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Ideation: Serving as Your Ann Arbor Sign Company

Move people with both interior signs and exterior signs. Ideation communicates branding for Ann Arbor businesses by defining their spaces with custom signs. Environmental graphics, donor displays, and wayfinding signs are just some of the ways we develop branding. Ideation Signs has been your Ann Arbor sign company for over ten years.

Brand Expression

Ann Arbor business owners often come to Ideation thinking that they need an exterior sign to identify their location.

Of course, they do. However, an outdoor sign serves an even greater purpose.

The façade is more than a place to put the logo that’s on your business card. Done right, it’s a brand expression that’s comprised of building architecture, materials, landscaping, messaging, lighting, and, of course, signage.

All these elements work together to deliver an intentional impression and establish your brand identity.

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Your Space Matters.

Say Something BIG.


Ideation – Your Ann Arbor Sign Company & Branding Solution

Ideation produces Ann Arbor custom signage and wayfinding systems that support branding while incorporating your existing design and architecture. Our team works to make the process easy. They show you the possibilities up front and then take you through every step of implementation, from graphic design to installation of your custom signs.

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  • Fully-Satisfied Customers
  • A Team Fully-Invested in Your Project
  • Custom Signs Tailored to Your Design and Budget
  • An Expert Graphic 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 & Restaurant Signs
  • Ground Signs
  • Lobby Signs & Reception Signs
  • Exhibit and Trade Show Displays
  • Wayfinding Signs
  • Plaques
  • Environmental Graphics
  • Donor Recognition Signs
  • Interior Signs
  • Exterior Signs & Outdoor Signs

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

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Questions & Answers

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_accordion style=”accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”WHY CHOOSE IDEATION OVER ANOTHER ANN ARBOR SIGN COMPANY?”][vc_column_text]Commercial signs go into your space and your space communicates your brand. Whether you are creating a brand identity or rebranding an existing one, our team of graphic designers and production specialists is skilled at telling your story. We develop the best custom signage for your environment – whether you need a single outdoor sign or a comprehensive wayfinding system.  We’ll make sure your space and custom signage move your people in the direction you want them to go.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”I HAVE AN IDEA FOR MY SIGN, CAN YOU SHOW ME HOW TO MAKE IT A REALITY?”][vc_column_text]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 them and expand upon them. If it’s not feasible, we recommend alternatives to better help you realize your objective.

At Ideation, our design process for façade signs and interior signs revolves around several key elements. These include traditional factors such as:

  • Viewing Distance
  • Angles
  • Local Sign Ordinances
  • Brand Identity
  • Budget

However, it should also include less traditional factors such as company culture, surrounding visual noise, and landscape design.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”HOW MUCH DOES IDEATION CHARGE FOR THEIR SERVICES?”][vc_column_text]The costs for custom signage differ, so that is a difficult question to answer. Each project is unique. However, to give you some guidelines, we separate each job into two different cost components. First, Ideation offers graphic 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 on commercial signs to run:


  • Office Interior Signs & 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 commercial signs, you won’t find us expensive at all. Let us tell your story and brand your space. [/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”IF I HIRE IDEATION TO HELP WITH THE DESIGN, WHAT DO I GET?”][vc_column_text]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 important 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 significant 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? You get peace of mind.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU MAKE MY SIGN?”][vc_column_text]The timeframe involved in any project depends on its complexity. A simple custom 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, and then it takes about two weeks for the sign permit. If your project requires multiple signs, wayfinding systems, and graphics, it might need 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 accurate time estimate but here is a general guideline:


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

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”DO YOU PRODUCE THE OUTDOOR SIGNAGE THAT YOU DESIGN?”][vc_column_text]Ideation manages all aspects of production and installation of their commercial signs 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 set up by installation type, ensuring the highest degree of proficiency whether the installation involves pouring concrete footings, wiring electrical or installing murals and displays.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”WHAT IS YOUR BRANDING OR REBRANDING PROCESS?”][vc_column_text]

Our Process: Brand Development

Below are the four phases of the brand development process. As you can see, Ideation fully explores the story behind your brand. We listen to your ideas and offer some of our own. Working together, we can communicate your story through signs and imagery.


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Who do you want to move?

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If you are looking for an Ann Arbor sign company, don’t look any further. We can take you through the whole process: branding, graphic design, sign production, and installation.[/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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