Tag Archives: Non Illuminated Signs

Non illuminated signs are characterised in having no inbuilt or accessory means of illumination. Such signs may have very similar construction to signs that do include a means of illumination and may be used in very similar areas of application. In the hours of darkness though, non illuminated signs will be dominated by signs that include a lighting means if the competing sign is in close proximity.

Some signs are made all the better by featuring a design or construction that does not rely on a means of illumination. Wooden signs for example may be kept in character and some painted of metal sign benefit if not lit. Traditional signs reflect a sense of their period and age if they are not lit. Such signs are often seen promoting the character of a restaurant or similar business.

Most signs are not illuminated, however, signs specific to the retail shop sign sector most often feature an illumination means.

Signs In Bristol - Voodoo Afloat

Signs In Bristol – Voodoo Afloat

Signs in Bristol – Just. Voodoo heads offshore…

It’s said that the two best days in your life are the day that you buy a boat, and the day that you manage to sell it again. So that said, most of the visitors to Ting Dene Boat Sales in Portishead Marina must be having a pretty good time. There’s a pretty neat routed sign by Voodoo there and that’ll help too.

Portishead Marina is a great example of urban renewal. Once a run-down and very scruffy looking deserted industrial dock, it’s now ringed with smart restaurants and apartments and its waters are home to visiting and resident boats. Signs in Bristol are looking positive. Wherever boats congregate in any quantity you’ll find a boat sales broker. Thanks to some smart routed signs by Voodoo, you’ll find Ting Dene in its marina home afloat easily.

Signs in Bristol - Ting Dene Boat Sales
Sign In Bristol - Portishead Marina

Ting Dene occupies premises afloat on the marina next to the crab catching pontoon. We produced some really snappy looking routed letters and logo elements and affixed them to the shed-like flanks of Ting Dene’s offices. It looks the part and doesn’t offend the character of the place one bit. Mindful of the sunny location and the amount of exposure to salt, we used very resistant materials for the Ting Dene routed sign.

Routed lettering adds a very classy touch to the simplest of signs and isn’t quite as pricey as it manages to look. We can apply such signs to more or less any surface and, as the Ting Dene sign demonstrates, we can do it more or less anywhere, Signs in Bristol being within very easy reach.

So if you’re looking for a big boat anytime soon, find your way to the lock end of Portishead Marina and push your way through the hoards of crab-catching kids. Beyond the throng you’ll find a beautifully signed office and someone there will happily take £250,000 off you.

Alternatively, if you need signs in Bristol or nationally to put your business on the map, make sure you contact Voodoo. We’ll ask for a lot less.

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Cafe Sign in close up. Warm wood. Warm Welcome

Cafe Sign Promises a Warm Welcome

Five Grains’ Cafe Sign

The five grains comprise a grouping of cereals that were regarded as sacred in ancient China. Not a lot of people know that. The Five Grains is also a great cafe in Bristol and thanks to a great cafe sign by Voodoo, that’s something a lot of people do know.

Voodoo and signs for cafes are no strangers to each other. Restaurant signs in general have much to communicate beyond the name of the business that’s under the shopfront. In the case of Five Grains, its cafe sign has to say “wholesome” in a pretty big way and it has to play well with shopfront window graphics too. We think we got it right.

Cafe Sign and Shop Front

We started with as honest-a-looking slab of pine as you’ll ever see and turned it into the fascia sign’s background. It looks like it has seen a few summers but it’s well protected from the elements. Next comes the cafe signs’ lettering. That’s a fret-cut material with some very subtle things going on, if you look closely, those little design wrinkles are informed by elements of the superb printed window graphics underneath.

The cafe window graphics are printed on a great material that makes the window look as though it has had thousands of pounds lavished upon it in traditionally etched work. It hasn’t. Its a rather special film that we know how to work with and which can be removed if needed. There’s some eye-catching busy scribbles going on in the window graphics’ design and it counterpoints the simplicity of the shop front signs – goes against the grain you might say.

Cafe Sign window graphics. It's all in the detail
Cafe Sign lettering in detail. Perfect type face for the application

View a cafe signing fascade like this an an ensemble and we present something that clearly works. Behind the fascia, there’s a great business serving wholesome foods and lovely infusions to customers attracted by the ambience the business radiates. We’re proud to have played a part in delivering this experience and it’s a bit beyond the signs for cafes you might be used to seeing.

Give us a call if you think we could do the same for your cafe or restaurant.

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Totem Sign for an industrial park

Totem Signs put Protos on the map…

Totem signs can do more than simply direct. They can reflect quality and stature. The Voodoo DesignWorks made it happen…


Billing itself as the destination of choice for energy, innovation and industry, Protos is, notionally, an industrial park. With its enviable connections and proximity to what’s becoming the Northern Powerhouse, it’s much more. Set on the northern bank of the Manchester Ship Canal in the North West, the park is attracting some influential tenants and is very much in Business.

The Voodoo DesignWorks was contracted by the park’s owners, Peel Environmental, to manufacture and deliver a branded wayfinding signing solution including totem signs which reflected the property’s corporate aesthetic and which delivered the required functionality at the park’s scale.

Voodoo responded.

Working within the context of a well-defined corporate ID prescribed by Protos, Voodoo designed a range of signs ranging from 2.5M to 8M tall. The monolith structures feature custom fabricated steel frames, heavily engineered, clad with powder-coated aluminium. Design elements comprise acrylic accents and applied lettering. The ensemble delivers high legibility and retains the essence of the park’s ID.

Totem Signs installation to foundations

Installation of the illuminated totem signs involved major foundation work and the provision of electrical services to the signs. Thanks largely to project management expertise on the part of Voodoo and tightly coordinated logistics, the industrial park signs were installed and commissioned on time.

In addition to the range of large totem signs manufactured and installed by Voodoo, a range of post-panel signs were designed, manufactured and supplied. The post panel signs work with the totem and monolith signs as wayfinding continuations. Legibility again was prerequisite and the signs are “on-grid” and absolute reflections of the Protos ID.

The whole programme is designed to be easily scalable should the park’s bounds grow, and the signs’ finish is engineered so as to be easily maintained and durable.

Totem Signs point the way
Totem Signs in close up detail

Protos is a very desirable location and the companies which call it home are important contributors to the local economy. Thanks to The Voodoo DesignWorks, Protos is well and truly on the map and has a signing programme which befits its quality and position.

Get in touch with Voodoo and we’ll put your development on the map too.

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shopping centre signs

Shop Front Signs

Shop front signs have a lot to say about your business. Make sure they’re sending the right message.

Shop front signs, like the shops, restaurants and businesses they identify, are available in practically infinite variety. To do a good job on behalf of its host though, there’s relatively few ways that shop front signs should be produced. At the Voodoo DesignWorks in Bristol, shop front signs have become a deep specialisation. Our clientele for shop front signage includes some of the biggest names on the high street.

Every shop front sign that Voodoo designs and manufactures is made from the best materials that are available. Shop fronts in modern retail developments have long abandoned formats which once dedicated space to a fascia sign. Contemporary shop front sign design may need to find an elegant way of accomplishing fascia signs’ promotional roles, from within an expanse of glazing extending from ground level to the premises’ first floor.

A shop front sign usually has a great deal of competition for attention. Cutting through the scribble of clutter and colour and retaining the subject brand’s personality is a challenge.

We think there’s three ways of manufacturing shop front signs. There’s the wrong way, there’s the right way, and there’s the Voodoo way. Shop front signage by Voodoo is informed by best practice in terms of its technical credentials, but we recognise that signs for shop fronts have to be more than just well fabricated structures. That’s why our retail shop fascia signs are possessed of a quality that distinguishes them from others.

Shop Front Signs

Voodoo designs signs for shops in various illuminated signage formats. We work with neon sign lighting and we’re accomplished exponents of modern lighting technologies for signs such as LEDs. Traditional shop front signs have used sources of front-lit sign lighting and we’ve got a great deal of experience producing those too. We work in materials like plastics, wood and metal and we bring them into creative alliances that make shop front sign that shine.

Ultimately, a sign for shops and other businesses have a duty to promote the business that hosts them. It’s a round-the-clock job that puts demands on the sign that only a quality product will survive. Shop front signs with indifferent light and design say a great deal about the business that hosts them and business surely suffers.

Voodoo has a wealth of experience it shop front and retail signing to offer anyone looking to rebrand, refresh or to stamp a brand new identity on a new business. We invite you to call and discuss your needs. Voodoo will put your business on the map.

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Shop Window Graphics – It’s about Design

When is a shop window, not a shop window? When it’s obscured with shop window graphics to the extent the shopper can barely see in, or appreciate what may be on display.

That said, shop window graphics can play several important roles. They can serve as an identity continuation for shopping centre signs. They extend the reach of retail promotion and point of sale in shopping centres into the pedestrian zone. And they can assume a role in short-term seasonal sales generation too.

There’s a world of difference between window stickers and properly designed shop window graphics. That difference is Voodoo. We’ve been producing window graphics and signs for shopping centres for years – we know what works in the cause of retail sales promotion and retail brand development. And we know what doesn’t.

Window clings are easy for the retailer to apply but paradoxically, difficult to apply properly. Such low cost window graphics have a marked effect on the tone of a business overall. They instantly take the shine off it. You can do better with Voodoo and a more considered approach to retail promotion.

Shop window graphics considered as such and designed with an outcome in mind do much more. They can entice shoppers into the premises and promote buying decisions. They work so much harder than off the shelf window decals and, often, don’t cost much more either.

An agreement between tenants and shopping centres effectively has the shopping centre sign what amounts to a promise to promote the centre’s brand and environment. The retailer in the shopping centre signs an agreement to be bound by the standards that the landlord defines. Some shopping centres actually legislate against poor quality shop window graphics.

With Voodoo on your side, you’re not going to have a problem with your window graphics. We have a wealth of experience in the field and we’ve actually developed window graphics standards in consultation with major shopping centre developers and architects. We can deliver a package that works with your shop windows and not against them.

Window displays have evolved. Shop window graphics are a major part of that evolution. Great designs is the foundation for exceptional shop window graphics.

For a Bristol based signmaker, Voodoo Design is in big demand nationally. You’ll find our work performing brilliantly in shopping centres from one end of the UK to the other. We make signs in Bristol too.

For us, shop window graphics have become a speciality. For our clients, we’ve become a must. We understand the full spectrum of application possibilities. We have access to every material and production technology we need to do the job required.

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If you’re going to put anything on your shop windows, remember that you’re creating what’s often a first impression. Call Voodoo for shop window graphics and you’re in safe hands. You’ll get the window graphics you want, and our experience is delivered as standard.

Voodoo is a Bristol based sign, design and graphics company that works nationwide. We have a very impressive client portfolio and we take a special satisfaction from helping our customers make a little money go a very long way. It costs nothing at all to talk to us about your ideas and you wouldn’t be the first we’d surprised with just how affordable a big transformation can be. Or just how big an impact a little of our work can make.

Next steps are easy. Get in contact and see what makes us tick.

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