• 08
    Feb
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    Featured image by Tim Evanson via Flickr. When we step into a business, we often take cues from the color and décor before meeting anyone who works there. We also may have a reaction to the very space we find ourselves in; what the architect has meticulously designed to reflect…

  • 01
    Feb
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    “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” the saying goes. But what happens if what you’re doing in Vegas is making neon signs? The Neon Museum thinks it’s something worth sharing, and they’ve collected some of Sin City’s most famous signs after they’ve been retired. But this week, CBS reported…

  • 25
    Jan
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    Featured image by Michael Coghlan via Flickr As a sign professional, I often work with the creative people designing logos, drafting advertisements, and choosing the perfect brand colors: marketers. Sign makers love great marketers, and marketers love great sign makers. It’s a symbiotic partnership between creativity and production, where ideas…

  • 18
    Jan
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    If you’ve ever seen a car with a custom graphic, a photo, a custom color, or a ton of writing on its side, then it’s likely you’ve seen a few vehicle wraps. It’s a product we sign makers can offer by applying printed sheets of vinyl to automotive paint. It’s…

  • 10
    Jan
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    In cities with startups, “co-working space” is a term that is getting used more and more. And Detroit co-working spaces are becoming a part of this growing trend. In fact, Detroit is already home to many co-working spaces and business accelerators like Ponyride, Build Institute, and others. We recently worked with…

  • 04
    Jan
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    Featured image by halfrain via Flickr When it starts to get cold out, Carhartt becomes a name that’s on people’s minds. It’s also a name that’s on top of a lot of our heads, if you have the right beanie. Carhartt history begins around since 1889, and since then, the company…

  • 22
    Dec
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    Featured image by Danielle Walquist Lynch via Flickr People drive there on Saturdays for fresh produce. They ride their bikes over to explore the artisanal vendors. Some stroll through with cameras to admire the mix of Victorian architecture and vibrant street art. The Eastern Market adds a lot to our…

  • 14
    Dec
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    Recently, I was talking about Christmas plans with a friend from outside the city. He doesn’t visit Downtown Detroit often. I said we were going to go shopping, and he asked me, “Are there places to shop in Detroit?” It is a question those of us who live here field…

  • 07
    Dec
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    Last month, the Macomb Daily reported that police officers in Warren were under investigation by Federal authorities who were concerned about their adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In this case, one complainant alleged their rights were violated when they were handcuffed, restricting the use of their hands…

  • 30
    Nov
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    Featured image by Jack Amick via Flickr We think a lot about branding, which means thinking about the way companies tell their stories. Last month, we highlighted an iconic Detroit brand, Vernors. This month, the new small-format Detroit Meijer has us thinking about how companies are adapting their stories to fit Detroit’s…