Routed signs are signs that are made by cutting away the material around a letter or symbol, so that the subject matter pops up out of the sign, or by cutting the letters and symbols into the material, so that it goes into the sign. Typically, routed signs are used to portray a vintage or retro feel, although they are being used more and more for high-end corporate signs, as well.
Add dimension to your signage
Routed signs tend to catch the eye because there is real depth for a viewer to process, instead of just the illusion of depth on a 2-d design. This added dimension can make a sign stand out in a crowded marketplace, and helps bring out the personality of a company.
Routed signs can be made out of a variety of materials, including wood, foam, or plastic. It is important that a routed sign is made of strong materials that won’t wear away, since most routed signs are made for outdoor use. The small surface areas of routed letters and symbols mean that chipping is far more likely. For this reason, routed signs tend to use harder wood, HDU foam, hard acrylic, or HDPE plastic.
Play with textural design
A routed sign can be a designers dream, since there are various elements to play with that you don’t get with a typical 2-d design. In particular, routed signs can use texture to create personality and separate themselves, aesthetically. For example, sandblasting the routed part of a sign so that the letters stand out as incredibly smooth helps bring out the lettering and logos, making it more appealing to the eye.
If your business is in need of a routed sign, then please don’t hesitate to call City Signs, today. Our team can help you create a sign that fits your specific needs, and is able to assist from design, to production, to installation.