Best Material for 3D Lobby Sign

There are several things to take into consideration when deciding on the appearance of your 3D lobby sign, such as size, style, material and lighting. In this post, we are going to take a look at a few material options for your lobby sign.


Types of 3D Lobby Sign Materials

Using three-dimensional signage allows your sign to “pop”, literally right off the wall. However, there are so many ways to accomplish the 3D effect of a lobby sign. Here’s a quick look at some popular material selections:

  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Brushed or Polished Metal Laminate
  • Glass
  • Acrylic
  • Acrylic Laminate
  • PVC
  • Gatorfoam

Choose a material that reflects the ambiance you want to create for your space and that best suits your brand. Some even work better when used together. Your lobby sign gives you an opportunity to provide extra impact for your name and logo. This is often times where the first impression takes place. The materials and effects used when fabricating a lobby sign allows for boosted creativity that you simply can’t take advantage of with printed materials, so make sure your lobby sign looks good!

For starters, decide how much detail you want to capture in your signage.  Consider your colors, textures, gradients.

Metal Lobby Signage

Metal signage provides an upscale look and works well for simplistic designs. Including depth to your letters creates a bold and sophisticated appearance that draws attention. They can be brushed, polished or satin, providing a sleek and dramatic look.

Are there any colors you want to incorporate on your 3D metal lobby sign? For instance, many companies have a designated PMS (or pantone) color that enforces branding. Metals can be adaptable; they can be painted to match the interior of your lobby.  However, when it comes to adding a lot of details, metal signs have limitations.  A mix of acrylic signage and metal may give you the best of both worlds.

Acrylic Lobby Sign

3D acrylic lobby signs work well if you want a more contemporary look created with clean edges. They are also your best bet for versatility—you can accommodate almost any font, size and color with acrylic lettering. Acrylic lettering can also be layered on a panel for a full, dimensional display that becomes the focal point for your lobby.  The lightweight material also provides the flexibility to increase the depth of the sign, ranging from 1/8” to 1”

Acrylic signs don’t have to be colored. They are also available in clear or frosted to replicate the appearance of glass.

Glass Lobby Signs

Timeless, and clean, glass signs are versatile in that they can be contemporary or traditional. With either an etched or frosted look, glass signs can be made to accommodate a wide range of shapes, finishes, and colors. Like, metal, colors can also be applied to glass signage to capture the corporate look.

Glass signs can also be combined with other sign materials to further add depth and dimension to your lobby sign.

Don’t Forget the Lights – Illuminate Your Sign

Take into account the lighting of the space your sign will be going in.  Incorporating lighting around your sign can also positively contribute to the aesthetics of your lobby, by adding extra drama and helping it stand out.

A good looking 3D lobby sign is imperative to your brand’s recognition. Signage that is well-designed, expertly fabricated and skillfully installed will help ensure your brand gets perceived the way you intend it to. Contact us today for a free quote on your lobby sign!


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