“Go big or…” well, you know the old saying. This is an ideal the team at Graphic Systems takes to heart. The Minneapolis print services provider with an impressive list of well-known global brands under its belt even incorporated the sentiment into its company motto—“Where Brands Go Big.”

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Profile: Hamilton Scenic Specialty

An illuminated sign was recently installed in the forecourt of Hamilton City Hall, featuring letters large enough for visitors to stand inside. Unlike the dimensional Toronto sign, which was originally intended only for temporary use during the 2015 Pan Am Games, this one has been built to last, by Hamilton Scenic Specialty (HSS) in nearby Dundas, Ont.

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Billboard Direct Signs & Graphics overcomes challenges

By Ginny Mumm What happens to a business when a natural disaster roars through its town? In the case of Billboard Direct Signs and Graphics (BDSG), which is based in Fort McMurray, Alta., the massive wildfies of 2016 ended up bringing the company’s employees closer together, as they knew restoring the inflow of revenue would…

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Profile: Banff Sign Co.

The Banff Sign Co., which was co-founded in 1986 by Larry Whan, recently changed ownership. As the only sign shop within Alberta’s Banff or Jasper National Parks, the company continues to keep busy serving a very specific niche.

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The smell of retail design success

Toronto-based Eventscape recently engineered, fabricated and installed Coty’s Fume Scent Lounge, which blends digital and static signage, inside the Hudson Bay Company’s (HBC’s) department store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

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Profile: North Simcoe Signs

North Simcoe Signs, based in Midland, Ont., has been providing signage to various businesses and other organizations in its community for more than 15 years. The secret to its lasting success has been a commitment to production versatility to meet its clients’ needs.

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Profile: Neon Family

Gérald Collard, a 40-year veteran of neon lighting and glass art, has collaborated on projects ranging from commercial neon signs to advertising campaigns to album art to light structures for stage and film sets.

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Profile: Westwind Design Group

Calgary-based Westwind Design Group has its roots in museum exhibitry, but has evolved to become a full-service environmental graphic design (EGD) firm, producing everything from donor recognition systems and retail spaces to wayfinding signage and custom furniture, much of which involves using digital printing to add pizzazz to the final product.

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Profile: Mattatall Signs

Mattatall Signs, based in Dartmouth, N.S., has manufactured and installed thousands of signs over nearly 40 years. The influence of 
its founder, president and CEO, Robert E. Mattatall, on the sign industry has been even more expansive.

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