Sign Media 2017 Winners

Building Identification, Winner

Mike Cameron, Sign Nation | Canon Creator Lab | Toronto

All nine of this sign’s layers were made from plywood.

Building Identification, Runner Up

Konanz & Co. and Adrian Louden | Century Hospitality | Edmonton

The animals and Italian text were already on this 15 x 7-m (50 x 23-ft) ‘permanent billboard’ wall when the eatery’s 5.5 x 2.4-m (18 x 8-ft) name was hand-painted and two logos were added on the left and right side. The graphics were first chalked to the wall from large, plotted and pounced paper patterns, while the logos and script were brush-painted with exterior-grade latex.

Digital Signage, Winner

Eventscape | Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) | Toronto

In Terminal 1 of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, this 7.6-m (25-ft) tall steel sculptural flower structure boasts four ‘petals,’ each of which holds a 3.7 x 1.5-m (12 x 5-ft) liquid crystal display (LCD), showing flight information. A light-emitting diode (LED) halo sign covers the two central connecting rings of the ‘stems’ and shows the current weather. Surrounding the sculpture is a circular information desk with integrated monitors, solid wood top, stainless steel accents and a curved steel supporting the cantilevered sections. A 3.7 x 0.6-m (12 x 2-ft) pylon, with an interactive touch screen, airport map and 0.6-m (2-ft) LED-backlit ‘i’ on top, was built with a structural steel metal frame, wood veneer, angled solid-surface finish and stainless steel bumper rail, all anchored to the structural slab below. Six similarly constructed self-serve kiosks surround the desk and sculpture.,

Digital Signage, Runner-up

10net Managed Solutions | Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics | Vancouver

The world’s first custom suspended and vertical ambient transparent light-emitting diode (LED) experience, created for TED Talks 2016, incorporates a living wall element, syncopated content and lighting.

Illuminated Signs, Winner

Gaslight Electric Sign Co. | Gabriel Pizza | Ottawa

The custom hand-fabricated and hand-painted steel body is illuminated with an incandescent bulb and neon tubing.

Illuminated Signs, Runner-up #1 (tie)

Knight Signs| The Keg | West Vancouver

The single-face sign cabinet and translucent red ‘laser beams’ background complement acrylic face-lit and partial side-lit letters, illuminated with white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) mounted on the sign face.

Illuminated Signs, Runner-up #2 (tie)

Twilight Signs & Neon | FGL Sports | Toronto

This project combines high-density urethane (HDU), paint, glass, digitally printed vinyl, red light-emitting diode (LED) wall-washer lights and stainless steel.

Out-of-home Advertising, Winner

Media Resources International | Astral/Bell Media | Toronto

The transit shelter was enhanced with expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, paint, three-dimensional (3-D) roof extension and American flag.

Out-of-home Advertising, Runner-up

Media Resources International | Bell Media | Toronto

The transit shelter was enhanced with expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, paint, three-dimensional (3-D) display and vinyl wrap across the back three panels.

Sign Systems, Winner

Imagination Corporation | Crown & Pin Pub | Oshawa, Ont

The signs and brackets were designed to be integral. The brackets are all plasma-cut steel, while the sign bodies are routed 13.6-kg (30-lb) high-density urethane (HDU). The figures were hand sculpted using epoxy.

Sign Systems, Runner-up

Knight Signs| Ledcor | Tsawwassen, B.C.

There are more than 350 wayfinding signs for the interior and exterior of the Tsawwassen Mills mall, including light-emitting diode (LED) illuminated signs with acrylic and aluminum structures and monument pylon signs with metal cladding and structurally incorporated art pieces.

Soft Signage, Winner

Twilight Signs & Neon | FGL Sports | Toronto

Sign boxes were ceiling-mounted with stretch fabric faces and light-emitting diode (LED) illumination.

Soft Signage, Runner-up #1 (tie)

Mobile Airships & Blimps | Kingston Frontenacs, Ontario Hockey League (OHL) | Kingston, Ont.

This inflatable replica of Old Fort Henry features digitally printed brickwork based on actual photos, complemented by banners with computer-cut vinyl lettering and graphics.

Soft Signage, Runner-up #2 (tie)

The Look Company | Under Armour Canada | Toronto

Backlit fabric graphics, lightbox technology and proprietary frame systems were used throughout the millwork and on the walls of flagship Sport Chek stores, including changeable total-wall murals.

Stand-alone Signs, Winner

Laird Signs | Whitefish River First Nation, Ont.

Steel, aluminum, Cockburn Island cedar posts, raised letters, 0.15-mm (6-mil) thick aluminum composite panel (ACP), foam and hard coat system, digitally printed vinyl, latex and oil based paints were used, with all components welded, built, carved and painted in-house.

Stand-alone Signs, Runner-up

Knight Signs | Stantec | Vancouver

The aluminum sign structure was painted in gloss white, with side light-emitting diode (LED) stripes. The face-lit and side-lit acrylic logo and channel letters were pinmounted to the sign face.

Vehicle Graphics, Winner

T2 Design | Dave Charlebois and Kime Gagnon (‘The Ski-Doo Couple’) | Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que.

A ‘low-energy’ vinyl film with an aggressive adhesive was printed with durable aqueous ‘latex’ inks, paired with 10-mm (0.4-in.) thick laminate. The ‘puzzle’ involved wrapping the 77 pieces of the 2014 snowmobile and 100 pieces of the 2017 model, plus two large pieces for the deck using another vehicle trim wrap material.

Vehicle Graphics, Runner-up

Iron Graphix | Absolute Fractals | Kelowna, B.C.

After a previous wrap was removed from the 1969 Dodge Travco motorhome, surface preparation included filling, sanding, painting and removal of all lights, grille, etc. More than 150 individual pieces of art were arranged for solvent inkjet printing on vinyl and gloss overlamination. The panels were tiled together and laid out as a solid piece, stretched out over each side. Ensuring proper alignment was challenging, particularly across the complex curvature of the rear of the vehicle.

Unique Signs, Winner

Total Sign Service | Sporting Life | Calgary

A custom system had to be designed to suspend three decommissioned ski lifts—loaded with dressed mannequins and merchandise—from the ceiling of the store. Two electrical winches were mounted to structural steel beams in the ceiling, from which steel cables and eye bolts were connected to each of the lifts. The clothing and gear are changed out seasonally, with hiking products and bikes attached in the spring and summer.

Unique Signs, Runner-up

Hi Signs/The Fath Group | Meadows Recreation Centre | Edmonton

This moss ‘living wall’ features 19-mm (0.75-in.) thick white acrylic letters pinmounted to the centre. A stained wooden backer supports 21 direct-printed and routed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) information disks, also using 19-mm white acrylic. The official LEED plaque is mounted to the first surface of the acrylic on the right section of the feature wall.

Building Signs
Runner Up
Digital Signage
Runner Up
Illuminated Signs
Runner Up #1
Runner Up #2
Out-of-home Advertising
Runner Up
Sign Systems
Runner Up
Soft Signage
Runner Up #1
Runner Up #2
Stand-alone Signs
Runner Up
Vehicle Graphics
Runner Up
Unique Signs
Runner Up

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