VINYL SIGNS AND GRAPHICS
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Brian Murdoch has been great.
Nick S. BNI Chicago Referral Loop
Always good service and easy communication
Ellen V. Buzzi-Space
I needed my business cards tweaked and printed post haste to do promotional work at a property I recently sold. I had a simple address change on the existing file and Brian was wonderful to get that done in record time. SOOOO appreciative! I have my full color brochures printed here, professionally finished and bound. I am sure there is much more I can and will plug in to fulfill all my business marketing needs. This is a great STAFF!
Kristine L. Kristine Lang
Brian was very professional and accommodating, especially given the tight timeline and weird technical blips that came up.
Wesley H. Robolink
Brian was great to work with. Very Flexible
Karrie K. Holiday Heroes
You guys have always been so accommodating, even when we've given you incredibly tight timelines. You always get the projects done on time and the quality is always superb. Absolutely could not be more appreciative of that!!
Leah E. British International School, The
I recently emailed an alpha graphics team member who's contact information I had saved from a previous order. I was desperate for a last minute order and thought I was out of luck when I learned through email that team member no longer worked for alpha graphics. Not even a half hour later, a different team member emailed me and was able to assist me with my order. Thank you so much for the quick response!
Carlie M. Levy Restaurants
Emily was very helpful, got my order processed very quickly and the prints came out great! Will definitely be using you guys for future work!
Elana T. Elana Tenner
Everything I have ever done with Alphagraphics has been great. Great at adapting on a short notice.
Jordan K. Allied Integrated Marketing (CCG)
The team always is nice to work with.
Erin W. 1515 N Halsted, LLC
Emily is the best. I have called her with immediate response, and her estimate response is at a healthy rate, which is important for me to quote my client inquires. Thanks!
Aaron S. Fast Signs
Francisco is great!
Heaven R. Heaven Reynolds
My client needed 6' x 4' signs and they got a quote from a vendor in western suburbs. I knew of Alphagraphics' quality of work and excellent service so I got a quote from Fergus, a true professional. The quote was approximately the same as other vendor. I persuaded client to go with Alpha due to top-notch experience. Client ordered direct from another Alpha person while Fergus away from office (forget his name who offered seamless service). Timeframe perfect. Will always go to Alphagraphics for our print needs. Client does plan on reprinting signs.
Lynn T. Interactive Building Solutions
Staff and owner very helpful
Shannon W. Lincoln Park High School
I appreciate working with a local company that was in touch, gave me job updates, and the option to proof material in person before printing. The job was done correctly and on time! I would never have that level of customer support working with an online website.
Nicole M. Nicole Mauser
Quick turnaround, very professional.
Renee B. The William Everett Group
AlphaGraphics totally saved us!! We had ordered stickers through an out-of-state company online and their delivery date was not going to cut it. Alpha was able to get me an immediate quote and turn my order around faster than they had originally quoted!! Also love supporting a local business in the process.
Lisa G. DISPENSARY 33
Love working with AlphaGraphics - they are always so prompt in responding as well as sending over our printed material!
Emmy K. Oranj
Your service, attention to detail and the finished product are always the best!
Nancy N. Nancy Neill Designs
I have always enjoyed and preferred Fergus Calderwood's account management over Brian or Ken. They're just not as quick to respond or offer alternatives and suggestions.
Chase G. Creative Republic
Francisco was absolutely awesome! If it wasn't for him and AlphaGraphics I would have missed my deadline and potentially lost a client. Can't thank you all enough!
Danny C. Good Neighbor Rx
quick and efficient, got exactly what I wanted
Kelly N. Minte, The
Charlotte Schultz has helped me many times with lots of different projects, and the service she provided has been so helpful. There was one specific project recently required a same day turnaround with a complicated job with a really specific paper stock, duplexing, and color matching, that the team at Alpha really saved me on. I really appreciate the super high level of service and quality.
Allie H. Allie Hasson Paper Goods
The attention to detail was awesome, big shout out to Fancisco
Stephanie D. 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners
I rely heavily on Rob and his teams in Chicago to fulfill the needs of my clients who conduct business in the Windy City, thank you Rob, for consistently taking great care of us!
Scott W. Alphagraphics #727 - San Diego
Brian is very responsive. I appreciate his efforts to communicate with is team.
Sandy F. Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC (CCG)
Customer service is always great and appreciate you working with us when we need a quick turnaround!
Jonathan P. Nicer Collaborative -Conlon and old personal
Love Brian + Fergus! So nice and accommodating.
Alexa C. DERMAFLASH
The final product was great. Brian Murdoch is great to work with. There were a few bumps in the delivery process but he worked extra hard to make it right and I will definitely return to work with him again.
Angeliki G. Angeliki Garris
Couldnt have asked for better care. I needed a savior, and you guys came through with tight deadlines.
Yehuda M. Yehuda Marcus
I've used AlphaGraphics multiple times and they always exceed my expectations. This time around I worked with Fergus to have a 30 page book printed and spiral bound, which turned out absolutely perfect! He was so patient with me as I worked through what I wanted. He gave me multiple estimates to help narrow things down and even printed a color proof for me. I definitely recommend working with AlphaGraphics. You can't beat the quality, quick turnaround, and reasonable prices!
Carolin L. Carolin LeBlond 1
The order we made went completely wrong and we found out about it on Friday evening, your team managed to fix 300 new correct booklets within a night for me and brought it that Saturday morning the show where we were exhibiting. Thanks!
Bieke V. WITLOFT BV
Fergus was very helpful when I was placing my order and the price/deals were incredible. Thank you for helping us with our project!
Kayla B. SubKulture Entertainment
Francisco provided fantastic customer service. The prints looked great and the turnaround time was really fast. I will definitely use Alphagraphics again.
Taryn L. BGD&C Corp
Fergus provided excellent communication. Estimate was provided very quickly. This is the second time I've ordered posters here and I will continue to use Alphagraphics for any and all local needs.
Claudia K. CMEology
I am based in Portland and needed to have prints done for colleagues attending an event in Chicago. Doing this sort of thing remotely can be very challenging, but Francisco was wonderful to work with. He was responsive to my inquiries, called to make sure there was clear communication and delivered everything I needed on time and looking great. I really appreciate his work and will absolutely use Alpha Graphics for future events in Chicago.
Lindsey C. GOOD DATA
Fergus was an absolute delight to work with. He made great recommendations to improve the quality of my printed material. I would HIGHLY recommend working with AlphaGraphics to anyone who asks.
Kate C. Kate Czuba
The level of professionalism and dedication to produce a happy customer, me. Is why I used alphagraphics.
Lauren W. Lauren Whitney Photography
Wonderful and easy
Tatiana B. Learnship Corporation
Fergus was absolutely fantastic to work with. I was printing displays for my mother's funeral. the print quality was excellent, and I got tons of compliments on them. The best part was that I was trying to figure out how to get them in a suitcase. Fergus suggested they could be shipped directly to the church. This worked beautifully and saved me an enormous hassle. I would not have considered it without his advice. He provided excellent service and reminded me why I chose Alphagraphics.
Tori B. Tori Brovet
Fast turnaround time
Doris H. Loyola University Chicago - School of Social Work
I had a hard deadline and you worked very hard to help me get the product on time. A special Shoutout to Francisco. He was nothing short of awesome and understanding!
Francisco M. Graphics 255, LLC - Marketing
Brain Murdoch is Awesome! I've only been working with Alpha for a few months now, but the attention to customer service and the quality of the advice/material/knowledge is outstanding. And thats without ever even stepping foot in the physical office on Evergreen yet! Looking forward to working with Alpha on more projects in the future. Thanks guys!
Dakota S. Spara Inc
Easy to work with even through email. I plan to do more work in the future for sure.
Brendan K. Brendan Kellam
Once again, thanks to Catherine Lauro for her great customer service -- friendly, fast and thorough.
Jon R. Rapid Fig
Communication was quick and efficient. I never wondered what was going on or what the next steps would be.
Ally G. MKT Properties
Communication via email was prompt. And turnaround was fast!
Amanda I. Slate Design Ltd.
Catherine Lauro in Chicago was excellent to work with, went above and beyond. Took our fairly rudimentary graphics (not in PDF) and turned them into perfect postcards. Recommended the right cardstock for glossy front, write-on back. Pricing was the best of 3 local quotes. When I couldn't make it during open hours to pick up the order, Catherine delivered to my downtown office, in person!
Amanda G. Amanda Grace Edwards
Great experience working with Rob and the Alphagraphics team. Will recommend to friends and look forward to utilizing their services again!
Jd C. Guaranteed Rate
Brian is always very responsive and accommodating to our requests. The turnaround time is always very short, and I never have to worry about meeting deadlines or having any delays. He makes the entire process very easy!
Lauren K. Incubex, LCC
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.