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05 Sep 2018

How to design a custom nameplate

How to design a custom nameplate

A Custom nameplate can add a touch of individuality and creativity to an office space. Whether it is a nameplate for a manager’s door or an information sign beside reception, it deserves to look as smart and as professional as your business.

The Basics

The basic requirements for a nameplate are 1. what do you want it to say? and 2. how do you want it to look? Consider the space where you want the sign to hang and decide the size you think will look best there. Remember that most nameplate design companies will also require a choice of font and font size. Make design choices that compliment the overall aesthetics of your business.

If you wish to include an image, make sure it is in your brief along with a description of where you want it to appear in relation to your text. For example, you may want your company logo on an employee’s name badge, or an equipment warning sign might feature specific graphics to explain dangers.

Consider where your nameplate will hang in your business, it will need to be included in your brief as it will determine how the nameplate is attached to the wall. Whether it is screwed to the wall or applied with adhesive, your manufacturer will need to accommodate for this during the design stage.

The Materials

The material for your custom nameplate is another crucial decision. Is your nameplate going to be hanging in an environment where it may get damaged easily? Choose a robust material so your sign will last. CCL Design can offer signs made from many different materials including aluminium, brass, mild steel, stainless steel, Traffolite, and more. Each material has it's own advantages depending on the environment in which it is to be used:

Aluminium is durable and scratch-resistant. It is also very light; allowing it to be used in locations where other metal signs would be too heavy.

Brass looks elegant and is both wear- and corrosion-resistant.
Stainless steel can withstand high temperatures.

Traffolite, constructed from plastic, making signs cheaper to produce than signs made of metal and an electrical insulator.

No matter where you wish to use your nameplate, we are sure to have a material to suit. During your consultation, your designer will be able to recommend a material best suited to your requirements and budget.

The Finish

The third item on the list to consider is the finish of the nameplate. Do you need your nameplate to blend into your office background? Choose a colour and finish that will complement the overarching colour scheme of your working environment. Similarly, is the nameplate a warning sign to be placed above a dangerous piece of equipment? Choose something eye-catching to make it noticeable. For any safety notices, check with health and safety regulatory organisations as they may have strict colour guidelines on what is required.

CCL Design also offers a variety of different finish options to suit nameplates of all designs:

Anodising is an electrochemical process which converts the aluminium surface of your nameplate into a more durable, corrosion-resistant oxide surface. It can also be used to add a colour of your choice to the aluminium.

Engraving involves carving your design directly into the surface of your nameplate, usually with a tool called a burin. Both metal and Traffolite signs can be engraved using this process.

Etching, like engraving, involves carving your design directly into your material but this time a chemical is used to complete the process. This method works best with brass or steel.

Laser cutting uses the power of optics to cut through the chosen material. It creates very definite and distinctive signs on materials like steel which can resist traditional cutting procedures.

Plating, like anodising, applies chemical and aesthetic changes to the surface of a metal. This method is used to make your nameplate more durable and resistant to certain types of damage and ideal for gold-plated nameplates.

Powder coating involves a dry powder being applied electrostatically to your nameplate and then cured under heat which makes it more resistant to damage than standard paint and ideal for aluminium signs. Like anodising, this is an excellent way to apply colour to your sign.

Screen printing is used to apply the design directly to the metal using ink. This method looks particularly eye-catching with stainless steel.

Stove enamelling is a wet coating that cured in a heat source, like powder coating and recommended when a client requires a very high-quality surface finish. It can also provide weather resistance and can have different patterns and finishes applied within the coating itself.

After looking at and discussing your brief, we will be able to recommend what we believe the best finish will be for you and work with you to ensure you receive your ideal final product.

CCL Design can take you through the entire process from the design to the manufacture of your custom nameplates. For any enquiries, please contact us today.

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