The 2020 COVID Pandemic

the 2020 covid pandemic jpgUnfortunately, the 2020 COVID pandemic impacts every single one of us whether at home, work or play. Throughout the pandemic, we’re committed to doing what’s necessary to keep our clients and our community safe.

Physical distancing and wearing masks changed the way we approach business. It’s challenged us to find solutions COVID computer photooutside the norm, including technology-based solutions. That said, we haven’t changed our commitment to provide the same high level of communication art, products and service to our customers. In fact, the changes we’ve implemented allow us to collaborate and innovate in more meaningful ways than we expected.

Technology-based solutions

Our technology-based solutions utilize online exchanges and phone conversations with our customers. This includes initial discussions, design decisions and subsequent transactions. From start to finish, we manage the entire process via computer and phone. In addition, we survey the designated area for sign placement according to city and county regulations. Once these preliminary measures are in place, we create the sign in our shop. Upon completion, either we install the sign or deliver it, or the customer picks it up at our location. The entire process is done remotely. However, if you choose to visit us in person, you will find us wearing masks and distancing as much as possible.

The customer always has full control

After agreeing on project essentials, and with the standard commitment of a sign deposit, Paxton Signs then provides several design options, again, via email. The customer always has full control of the process, including any revisions. Complimentary progress photos are available on request.

We’ll make your sign search easier and safer

Paxton Signs is doing what we can to keep our clients and our community safe. Throughout the 2020 COVID pandemic experience, we have one goal: To make your sign search better, easier and safer. By utilizing digital technology, we’ve turned sign acquisition into a pleasant process – one that is COVID careful and COVID safe.  Call us soon! Let Paxton Signs help you with your new sign and fleet graphics.

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A Paxton Signs Favorite

a paxton signs favorite signBesides looking cool, the other really cool thing about the Arenus Animal Health monument sign is that it’s movable! That’s right, base and all. It’s a custom feature the Arenus owners needed and loved. And now, it’s a Paxton Signs favorite from 2018.

Because of their industrial park location, Arenus needed a sign with strong, visual impact and curbside appeal. However, the Arenus building sets back from the road. The solution: A monument sign that enhances their brand, curbside presence and is free-standing.

How we built the sign

Arenus decided on a free-standing, 3.5′ x 6′ monument sign. It is both elegant and highly visible. Constructed of powder-coated black steel, it’s finished with attractive, brushed aluminum name panels. Further, the striking contrast between the black and silver sets the sign apart from others in the area. Finally, we built the solid concrete sign base and finished it with authentic stone veneer. You can explore Arenus’ site and learn more about their unique approach to animal health at http://arenus.com

We Specialize In Communication Art

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

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View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above.

Contact us at 970-221-5519

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Good design makes a difference.

Good design makes a difference. spring creek recumbent sign

Understandably, every business needs an identity. This is true whether it’s for exterior or interior signs, print, product labeling, online presence, or all of the above. It stands to reason that good design makes a difference; that a company’s brand is THE most important identifier of its product or service.

Think about the last time you bought your favorite beverage: The image of the product immediately took shape in your mind, you looked for it, and when you found it, the connection was complete. The designers did their jobs well. Unfortunately, there are exceptions, but even a bad design can make a lasting impression. However, the really great designs can become national (even global) icons, e.g., Nike, Apple, McDonalds, or that Coca-cola you may have just purchased. Not only does good design make a difference. It can change everything.

Paxton Signs is committed to creative design and craftsmanship.

At Paxton Signs, we are ultimately concerned with our customers’ brand. This includes image and identity, not only for their signs, but for all their marketing considerations. We take our responsibilities seriously, spending hours on and off the clock brainstorming, considering graphic options, then deciding on the best approach.

Paxton Signs is committed to creative design, execution and craftsmanship. We never settle for “good enough.” More importantly, we accept the responsibility that our customers have placed in us for more than 30 years: Great designs that make a difference to their businesses. Check out the graphics we created for Spring Creek Recumbent Bicycles. First, we designed their logo. Second we applied that graphic to their storefront sign, and to their vehicles. We also managed their marketing and advertising for several years until the owner sold the shop.

spring creek recumbent bicycles logoSpring Creek Recumbent bicycles vanCan good design make a difference?

It’s somewhat debatable whether an exceptional design actually gets customers to walk through the front door of your business. What’s not debatable is the trust and confidence businesses deserve from designers who have been hired to make their service or product memorable, even iconic. Ultimately, good design is at the heart of professional and business identities, and it DOES make a difference.

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

See more Paxton Signs handiwork on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Handcrafted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

Eco-friendly Signs

golden poppy eco-friendly signWe embrace the idea of eco-friendly signs as a key part of what we do. We recognize the importance of sustainability in our signs and production methods, and we strive to make these practices part of our contribution to protect the environment. Ultimately, we believe it’s important to remain vigilant of our impact on our community and the world.

Eco-friendly Materials

One of the best ways to impact our green commitment is to incorporate more environmentally-friendly materials. For example, using glass instead of plastic, paint instead of vinyl, and wood instead of synthetics. When possible, we strive to use recycled materials. In fact, an increasing number of our clients request recycled materials for their sign purchases.

Environmentally friendly signs made of recycled materials have a unique, nostalgic and historic appearance. This is true whether retaining the original look of the material or transforming it into something entirely new. For example, the Golden Poppy sign, pictured, features 100% repurposed cedar fence pickets. We sanded and stained them, then attached them to a frame using galvanized roofing nails. The end result is a sign with nostalgic interest.

Environmentally Friendly Signs That Meet Your Needs

Paxton Signs strives to meet your needs and the needs of an eco-conscious community. If you’re searching for eco-friendly materials for your signage, or seeking recycled materials, we can help. Call us today about our comprehensive design and sign services for your business or organization at, 970-221-5519, or use the contact feature, above.

We Specialize In Communication Art

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

See more Paxton Signs handiwork on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Handcrafted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

Time for a new sign?

time for a new sign photoSigns are the first impression customers have of your business. It follows, then, that outdated, shabby signs aren’t going to help attract new customers. The question is, How can you tell when it’s time to give your business signs a face-lift? When is it time for a new sign?

First, What’s Your Sign’s Environment?

The sun beats down relentlessly for part of the year. Then, snow, rain and wind wreak havoc during the other half. Consequently, signs wear and age differently, based on their environment, but they ALL wear and age. The reality is, weather extremes shorten your business sign’s life span.

Second, Check Your Signs For Wear

When paint peels, colors fade, elements fall off, and weather takes its toll, it’s time for a new look – time for a new sign. Additionally, you can upgrade your existing signs by using materials that are more durable and long-lasting. These choices will add years to your sign’s life and usefulness.

Third, Are You Changing Branding On Other Platforms?

If you’re toying with the idea of revamping your logo or changing your motto, or maybe you’re re-branding in an effort to capture a new corner of the market, then it’s time to consider your overall marketing program, including your signs. In addition, when you update branding on other platforms, such as your website or packaging, your signage should be included for consistency across all channels of communication.

Fourth, How Do Customers Perceive Your Business?

A fresh, new look, brighter colors – a new focus – could be the jump-start your business needs to improve lagging sales. Remember, influencing customer perception is always critical. Nothing grabs a customer’s attention like a fresh, new, beautifully designed storefront sign.

Is It Easy To Update Signage?

The thought of tackling a redesign of your business signs may sound intimidating, but it isn’t difficult. In fact, Paxton Signs will guide you through the process for a pleasant, rewarding experience. Additionally, it’s easy to freshen and update your existing signs when you work with the professionals at Paxton Signs. We’ll help you achieve uniform quality and branding in every category of your marketing program. Call today to transform your old signage into a new, eye-catching design.

We Specialize In Communication Art

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted, custom wood, and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

See more Paxton Signs handiwork on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above.

Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Handcrafted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

COVID-CAREFUL. COVID-SAFE.

COVID mask photoPaxton Signs is COVID-CAREFUL and COVID-SAFE. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re committed to doing what’s needed to keep our clients and our community safe.

Unfortunately, the pandemic impacts every single one of us whether at work, home or play. Physical distancing and wearing masks change the way we approach business and challenge us to find solutions outside the norm, including technology-based solutions. However, what hasn’t changed is Paxton Signs’ commitment to providing the same high level of communication art and service to our customers. In fact, the changes we’ve implemented allow us to collaborate and innovate in more meaningful ways than we would have expected.

COVID computer photoTechnology-based solutions

Importantly, our technology-based solutions utilize online exchanges and phone conversations with our customers, including initial discussions, design decisions and other transactions. From start to finish, we manage the entire process via computer and phone. This includes exchanging site photos, client ideas, and suggestions. In addition, we survey the designated area for sign placement according to city and county regulations. (However, if you choose to visit us in person, you will find us wearing masks and distancing as much as possible.)

The customer always has full control

After agreeing on project essentials, and with the standard commitment of a sign deposit, Paxton Signs then provides several design options, again, via email. The customer always has full control of the process, including any revisions. After we finalize a design, Paxton Signs begins work on the sign. Progress photos are available on request and always complimentary. Finally, Paxton Signs installs the finished sign, or ships it to the customer for installation. Alternatively, the customer can pick up their sign at our business location.

We’ll make your sign search easier and safer

Paxton Signs is doing what we can to keep our clients and our community safe. Throughout the COVID experience, we have one goal: To make your sign search better, easier and safer. By utilizing digital technology, we’ve turned sign acquisition into a pleasant process – one that is COVID-CAREFUL and COVID-SAFE.

Call us soon! Let’s start on your new sign and fleet graphics.

Contact us at,  970-221-5519

Visit our galleries at, www.paxtonsigns.com.

Find us on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

Creature Comforts

creature comforts front viewHand-carved, gold leaf letters highlight Paxton Signs’ new Creature Comforts Pet Retreat sign. Locally owned, the pet retreat sits in a sunny foothills location on the west side Loveland, Colorado. Their mission is to provide your pet with a safe, clean loving environment. In addition, carefully trained staff work hard to ensure that your pets are happy, active, healthy and comfortable during their stay. Interested? Find out more on their website at, http://www.creaturecomfortspet.com/

creature comforts sign close upcreature comforts side viewHow we made the Creature Comforts Sign

We designed the Creature Comfort’s sign to be as eye-catching as possible. Importantly, this draws attention to its setback location on a Loveland area county road. We made the two-sided, gold leafed sign to measure 7′ x 6′, including the lattice base. Next, we hand-carved the letters. Then, we individually gold leafed each one.  In addition, Creature Comfort’s stylized Scottie dog mascot appears at the top of the sign. Next, the sign’s wood grain texture is the result of sandblasting the background panel into high-density urethane. Finally, three coats of exterior latex paint guarantee the Creature Comforts sign will withstand Colorado’s four seasons for many years.

We specialize in communication art

Paxton Signs’ galleries include hundreds of signs and vehicles. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. Additionally, we’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted signs, carved signs, as well as fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

Find us on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

You can view Paxton Signs’ quality dimensional signwork at, www.paxtonsigns.com/dimensional-signs/

View our Galleries by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at  970-221-5519

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Lucky Stars

lucky_stars_residence_signThe warm cachet of wood is even more evident when recycled cedar is used to create a new product. We designed the Lucky Stars sign to be eco-friendly by re-purposing cedar pickets. Additionally, an appealing benefit of using older, recycled wood is that it has already completely dried. For this reason, there is little chance of warping or movement as with new wood. A simple, periodic application of linseed oil will maintain the finished product for decades.

Designing the Lucky Stars cabin sign

We designed the Lucky Stars sign for the owners of an Estes Park Airbnb. They loved the idea and beauty of the recycled cedar pickets. The design is simple, with a custom-cut, 16″ x 24″ recycled wood panel and hand-painted graphics. We’ve shown the entire process, from start to finish, below.

Side Note: We think the name, Lucky Stars, is especially appropriate. Anyone who’s spent time in Colorado’s high country has seen the state’s dramatic night skies. And, with the Continental Divide as a backdrop, you can bet your “lucky stars” you won’t forget the experience!

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It’s important to select the most desirable pickets.

lucky stars step 2

We glue the pickets together and custom-cut to shape.

lucky stars step 3

Sanding the sign reveals the beauty of cedar.

lucky stars step 4

We use linseed oil for a deep, warm finish.

lucky stars step 6

We then paint the desired graphics. Lucky Stars is finished!

We specialize in communication art

Paxton Signs’ galleries include hundreds of signs and vehicles. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics: a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

Find us on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

You can view Paxton Signs’ quality residence and cabin signs at, www.paxtonsigns.com/residence-signs/

View our Galleries by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at  970-221-5519

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Communication Art

The design and craftsmanship of a beautiful, hand-crafted product gives that work a unique cachet. This is true whether it’s crafted furniture, jewelry, a work of fine art, or a hand-crafted sign. Further, as time goes by and reputations grow, the body of work created in any genre becomes well known and regarded. Similarly, Paxton Signs’ hand-crafted signs have grown in popularity and demand. For more than 39 years, we’ve created hundreds of beautifully designed, hand-crafted signs. We like to call our work “communication art.”

Creative excellence, plain or fancy

From design, to construction, to the finished piece, we put our decades of experience into each and every communication art project. Our design skills and sensibilities set us apart from fast-sign franchises, as does our attention to each customer’s marketing needs.  Whether plain or fancy, a Paxton Sign features every creative consideration from start to finish.

Materials matter!

We use only the best materials, including recycled options when requested. Our paint products are the highest-quality industry standard. In addition, we always use THREE coats of paint on every sign requiring it. When routing, carving or sandblasting, we utilize production techniques practiced for hundreds of years; even thousands, when applying gold or metal leaf.communication art kosher bistro

A hand-crafted Paxton Sign communicates more than your business name. It projects skill, creativity, and hand-crafted quality.

We specialize in communication art!

Paxton Signs’ galleries include hundreds of signs and vehicles. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

Find us on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

You can view Paxton Signs’ quality gold leaf signs at, www.paxtonsigns.com/dimensional-signs/

View our Galleries by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at  970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

Horsetooth Spirits and Marketplace

Horsetooth Spirts and marketplace road signHorsetooth Spirits and Marketplace isn’t your average liquor store…or market, for that matter. Under one roof, the two newly transitioned businesses now offer unique items. For example, besides  the usual grocery products, the Marketplace offers canned snake and other game meats. It will also sell camping and boating provisions.

Horsetooth Spirits, on the other hand, will focus on beer, wine and whiskies. Dawn Isaacs, the new owner and manager of Horsetooth Spirits and Marketplace, wants to introduce fine wines to the Horsetooth Lake area. The unincorporated community has experienced an increase of AirBnBs and other short term rental businesses. Additionally, weekend traffic in the area has never been better. As a result, tourists and recreation crowds are keen to stock their rentals, camps and boats with quality food and drink from Horsetooth Spirits and Marketplace. Be sure to visit their website at, https://horsetooth-spirits-marketplace-co.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

How we made the Horsetooth Spirits and Marketplace sign

The search for an identity that suited Isaacs was the first consideration. Dawn had a soft spot for donkeys. Specifically, a pet donkey named Forest. However, the name, “Horsetooth,” presented an obvious problem. As a compromise, we arrived at a mule motif. Further, we used a cartooned mule for the new mascot logo since it can be interpreted as either a mule or a horse.

We hand-painted the two-sided signs on aluminum composite material. In addition, Isaacs wanted a reader board (the red unit on the right side of the sign). It allows her to advertise spirits, marketplace specials and store hours. When finished, we mounted the roadside signs inside the Isaacs’ existing wood frame.

Finally, for consistency, we took colors and features from the road sign and incorporated them into their lighted sign and entryway sign, complete with chalkboard.horsetooth spirits and market place lighted signhorsetooth spirits and marketplace door sign

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Handcrafted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

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