Getting your logo made into a steel sign

How To Get Your Logo Made Into A Steel Sign

How To Get Your Logo Made Into A Steel Sign 800 470 Nick Saporito

As a graphic designer there’s few things that excite me more than getting to see a real-life tangible version of something I created on a computer screen. I was recently thinking of ways to decorate my office and decided to have a steel sign made from my logo, and the results were impressive. In this post I’ll be sharing a little bit of that experience, how to do something similar yourself, and some tips for creating a design that will translate well when cut out of steel.

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Getting Your Logo Made Into A Steel Sign

If you want to get your logo made into a steel sign then the first thing you have to do is find someone who can do that for you. This is something I knew absolutely nothing about, so I had to do a little digging around.

After a bit of research I decided to go with an Etsy seller who would be able to create a 24″ x 24″ steel sign of whatever I want for a reasonable price. What I liked about this particular seller is that he indicated on his profile that he works with SVG files (although he accepts many different formats,) which is right up my alley as an Inkscape user.

Now that I had my vendor picked out it was time to come up with a design.

Designing for Steel

Designing something for steel (or any other material I would imagine) is tricky and needs to be approached differently than other types of design.

For one, the design has to be completely monotone. No colors whatsoever. Just black & negative space. This shouldn’t be a problem though if your logo was designed with proper versatility in mind. Usages like this are why logos need to work just as well without color as this do with color.

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Here’s the design I ended up sending over to the vendor, made with Inkscape of course!

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Second, and most importantly, all of the elements of the design need to be connected in some way, otherwise it can’t be cut out of a single piece of steel. Here’s a diagram showing what I mean…

Key points

Notice the areas circled in red. These are all key contact points added to ensure the logo could be cut into a single piece of steel.

The same goes for fonts as well. When designing for something like this I would recommend a stencil font, otherwise you can just add in those connector points to whatever other font you’d like.

Stencil font

Notice the letter D in the top font. This font wouldn’t work for steel because there would be nothing tethering the negative space to the rest of the design.

The Final Product

Within a week or so of submitting my order my new steel sign arrived in the mail.

Packaging

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My initial reaction was that I was surprised by how heavy it was! According to the shipping label it was 14 lbs. It makes sense because it is steel after all, but you’re going to need some reinforcement if you’re hanging this on drywall like I did — maybe even some drywall anchors.

Here’s how my steel logo looks hanging on the wall in my office…

Steel sign logo

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And here’s a picture of the material up close…

Up close material

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And finally, a wide angle shot of my office after hanging it…

Steel sign hanging on the wall

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Overall I’m very satisfied with the results. It’s just what this room needed!

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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design. A full portfolio and information regarding services offered can be found at LogosByNick.com.

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