The first Sign & Digital UK Award winners are announced

The first ever Sign & Digital Awards took place on 13 April at the Birmingham Motorcycle Museum.

Attracting over 20 entries, the Best Individual Sign Project was keenly fought. The winner of this category was Vision Visual Solutions; Using high density LED strips to emit light along etched lines in polycarbonate panels, Vision Visual solutions was able to create flight in the 50 butterflies, that float 5m above diner’s heads in the ITSU restaurant at Heathrow Terminal 5.

The second award was for the Best Multiple Sign Project. Designed to showcase a campaign or business project involving more than six signs, this category enjoyed a large number of entries. The winner was Photocast Products. Using its deep chemical etching system, Photocast products answered Blackburn council’s request for quality signage to help visitors find their way around 16 historical local sites. Producing elegant cast bronze plaques the company were able to contextualise each site with signs that will stand the test of time.

With more and more companies specialising in vehicle livery these days, the award for Best Vehicle Wrapping Project was always going to be a closely fought contest but no one predicted quite how diverse the entries would be. The winner was Raccoon. Using the optical illusion of an x-ray to promote the transparency key to Foxton’s core values, Raccoon wrapped 264 cars in 15 days to create a truly mesmerising fleet. The judges also celebrated Pyramid Visuals as highly commended for their brilliant entry.

A mainstay of the sign making and graphic output industries, the wide format digital printer is the turbine that drives productivity and facilitates creativity. Showcasing the power of these machines, the winner for Best Wide Format Print Project was Service Graphics. Utilising the art of trompe l’oeil to dazzling effect, Service Graphics produced large scale wall graphics for the National Museum Liverpool to draw attention to Liverpool’s cultural riches.

Winner of the Best Textile Printing Project award was The Wild Group who overcame harsh time constraints and unusual print substrates. The Wild group produced an authentic printed sail and 70 waterproof garments for 20th Century Fox’s Chronicles of Narnia film launch.

Best New Use of Wide Format Print was the next award designed to reward ingenuity and innovation within the wide format arena. Boasting both to great effect was winner Icon – Putting enormous emphasis on their ability to remove the graphics without damaging the fabric of the historical buildings, Icon used wall wrap and one way vision vinyl to create two spectacular building wraps.

With increasing pressure on companies to lower their carbon footprint, The Green Award exists to recognise those who, in spite of the challenging trading conditions, have gone that extra mile to reduce their impact on the environment. Tasked with reducing the carbon footprint and life cycle costs of Beefeater and Premier Inn signs without compromising standards and aesthetic appearance, winners Sign 2000 set about sourcing materials, components and preparing prototype drawings that led to sharper and more sustainable signage with significantly reduced running costs.

Created to reward new talent within the Signage and Graphic Output industries, the Rising Star Award focuses on an individual under the age of 30 whose contribution to their company throughout 2010 was constantly admired. The winner of this award was Gordon Dick of Aggregate Industries. With the welfare of his staff and a low impact approach to the environment of paramount importance, Gordon has transformed a loss leading business into a glowing success through investment in equipment and a progressive approach.

The penultimate award was the award for Best Wide Format Printing Company sponsored by AGFA. Entrants were asked to demonstrate through testimonials and end of year results, how, in 2010 they had grown their business whilst maintaining high levels of customer service and displaying both innovation and creativity.  The award was presented by Steve Collins of AGFA’s wide format division and the winner was Hollywood Monster – With a dedication to “surpassing the expectations of their clients” Hollywood Monster has worked with them all. Operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week using the latest print technology, their output ranges from bespoke to large roll out programmes.


And finally to the coveted Best Sign Company of 2010 award which was again sponsored by AGFA. Using the same criteria as the previous category, all entries were required to exhibit how they had driven business through 2010 whilst bringing attention to examples of creativity, innovation and professionalism. The well deserved winner of this category was Signbox – Weathering the storm to record a 28 per cent increase on the previous year’s turnover, Sign Box’s success has been achieved through hard work and a dedication to exceeding customer expectation in every aspect. Combining intelligent sign design with a considered approach to the use of sustainable materials they sit on the cutting edge of today’s sign industry.


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