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July 6, 2009 – 8:10 pm

Making an impression.

- Posted in Extended Portfolio, Polystyrene Uses, Recycling by Fran

Teachers Union of Ireland logo in Polystyrene

Teachers Union of Ireland logo replicated in polystyrene foam

First impressions can be important, as once that moment passes it can never be retrieved. Sometimes you only have seconds or even milli-seconds to catch the attention of your audience, so whatever you do has to be good.

We like to call it a Wow factor and we are lucky that we can create this by “making it big” using polystyrene foam. 3D signs are a particularly good example as they are lightweight and cost effective when you want grab peoples’ attention with a large display.
Simon, from AVC Hire, had seen our work at the Blog Awards, and must have seen this potential and recommended us to Niall, a committee member, who was helping to organise the 2009 TUI Annual Congress. We created two signs for the event held in Cork, each 2.1m (7′) square and they were positioned either side of  a large video screen. They were secured to the backdrop and lit from below.
Niall commented that “the 3D effect with light projected onto it gave a very clean, contemporary and fresh look to what was still a relatively formal event, being a trade union annual congress”

Large signage isn’t restricted to conferences or exhibitions however; it is equally suitable for use in outdoor locations.

Exterior 3D sign made from polystyrene foam

Exterior 3D sign made from polystyrene foam

“The Gym” is a fitness and exercise centre located in a new building that has a prominent position in Dundalk. It is only a short distance away from the Dublin Road, a main artery into the centre of the town. We were asked to design a 3D sign to advertise their new facility. Replicating the existing font style we produced a sign that is 7.5m (24′) long with letters nearly 1m (3′) high. Our CNC hotwire machines cut the design out of blocks of high density polystyrene, sometimes known as Styrofoam, the outer parts of the foam acted as packaging until the sign was installed and then they were then recycled.
The sign is clearly visible to the passing traffic so it will hopefully make a lasting impression, when getting into shape comes to mind.

Our 3D polystrene signs are examples of how to create a positive first and last impression, we will finish this post before you are left with their companion “bad impression”.

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  1. Jennifer Farley

    Posted July 7, 2009 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Wow, they look very impressive. I particularly like the TUI logo with the blue backlight. How did they attach the letters in “The Gym” to the wall?

  2. Fran

    Posted July 7, 2009 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Jennifer, thanks for your comment.
    AVC Hire were responsible for the lighting at the venue, they did a great job on lighting our signs. It really shows the 3D effect very well. For another view of the signage at the event check out
    The letters for “The Gym” were attached using steel pins and adhesive, the polystyrene letters are very light so it doesn’t take much to secure them.

  3. Heat Press Machine

    Posted January 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    I had thought that polystyrene was not a very hardy material but to be able to use it for an out door sign is amazing. There must be more to it than just cutting up a block of polystyrene.

  4. Fran

    Posted January 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your comment.
    For many signage applications polystyrene is a perfectly suitable material, especially as it is easy to create large 3D shapes.
    Dependant on what the client is looking for, it can be as simple as cutting a block of polystyrene and painting it. The Gym sign (above) is an example of this.
    Yes, you can use hardcoating systems but they aren’t always necessary.