Sins Of Shop Signage

Great signage is an absolute must have for any successful retail location. However, bad signs may be worse than no signs at all. Make sure you’re not committing any of the following “sins of shop signage.”

Ambiguous Messages

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It’s important to be sure your signs are sending the right message. Check your message and then check it again. Then ask someone unfamiliar with your signs what they think it mean. To quote the Princess Bride, Sometimes, “I do not think that word means, what he thinks it means.”

Confusing Signs





Sometimes it’s the formatting, sometimes it’s the choice of language. But, whatever the reason, you want to be sure your signs are easy to read and your message is clear.

Downright Insulting Signs

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Don’t insult your customers or their intelligence.

Misspelled Signs!!!

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Spelling and punctuation matter! If spelling isn’t your strong suit, have someone else check it over before printing!!! You can send the entirely wrong message with just a misplaced letter or comma.

Old or Shoddy Signs

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Shop signage should be fresh and bright. Properly designed and printed signage should last for years.

Boring Signs

Shop signs tell the public who you are and what they can expect to find within your doors. If you’re not boring and dull, don’t let your signs be, either!

Are you looking for shop front signage that is:

  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Interesting
  • Well-Designed
  • Long-lasting
  • A Great Value

See our companion article on designing great shop signage!

Signage designed and installed by GD Print
New Shop Signage Designed and Installed by GD Print

Or, contact GD Print for a review of your shop signage today! The business print experts at GD Print are ready to help you design an comprehensive retail sign programme that will give your business a facelift, attract new customers, and drive higher sales and profits.

Call GD Print on 01425 621590 to get a quote for new shop signage today!

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