Form Follows Function

Signs Signs Signs

Signs are ubiquitous. They start on the outside and permeate the interior of your business. They’re necessary to communicate important information to your customers. But sign pollution runs rampant in retail stores today.

Developing a “sign system” and “sign design guidelines” are imperative to creating signs that customers will actually read. They define sign type, size, location, font, color, layout, and sign holder. We’ll help you develop the system and guidelines, including templates to keep all your signs and graphics consistent throughout your space. A well-designed sign system actually serves to train your customers to quickly read and interpret messages. And it eliminates sign pollution.


Graphic Design & Signage Services

Our experienced graphic designers will prepare your art files for the highest quality print results, and discuss the best processes and materials to use for your particular applications. We work closely with sign companies to confirm materials, cost, and signs that meet local codes.

Below are just some of the signs we can design, fabricate and install for you:

Interior Signs

  • Business Name/Logo
  • Store Services & Policies
  • Directional/Wayfinding
  • Departmental
  • Promotional
  • Product & Benefit
  • Hang Tags
  • Menus

Interior Signs

  • Historical Information/Timelines
  • Award/Celebration Walls
  • Community Boards
  • Vendor Signs
  • Banners
  • Wall Graphics
  • Large Format Custom Wall Covering

Exterior Signs

  • Business Name/Logo
  • Window Vinyl (graphics)
  • Open/Closed
  • Business Hours
  • List of Products & Services
  • Banners/Flags
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History Timeline

Timelines are a great way to showcase your company’s history, awards, services, etc., to visitors via photos, articles, and memorabilia. They can feature significant milestones and reinforce your brand, mission, and values.

Click here for a few of the timelines we have created.

Sign Audit

If your store has a plethora of signs, then perhaps you should start with a sign audit. Our design experts will come to your space and evaluate the types and uses of signs – their effectiveness and if they relate to your brand.

You will receive a comprehensive report that:

  • confirms those signs that are working
  • defines opportunity for reworking others
  • categorizes your signs
  • provides sign templates for future use
  • establishes sign design guidelines

This report will help you create signs in the future that:

  • reflect your overall look and brand
  • reduce visual clutter
  • improve wayfinding
  • train the customer to quickly read, interpret and act upon the messages

Whether the signs are for your store, trade show booth, pop-up booth, kiosk, or showroom, our graphic designers can rehab your sign system!

Signage Portfolio


Not only is “a picture worth a thousand words,” so are illustrations! Provide a unique, artistic expression of your company’s brand, products, services or mascot with a purposeful illustration.

Here’s a sampling of illustrations we created to support businesses, send messages, lease vacant storefronts, increase sales, and bring smiles to those who see them! So, delight and surprise your customers, clients, and community with a customized illustration that people will remember and admire.

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“Retailworks provided us invaluable help on our new store project. From details about the paint colors to overarching guidelines about signage. Lyn and her team quickly and gracefully assisted us, streamlining a rather worthy process. It is safe to say that we wouldn’t have had such a great space without them.”

Sabine Rhyne
Shareholder & Community Relations Manager of Brattleboro Food Co-op

For a complete list of references, and to learn more
about how we can bring our talent to your project, contact us!