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Hanging Signs by Newbridge Sign Shop

Hanging Signs by Newbridge Sign Shop

Hanging signs are one of my favourite sign styles on any street scape … when done well. The effect on a street scape of  planned, crafted and well positioned hanging signs  are architecturally and aesthetically Hanging signs can be of many styles.

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They can be fixed, swinging or illuminated. Within these options they can be with raised letters , handpainted designs stainless steel or even copper.

Swinging signs like Bolands Solicitors and Hartes become a feature on a building. Handpainted ones like the Granary and The Tide Full Inn are perfect for that old shop style & very suited to pubs and heritage buildings.

I love bespoke signs like The Italian Kitchen and Urban Escape as the client wants something unique to make them stand out above the rest. The italian kitchen is made of pine and is illuminated through opal acrylic. Urban Escape is made of beaten copper and raised gold leaf letters. FiFi Belle is a see through centre sign with a crafted shoe and Art Deco styled border. As you can see, pride is taken in the making of all our hanging signs and the aim is to make a feature of them rather than just bang up any old muck which tends to lower the overall image of the shopfront. There is nothing like looking down a street and seeing an array of well executed hanging signs rather than a colllage of oversized, plastic and gaurish looking signs which dominate most high streets in Irish Towns. I have to give credit once again to the towns of west Cork and Kerry for the beautifully crafted and planned shopfronts and streetscapes which are so carefully preserved.

Fachtna Shortt

Newbridge Sign Shop
unit 7 Century Bus Pk
Newbridge Ind Est
Newbridge
Co. Kildare
Ireland
 
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Gable Signs – Newbridge Signs Kildare

Gable and Wall Signs:

Having a gable end on your premises is priceless in many respects.
It is a canvas to advertise your business, make a landmark feature and make what can be a dull blank wall an integral part of your overall external design plan.
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There are a few nice options.
  • Hand painted sign: The advantage of painting your gable is that your only limitation is the size of the Gable. you have a background colour and then you can panel it out to accommodate various colour areas to hold different information. Kavanagh’s Bar Naas uses a limey green panel, painted onto a bottle green gable, with high contrast letters and shadows to make the sign pop. This sign will age gracefully and will not need much attention in my lifetime (Bar it changes hands…. which I doubt).  Marrons of Clane also uses this panel method which allows the pharmacy to change it’s overall colour without affecting the signs. Alternatively you can paint letters directly onto the background colour, giving strong contrast and shadowing as can be seen in Sticky Fingers. Sticky Fingers was handpainted onto the gable using Acrylics. Firstly all the letters were chalked into position and the tree was positioned afterwards and then painted in using a 1 &1/2@ fitch. The wall was a nap finish so required a bit of brush work to force paint into all pits and bumps. Acrylics are brilliant and have a great life. Manzors of Clane was also done in this method and is at least 10 years old.
  • Raised letters sprayed and fixed onto a gable is also a very attractive finish. Goldleaf prismatic letters on a painted panel also look really rich and have a natural  very high reflective quality (see Muldowney). Complexions gable sign is raised and airbrushed and uses a few complimentary colours to make it work. This sign was resprayed for a change of colour and can be resprayed at any time to accommodate colour change to premises.
  • One of my favourite gable signs is the Moat Theatre which was commissioned 14 years ago on a design created by The Artist  Brid Ni Rinn and we were given the brief to create a sustainable sign in fitting with the building. This sign was made from copper, stainless steel, stained glass and copper-leaf. it looks the exact same as it did the day it went up (old and distressed). That mixed medium of stainless and titanium used in Harbour View on mass concrete is also very cool.There is another option that is mostly used nowadays print it on a panel and bang it up. It tends to have a plastic printed ra rara…look.
    I have an issue with graphic designs stuck on walls.

Fachtna Shortt

Newbridge Sign Shop
unit 7 Century Bus Pk
Newbridge Ind Est
Newbridge
Co. Kildare
Ireland
 
Honours Boards - Newbridge Signs Kildare

Honours boards – Sign Shop

Honours boards are one of the oldest areas of signwriting which write the history of schools, clubs, hospitals, societies genealogy and many other organisations to celebrate achievements , leaders , patrons etc.

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The most beautiful forms, are those freehanded with gold leaf letters. One of my best and favourite clients used to have a theatre in his house where he acknowledged everyone who took part in the plays, which he put on annually for children’s charities, by having their names in gold leaf hand painted onto multiples of Honour boards and also loved honouring his horses whom had brought success to the stable. We also do honours Boards for many Golf Clubs which have full histories of the Captains Presidents Best Golfers .

Honours boards can also be done more economically in vinyls but who knows what a vinyl sign will look like in 30 -70 years. Gold leaf always looks great in reflecting the age and history of it’s owners.

When starting an Honours Board it is very important to plan it carefully.  Get the heading ie society, club etc .established date, line it out into as many sections with a plan for the number of years you would hope to get on it. Boards of 100years are not unusual. There is nothing worse than seeing a beautiful large mahogany board with 1″ (25mm ) + letters, with 3/4″ (18mm)

line spacing, each line half the width of the board and that board looking like it will be full in 30 years.. “yeah but I won’t be around in 30 years- who cares..” History cares. Think of the future generations who look back and see their great grand daddy’s name, for shootin’ 1800 partridges in a pear tree in 1973. There is nothing like 1/2″ letters on a board (see roll of honour swordlestown Stud , Newbridge college Hockey). When prepping or starting, line the complete board, so that in the early days the board doesn’t look so empty and within 10 to 15 years that board is going to get legs.

We can supply these boards and letter them from scratch.

Fachtna Shortt

Newbridge Sign Shop
unit 7 Century Bus Pk
Newbridge Ind Est
Newbridge
Co. Kildare
Ireland
 
Newbridge Signs

Newbridge Sign shop – New Web Site serving Newbridge, Naas, Kildare & The World

Newbridge Signs has not disappeared. Our website died a horrible death, the hosting
and the Domain got lost in cyber space. Worry not, it is currently being rebuilt from the ground up with some new functions
to help you guys get in touch and get your business needs met with better efficiency. Behind the scenes we have had to change hosting & service provider for our website.

We are more than just a sign shop,  We bring with all our signs a unique understanding of your business,  by having a chat & listening to you we can figure out exactly what will serve you best.
We have many years in sign building using many types of media including, Gold leafAcrylics, Wood, Stone, Stainless Stee, Hand Painted Designs if you have something unique or interesting you’d like to have made in to a sign the Bespoke touch is something we can surely do. Have you got some glass panels ? (shop windows) that you’d like to spruce up we have many wonderful solutions from Etched & Frosted  Vinyls & Hand Painted Designs even Custom Built Finishes.

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