All sign orders must be submitted in writing either in person, through interoffice mail, or by fax to the sign shop. We do not accept e-mail orders at this time. Please the Sign Shop contact information for more details.
In order to serve you best, we require a two-week lead time on most sign orders, including A-frames and banners. Orders requiring routed technology usually take longer, as the Sign Shop only has one router to serve the entire university and all of its satellite campuses. However, for most short-term signs, two weeks gives us sufficient time to ensure completion.
This means that for a dated event, you must order your signs two weeks prior to the day you want them to appear campus. For example, if you want to order signs for an event on Jan. 21, but you want the signs out a week ahead of time to advertise the event (the 14th), then you would need to order your signs on the first of the month, which is two weeks prior to the day you want the signs out on campus.
A typical sign order should be sent in memo form and include your name, a contact phone number, fax number (if possible), and any information pertaining to the sign order. You may include a layout you have already designed, or you can leave the design to us. All of the Sign Shop's employees have graphic design backgrounds. If you do not have a specific layout in mind, you can still include any color or font preferences you may have. Any logos you want to include should be sent on disk. Please see the logo section of this page for specific logo guidelines.
If it is not possible to give us two weeks lead time on a sign order, there is a possibility of requesting a rush order. Rush orders are charged an additional rush fee and are completed on a first-come, first-served basis time and staff permitting and priced accordingly. This means we will try to the best of our ability to complete the order, provided we have the staff available to do so.
If you have a logo you would like to incorporate into your signs you can send the file to us on a disk, or give us a clean printout to scan into our computers. Either way, we must charge you a scan/conversion fee. The standard fee is $20 but can increase depending on the complexity of the logo and the amount of clean-up involved.
Please note, the sign program we use is PC-based. We can't work from Mac disks or files.
Also, the scan/conversion cost is a one-time fee. If you request it, we will save your logo in our computer so you will not be charged again in the future.
We can incorporate your logo into your sign in two ways.
If it is a vector-based image, we can cut your logo in our traditional vinyl format. You will be charged only for the conversion and clean-up of the file. The vinyl we use is included in the original sign fee. The file types included in this type of logo are
* If the logo is a photo, includes shading, or has any other graphic effects and is not a monochromatic image, then we will print this logo using our CMYK printing machine. Because we are using four-color process printing, this method is a bit more expensive. It costs $20 per square foot each time it is printed, in addition to the one-time scan/conversion fee.
The file types we can use here are much more varied and include any file you can open in Adobe Photoshop.
* For logo files of this type, the higher resolution the image file, the better. Our sign program is vector based, so its image printing capabilities are less than state-of-the-art. Avoid .jpg or .gif files. They will not print well with our software as they are compressed file types designed for the web and lack detail.
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