It’s April, time for Sign & Digital UK 2016

signdigitalEvery specialist profession has its own trade shows. For the signage industry, April is the month to see what’s new in signage at the Sign & Digital UK show on 19-21 April at the NEC in Birmingham. This industry event has been part of calendar for around 30 years. (Coincidentally, that’s as long as Indepth Sign Design has been around too!) We’ve spotted new trends and developed our capabilities by keeping an eye on the latest developments which have showcased here over the years.

Around 7,000 visitors have access to over 200 exhibitors at this trade show. Indepth Sign Design will be looking out for the latest in wide format printing. We’re also always keen to make our processes as environmentally friendly as possible so developments in inks, LED lighting and consumables will get our attention. So too will new display systems, which open up new possibilities for our customers.

The Océ Arizona 6100 Series which we invested in is still ahead of the curve. It’s a UV flatbed printer which provides photo quality output even for very large signs. At the same time, it uses up to 50% less ink than fixed droplet, six-colour printers, making it a good environmental choice. This ultra-modern technology enables us to print photo-quality images directly on a vast range of surfaces from aluminium composite to plastic and PVC for banners. This kind of quality and design flexibility is something of a holy grail for the profession.

Developing our sign design, print and installation service is a constant focus. It’s enabled Indepth Sign Design to provide our clients with quality signs for a range of purposes:

Site branding

External signs

Internal signs

Shop fascias

Illuminated signs

Metal signs & letters

Windows & glass

Exhibition schemes

Directional signs



Hoarding panels

Site boards


Scaffold wraps

Health & safety signs



As well as custom signs, we hold a stock of safety signs ready for swift despatch.

Call Indepth Sign Design for your next signage project on 01279 771300 or send us your enquiry.

For safety signs, simply click through our online catalogue.


The Elizabeth Line illustrates the power of signage

elizabeth lineIt’s official. Crossrail has been given a new name. It’s to be called the Elizabeth Line when the service opens to passengers through central London in December 2018, as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. How do we know it’s official? It’s all down to the design and installation of a new sign for the Elizabeth Line. The graphic roundel, with its distinctive (regal) purple livery, is a symbol of progress for this important rail route, since the Elizabeth Line is one of the biggest construction projects in Europe. It’s a great reminder of the power of signage.

The name itself is not without controversy, with some commentators highlighting the irony of naming a publicly funded line after the Queen who has rarely set foot on public transport. But others think it’s a fitting tribute to Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

Rail sign unveiled

Elizabeth Line: Crossrail to be named in honour of Her Majesty the Queen

New sign is a powerful emblem

By teaming the announcement with the unveiling of the new rail signage by the Queen, the project gained widespread media coverage. The sign is a strong symbol of this epic development project and the new opportunities it will bring. The modest sign symbolises a massive step forward:

  • 42 kilometres of Elizabeth Line tunnels have been constructed under the London streetscape
  • 10,000 people work on the Elizabeth Line at more than 40 different construction sites
  • the new 118 kilometre line from Reading in the west across London to Abbey Wood in the east, will increase rail capacity by 10%
  • the Elizabeth Line will bring an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minutes’ travel of central London.

When you need signage that symbolises your project or business, call Indepth Sign Design on 01279 771300 or send us your enquiry. We create attention grabbing signs for business parks, shop fascias, site hoardings and so much more.

Absurd and amusing signs

When your professional life revolves around creating and supplying superb signs, you can’t help but notice signs which are just a bit unusual.

Hair salon sign that makes a statement with a question

How about this hairdresser with an unusually long and evocative name?

Ooooh Girl who did your Hair SALON


This image was spotted by Fresh Creative Awards blogspot.


Cheese shop A-board sign pays tribute to an ‘80s classic

This is from Cheeses shop in Muswell Hill, London.

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Read the words and you can almost hear the music:

Sweet dreams are made of Cheese

Who am I to diss a Brie?

I Cheddar the world and the Feta cheese

Everybody’s looking for Stilton


If the lyrics haven’t already triggered your own memories, then ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ was a huge 1980s hit for Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart as the Eurythmics.


Absurd sign: Access all areas – or not?

This metallic wall-mounted sign is a great example of what not to put on your sign.

To paraphrase it:

If you can’t open the door then you can’t come in!

It seems more than a little absurd that this message needs a sign at all.

You can’t help feeling there must be more to it.  Could sensitive lab tests be underway requiring a climate controlled environment with a timelock on the door?




This image was spotted by Rob Loach, Ivman’s Blague.

If you see an example of a funny sign please email it to

For professionally produced signs, call Indepth Sign Design on 01279 771300 or send us your enquiry.

Best equipment safety tagging system – Good to Go Safety

We’re delighted to tell you that the equipment management system provided by Indepth Sign Design has just picked up an award. Named Good to Go Safety™, this innovative pre-drive inspection system for vehicles, forklifts and more besides, has won Best New Product 2015. The announcement was made at the Commercial Fleet Awards on 24 September 2015, at The International Centre, Telford.



Checklist and tagging system for safe equipment

Indepth Sign Design provides this equipment inspection tagging system as part of our online catalogue of safety signs. Using the checklist templates and displaying the Good to Go Safety tags can help you to improve workplace safety, cut maintenance costs and meet your legal obligations. This award recognises how Good to Go Safety products help to make a safer workplace.


5 steps for safe equipment management

This safe equipment management system is effective because it is so straightforward to operate:

  1. Tag it

Attach the tag to the equipment so that employees can see its current status.

  1. Check it

Carry out a comprehensive inspection and place the completed checklist into the tag.

  1. Record It

Keep a duplicate copy for management records, providing a clear audit trail with date and signature.

  1. Secure It

Fit a tamper evident seal to deter and identify unauthorised access.

  1. You’re Good to Go

When equipment passes all the checks then the tag clearly displays this so that employees know it’s good to go. In the event that a fault is found then a ‘Do Not Use’ message is displayed making sure that the faulty equipment is not used, keeping everyone safe.


Safety tags for vehicles, forklifts, MEWPs and more

Indepth Sign Design provides specific inspection checklists to meet the safety requirements for different equipment including:

  • Vehicles
  • Forklifts
  • MEWPs e.g. cherry pickers
  • Ladders
  • Racking
  • Podium steps
  • Harnesses
  • Scaffold tower
  • Fixed scaffold

You can browse through Good to Go Safety products in our online catalogue of safety signs. We provide next day delivery for orders placed by 1pm from our online catalogue. Delivery is free on orders over £50.00.

Any questions? Contact Indepth Sign Design on 01279 771 300, 07967 658 497 or send us your enquiry.

Ask us about the latest developments in signs

Curiosity might have killed the cat. But it’s a very healthy trait for a signage business such as Indepth Sign Design. That’s why we’ll be taking time out of our hectic schedule to take in the sights and sounds of the specialist 2015 Sign & Digital UK trade exhibition. It’s the leading event for our sector and takes place in late March at the NEC in Birmingham.

Attending this trade exhibition is just one of the ways that we keep ahead by understanding upcoming innovations, materials and technologies for signs and displays. We use it to guide our investment in new equipment and advise our customers about the latest signage options open to them.



The material world of external signs

site 1There is enormous scope for creativity when it comes to designing fascias and external signs. At Indepth Sign Design we’re happy to complete a free survey and quote for our creative ideas using the style, materials and techniques that will get your business seen and understood. We can make signs on wooden sign boards and aluminium and steel sign trays. For external signs and shop signs we use a range of materials including metal and plastic, with the ability to illuminate, combine materials or layer up for special effects.

Cut-outs in steel or aluminium composite can be used to create stunning designs for retail fascias with 3D and raised lettering. Metal offers a greater variety of colour choice than you might think from silver to gold and rust-effect steel as well as a choice of finishes including light-catching reflective mirrors, brushed effect or a host of paint colours.

When it comes to plastic, acrylic is an excellent option for its versatility, including Plexiglas, Repsol, Alutuglas, Setacryl and Perspex, available in a large choice of colours, sizes and finishes, including translucent and fluorescent acrylic for special lighting effects. Vinyl too is a very practical, flexible option as vinyl letters and designs can be readily applied to most surfaces. For outside boards we can produce panels from Correx or waterproof foam to great effect. There’s simply a host of materials that expert designers know how to work with to give you a competitive edge.

See our portfolio.