While I was in college, my family moved to Ohio in order to start a deaf church in the area. I took it upon myself to develop the visual identity of the church by designing a logo and all the other media that the church would make use of.
My dad is a deaf pastor for Lifesigns Deaf Baptist Church in Ohio. I designed the logo that is used for improved branding. Once he was able to find a building, I designed and fabricated this large 4 x 8 foot interior sign for the fellowship hall.
I wanted this to be a professional looking sign that draws the eye with warm and welcoming tones. This sign is intended to follow the rest of the church branding and create a cohesive design system.
The whole sign is attached to the wall with a french cleat and therefore portable. The main background is a textured board to give the appearance of stone without adding all the extra weight. The faceplate wraps around the edge to come in contact with the wall and has the appearance of floating because the attachment points are hidden behind the middle. On the faceplate is a special textured wallpaper that had been painted white to add visual interest to its surface. Behind the faceplate is a strip of RGBW LED’s that can be controlled via remote or bluetooth from a smartphone app. The logo was printed onto a vinyl substrate and applied to a sheet of acrylic that had a layer of dusted vinyl applied to the back to make it stand apart from the background. Finally, the acrylic was attached to the white background by satin silver offsets in the four corners.
An exterior church sign was needed in order to catch attention from drivers on the nearby road and to indicate the location for the church for anyone looking for it.
The main focus was on the logo which is prominently displayed with the house number very visible underneath it. Hanging below the sign is a rider that has Pastor Scott Crabtree’s name on it.
The main frame of the sign was from the preexisting sign that was outside the building before LifeSigns. The base of the faceplate is a sheet of 1/8 poly metal which will help with increased longevity as opposed to a wooden base. Laminated wrap film was used to print the graphics on which helps provide a vibrant color gamut.