A sign that “projects” from the building façade or storefront is called a blade. They are one of the oldest types of signs, dating back to the 14th century. Blade signs became very popular (and elaborate) in the 1930’s as cities drew more traffic to shopping and theater districts. They are still popular in Minneapolis and surrounding cities today because they hang perpendicular to the building and attract attention from the street and sidewalk.
Blade signs are double-sided and can be designed in a variety of ways, from small to very large, and from ornate to clean and contemporary. They can be customized in just about any shape and made out a wide range of materials including wood, acrylic, printed vinyl, neon, metal or a combination of substrates. Blade signs can be hung from chains, decorative brackets or industrial tubes that house wiring components for backlighting. For blade design ideas, check out our sign guide.
Dimensional designs work well in this application to attract attention and provide a special sense of style. Be sure to talk to the city about sign regulations for your neighborhood, and keep your landlord posted on any plans you have to add a sign to the property.
Here’s an interesting story about the restoration of a historic blade sign in Charlottesville, VA. Be sure to check out the construction photos at the bottom of the article: http://www.theparamount.net/blade/.
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