Ideation: A Birmingham Sign Company

Develop your Brand. Increase the impact of your message with interior and exterior signage, environmental graphics, and wayfinding signs designed specifically for your company by Ideation. Serving the area around Birmingham with custom signs for over a decade.

exterior sign for toast in birmingham

Brand identity and exterior signage for the popular eatery, Toast, in Birmingham.

exterior sign for conifer in birmingham

Exterior signage for Conifer, an insurance holding company in Birmingham.

reception sign for law firm in birmingham

A reception sign for the law firm, Neuman-Anderson-Grieco-McKenney in conjunction with Dan Davis Interior Design.

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Interior wayfinding signs for an Athletic Club

Interior signs for Health One Credit Union.

Sign design for Bagger Dave’s restaurants.

Signs for Detroit Institute of Arts

Interior environmental graphics and signs for a restaurant.

Your Space Matters.

Say Something BIG.

Ideation tells your story with custom signs and environmental graphics. They work as a team with your designers and architects to achieve maximum impact. Ideation’s team makes the whole process fun and easy while showing you the possibilities. They handle every detail of implementation.

Benefits

  • An Impressed and Engaged Clientele
  • Professional, Creative Employees
  • Custom Signs for Your Brand and Budget
  • Confidence in Our Expert Design Team
  • 2D and 3D Presentation of Designs
  • Quick and Easy Installation and Implementation

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 SHOULD I USE IDEATION OVER ANOTHER BIRMINGHAM SIGN COMPANY?

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.

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.

WHAT ARE THE CHARGES FOR YOUR SERVICES?

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.

IF IDEATION CREATES MY DESIGN, WHAT IS INVOLVED?

The first step is to meet and discuss your ideas, needs, and existing assets. Next, we visit your location and assess the architecture of the space and the current design.

 

  • Is the space viewable from all angles?
  • How is the space utilized?
  • What stays and what needs to be replaced?

 

If the space is under construction, we can review the blueprints and renderings. Once we have an understanding of your needs, we develop a master sign plan that details all the necessary signage and graphic elements. For exterior signs, we review the local sign ordinances so that your sign adheres to all rules and regulations.

Finally, we begin putting our creative ideas to paper. The design process starts with conceptual renderings and concludes with engineered drawings that define all the important details. Material samples, prototypes, and 3D models are available to show you all the possibilities.The greatest benefit in hiring Ideation is peace of mind.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PRODUCE MY SIGN?

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

 

DO YOU MANUFACTURE THE SIGNS YOU DESIGN?

Ideation handles every aspect of production from design to installation so that you experience a smooth transition from step to step. 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.

Who do you want to move?

Ideation designs signs that move people in the city of Birmingham. Those people are your clients and employees.  Our designs change the way they feel, move them toward their goals and literally move them from one location to another. Ideation’s  signs make people feel proud, happy, inspired, comfortable, productive, and more.