There are two major approaches you can use in the creation of Vinyl signs. In this context, the term ‘vinyl signs’ is simply a reference to advertising and other types of informational signs made out of a popular sign-making material known as vinyl. This is typically a material out of which glossy-looking lettering can be cut out, and expertly pasted on various media (including metallic and wooden sheets) to come with attention-grabbing signs. Now the two approaches you can use in creating such Vinyl signs are the DIY approach and what we may refer to as the ‘professional approach.’ We will be looking at each of these in turn, their pros and their cons.
The DIY approach to creation of Vinyl signs:
This is where you opt to create the signs by yourself. This is about venturing in search of all materials and pieces of equipment necessary for the job. It is about researching and studying, to acquire the knowledge you need in the creation of vinyl-based signs. Having acquired such materials, equipment and knowledge, DIY vinyl-sign creation is about embarking on the project by yourself (cutting vinyl, pasting vinyl and son on): without enlisting professional help.
Advantages of DIY vinyl-sign creation:
One of the advantages associated with DIY-vinyl sign creation is in the fact that it is a potentially cost-cutting approach. If you opt to create the signs by yourself, and you hack the project successfully, you will have saved yourself the considerable sums of money you’d otherwise spend paying professionals to do it for you. And often, these turn out to be very significant sums of money: seeing that in these sorts of projects, the amount of money expended on ‘expertise’ often turns out to be as much as the amount of money spent on the purchase of materials and equipment.
Another advantage associated with DIY vinyl sign creation is in the fact that this approach gives you the opportunity to customize the signs to your exact needs. On the other hand, when you engage your professional, you will get your needs catered for – but typically not exactly as you want. An attempt to get things done exactly as you want would entail embarking on micro-management of the professionals engaged: which is an off-putting suggestion to many people.
Disadvantages of the DIY vinyl-sign creation:
On the downside, DIY vinyl lettering signs creation may often lead to less than satisfactory (unprofessional) signage results. You have to keep it in mind that these are signs meant for public display in most cases. You therefore have to think carefully about the implications: keeping in mind the fact that most people seeing the signs will be in a position to tell professional output from a layman’s work.
The professional approach to Vinyl-sign creation:
This is where you pay professionals – the likes of graphic designers and copywriters to do the signs for you.
Advantages of the professional approach to vinyl sign creation:
For one, the professional approach is likely to result in the creation of better ‘professional-looking’ vinyl signs.
Secondly, contracting professionals to create the signs for you can help you save time and energy: which you can then invest in other high-value pursuits.
Disadvantages of the professional approach to vinyl sign creation:
On the downside, the professional approach to vinyl sign creation can often turn out to be costly: as most of these professionals (graphic designers and copywriters for instance) charge a premium fee for their services.
Furthermore, in spite of paying considerable sums of money to get your vinyl signs done professionally, they may still end up not being done to your utmost satisfaction. This is on account of the fact that you will probably not get a chance to micro-manage the professionals engaged to create the vinyl signs.