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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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Welcome Michael Rodenwald to Indigo Signworks St. Cloud!

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A Big Welcome to Our Newest Team Member, Michael Rodenwald!

Michael RodenwaldWe’re delighted to announce the newest addition to our Sales Team out of our St. Cloud, MN office. Michael Rodenwald handles both custom signage and corporate sign sales for the Minneapolis Metro region. Mike’s depth of knowledge in the sign industry started in 1998 when he attended M-State Technical College in Detroit Lakes, MN, where he went through the Sign Lettering & Design program. After graduation, he started working for Leroy Signs of Minneapolis, MN in the layout and vinyl graphics department. His education continued with on-the-job training within different aspects of the sign business: letter fabrication, pylon and monument fabrication, wiring, as well as installation.

In 2013-2014, Mike was a familiar face to our Indigo Signworks’ family while he worked in our Install Crew out of the Alexandria, MN office. Mike’s hands-on knowledge of the complete sign process from design, manufacture, installation and project management is an invaluable addition to the St Cloud Market sales team as we continue to grow that direction. We couldn’t be happier to have him back on team Indigo!

Michael lives in the town of Saint Martin, MN where he and his wife Alyssa are raising their two boys; Parker (10) and Degan (7). In his spare time, you’ll find Michael at the lake, or in the woods hunting.


Minnesota National Bank Updating their Signage upon their New Branding

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MN National Bank Signage Updates

Minnesota National Bank’s history dates back to 1902 when they were known as the Merchant’s National Bank of Sauk Centre. In 1987, the bank was sold to a group of local owners to become First National Bank. In 2008, they merged with Lake Country State Bank and were renamed Minnesota National Bank, retaining the tradition of being a community bank with expanded offices in Sauk Centre, Long Prairie and Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. MNB is in full-swing updating their signage to match their new branding. MNB, along with HTG Architects, out of Eden Prairie, MN, then made contact with Indigo in early 2015 to discuss fully updating the entire Long Prairie location’s signage needs.

Long Prairie, MN

Minnesota National Bank, Long Prairie began the process of a building renovation, which in turn, evolved into a new branding signage package. (see photos below) During the initial conversation with HTG Architects, we had to discuss the best way to overcome structural obstacles of the existing building to try to implement individual channel letters on an outer wall, as there was no access for wiring behind it. It was decided to move forward with a hinged retro frame LED illuminated cabinet on the building front, and refurbishing the existing cabinet on the back of the building. The pylon sign covered multiple elements of our industry with routed push-thru acrylic letters on the top portion, back to back 15.85mm Daktronics displays, LED illuminated cabinets with rigid dividers and stud mounted PVC address numbers on the base cladding. They were very pleased with the halo effect of the push-thru look night illumination on the top routed aluminum faces.

Pelican Rapids, MN

With the completion of the Long Prairie location, we then approached the image at their Pelican Rapids location. After a number of discussed options, they decided to replicate the Long Prairie pylon for that location. It’s currently in production (see photos below) and hope to see it up before Christmas. With a second electronic message center location, the Daktronics cloud-based control suite was converted from a local access to a shared control for multiple locations. This will allow them to edit and publish presentations already created from branch to branch with the same matrix size message centers.

Sauk Centre, MN

Lastly, their new 3-story building currently under construction for their main branch office in Sauk Centre will have incredible exposure for their new image, located on the entrance corner of the Super Walmart. The pylon will incorporate the same elements as their previously fabricated structures with a few added tenant panels, three large LED illuminated wall cabinets, some directional signage, and two entrance monuments. (see photos below) The completion of this project will tie all the branches together with an updated first-impression and Daktronics software.

It’s truly been a pleasure to work with them as well as HTG Architects on these projects!


Delivering Freaky Fast Signature Service to Jimmy John’s

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Jimmy John’s has Freaky Fast Service, Indigo Showed Them our Signature Service.

When you think of Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, what comes to mind? Tasty sandwiches, of course. But how about those “Freaky Fast” commercials of theirs? They all pretty much share the same theme, a customer has a need, and Jimmy John’s pulls through with their service to save the day. Why am I having you think about sandwiches? Maybe you have a rumble in your tummy, and it’s time refuel your body, I don’t know. What I really want you focus on is this: Service.

“Indigo Signworks is a sign company satisfying the image and identity needs of customers by delivering high quality sign products with exceptional service.”  That is our branding statement, the foundation for what we stand for here at Indigo. Diving in deeper, I want to use a recent sign project between Jimmy John’s and Indigo to give an insight to our “Signature Service.”

Indigo Signworks satisfies its customer’s needs through exceptional customer service – delivering on time, on budget, with a high degree of personal accountability – “Signature Service.”

Jimmy John's Channel LettersA New Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop

Jimmy John’s Sandwiches was opening a second location in Minot, ND inside the new Southside Plaza strip mall. Having worked with Indigo Signworks on his 5 other North Dakota locations, Travis Vannatta, Franchise Owner of Jimmy John’s, contacted our offices for fabrication and installation of his new signs; a set of channel letters, a directional sign and vinyl graphics for the tenant panel on the Plaza’s main ID sign. There is nothing out of the ordinary about this sign package, but it’s the execution that is worth looking at:

The Minot office received fabrication and installation orders on a Friday. The following Wednesday, Travis & the local JJ’s store manager stopped in to visit with Bob Smesrud, Minot’s General Manager, to check on the progress of their signage. It was essential that the channel letter portion of the package was to be installed that week. Bob had the sense that the customers were set for disappointment. While there, Bob brought them into the fabrication shop and was able to show them that their entire sign package was all but ready to install after only 3 days in-house. They spent some time with them on the details of construction of their product and the customers left reassured.

“We had about a week and a half to have everything done in a short amount of time, I was impressed it all got done and how great everything looked!” – Travis Vannatta, Jimmy John’s.

The next day the channel letters were installed and ready for Jimmy John’s opening day, and the rest were installed just a couple of days later. Shortly after completion, a gigantic platter of Jimmy John’s Sandwiches showed up at the office, enough for everybody! It is such a great feeling to have satisfied customers! This happy ending can be chalked up to a team effort executed without incident.

Oh and by the way, the Southside Plaza sign in the photo below is one of our creations too!

Experience your own Signature Service with Indigo!

 

Signature Service: Giving our customer assurance of quality, accountability & responsibility.

Contact one of our 6 conveniently located offices today!


Prairie Stone Center

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Sign Builder Illustrated: Prairie Stone Center

Checkout the upcoming issue of Sign Builder Illustrated where Prairie Stone Center pylon sign was highlighted!

Placing the design focus on the EMC (by Watchfire), along with a structure complementary to the Shopping Center (with help from Signs by Benchmark), made for a successful and visual appealing final product for Prairie Stone Center in Fargo, ND.

Prairie Stone Pylon EMC

Prairie Stone Center Pylon


Featured in Sign Builder Illustrated

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Sign Builder Illustrated Feature

Click on photo for the magazine layout preview.

Indigo Signworks Featured in Sign Builder Illustrated

Indigo Signworks is featured in Sign Builder Illustrated this month showcasing the Shooting Star Casino pylon project!

To see the full story and photos online, visit http://www.signshop.com/news/news/equipment-materials-software/dec-14-sbi-the-big-payoff-unabridged

To view a short video of the entire project, visit http://bit.ly/1yGrWsN.


Indigo Signworks Purchases 44 Sign Company

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INDIGO SIGNWORKS PURCHASES 44 SIGN COMPANY

ST. CLOUD, MN – Indigo Signworks is proud to announce the purchase of 44 Sign Company in St. Cloud, MN. 44 Sign Company is a St. Cloud based, family owned, full-service sign and large format graphics company established in 2010. Indigo Signworks welcomes Kevin Johnson, owner of 44 Sign Company, his sign-world expertise and 27 plus years of customer service, to join the sales staff in St. Cloud. This merger will create an Express Graphics division at the St. Cloud office, utilizing the knowledge-base and equipment coming over to our St. Cloud office.

Indigo Signworks CEO, Bernie Dardis said, “The merger of 44 Sign Company and Indigo Signworks is a great opportunity to bring together two very talented, experienced sign professional teams into one organization. We are honored to have Kevin Johnson join our company. His dedication and passion for the sign industry and for the business community of St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids is an inspiration to our team.”

Kevin Johnson said, “From the start of my career in the early 80’s I have been focused on customer service and exceeding expectations. In 2010 when I started 44 Sign Company, one of my goals was to be the best known and respected sign and graphics company in central Minnesota. I am proud to say that this goal has been achieved by the merger of 44 Sign Company with Indigo Signworks. The name 44 Sign Company came from a motto of mine “Forward Always Forward,” and this merger is a significant step forward.”


Titan Machinery Signage

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Titan Machinery

Titan Machinery Signage

Indigo Signworks has been busy with 54 locations both updating and putting up new Titan Machinery signage. Indigo was first approached by Titan this past May. We have previously done work with them in the past. Therefore, Indigo was given the opportunity to do the work for the changeover of installing updated Case IH signage. Indigo also was given the duty to fabricate and install both updated and new Titan Rentals locations.

This has been a long progression, and we are still in process of installing the signage, which includes pylons, wall signs, interior signs and fascia updates. The locations in which Indigo has been in charge of updating carries a large footprint, covering Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Arizona and New Mexico.

Titan Machinery is based out of Fargo, ND, and represents a diversified mix of agricultural, construction, and consumer products dealerships located in the upper Midwest. They are the dealer for Case IH, Case Construction, New Holland, and New Holland Construction. Titan Machinery also represents Titan Rentals, Titan Aggregate and a varied list of shortline equipment to meet specialized customer demand and niche product needs.













The Best Color Combinations for a Sign

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Visibility is the most important element in outdoor signage.  Signage and other graphics meant to be easily seen and understood at a distance should use a simple, contrasting color scheme that stands out clearly.  Below are some examples of the most visible color combinations for a sign.

The best color combinations for signage

The best color combinations for signage

An easy way to test visibility is to simply print the sign on letter-sized paper and view it from an appropriate distance. One glance should suffice to quickly understand the sign’s message, and to determine the graphic’s visual appeal.

One of the first considerations in choosing the right color combination is the level of visibility that will be created. By contrasting a light color font or graphic on a dark background or a dark font or graphic on a light background, viewers will be more drawn to your signage. Fonts should be legible and uncomplicated. The background or graphic should never overpower or distract from the actual message of the sign.

Since people react psychologically to various colors, you should choose the shades that most closely identify with your business or company theme. Warm colors tend to encourage people to feel comfortable enough to relax and linger. If you want customers or clients spending extra time in your store or restaurant, you’ll want to pick from a pallet of colors that have comforting layers of reds, oranges and yellows in them. If you want your signage to be a real attention getter, yellow is a universal favorite. You can pick a signature color such as hot pink or electric green. Strong reds and blues are always popular choices.  Look at the Color Combination Guide below.

Some Tips for Choosing Color Combinations:

  1. Does your business already have an established brand color? You’ll want to work with that unless you are ready to completely overhaul your advertising format.
  2. Do you want to psychologically impact potential customers by gaining their attention, stimulating their senses or inspiring a certain positive response? What is most apt to motivate them? Orange, yellow and red are generally considered high arousal colors; and blues, greens and violet tend to be lower in arousal response. However, within these families, entirely different reactions can be created by intensifying or lessening the shades.
  3. Never let an intense background color or graphic overpower the most important message on your signage.
  4. Work with contrasting complementary pairs for powerful impact.
A Visual Guide to what Colors Communicate

A Visual Guide to what Colors Communicate