What is a sign? If you’re anything like me, you probably take them for granted in your everyday life. From horoscopes determining your future to red lights making your morning commute just a little worse to an exit sign saving your life during a fire; signs have more influence on us than we imagine, but what if one day they were just gone?
Take yourself back to when you were six years old. It’s the summer before first grade, you can smell fresh cut grass, there’s fresh Scooby Doo mac and cheese on the stove and you just took the training wheels off of your bike. Your friend comes over and asks to have a lemonade stand with you, your first taste of entrepreneurship! You go and buy the best lemonade powder five dollars can buy, get some cups and carefully carry your full pitcher of lemonade out to your front yard. Then you wait. Cars come and go with some waving but none stopping. Hours pass and your six year old self is distraught. What’s missing? Finally your friend’s mom comes to get them for dinner and asks “how much?” You realize you never had a sign to communicate the deal those passing by would receive for one glass of your ice cold lemonade. Years will pass by and you will realize you missed an opportunity to brand your first ever “office” to welcome new customers and make your lemonade more interactive with your target market.
It’s your first day of first grade. You are in a new building with your brand new backpack ready to make some friends (which your mom assured you won’t be too hard). You walk into your classroom and your teacher pulls you aside. You sigh, thinking this is NOT a good start. She informs you that your locker buddy is blind, meaning she might do things a little differently. You breathe a sigh of relief, you can handle this. You go to meet her and realize that she uses her hands to read, but often asks you where the library is and even the bathroom. She runs her hands along every wall of the school but never finds what she is looking for. Months go by and she slowly learns the general layout of the library and the cafeteria but still asks for help everyday. After the holiday break you realize there has been some construction done for your locker buddy. She now has braille signs by every door so she no longer has to ask for help to find the bathroom. You show your now long-term friend the new ADA braille signs and receive the biggest smile you have ever seen.
Welcome to second grade! You are now old enough to ride your bike to school, climb the monkey bars and even move classrooms throughout the day. You get on your bike to ride with your neighborhood friends home from the BEST field day ever. When all of a sudden you fall and land on your wrist just right. Luckily your parents see and come rushing over. Through a flood of tears you hear them say we need to go to the emergency room. You frantically get carried into the car in a situation you NEVER expected to happen. Your parents start driving and get lost through a rush of adrenaline and tears. They can’t find their way to the hospital much less what entrance they should drive to. You think back to your lemonade stand and how a few well placed medical office and hospital signs could’ve made this day you never expected just a little less stressful.
Signs have more of an impact on our everyday lives than we can imagine and Office Sign Company is here to make sure that impact is positive. From office signs displaying company names, ADA braille signs, hospital signs, desk signs, plaques, awards and more our goal is to produce high quality products that reflect the exceptional businesses and people they are serving. So next time you are going through your daily routine, take a moment and pause to see what could be enhanced or added that could change someone’s experience or make a little girl’s day at school a little easier. Signs could even warn you that your boss is a Fighting Si…I mean hawk fan instead of the Bison! Signs are changing how we view the world and the times are a changin’ for the better with the help of Office Sign Company.
Written by: Addie Long