VINYL SIGNS AND GRAPHICS
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
I feel as though the quality of my product was okay. I wish that the final product was the deepest black possible; however, I will be coming back to work with Alphagraphics primarily because of Brian Murdoch! His customer service was absolutely amazing and he went above and beyond for me unlike many other companies I've worked with. He treated my small scale business as though it is global. I cannot emphasize enough how service like his is one of the many reasons that businesses succeed. I will more than recommend the company solely based upon the experience I have. I was promised deadlines that were met and given recommendations for future products. Thank you sooooo much Brian for treating me like family!
Lola M. Lola McCall
The wedding invitations were perfect. The communication was spot on. Hence, the perfect invitation.
Valerie H. Valerie Hidlay
I feel that across-the-board the staff that I have worked with has been friendly, efficient, professional, and altogether had a good experience.
Marina R. Studio M for Good
You guys are always so responsive and I appreciate that you try to get us the best price. As a non-profit, that is especially critical. Your turnaround time is also impressive, even during the coronavirus pandemic you fulfilled our our quickly and thoughtfully. AlphaGraphics is always my first choice.
Shannon P. Chicago Youth Centers
Nothing to be honest. I just don't do much proactive recommending in my day to day life.
Micah B. Pure Storage
Everything was handled very quickly and professionally for me. Very happy with the service.
Joanna G. Joanna Gusich
Brian Murdoch has been great and he deserves a raise. The rep before him, Fergus Calderwood, became quite rude for some reason over time. I was ready to look for another graphic designer until I heard he was replaced. Make sure you keep people like Brian.
Justin J. Chicago Electrical Company
Emily is terrific!
Ruth F. Henri's Reserve
Francisco went above an beyond in customer service for me, dropping things off to my building since we are quarantined in a senior community. He was just great.
Marilyn D. Gold Coast Kitten Sittin'
very professional and timely service!
Hillary L. Saks Fifth Avenue
the decals for my business look amazing!!! It was a great experience from beginning to end! Thank you so much!
Joel E. Rosie,s Furniture Restoration Corp
Brian and his team at AlphaGraphics do excellent work. Brian has a deep knowledge of the printing industry and all the print and large format products at his disposal, and is very thorough with his clients to develop an understanding of the project at hand and provide the best solution. He and his team are fantastic at meeting deadlines and communicating throughout the course of a project. I highly recommend Brian and AlphaGraphics for all digital printing, small and large format printing and signage needs.
Matt D. Doubletake Promotional Marketing
Emily is excellent to work with
Amalia R. Redmont Wealth Management
Brian is always a pleasure to work with and I have always received service exceeding my expectations. I will continue to order from Brian at AlpharGaphics and hope to bring more business to them with my growing needs!
Jane S. Redwood Logistics
Our order was produced quicker than expected!
Laura L. Capitol News Agency
I have to send a couple of emails to get a response to my request.
Beverly S. Hyatt Centric Mag Mile
Thank you for the speedy turnaround and delivery!
Rosie F. Logan Square Chamber of Commerce
We have always enjoyed excellent service from AG Chicago North and are very happy to continue using their support.
Tony J. Medical Expressions Ltd
I've used you for the last two years for an event that we attend in Chicago. Your staff, particularly Emily and Ken, are fantastic and extremely helpful and patient. In addition, your printed products are high quality and I've always been extremely satisfied with every item you've done for us.
Rio P. Clio
Very quick and helpful
Luisa H. Crown and Conquer
Ken D. has been great to work with. Our orders have all looked professionally produced and delivered with great turn around times. He’s leaving today for a few days off and I told him I was going to have a hard time coping with him not being a phone call away. He deserves a break.
Barry S. Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
My alphagraphics experience is always fantastic. The turnaround is fast and the quality is great.
Max B. Max Bare
I was attending a tradeshow in Chicago and needed two signs to be printed quickly. I called two days before and wasn't sure if it could be done. I received an immediate response from the team and my order was placed and ready to be picked up the day I landed in Chicago.
Carrie C. Open Implants
prompt service, quick turn-around, very easy to order and pay
Geoffrey S. Eris Innovations
I will return, in the very near future, with a couple of small projects. Thank you for your help.
Caroline G. Chicago Women Take Action
Picking up my order was confusing. No one was in the office.
Ashley S. ENTER
Fast service and communicate good
Janice N. University of Chicago - Global
Brian and team were awesome. We were under a very tight timeline for our project. Brian was able to quickly triage our needs, pull the right resources together and deliver a 30 page document that exceeded our expectations.
Karyn L. Conagra
AlphaGraphics will do everything they can to make sure you're happy with the final product. Brian, from Chicago, is especially fantastic to work with in this regard!
Will W. Foxtrot
As a small nonprofit, we genuinely appreciate AlphaGraphics’ reasonable pricing, top-notch customer service, and attention to detail. They are our go-to!
Stephanie A. Chicago Appleseed Fund For Justice
Alphagraphics was quick in response and turn around time. Quality of work did not suffer with short turn around time!
Kelsey C. NCSA Athletic Recruiting
Emily was great to work with! Very responsive and provided a lot of support through the process.
Lena E. Lena Elkhatib
Parameters for postcard promotion design were communicated very clearly from Brian. The design was excellent and delivery right on time.
Robert S. Robert Shiverts Photography
I admit to not always knowing exactly what I need, but the staff always helps me understand my choices and make the best one.
Matt Y. Matt Young
Utilizing Alphagraphics design services greatly improved on our original idea. The price was fair, the turn around was great. Everything went smooth.
Joseph A. Prison Yoga Chicago
Y'all always pull through with quick turnaround requests, and the quality is great. Thanks to the team on Evergreen St!
Luke B. NEXT/NOW
Sarah L. City Club of Chicago
Staff was very attentive and responsive
Robert E. Lavoll & Edger
Char is the best - could not survive without her.
Kati K. Convene Chicago
I’ve had nothing but great service working with Charlotte, not only is she knowledgeable but she’s great fun to work with.
Michael B. Bostrom (CCG)
It was fast and reliable. Good service overall.
Darwin R. Heartland Alliance - AG Online Ordering
Great customer service and quick turn-around!
Abraham C. Levy Restaurants
Quality service delivered on time at a fair cost..
Rand S. Rand Sparling
Ken has been great. I often refer clients your way. Ken has made many projects possible for us that would have been out of reach.
Aaron S. Fast Signs
I've worked with Brian on a couple different projects and he is always a pleasure to work with.
Tomer B. Tomer Blackburn
It was great! Quick, convenient, easy to communicate with - great finished product as well!
Kathy R. Professional Sports Catering
Great service, great product- thank you so much!
Anna G. University of Chicago - Medicine
Brian Murdoch is an excellent Acct Exec
Jeff K. Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
Emily has been wonderful To work with. Replies quickly to my emails and hit my tough deadlines
Mckensie K. GTI
customer service has been good! i appreciate the willingness to print proofs for us so we can make an informed decision
Emily B. SpaDerma
MAKE YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT WITH VINYL SIGNS AND GRAPHICS
Whether you’re wrapping your windows with eye-catching designs or creating weather-resistant signage to inform potential customers, vinyl signs and graphics are prime advertising tools.
Adhesive vinyl has many great features and comes in a variety of colors. We can digitally print your custom graphics for virtually any application you can dream up!
For added impact, your vinyl signs can also be backlit or illuminated to increase their visibility. Or, you can choose from a variety of permanent or temporary adhesive vinyl to craft logoed stickers, window clings, wall decals, and more!
THE APPLICATION POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS
- Floor decals
- Storefront window and door wraps
- Full or partial vehicle wraps
- Window lettering
- A-frame or sandwich board signs
- Ready to apply (RTA) lettering and graphics
Need help with design or implementation? AlphaGraphics can help you with every step of the process, from strategic development to delivery and installation of the finished product. Our advanced printing technologies deliver sharp, full-color images that will draw eyes from all directions.
Ready to put our vinyl sign solutions to work for your brand? Contact us today to get started!
PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS WITH VINYL SIGNS
Looking for a high-quality marketing solution to help raise awareness for your business or upcoming event? Vinyl signs make a huge statement at a very low cost. AlphaGraphics Chicago North offers a wide variety of sizes and colors for both indoor and outdoor use. When you’re looking to create awareness for your trade show booth or promote your next event, say it big with custom-made vinyl signs!
While the most popular version of a vinyl sign is the traditional banner, there are several formats and options to choose from. Common uses for a vinyl signs in the Chicago-land area include billboards, street banners, street festival banners, trade show banners, as well as custom flags. Our experienced team of design and marketing professionals can help hone-in on a distinct look based on your specific needs.
SOME OPTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN GETTING STARTED:
- Indoor or outdoor use
- Full color or black and white printing
- Weather, fade and abrasion-resistant ink and finishes
- Single or double-sided images
- Grommets, clear tabs, hemming and taping
Typical uses for outdoor banners in growing communities like Lincoln Park include grand openings, sporting events, boulevard banners, sales and special events. AlphaGraphics premium signs are produced in high resolution, and offer superior protection against moisture and the beating rays of the sun. This material also flexible which means it can easily be transported, installed, and reused. Worried about high winds? Mesh signs are printed on a heavy-duty banner material. They are suitable for large outdoor advertisements where wind load is an issue.
For traditional vinyl signs, a glossy finish is usually recommended for outdoor vinyl sign usage. Lamination helps bring out vibrant coloring in your design making the banner readable from a long distance. A glossy coating also helps prevent colors from fading over an extended period of time. If properly installed and cared for, your outdoor vinyl sign can last up to 5 years!
INDOOR / TRADE SHOWS
Every year McCormick Place hosts hundreds of the world’s largest trade shows. At each event vinyl signs are used to guide, inform, and grab the attention of attendees. Because of vinyl’s strength it can be cut into almost any length or dimension, this versatile material offers a wide range of custom design options for your upcoming trade show event. Combine multiple banner signs together to create an eye-catching display, making certain this year’s attendees take notice and take action.
As a rule of thumb, most experts agree that matte finished vinyl is best for indoor use. When exposed to large quantities of artificial light a glossy finish reflects light, creating a glare that can negatively impact visibility. This is particularly important for photos taken at your office party or trade show booth. The bright flashes wont reflect off a matte surface like they may with a glossy finish.
You want your banner to be visually striking and easy to read. Whether you’re starting from scratch or just need help formatting your artwork, our design team delivers impressive results faster than you think. Below are some tips to help you maximize the impact of your vinyl signage.
- To ensure your message is legible from a distance, add 1 inch of text height for every 10 feet of viewable distance
- If your “Grand Opening” sign needs to be read by passersby on a road 60 feet away, select letters that are at least 6 inches tall
- Consider shortening your message and increasing text size if drivers are traveling at a high rate of speed
- When selecting colors for your banner text and background, you can increase readability by choosing a high-contrast combination; like black text on color, or color text on white.
Our production experts require print-ready artwork for most print jobs. This means your art file is in PDF format, sized to the dimensions of your specific job. It’s also recommended that artwork that extends to the edge of your print include crop marks. Art files can be sent via email or submitted through our file sharing website.
If your design isn’t print-ready, no sweat. We’re happy to help! AlphaGraphics Chicago North features a full-service, in-house graphic design studio. So, whether your starting from scratch or just need a file resided for print, our design experts are on hand to help ensure your project is a huge success.
Most banners are now digitally printed on large format inkjet printers which can produce large, full-color billboards on a single piece of material. At AlphaGraphics Chicago North, we use the latest equipment and software to deliver the highest quality resolution, usually within 24 hours of final artwork approval. Full-color printing allows you to use as many colors as you want - with no extra charge. You can even add photographs or detailed vector images!
At AlphaGraphics we recommend hemming the outer edges of your vinyl banner with threading or high strength double sided tape. A hemmed edge provides superior strength and durability to help protect your message throughout the seasons. Eyelets (or grommets) are nickel inserts that that help keep your vinyl sign affixed to a fence, pole, or building. Grommets are typically placed in all four corners and every 2-3 feet on all four sides. The circular shape provides a convenient way to fasten your sign (with rope or cords) while minimizing stress. Additional display options include:
- Adhesive hangers
- Metal grommets
- Popup and retractable vertical stands
- Hang bars or pole pockets
Your banner installation is just as important as the design and final production. High winds and even the weight of the vinyl material can impact the look and longevity of your sign. Our technicians are highly skilled and trained to both fabricate and install the highest quality sign to exceed your expectations. From start to finish, the experts at AlphaGraphics will make sure you have the tools and support needed to get the job done right!
CLEANING AND CARE
If properly cared for, vinyl signs can last years – even in the harshest of conditions. We suggest wiping down your full color vinyl sign with a damp and soft cloth, ensuring not to use any detergents or abrasive cleaners. Our experts also recommend folding and storing your vinyl sign with the printing facing out. If your hem or grommets need repair, feel free to bring your sign back to your sales person to discuss repair options.
Your AlphaGraphics Chicago North consultant will advise you on proper banner maintenance and transport of your banner, allowing your outdoor sign to last years longer.
Ready to promote your next big event or corporate fundraiser? Contact an AlphaGraphics Chicago North professional in the Chicago area to make a bold statement with your next outdoor sign.