FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNERS ARE A DIME-A-DOZEN…
But there is a significant lack of designers out there with real world experience in the sign industry.
Any designer can draw up a sign that looks pretty on paper, but it takes years of hands-on experience to design a sign that not only looks great, but also meets local zoning and building codes, can actually be fabricated, and will be built in a way that serves the end user best.
Introducing Sign Design from Ink Sauce
Why Sign Design from Ink Sauce?
Finding a qualified, experienced sign designer is hard.
Whether you’re a large company in the peak of your busy season and just need to outsource some overflow design work, a growing medium-sized company looking for a resource until your workload justifies bringing another designer in house, or a small sign shop looking to expand into new markets, hiring us is the most cost effective way to get quality, practical, buildable sign designs in your clients’ hands.
You don’t have to pay us a 401K, we don’t take breaks or vacations.
Well we do take vacations, but not at your expense, you don’t have to pay for our health insurance, or buy us a computer and software, and we won’t add to your overhead. You just pay us to design, whatever you need, whenever you need it.
What Types of Project Do We Help On?
- Channel Letter Signs
- Monument Signs
- ADA Signs
- Wayfinding Signs
- Pylon Signs
- Sign Program Planning
- Site Plans
- Elevation Drawings
- Permit Drawings
- Photo Mockups
- Simulated Night Renderings
- Construction / Shop Drawings
- Presentation / Sales Drawings
A Few Samples of Our Work
Since we work for the trade, we’re a little limited in what we can show in our portfolio on our site. But we can provide more samples if needed.
Who Is This For?
THIS IS FOR YOU IF…
- You like sign designs your shop can actually build
- You need to outsource some overflow design work
- You want to tap into new markets but aren’t staffed up for the design/technical aspects yet
- You like to work with experienced industry professionals
- You need to step up your design presentation game to help close more deals
THIS IS NOT FOR YOU IF…
- You’re looking for someone to design logos or marketing collateral
- You need a T-shirt or apparel designer
- You need a vehicle wrap designer
- You need a logo vectorized
- You prefer to work with a lower-budget graphic designer vs. an experienced, professional sign designer
Ready to work together? Let's talk.
NOTE: Availability is currently extremely limited.
We’ll review your application and respond via email within 24 hours. Once we determine it’s a good fit for you and us, we’ll schedule a call to learn a little more about each other and get things started.
What do you design?
We design signs of all types, including exterior lighted and non-lighted signs, environmental graphics, architectural, ADA, and wayfinding signs, and complete sign and rebranding packages. In addition to providing conceptual designs, renderings, and presentation drawings, we also create drawing sets for production, fabrication and permitting.
What don’t you do?
We don’t design logos, marketing collateral, websites, banners, trade show graphics, vehicle wraps or graphics, etc.. We don’t vectorize logos (unless it’s required as part of a sign design project). We don’t do local sign code research, and I’m not a structural engineer, so it is the client’s responsibility to ensure anything we design meets all local code requirements and is reviewed and approved by a licensed structural engineer (more on this below).
What software do you use?
We are proficient in both the Adobe Creative Suite and CorelDraw. Each has it’s advantages and disadvantages, and we use all tools available to me to produce the best designs for the given scenario. We typically do most vector line work in Illustrator, photo manipulation and nighttime renderings in Photoshop, and final scale drawings and design packages are assembled in CorelDraw. We keep our software up to date at all times so there’s never an issue with file compatibility, but be sure to let us know if you need us to save a file in an older version for you.
How much do you charge?
We charge by the project, and base the price on an hourly rate of $40. The more detailed information you can give us up front, and the more you can supply us with so that we may do my job efficiently (site plans, elevation drawings, vector logos, paint color codes, initial sketches, etc.), the less the project will cost.
How forms of payment do you accept?
We accept credit cards only. You will be emailed an invoice, and it will have a “pay” button on it which links to a secure online payment portal. We require a 50% deposit to begin a project and the balance is due on completion before any high-resolution or working vector files will be released.
Can I cancel a job once started?
Of course! We understand things don’t always go as planned in the sign industry. If you need to cancel a job after it’s been initiated please let us know as soon as possible. You will be liable for any and all work completed to that point, and any deposit paid is non-refundable.
How do I communicate the details of my job to you?
We have a handy online design request form located here. This form details all aspects of the project, including size, colors, type(s) of sign, preferred fabrication methods, specific materials you need to use, code requirements, etc.. In addition to the information on the design request form, you can upload photographs of the proposed sign location, logos, color information, and any other important details. The more information you can give us, and the clearer that information is, the faster and better we can service you. Missing, incomplete, or vague details may result in delays to your project while waiting on clarification.
How long will it take to get my design back?
We strive to turn projects as quickly as I possibly can. We aim for 2 business days for simple projects and 3-5 business days for more complex projects. When we quote you a project we will detail our anticipated lead time, which is based on the complexity of the project and our current work load. As stated above, the clearer direction you give us, the faster we can work, and we will make every effort possible to meet your deadline. We typically turn most revisions around in 1 business day unless they are unusually complex.
How do we communicate and how do I review my designs prior to approval?
While we are available by phone as needed, email communication is preferred when possible. Email keeps a clear record of all communication and makes it easy to go back and reference conversations, notes, directions, etc. at a later date.
Can you place my final design on my shop’s title block or proof sheet?
Absolutely! Just supply us with your design file for the title block, and be sure to include all fonts.
How will you deliver my art files?
Once you’ve approved the design, it will be delivered to you via email or FTP transfer. I supply packaged .eps files (including all fonts used, all placed images, etc.), working Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw files, plus .pdf files.
A note about code requirements, materials, and engineering:
We work hard to specify industry-standard materials and fabrication and installation methods in our drawings; however, each shop, local jurisdiction, and engineer is different, and it’s impossible for us to know what may or may not be required in your area. It is your responsibility to ensure anything we design meets all local code requirements, is designed in a way that your shop can fabricate and install, and has been reviewed and stamped my a licensed local structural engineer. We’re always happy to update drawings as needed to reflect any modifications needed to meet local requirements.