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Custom Signs

Vacker Sign can provide you with a custom entrance sign panel that serves to welcome your visitors and introduce them to your NatureWalk signs. Additionally, Vacker offers design services for the development of custom sign panels that serve to interpret something specific to your site.  Custom panels might interpret something cultural or historically significant, natural resource management activities, or a unique natural resource.

Custom Entrance Signs and Custom Design

Vacker Sign can provide you with a custom entrance sign panel that serves to welcome your visitors and introduce them to your NatureWalk signs. It can be customized to include your agency logo and contact information, as well as those of any sponsors or grant funding sources.  The panel might also include a trail or park map, park or trail rules, or the classic message – “Leave No Trace”.  Custom entrance signs are available in 18×24 and 24×36.  A National Park Service cantilever style exhibit can be outfitted with a cross bar for mounting a sponsor sign.

Vacker also offers design and illustration services for the development of custom sign panels that serve to interpret something specific to your site.  Custom panels might interpret a historic structure, park history, natural resource management activities, or a unique natural resource.  Feel free to contact us to discuss these opportunities.

Custom Design Process

Our professional design team can create a panel layout with your provided text, photos, and logos. While we can take care of design, illustrations and file preparation, we believe that client interaction is paramount to the successful design and implementation of an interpretive panel project. Although every project is unique, a typical project involves multiple interactions and client participation.  Contact us for our “Guide to Planning your Interpretive Project” for details regarding the design process and assistance in developing an effective message for your interpretive panels and completing a successful project.

Although every project is unique, a typical project involves multiple interactions such as the following:

1. Client identifies communication goals and submits proposed panel content as available (text, images, illustrations, logos etc.). Vacker reviews and provides comment related to overall effectiveness of the intended message and quality of images, illustrations, logos etc (check for word count, adequate image resolution, file types etc.).

2. Client provides input regarding the desire for any particular “look” for the panel(s). Input regarding fonts, color palette and format is welcome in an effort to evoke the spirit of the subject matter as well as the unique nature and character of the setting where the panel will be located.

3. Vacker provides a proposed draft layout of a single panel. Based on client comment, panel layout is revised accordingly. Once the layout of a single panel is approved, subsequent panels are designed and submitted for client review and approval.

4. While all panel content should be edited and approved by the client prior to content submission, client reviews panel layouts for final edits, corrections and revisions prior to final layout approval.

5.  Vacker revises panel as requested. Client reviews and approves panel layouts and authorizes panel fabrication.