Ultimate 7 Step Overview Of Your Sign Development Timeline. A Need To Know Guide

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A company cannot afford to have bland or uninteresting signage. Find out the ins and outs of the sign creation process and save yourself time, hassle, and money as a small business owner, marketing manager, or local entrepreneur. In this blog post, we’ll explain the extensive process of making custom signs with Elevate Sign Group, from the original idea to installing your new signage. Along the way, you will discover what it involves, how much time is expected, and why each stage has to be followed so that your signs are created using the highest standards and reflect your brand.

Welcome to the World of Custom Signage

When it comes to business, first impressions matter. One surefire way to make a last impression is through impactful and eye-catching signage. More than just a nameplate, custom signage visually represents your brand identity and values. Awareness and education about the sign development process ensure that the signage will be attention-grabbing and effectively deliver the right message.

In-Depth Look into Sign Development

Elevate Sign Group has honed an incredibly systematic and detail-oriented process to ensure success with every project. This article walks you through each detailed step, from client consultation to implementation. We’ll explain the importance of each phase and show how this contributes to achieving effective and attractive signage.

Custom Signage Project Process

Here is a quick rundown of the following steps we will be discussing below:

  1. Client Consultation
  2. Design and Mock-ups
  3. Survey and Site Assessment
  4. Revisions and Final Proposal
  5. Permitting
  6. Fabrication
  7. Installation

All these steps are essential in the grand scheme of things, leading to a satisfactory final product that serves the purpose.

1. Importance of First Consultations

The first consultation establishes the project in its entirety. Here, we understand your vision, goals, and exact requirements. This stage ensures an equal understanding of the objectives we need to achieve and sets the stage for a successful project. Our team will ask several questions to fully understand your business, brand identity, and signage goals. This is important so you can have a sign that will best suit your brand and appeal to viewers.

What to Expect

During our consultation, our team takes notes, requests pertinent documents or materials, and provides insights and recommendations based on our expertise. We also discuss timelines and budgets to ensure everybody is on the same page. This phase is generally done in person, though it may also be conducted via video call.

2. Design Creation and Mock-ups

Manufacturing and Development of the First Mock-ups

When a clear idea of what is necessary is formed, a team of professional designers comes into play. We take your ideas and produce a replica using highly advanced design software. First, mock-ups are very important in imagining the end product and making all the necessary modifications beforehand. Our design process includes many drafts and iterations, through which many options can be refined with your feedback—something that guarantees the design is based on your brand identity and needs.

The Importance of Client Feedback and Revisions

Your comments are invaluable at this stage. The design process is iterative, and we review each revision with you to ensure the final design perfectly reflects your vision. This collaborative approach ensures we bring out a sign representing your brand. We believe in openness and active involvement from our clients during the design phase. By working closely together, we can ensure that the final product meets and exceeds your expectations.

3. Survey and Site Assessment

Purpose of Site Surveys

A site survey is a critical step in the development of any sign. Specific measurements are taken, and site-specific conditions are evaluated to ensure the sign installation is as precise and effective as possible.

Importance of Good Measurements and Site-Specific Conditions

Good measurements prevent problems from happening during installation. We consider aspects such as visibility, accessibility, and structural constraints that may have a bearing on our decisions regarding the design and placement. Our team further evaluates your sites for potential challenges and opportunities. Surveys may include a site evaluation of the surrounding environment, traffic patterns, and other on-site circumstances.

4. Revisions and Final Proposal

After the site survey, we review all the details and make any necessary changes in the design. Next, we make a final proposal, including the design plans with intricate detailing, materials, and project timeline. The final proposal should detail all aspects of the project, from the design specifications to the installation logistics. It prepares all parties for what will follow, and no surprises are experienced.

Importance of Client Acceptance

The client must approve the work before moving into the next phase. This procedure guarantees that the client feels content with the design and that the work meets their expectations. We give our customers significant leeway to approve and make design alterations before the final design gets picked. This approval process is essential for achieving and sustaining our high-quality artistry and custom signs.

5. The Permitting Process

Obtaining all necessary permits and any required regulatory approvals can be a complicated process. Sign Group Elevate has it all sorted for you. It includes all paperwork, applications, and necessary communications in conformance with the concerned authorities. Our crew knows the different regulations and requirements for successfully installing the signs. We deal directly with local authorities to get the permits necessary for your project to run perfectly without a hitch or delay.

Common Pitfalls and How Elevate Sign Group Avoids Them

Permitting can pose challenges like zoning laws and regulatory restrictions. Our know-how and proactive approach help overcome these roadblocks and keep projects on schedule while ensuring regulatory compliance. By keeping abreast of the latest laws and codes, we are on the lookout for any issues that may arise. This ensures that your project is smooth and complies with current laws and regulations.

6. Fabrication

After the acquisition of permits, the fabrication process kicks off. We have advanced fabrication technology and use modern ways of manufacturing signs to a high standard. The entire process calls for accuracy and expertise in artistry. Our fabrication involves cutting-edge technology, such as CNC machining and 3D printing, to ensure detail and precision. 

Our Attention To Detail 

We use only high-quality materials in such a manner that ensures your signage will withstand the test of time while still being visually pleasing. We implement tight control processes to ensure that each sign is above our high set standards. Inspection and constant control of the process by observing all necessary conditions guarantee durability and pleasing appearance. Quality check-ups get carried out throughout the stages of fabrication, from the choice of starting material to final assembly. In this manner, we ensure that every sign meets our high standards in quality and performance.

7. Installation Procedure

Our experienced installation team handles all installations with expertise and great care. Moreover, cutting-edge tools and technology support our installation team, allowing them to conveniently handle even the most complicated installations. We ensure that your signage is placed correctly and securely so that there are no disturbances to your business.

Scheduling and Coordination with Clients

We schedule the installation time so that the client won’t be disturbed. During the installation phase, clear communication is retained with everyone involved so as not to allow faults in the system. Our team ensures thorough work with clients to help develop a detailed installation schedule that guarantees the process is efficient and causes little disruption. We offer regular updates and address all concerns quickly to ensure an easy and successful installation.

The Role of Project Managers

A dedicated team of project managers guides a project from initiation to closing to ensure the client’s needs and concerns are addressed. This is our personalized way of handling customer service: our project managers are points of contact for our clients, keeping them updated and responsive to all inquiries or questions. This guarantees that the project runs smoothly and that clients are kept in the loop regarding development.

Address Potential Challenges

We will proactively do whatever it takes to identify and tackle potential difficulties before they arise. Continued communication with our clients ensures that the project will be successful and uncomplicated, backed by our competent team to handle anything from unexpected site conditions to regulatory changes. This way, we remain flexible and open to any issues that might come up. That way, should the need arise, we can quickly correct them so they can keep on the right path.


Custom signage is a process that requires careful planning, collaboration, and expertise. Understanding each step of the sign development process allows you to make decisions on an informed basis that will deliver business signage with impact and visual appeal. The Elevate Sign Group promises to provide state-of-the-art, custom-quality signage for all your needs. Our end-to-end, turnkey operation will take your project from conceptual design straight through to production. Are you ready to start making it happen? Reach out to us today so you can start with your very own custom signage.