Category Finalists: Illuminated Sign

This category covers a wide range of excellent designs and applications of all kinds of illuminated signage. The entrants had a wide scope as they were able to submit neon, LED, fluorescent, fabricated 3 dimensional letters/shapes, flexi-face or light box mounted imagery. In addition, the entries could be 3 dimensional or flat.  

In this category, all forms of production are permitted, providing the signage is internally illuminated. This  has led to a creative and diverse range of submissions. Additionally structural techniques, methodology and manufacturing elements were also considered in the selection process.

We would like to thank Oshino Lamps for their sponsorship of this category. Since 1979 they have been supplying and supporting many industries including automotive, aerospace and signage with their broad range of illuminated products from their Nottingham office in the East Midlands. Over three decades, their dedication to maintain high levels of quality with innovation have resulted in their products being used in a variety of high profile industries.

Their attention to detail and resulting high quality products provide reassurance to the end user knowing the product will be used in a harsh environment where dependability and durability are a prerequisite. Using their in-house mechanical and electrical design expertise they have guided their customers through many challenging projects to achieve the desired output, colour, intensity to create stunning and subtle lighting for many vehicle interiors. 

Oshino are dedicated to providing their products across all industries knowing that their customers are reassured with the value for money and quality ethos they have instilled over the past eight decades.

Goodwin & Goodwin transforms The Bridge Theatre in London ready for Guys & Dolls

Goodwin & Goodwin successfully undertook the transformation of The Bridge Theatre for the iconic musical “Guys & Dolls.” The main focus was on dynamic signage, seamlessly lowered and raised to complement each scene, helping the audience to be  transported to the vibrant streets of Manhattan and Havana. The manufacturing of all illuminated signs, including traditional neon, cabochon bulb letters, and LED acrylic letters, was executed in their workshop. Rigging and installation were meticulous, considering the fragility of neon glass. The production garnered widespread acclaim, receiving 5-star reviews, with particular praise for the neon signage. Due to the show’s popularity, the run has extended to mid-2024. Goodwin & Goodwin takes pride in having contributed to the prolonged success.

NES Solutions installs bespoke feature light wall for Bath Abbey

NES Solutions recently completed a remarkable project at Bath Abbey, a historic site with over a millennium of Christian worship. Commissioned as part of the Abbey’s £21m Footprint Project, NES Solutions installed a bespoke internal corridor feature light wall in The Discovery Centre, revealing the Abbey’s history through stained glass depictions. Scheduled to open on 7th March 2023, the centre is constructed in the ancient vaults beneath the Abbey and will showcase archival objects, videos, replica costumes, and interactive exhibits. The installation, consisting of seven wall-mounted lightboxes, features extruded aluminium frames with an anodic bronze finish, illuminated by in-house LED panels. The project, managed by NES Solutions’ Projects team, received high praise from the satisfied client.

Off The Wall Creative trusted with wide range of signage work for AO Arena in Manchester

Off The Wall Creative, entrusted with a diverse range of signage projects at the prestigious AO Arena in Manchester, showcased their expertise in crafting innovative and impactful illuminated signs. Tasked with redesigning the AO VIP entrance canopy sign, the team seamlessly balanced premium aesthetics with a contemporary edge. Drawing inspiration from the venue’s interior, a touch of Art Deco infused a timeless visual into the design. Meticulously handling every aspect, from weight calculations to LED layout, the team delivered a sleek and visually stunning sign. Operable with DALI controllers, the RGBw LED illumination offered energy-efficient flexibility. The result, a testament to the meticulous planning and craftsmanship, left both the client and creative team elated, contributing significantly to the iconic venue’s aesthetics.

Sapphire Signs make eye-catching new signage live in time for “Connexin Live”

Sapphire Signs successfully met tight deadlines to produce captivating signage for “Connexin Live,” the rebranded Bonus Arena in Hull. The rapid collaboration involved navigating challenges like size and deadline constraints. The facade featured internally illuminated, built-up acrylic letters with white opal LEDs for easy day and night visibility. The sign included a unique design with the ‘X’ in Connexin and ‘V’ in Live joining, creating a striking effect. The installation team worked diligently, even at night, to ensure timely completion. The totem was revamped with a cloud-shaped top, aligning with the logo and brand. The outcome, revealed for Sean Paul’s performance on August 8th, was nothing short of spectacular, embodying the vibrant ‘Connexin Live’ brand and generating significant publicity.

Sign Reload achieve modern look for new two-studio site, “Loop Studio”

For Loop Studio, Sign Reload transformed an old soft drink bottling factory into a modern cinematic façade with bespoke cladding, vibrant lighting, and a bold logo design, thereby cementing its status as a Hollywood blockbuster hub. The design team embarked on a creative journey, employing various methods and techniques. The bespoke building cladding, flex face boxes, and built-up letters were meticulously executed by the fabrication team. Collaborating with an external interior design company, the project extended to bespoke ceiling and accent wall lighting, breathing life into rooms and corridors. Diverse techniques, including flex face, front face LED-illuminated lettering, totem features, and halo illumination, contributed to establishing a cohesive and visually striking brand identity across the entire site.

Sovereign Signs commissioned to manufacture and install totem for The Vic, Salford Quays

Sovereign Signs, commissioned by Bate & Taylor Architects, successfully crafted and installed a unique totem for The Vic in Salford Quays, a pivotal part of the Harbour Lane redevelopment in MediaCity UK. The 4-sided totem features a 2-sided wraparound digital display, illuminated logos, and text details. Constructed with a steel framework and aluminium panels, the totem stands at 1,500 x 6,650mm, incorporating a P4.8 External Application chamfered corner system and Ultra-Bright SMD LED technology. The complex process involved collaboration with a Structural Engineer, meticulous fabrication, and strategic installation steps. The completed totem, crowned with a digital screen, is remotely programmable for media display, showcasing Sovereign Signs’ expertise and pride in this specialised project.

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