Start the New Year Off Right with Updated Custom School Signs
- July 21, 2023
- Posted by: Ryan Brady
- Category: Custom School Signs, Electronic Message Centers, Signage Benefits, Signage Strategies, Wayfinding Signage
As summertime vacations and barbecues are coming to an end, the school year is gearing up. Parents and students aren’t the only ones getting ready; however — school staff and administrators have lots of preparations to make, as well. This includes prepping curriculums and classrooms as well as updating items around the campus. Custom school signs are easily overlooked items, but they should be on every school’s annual to-do list.
Bringing Your Signage Into the Future
More and more schools are embracing electronic message centers and digital signs to make bold statements. Innovative digital signage can help you advertise upcoming events to passersby and people around your grounds. Inside the school, you can convey messages to students and faculty with eye-catching and ever-changing messages. These signs can also provide school administrators and emergency personnel a form of mass communication during emergencies in which events are constantly shifting and people need to be constantly updated. And with digital signs, or better yet, digital scoreboards for your athletic facilities, you can create colorful decor that builds school spirit. This makes your school a truly fun place for students, faculty, and staff and sends visitors a clear message of school pride. Digital signage is a great way to show school spirit (as the display can be programmed with information about pep rallies and sporting events, as well as animations of team mascots), and you can have video replay and more!
Replacing Run-Down School Signs
One of the first items to look for is signage around campus that’s missing or no longer up to par. Throughout the school year, signs may get vandalized or yanked down by misbehaving students. Outdoor signage takes the brunt of the abuse because it’s exposed to the elements, and it can begin to break down over time, even with proper sign maintenance.
When you work on a school campus every day, it’s easy to overlook signs that have been missing or damaged for some time. Take a walk throughout the campus and try to see everything through the eyes of someone who is visiting for the first time. Keep an eye out for signs that have become sun-bleached and faded, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Check for lighted signs that are no longer functioning.
Evaluating Your School’s Wayfinding Signage
Wayfinding signage, or signs that direct visitors from one place to another, is one of several ways to utilize custom school signs on your campus. This is especially the case for large campuses with many different buildings, but even if your campus only consists of one or two buildings, it’s helpful to guests or new students to have signs pointing to and clearly labeling your library, cafeteria, gymnasium, administrative office, and other important areas.
Just like you did when locating damaged signage, take time to walk your campus and see it through the eyes of first-time visitors to determine where wayfinding signage may be needed.
Reasons to Upgrade to Custom School Signs
Apart from damaged or missing signs, sometimes it’s simply time for a custom school signs makeover. Here are a few reasons to consider an upgrade:
Your school signs aren’t clearly visible from the street.
Your visible signage means first-time visitors and emergency personnel can easily find the school. It also makes it easier for you to communicate with staff, students, and the public via a static sign or an electronic message center.
You’d like to communicate messages via your school signs.
With your school sign clearly visible, you can now communicate messages about important dates and upcoming events. Installing an electronic messaging center expands this potential, allowing your school to display many different messages on a digital LED sign. Because electronic messaging centers are programmed remotely, it’s easy to update the sign to communicate with the public during a special event or an emergency.
It’s time to update your marketing.
Just because the Ridgefield Screaming Eagles have been going strong and winning championships since 1972 doesn’t mean that your school’s marketing should still resemble what it was 50 years ago. Just like your school campus requires updates to keep up with the times, your custom school signs need upgrades to let the public know that your school is growing and evolving along with its student body. This might include updating the main school sign, installing colorful light pole banners throughout the parking lot, or adding thoughtful touches like a television welcome board in the main lobby or administrative office.
You want to create the best first impression.
Finally, school administrators should consider upgrading their custom school signs in order to make the best first impression to prospective parents, students, and their community as a whole. Visually captivating signage will send a positive message about your school and its staff, encouraging students to put their best foot forward from the first day of school to the end.
At Brady Signs, we’re a third-generation family business that’s served as a premier provider of business signage solutions throughout the North Central Ohio region and beyond for nearly 50 years.
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