Western Canada’s highest sign

The tower signs installed on the façade of the recently built Civic Hotel in Surrey, B.C., hover more than 160 m (525 ft) from the ground. The signs act as a beacon over the central hub of the city, drawing attention with a glowing 4.1-m (13.5-ft) tall diamond shape.

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“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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A mural at Canada’s crossroads

On July 16, a mural created by professional comic book artist Vincent Rioux—also known as VoRo—was unveiled on the exterior wall of a downtown store in Mont-Joli, Que., part of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

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Revitalizing the Burt

After True North Sports and Entertainment acquired Winnipeg’s Burton Cummings Theatre, it commissioned a new marquee sign, both to modernize the venue and to pay homage to the history of what is affectionately referred to as ‘the Burt.’ The changeover meant a chance to benefit from modern materials, including lightweight acrylic and aluminum, and LED illumination.

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Projection mapping: Creating the Mirage at Metropolis

The ‘Mirage At Metropolis’ was a project specially developed in 2016 for British Columbia’s largest shopping mall, Metropolis at Metrotown. The four-storey complex in Burnaby, B.C., hosted a 360-degree audiovisual (AV) immersive experience in its main atrium, combining colourful, animated digital projection-mapped content with a mirrored floor and ceiling to create the illusion of infinity and greatly amplifying the visuals.

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Branding Regina’s new Mosaic Stadium

Among 2017’s major strides and crowning achievements for Canadian sports was the completion of Regina’s new Mosaic Stadium along with its graphic branding.

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Niagara Falls welcome sign mimics vintage postcard

By Peter Saunders Signature Sign & Image recently designed, fabricated and installed a new dimensional sign that welcomes visitors to its hometown of Niagara Falls, Ont., as they arrive from the U.S. over the Rainbow Bridge border crossing. Inspired by vintage postcards, it adds a touch of bright colour to the side of Highway 420…

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Wayfinding: Welcoming cruise ships to Canada Place

Vancouver’s cruise ship season keeps getting longer each year. In 2017, the city welcomed more than 840,000 tourists, borne on nearly 240 vessels. These visitors arrive at the Canada Place cruise ship terminal from all around the world and it can be a challenge to ensure they all get on and off their vessels without any confusion.

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Using signmaking tools to create art

Many signmakers would agree an ideal project involves a careful balance of creativity, freedom and focus. Too much of any one of those components can easily cause a project to run over schedule and over budget.

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Neon: Restoring the Sam the Record Man sign

One of Canada’s longest-awaited sign projects finally reached its completion recently when the ‘spinning’ neon records of Toronto’s defunct flagship Sam the Record Man music store were relit in a new location atop a building next to Yonge-Dundas Square.

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