We know that our clients don’t work with signage everyday, as we are not professionals in their area of expertise. As much as we try, we don’t always agree with our client’s perspective. We respect their request, and work to develop concepts that we believe will serve them well.  Our best relationships have come from clients that we have very open dialog, so that we grow to become a proven resource to the way they market their business. Truly great relationships that are most beneficial, don’t come from those that think alike, they come from gaining perspectives from others. We strive to build that kind of relationship with our client, and have been doing that for over two decades.

McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center

One such project Indigo Signworks has recently completed was with Construction Engineers of Grand Forks, ND, for McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center.  Indigo Signworks received an “Invitation to Bid” from Construction Engineers for McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center in Watford City, ND.  Sales representative, Nathan Helm, went right to work after going through all of the signage specifications. The bids were accepted, and Nathan worked closely with Jon Steen, Project Manger at Construction Engineers, during the almost two-year build.

“I’ve enjoyed working with you as well and appreciate how organized you are in your emails and tracking the many changes the architect & owner have thrown our way. It makes my job easier the way you handle those items.”

– Jon Steen, Project Manager at Construction Engineers

You can view more information from the March ribbon-cutting from an article in the Williston Herald.

EXTERIOR SIGNAGE

Installed November 2016

INTERIOR SIGNAGE

Installed January 2017

STENCIL PAINTED DOORS & WALLS

Completed March 2017


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Animated Signage Ignites Attention

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One of a Kind Interior Signage for SMOKE BARBEQUE & BREW

Shooting Star Casino has asked us to be a part of a fun new project at their Mahnomen location.  SMOKE Barbeque & Brew was conceived to replace Whispering Winds Restaurant.  In March of 2017, the doors opened and it has been wildly popular with the Shooting Star patrons.

CREATION OF THE SMOKE SIGN

Indigo Signworks was given a logo concept, and was asked to take on the task of designing and producing a unique sign to help showcase the new restaurant. After some consultation and conceptual meetings, we felt strongly about our concept moving forward and began the engineering and shop drawings to make their new sign a reality.

The new “SMOKE” sign features some fun animations and lighting techniques.  We began with Indigo Signworks exclusive Halo Deluxe lighted letters; layered with a translucent acrylic base and an opaque PVC printed face. This ensured that the letters would light only around the perimeter, giving it the look that the client wanted. Below the main “SMOKE” copy, we utilized a hammered metal laminate on PVC for the “Barbeque & Brew”. This laminate gave the sign that “smokehouse” feel the client was after.

What made this sign truly special was the flame component of the logo. Indigo was asked to create motion and movement to the flame utilizing programmable LED lighting. After careful thought of layout and programing, we were able to achieve an animated flame that gives SMOKE a noticeable presence on a busy gaming floor.

We are proud to continue to provide the goods and services that Shooting Star Casino requests and look forward to their next fun challenge!


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Using Faux Brick to Achieve a Truly Unique and Custom Sign

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Faux Brick: It doesn’t always mean “fake looking.” It can be quite impressive if done properly.

Matching Historic Masonry with Composite Foam

When the need arises to match existing brick, masonry or other architectural elements of a building you may want to consider the use of faux brick, a foam composite material, to meet your needs. Brick sizes, colors and finish styles that were once used on the original building masonry may be nearly impossible to match with actual brick as time goes by. A composite foam will give you options to replicate designs that were done over 100 years previous with ease!

The illuminated ground monument at Mayville State Larson Alumni Center is an example of a design needing to match a building that was constructed in 1911 and yet work within budget constraints of a donor driven project. Notice how the cut sandstone elements above the windows were replicated and used as ornamental crowns on the red brick columns. Without knowing this monument was installed recently, the general public would assume this sign has been there for years and simply had a new illuminated sign cabinet added to it.

Another example of the use of composite foam is the ground monument for Alerus Bank in Fargo. We wanted to replace an existing lighted sign with something that served the same purpose, but looked more like part of the original design of the building that was constructed 16 years earlier. Existing footings and structure from the old sign were incorporated in the new design. If you have not seen the previous sign before, you’d  never realize this sign was not always a part of the site and it was made out of something other than the original brick, mortar & stucco.

Indigo Signworks has the know-how to help you!

Careful documentation of sizes, colors, shapes and finish textures of the original elements is key to making the final product look as though it was always there. You will be amazed at what can be done with composite foam material if some creative time is spent studying the site, and sharing that information with a designer.  Our design pros can develop a concept, incorporating original elements and render a truly one of a kind sign. Fortunately for you, we have a knowledgeable and experienced staff from sales to install to help you out!


Utilizing Experience to Tag Team Healthcare Center’s Needs

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Mountrail County Health Center

Mountrail County Health Center of Stanley, ND expanded their services by opening a new clinic, T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic, in 2015, as well as the addition of the Ann Nicole Nelson ER in 2014.

A little teamwork can go a long way.

Mountrail County Health Center Director of Plant Operations, Jim Clark,  met with Steve Hoffart, Indigo Signworks Sales Representative, to discuss exterior signage. During the meeting, it was brought to Steve’s attention that they were also looking into an interior sign package and donor wall system. “I knew that the interior signage would be something that Alex [Lund] would be much more experienced at, as she has done a lot of that type of work for Indigo.” Steve said. Following the initial meeting, both Alex (Indigo Sales Rep) and Steve met with Stephanie Everett, the Foundation Director, as well as Jim Clark to discuss the project further. It was decided that Steve would continue to handle all exterior needs, and Alex would handle the interior. 

Interior Transformations

“This was such a fun project to work on. I really enjoyed getting to work from start to finish as well as transforming the inside of the buildings’ atmosphere.” Alex commented. What started with a simple donor wall was transformed into a collage of illuminated boxes, wrapped in DiNoc, to look like wood frames. This way, the wall really “popped” and was different from what most were used to seeing in hospital settings. The goal was for high visibility of the signs and having all of the donors listed. The sign’s faces were printed on a translucent poly non-adhesive film. In doing so, updated donor names could be printed and shipped out to the customer on an as needed basis, due to their location. 

“While we were installing the wraps, quite a few people stopped to point out themselves, or someone they knew.”

While working on the donor wall, Alex and Steph started to discuss other areas that could possibly be accented with wall wraps. The wall wraps were a great addition, as they added character, but also told the story of the hospital’s history through images. “While we were installing the wraps, quite a few people stopped to point out themselves, or someone they knew,” Alex added. After the wraps, an interior wayfinding system was put together using Vista frames and copper detailing.

 

Exterior Signage

All the while the interior signs were taking shape, Steve was hard at work making sure the exterior letters were just right. One set in particular came with an unexpected story. “One of the most memorable signs that I did for Mountrail was the Ann’s ER sign above the entrance to the ambulance bay. We had already installed some of their signs, and Stephanie wanted for me to meet with another gentleman to go over what they wanted for signage above the entrance.

“Ann was my daughter, and we are naming the Emergency Room here after her.”

As I was visiting with this gentleman, whom was one of the donors to the Clinic, he had asked me if I knew the story behind Ann Nicole Nelson. I replied that I had, as Minot State College here in Minot had named a Theater after her. (In case you don’t know, she was originally from Stanley, and was in one of the World Trade Center Towers that collapsed in New York.) I told him what a tragedy that the whole event was. His reply was, ‘Ann was my daughter, and we are naming the Emergency Room here after her.’ I was speechless, covered with goosebumps, and honored to have met him, and will always remember that meeting.”

A Successful Sign Program Leads to Gratified Staff & Customers

It’s not every day we get to help a customer in just about every one of our specialty areas. This particular project included: Monument signs, a Pylon sign with an EMC, Channel Letters, Vinyl Graphics, Digital Graphics, Wall Wraps, Routed PVC with Chemetal, Interior Wayfinding, and a Digital Display Board. “The entire project was enjoyable to coordinate, and the customer is very happy with the results.” Steve commented. “Although I thoroughly enjoyed getting the opportunity to transform the space, the best part for me was forming the relationship with the customer. I look forward to hearing from them, and going to visit every now and then.” Alex added.


Neon Signage – A Unique Solution for Your Unique Business

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Neon Signage – A Unique Solution for Your Unique Business

There’s just something about neon…  Neon lighting provides an unlikely marriage of delicate lines, intense light, and bright colors, surrounded by a familiar gentle glow. The result is a combination of eye catching contrast and gentle nostalgia that is sure to get noticed. 100 years after its introduction in the sign industry, neon still has the ability to make an impression like no other sign medium.

The Creative Process

The process by which neon tubes are created has gone largely unchanged since neon lamps were first invented. A specially trained glass blower, or neon tube bender, starts the process with a straight piece of glass tubing. To give the glass its unique shape, the tube bender uses a variety of torches, and considerable skill to heat the glass and carefully manipulate it one bend at a time. This process is not easy to learn, and can take a decade to master.

To date, there is no other way to shape a neon tube but by hand, and realistically there never will be. In fact, the single biggest technological advancement in the tube bending process over the last 100 years is the availability of computer generated patterns.  Once printed, the tube bender uses the paper pattern as a map to carefully plan the series of bends which will be needed to achieve the desired form. Think of it like attempting to complete a maze using a ballpoint pen.  If you don’t plan ahead, the finished product is sure to be a mess.

While the process of creating the neon tubes hasn’t changed, the industry that made it famous has. The advancement of LED technologies has largely replaced neon as a light form in a number of situations such as architectural borders and channel letters, as well as in products such as electronic message centers. As a result, neon production as an industry, has been reduced to a small fraction of what it once was. 

 

Neon’s Enchantment

Fortunately, exposed neon still has an impact that is hard to beat. If you are looking to make an impression on your customers and stand out from your neighbors, neon is the way to go. Custom window units feature energy efficient transformers, a large variety of color options, and long lasting reliability. Exterior and vintage neon signage is also available, ensuring your business’s unique identity will shine all the way down the block.

Indigo Signworks is one of the only full-service sign shops able to provide and service these glass gems in our region. If you would like to hear how neon can be incorporated into your business, contact your local Indigo Signworks office today!

View the Neon Gallery

 

 

Written by Chris Orth
Neon Technician
Chris is our resident neon aficionado at Indigo Signworks. He’s been working in the art of neon bending for the past 17 years. He has also pursued other artisan trades including stained glass and sheet metal shaping.

Energy Saving LED Retrofit ROI

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It Pays to Upgrade


LED retrofit

Energy saving LED retrofits; should you do it?  Yes, of course! The return on investment (ROI) alone says you should.

The Cenex sign shown in the picture is about 7’ tall x 8’ wide and it used to be illuminated with eight 800MA high output fluorescent lamps & two ferromagnetic type ballasts.  As a result, this lighting method consumed about 800 watts costing $455 a year if the sign was running 12 hours a day, and the energy cost was 13₵ /kW‐h. Due to new LED lighting technology, installed by Indigo Signworks, the sign now only consumes 306 watts costing $175 a year for the same run time & energy cost. Just the annual energy savings alone is 61%!

Energy $ Used Yearly: Fluorescent vs. LED Principal Qwik Stik® Shallow 360°

Energy $ Used Yearly: Fluorescent vs. LED Principal Qwik Stik® Shallow 360°

The old fluorescent lamp lighting has a useful life of 12,000 hours. Because the new LED lighting, it can be as long as 100,000, it makes the average yearly maintenance savings of not having to service the sign close to $450. Adding the $280 per year in energy savings to the $450 in yearly maintenance, benefits Cenex $731 a year! Therefore, the LED retrofit ROI in this case is great; in as little as 35 months the investment will pay off*. The LED products and the labor directly used to retrofit this Cenex sign costs the end user about $38 per sq. ft., or $2128.


Get your Own ROIGet Your Own LED Retrofit ROI Analysis!

Don’t wait….Contact your local Indigo Signworks office today, and we’ll do an LED Retrofit ROI analysis for you! We will take great care in selecting the right lighting to benefit you the most. We have the experts that sift thru the many options available and will present to you the best one.

You will see how it pays to upgrade. If your double face sign is about 7’x8′, in 10 years, you will actually have $7310.00 more**.

In some places, an energy rebate is available too, making the decision to invest in a lighting upgrade even sweeter. In order to find out if you are eligible for a rebate or other incentive program, you can reference the Department of Energy’s DSIRE site

One more benefit…LEDs are much brighter during cold temperatures than fluorescent lighting.

* investment/annual savings

**advice from Jeff Douglas, Estimating Manager/Engineer (always thinking of ways to make your net worth higher)

 


Shooting Star Casino Custom Sign Package

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Shooting Star Casino Custom Sign Package

It’s always thrilling creating a custom sign package that’s truly unique. In late 2015, Shooting Star Casino announced the construction of a smaller satellite casino in Bagley, MN. This new property offers a fun gaming atmosphere, along with introducing a dining and drink alternative on a local level.

Shooting Star Casino chose Indigo Signworks as the interior and exterior sign design, manufacturing & installation firm due to our ability to offer our services on a local level; along with having a strong tenured history with the Shooting Star Family. In 2014, Indigo began a year-long construction project on the Mahnomen property where we worked closely the Shooting Star Casino team to establish a modern image for the existing site. The Indigo Signworks team worked diligently to create an image that suited the property’s unique architecture and themes. This image was to carry forward in both the Bagley satellite property as well as the upcoming 2017 Star Lake Resort property, which is currently under construction.

Interior Signs

Concentrating on interior signage at this property became a strong focus. Indigo, in partnership with Cuningham Group, an architectural firm specializing in gaming located in Minneapolis MN, took on the task to design an interior sign package that fit with the interior décor of the casino.

The one sign that stands out above all others, is the interior sign for the Little Dipper Bar and Grill. We were asked to provide a “twinkling star” concept to identify the eating establishment. Our team of designers and fabricators constructed a one-of-a-kind interior sign, consisting of a hand-made douglas fir wooden case, amber LED halo lighting, LED illuminated lettering, and individual “twinkling stars” that are operated with a fiber-optic projector. Each individual star in the ‘Little Dipper’ part of their logo shimmers and shines as the fiber optic projector changes. You notice the sign from anywhere on the gaming floor due to the motion of the sparkling lights.

See a short video of the sign in action!

Exterior Signs

The exterior sign package includes a building sign and large pylon sign. The halo and face-illuminated building sign marks the main entrance of the property. There is also a large pylon sign that also consists of both face and halo illuminated letters. The digital message center component while allowing their marketing department in Mahnomen, MN to remotely control, upload and update content. The sign also features hand-carved stone accents in addition to hidden blue LED recessed lighting.


Contact your local Indigo Signworks office today and discuss unique signage opportunities for your business!

To view the work we did for Shooting Star Casino at their Mahnomen headquarters, check out the article in Sign Builder Illustrated.