Ideation: An Ann Arbor Sign Company

Move people with your design. Maximize the effect of your interior and exterior spaces with signs, graphics, displays and wayfinding signs by Ideation. Serving the city of Ann Arbor and its surrounding area with custom signs for over 10 years.

main street apartments interior sign graphic by ann arbor sign company ideation

Production and installation of signs and environmental graphics for Main Street Apartment development sales office in Ann Arbor.

interior sign on glass in ann arbor

Interior signs for JFM Consulting, an Ann Arbor communication and design agency.

Exterior sign designed for Cornwall Bakery, an artisan bakery.

Interior wayfinding signs for an Athletic Club

Interior signs for Health One Credit Union.

Brand identity, interior and exterior signage design for fast casual burger tavern, Bagger Dave’s.

Signs for Detroit Institute of Arts

Interior environmental graphics and signs for a restaurant.

Your Space Matters.

Say Something BIG.

Ideation produces signs and wayfinding systems that share your story while incorporating your existing design and architecture. Our team works to make the process easy. They show you the possibilities up front and then every step of implementation.

Benefits

  • 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

Solutions

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

Ready to Explore the Possibilities?

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

Questions & Answers

WHY IDEATION OVER OTHER ANN ARBOR SIGN COMPANIES?

Signs go in your space and your space communicates your brand. Our team of designers and production specialists is skilled at understanding your brand and your space. We develop the optimal signage for your environment – whether you need a single sign or a comprehensive system.  We’ll make sure your space and signage move your people in the direction you want them to go.

I HAVE AN IDEA FOR MY SIGN, CAN YOU SHOW ME HOW TO MAKE IT A REALITY?

You bet we can! You know your brand best and we love collaborating with clients who are visionary and creative. Bring us your ideas. We can help you validate it and expand upon it. If it’s not feasible, we recommend alternatives to better help you realize your objective.

HOW MUCH DOES IDEATION CHARGE FOR THEIR SERVICES?

That is a difficult question to answer. Each project is unique. However, in order to give you some guidelines, we separate the job into two cost components. First, Ideation offers design services. We create beautiful signs, environmental graphics, and wayfinding systems. A lot of planning goes into making each one complement your existing space and tell your brand’s story. Before we ever get started, we assess your needs and work out a quote that fits into your budget.

The second phase of the project is fabrication and installation. Below is a very general guideline on what you might expect production costs to run:

 

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

 

Regardless of your budget, we can find the perfect solution for you. There are less expensive alternatives on the market, but if you’re looking for a partner that uses quality materials and delivers more than signs, you won’t find us expensive at all. Let us tell your story and brand your space.

IF I HIRE IDEATION TO HELP WITH THE DESIGN, WHAT DO I GET?

We start with a get-to-know-you meeting to understand both the challenge and the upside potential of getting it right.Next, we’ll visit your space to review the architecture, the interior design, visibility and how space is viewed and used by your customers, employees and anyone else that matters. If your space is under construction, we’ll spend time reviewing the blueprints and renderings with you.If multiple signs are necessary, we’ll develop a master sign plan that catalogs all necessary sign and graphic elements.When exterior signs are in scope, we’ll review the local sign ordinance to identify all relevant rules and regulations before design.Finally, we get creative. Our design process begins with conceptual renderings and concludes with engineered drawings that leave no important detail undefined. Material samples, prototypes, and 3D models can be produced to aid in the approval process.What do you get by hiring Ideation to handle design? Peace of mind.

HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU MAKE MY SIGN?

The timeframe involved in any project depends on its complexity. A simple sign can be designed, produced, and installed in as little as one week. Exterior signs take a bit longer. The design must first be determined ad then it takes about two weeks for the sign permit. If your project requires multiple signs, wayfinding systems, and graphics, it might require several months of planning. The trick is to make sure the time is invested up front so that installation goes smoothly. During your initial visit, we can give you a more specific time estimate but here is a general guideline:

 

  • Fabricated  and Illuminated Signs take about 6 weeks
  • Lobby and Reception Displays require 2-4 weeks
  • Large Format Prints and Murals can be installed in as little as 1-2 weeks
  • Wayfinding Signs often need 2-6 weeks
  • Donor Recognition Displays require 2-6 weeks
  • Standard Exhibits only need 1-3 weeks

 

DO YOU PRODUCE THE SIGNAGE THAT YOU DESIGN?

Ideation manages all aspects of production and installation for a smooth transition from design to implementation. Our in-house production capabilities combined with our team of printing and fabrication specialists leads to a best-in-class production capacity across a wide range of solutions. Our teams of installation experts are setup by installation type, ensuring the highest degree of proficiency whether the installation involves pouring concrete footings, wiring electrical or installing murals and displays.

Who do you want to move?

Ideation designs to move people in Ann Arbor.  The people are your customers, employees, and investors.  We design to change how they feel, to move them toward a goal and sometimes to literally move them from one place to another.  Our design and signs can make your people proud, happy, productive, inspired, comfortable and more.