Ideation: Serving as Your Birmingham Sign Company

Ideation is a custom design and production company that brands spaces with outdoor signage, environmental graphics, donor recognition displays and wayfinding systems in Birmingham Michigan

exterior sign for toast in birmingham

Brand identity and outdoor signage for Birmingham eatery, Toast.

exterior sign for conifer in birmingham

Business signs for Birmingham insurance holding company, Conifer.

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.

custom signs by Ideation a Troy sign company

Interior wayfinding signs for an Athletic Club

Custom signs for Health One Credit Union.

Graphic Design and Outdoor Signs for Bagger Dave’s restaurants.

outdoor signs by ideation a lansing sign company

Outdoor signs for the Detroit Institute of Arts

Interior environmental graphics and restaurant signs.

Your Space Matters.

Say Something BIG.

Ideation brands or rebrands your space with custom signs and environmental graphics. They work as a team with graphic designers and architects to achieve maximum impact. Ideation’s custom designers 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 & Outdoor 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 and custom signs illustrate your message. Our graphic design team and production specialists take the time to understand your branding story, so they can develop the perfect custom signage for your building. We handle everything from single outdoor signs to complex wayfinding 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.

If you are looking for a environmental graphic designer or any type of signage design in Birmingham, we are the sign company that offers it all.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PRODUCE MY SIGN?

The amount of time required to produce your commercial 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.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "BRANDING MY SPACE"?

Building a brand or rebranding an existing one is a process and all our products are designed to work together towards the goal of communicating your story.

We design your custom sign to incorporate the images and wording found in your brochures and on your website. Using environmental graphics further tells your story inside your building. Additionally, wayfinding systems need to complement both your indoor and outdoor signage.

We don’t just build custom signs, we learn your story and help you share it with your customers. We help “brand your space.”

Ideation has served Birmingham Michigan and its nearby cities for over a decade. Let us be your Birmingham sign company.

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.

Whether you need a commercial signs, an outdoor sign, or a reception sign, we can help you with those and so much more.