My name is Bianca Iacopelli and I started working at SIGNARAMA Troy on Tuesday May 28th, 2013. A day after Memorial Day! I am happy to have been hired as the Graphic Designer at SIGNARAMA Troy. I’m in charge of designing snazzy signage and preparing files for production in order for them to print perfectly!
I recently graduated with a Fine Arts Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Graphic Design, from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. I started off drawing and painting as a child and moved into the computer aided design world my senior year of high school. I have been designing professionally for almost five years now, and I absolutely love it. I am so passionate about design that I actually studied abroad in the Netherlands for almost a month in order to broaden my skills.
Since I started at SIGNARAMA Troy I have been privileged to work on some pretty cool projects for our shop. Some of the designs I have produced were utilized on various substrates for a wedding seating chart, deli window graphics, golf outing signs, a welcome home military banner and banners for various local businesses. My favorite design so for was working on the decals for Kid Rock’s personal wave runners!
I believe I am a great fit for this team because I’m a hard-worker, enjoy designing high quality art, and I am excellent at receiving feedback. I think constructive criticism is a positive communication which allows me to learn more each and every day. I am excited to work in the sign industry because it is something very new for me! I have worked in marketing departments for cosmetic distributors, publication offices, advertising agencies, and small boutique design studios, but never at a sign company! I’m excited to learn new skills and collaborate ideas with some really great people!
On April 8, 2013 I started at SIGNARAMA Troy as the Sales Support/Administration Staff. I am usually the first person anyone calling or walking into SIGNARAMA speaks to! I have many responsibilities including assisting clients with orders, selling signs and other products, organizing and assisting other team members and keeping the showroom presentable for all of our great clients to visit!
After graduating from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism, I headed home to the east side and started my adventure as a business owner! In 2005 my father and I opened a printing shop up in Imlay City which we operated until 2009. I loved the interaction with customers, who became friends, the fast paced environment and the creativity I was able to express in my work. Since moving on from my shop I have spent the past few years in sales for a few different companies including the Better Business Bureau. My experiences have set a great platform for me to be an asset to the team at SIGNARAMA Troy.
From the first moment I walked into the showroom at SIGNARAMA I had a feeling this was the place I belonged. It has everything I loved about running my shop and more! I am finally in a position where I can use the sales and creative skills I am passionate about. I feel like I am at home when I come to work because of the team I have the pleasure of working with every day! It’s a place where everyone rolls up their sleeves to get work done and still has time to laugh and enjoy what we do!
I am excited to be back in the sign industry and to continue my career at SIGNARAMA Troy. The best part about being here is my involvement in a trade I LOVE and not having to pay the bills (sorry Bob)! I look forward to a long term career, helping our team grow and continue to succeed throughout the years!
Growing up in Northern Michigan I was never really exposed to sign spinners and their talents. When moving down to Metro Detroit to work for the BEST, and I mean the BEST sign company I noticed more and more people standing on the street waving signs. It really got me thinking is this the new billboard? Are we really using humans for directional signage? Does this really work?
As I began my research on sign spinners I noticed that sign spinning is becoming an art form and unconventional career for most. A lot of people take up sign spinning for the ability to be outside and enjoy the weather. Others to practice their dance moves for the weekend. Then there is the select few who live to be a sign spinner. They are proud to use a combination of acrobatics, baton-tossing and martial arts movements to attract the attention of passing motorists.
Sign spinning is an ideal way to gain much needed attention from passing motorists, since a lot of signage eventually loses its appeal over time. A good spinner can attract a crowd or even cause an accident on the road if many of the motorist are not paying any attention. That personal element comes back with a sign spinner, people are will to take a chance on your clearance sale or lunch specials. When you have a sign spinner going crazy on the street corner.
There are also some alternatives to sign spinning. This would include a machine to move the sign in many directions or a sign doll. Yes a sign doll. These dolls move like their arms like a sign spinner with out the crazy flips.
So the real question is an you benefit from sign spinners? Browse the web and take a look at the companies that have great sign spinners out front, how are they doing? I have a feeling they are going to tell you sales are up! Then come to SIGNARAMA and allow us to produce your awesome sign spinning signs for a great low cost and make your sign spinner dreams come true.
Gone are the days of job boxes and spreadsheets to track customer projects through the various stages of production. SIGNARAMA Troy is a known leader in the sign industry with help from innovative tools like SignVOX.
SignVOX is a comprehensive sign industry business management solution that enables SIGNARAMA Troy to collaborate manage all the different aspects of a customer project. SignVOX has assisted in making our great customer service even greater by:
- Allowing SIGNARAMA Troy to tracking the initial customer call all the way through the thank you card sent with the final invoice.
- Customer and lead tracking is efficient and painless.
- Flexible and accurate estimating creates consistent quotes for customers.
- Electronic job, production and install boards gives SIGNARAMA Troy the ability to know the status of the job as well as manage workflow. Integrated automation makes managing the job boards simpler and more accurate.
- Online proofing cuts down on approval time. Also make less mistakes by easily identifying the approved version and customer comments regarding changes.
- SignVOX promotes customers finished products to social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Customer proofs, estimates and invoices are secure and stored. No hardware failures to be concerned about.
- SIGNARAMA Troy uses SIGNVOX to go mobile device so you can create a quote, email it to a customer, close the deal all without having to leave the client location.
SIGNARAMA customers can rest assure that their projects are being tracked & handled with our innovative SIGNVox tracking system.
So you have your artwork all set to print, it’s beautifully designed at 300dpi, you attach it to an email, and….gasp! It’s too large to attach and send! You make a couple phone calls trying to find a way to send this file over to the production company and they suggest you upload it to their FTP server. What does that mean?! But the real question is…How do I upload my file to an FTP server?
It’s important to know how to upload a file to an FTP server for cases such as sending something to be printed that is too large for an email. This will explain how to upload to an FTP server using a windows computer. This method is very important to our business because it allows us to keep the pristine quality of the image for signs or banners without any distortion at all!
Step 1: Find out what the “url” of the FTP server is that you want to upload to, for example: ftp://example.example.com, and if it requires a username and password. highlight the link, right click and copy it.
Step 2: Locate “My Computer” under your file explorer and highlight the area that says “My Computer” in the explorer bar and delete it.
Step 3: Paste the FTP link you copied in Step 1 into the blank explorer bar and press “Enter” on your keyboard.
Step 4: The server usually requires you enter a username and password, if prompted enter in both and press enter.
Step 5: Once you are inside the server you may see a list of many different files with previous client projects in them. You can create your own folder and name it as your company or name so your file is unique and can be located quickly to access!
So, the next time you need help uploading a file to a client server fear not! Our design team at SIGNARAMA Troy are experts and can help you set up your file in any way you need.