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Ideation: an Ann Arbor Custom Sign Company

Tell your story with custom signs by Ideation.

We specialize in branding, graphic design, and custom signage. 

  • Exterior Signs: People judge what they might find inside by what they see on the exterior.
  • Interior Signs:  Help bring comfort and clarity to your space.

Bring us your ideas and let us show you how you can move people with a custom sign from Ideation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” background_color=”#ffffff” padding_top=”60″ padding_bottom=”60″][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”grid” text_align=”left” padding_bottom=”20″ css_animation=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18411″ img_size=”800×600″ alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1484940568810{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1497298368610{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]Custom signs, plus environmental graphics for ISCG, by Ideation, an Ann Arbor custom sign company.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18299″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1490389619447{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1497297611181{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]Interior and outdoor signs for a  boutique bakery, Taste Love Cupcakes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”grid” text_align=”left” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ css_animation=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18410″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1484318478193{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1497297626991{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]Outdoor signage for Urbane Apartments, a multi-location urban apartment brand.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18363″ img_size=”800×600″ alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1484940642058{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1497297644881{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]Interior and outdoor signage, environmental graphics and packaging for Royal Oak wholesaler and retailer, Monty’s Beef.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”grid” text_align=”left” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ css_animation=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18293″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1484318874814{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1497297677209{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]Holiday Market Smokehouse branding with outdoor signs by Ideation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18263″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1475005815759{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1497297710082{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]Graphic design and sign production for Bagger Dave’s restaurants.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”grid” text_align=”left” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ css_animation=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18264″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1475005962049{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1497297723104{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]Outdoor signs for he Detroit Institute of Arts[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18262″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1475005983411{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1483211353746{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]Interior environmental graphics and signs for a restaurant.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image=”18332″ background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”grid” text_align=”center” padding_top=”60″ padding_bottom=”20″ css_animation=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/12″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Your Space Matters.

Say Something BIG.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Ideation’s signs and environmental graphics tell your story while working with your interior design for maximum impact. Our team will help you see the vision up front while handling every detail of implementation. We have installed custom signs in Ann Arbor for over a decade.
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  • Fully-Satisfied Customers
  • A Team Fully-Invested in Your Project
  • Custom Signs Tailored to Your Design and Budget
  • An Expert Design Team with a Professional Point of View
  • A Proposal Using Both 2D and 3D Imagery
  • Complete Project Implementation from Beginning to End

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  • Façade Signs
  • Storefront Signs
  • Ground Signs
  • Lobby Signs & Reception Signs
  • Exhibit and Trade Show Displays
  • Wayfinding Sign Systems
  • Ann Arbor Plaques
  • Environmental Graphics
  • Donor Recognition Signs
  • Interior Signs
  • Exterior Signs

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We’d love to meet with you to size up your opportunity.

[/vc_column_text][button size=”large” style=”white” target=”_self” hover_type=”default” font_weight=”700″ text_align=”center” text=”Let’s Meet” link=”/contact/” color=”#ffffff” hover_color=”#f06c2f” background_color=”#f06c2f” hover_background_color=”#ffffff” border_color=”#f06c2f” hover_border_color=”#ffffff” margin=”30px auto” border_radius=”0″ button_id=”gray-button”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/12″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” padding_top=”40″ padding_bottom=”40″][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Questions & Answers

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_accordion style=”accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”WHY IS IDEATION THE BEST ANN ARBOR CUSTOM SIGN COMPANY?”][vc_column_text]Your space tells the story of your brand. Signs illustrate that story. Our design team and production specialists take the time to understand your story, so they can develop the perfect signage for your building. We handle everything from single signs to complex systems. No matter your needs, we help move your people in the right direction.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”THERE IS ALREADY A DESIGN DRAWN FOR MY CUSTOM SIGN? CAN YOU PRODUCE IT?”][vc_column_text]We purposely separated our process into a design phase and a fabrication phase for this very reason. Many times customers come to us with plans created by their own design teams. No problem! We can help you turn it into a beautiful sign or graphic. If we see elements that might not work, we can present alternatives for you to consider. We want to help you reach your objective.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”HOW DO YOUR PRICES COMPARE TO OTHER ANN ARBOR CUSTOM SIGN COMPANIES?”][vc_column_text]Most projects are broken down into two cost components. First, there is the cost of designing the perfect sign for your space. Second, there are the actual charges for producing and installing the sign. Some customers come to us with a design already in place. Therefore, the cost breakdown ensures you only pay for the services you require. Once we establish your needs, we can help prepare a quote for both design and production that fits comfortably into your budget.

As a guideline, here is a general breakdown of normal production costs:

  • Office Interiors & Wayfinding Systems fall between $6,000 and $120,000
  • Most Reception Signs cost between  $1,200 and $10,000
  • Storefront Facade Signage:  $5,000 to $12,000
  • Trade Show Exhibits run between $1000 and $25,000
  • Donor Recognition Displays:  $1000 to $150,000


If you’re looking for a partner that will design the right solution, use quality materials and deliver according to promise, you won’t find us expensive at all. We may not be the cheapest alternative out there – but we offer more than signs. We tell your story and help brand your space with our imagery. Build a persona that resonates with your customers. [/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”WHAT STEPS ARE INVOLVED IF I WANT TO HIRE IDEATION TO DESIGN MY SIGN?”][vc_column_text]The first thing we need to do is sit down and go over your ideas and goals. We inventory your existing assets and visit your location to view the architecture of the space. By doing this we can answer some logistical questions:

  • Is there anything obstructing the view of the space?
  • What are all the purposes of the space in question?
  • Can existing elements be incorporated or repurposed?


Spaces that are under construction can be examined by looking at blueprints and design renderings. After hearing your story and looking at the physical elements, we develop a master sign plan that details all our recommendations. For your exterior signs, we make sure that the designs adhere to local sign ordinances.

Once all the design work has been completed, we present the entire package to you. You get to see the finished product in conceptual renderings, material samples, and prototypes. In some cases, we may build 3D models to help you visualize what’s possible. Ideation wants you to have complete peace of mind over the direction of your project.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PRODUCE MY SIGN?”][vc_column_text]The amount of time required to produce your sign depends on the scope of your project. Some items can be installed in as little as one week. An exterior facade sign often takes about two weeks to produce. However, a comprehensive wayfinding system might take as much as a couple of months. During your initial visit, we discuss your needs and present you with a more specific estimate.

Another thing you need to consider is the city sign permit. Obtaining the permit generally takes two weeks after design approval. Ideation handles your city permit for you.

Here is a general timeline for reference:

  • Fabricated  and Illuminated Signs:  ~6 weeks
  • Lobby and Reception Displays:  2-4 weeks
  • Large Format Prints and Murals:  1-2 weeks
  • Wayfinding Signs:  2-6 weeks
  • Donor Recognition Displays:  2-6 weeks
  • Standard Exhibits:  1-3 weeks

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”DO YOU BUILD YOUR CUSTOM SIGNS IN ANN ARBOR?”][vc_column_text]All our custom signs are produced on site on Royal Oak and then transported to Ann Arbor. Ideation handles every aspect of production from design to installation so that you experience a smooth transition from one step to the next. Our team of experts guarantees the best-in-class production in every situation. We handle everything from concrete footings to electrical wiring. Whether it’s the installation of a mural or putting up a display, Ideation gives you peace of mind. Leave the details to us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” video=”show_video” video_overlay=”show_video_overlay” video_overlay_image=”18325″ video_webm=”https://www.ideationorange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/busy-shopping-street.webm” video_image=”18327″ background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” padding_top=”80″ padding_bottom=”80″][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”grid” text_align=”left” padding_top=”80″ padding_bottom=”20″ css_animation=””][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Who do you want to move?

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”grid” text_align=”left” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”100″ css_animation=””][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text el_class=”white-text”]Ideation is a custom sign company located in Royal Oak MI, servicing the people in Ann Arbor. We seek to move your people in the direction you want them to go. Our goal is to change the way they feel, move them toward their goals and, quite literally, get the from location to another. Ideation makes signs that tell a story.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text][qode_slider slider=’testimonial-slider’ auto_start=’true’ animation_type=’fade’ slide_animation=’6000′ height=’640′ responsive_height=’yes’ show_navigation_arrows=’yes’][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” padding_top=”50″ padding_bottom=”50″][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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