How To Avoid Common Sign Mistake #8

DIY-Do It Yourself. This acronym has gained increasing popularity over the years as thrifty consumers are looking to save some money and take problem solving into their own hands. A simple internet search will result in DIY ideas for anything from nail art to halloween costumes to home repairs. There are an infinite amount of possibilities when it comes to DIY. After all, why pay the professionals money for something that you can do for yourself for much less money?

Well, here is one reason:

Swirl Nails Fail


And another:


And one more just for fun:

Don’t get us wrong: we certainly applaud and understand those looking to take some of their needs into their own hands in order to save some money (we are business owners, of course we value thriftiness). If someone is looking to paint their nails a simple color, like red or pink, why not grab the nail polish at the store and paint your own nails? However, don’t expect to be able to complete a complex nail art design yourself. There is a reason we pay the professionals for the more complicated tasks.  They are the ones who are trained and specialize in their specific trade or vocation.

Sometimes, when you want a job done right, don’t Do It Yourself.

Instead, turn to those who have the skills, resources, and know-how to do the job right the first time. Yes, you will be paying more than if you do it yourself, but you will be paying for it to last a long time and to be done right the first time.

Common Sign Mistake #8: DIY (Do It Yourself) Signage

Signage is one of these areas where DIY will not cut it. These jobs are much too involved to be done by anyone but a specialist.  From surveying the job site, getting the permit, designing the sign, manufacturing the sign, to installing the sign every step of the job is detailed and takes an understanding of many factors that require a professional touch.

Most people do not try to tackle actually manufacturing a sign themselves. That requires materials, equipment, and expertise. Nevertheless, some think that if they cannot manufacture the sign themselves, they can at least handle creating the design that will be used on the sign. In fact, some insist on designing the sign themselves looking to save money. They have some graphic design experience or work in a creative field. How hard can it be?

Apparently, pretty difficult. Let’s take a look at DIY design attempts.

Suddenly, I am not very hungry. What a difference the font choice can make! (Image Source)
Yikes! What would it look like with the window rolled completely down? A beheading? (Image Source)
Sasa Lele? Execution is everything. (Image Source)

The truth is that there are many factors that go into designing a sign. It is not as simple as thinking up a beautiful design and putting it on paper (or on Adobe Illustrator). Instead, it is an intricate process that requires taking into account a number of factors such as city ordinances, materials used, color considerations, the building process, the installation, and more. All of these elements must be considered in order to make sure that the design will be able to come to life.

Now, let’s check out some Landmark Signs Design Attempts.

Couture-Salon (1)
Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc
Monument Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc
Illuminated Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Okay, we admit it. That last one is a Landmark Signs DIY project.

To avoid ending up with your own DIY sign fail by calling or emailing Landmark Signs today. Save the DIY jobs for home decoration and crafts.

Or maybe not…

Melted Crayon Art Attempt

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