Weather Alert

Karen Griffin - Tuesday, November 05, 2019
severe weather warning

This is the time of the year when improbably named storms come thick and fast. Right in time for the season of fireworks.


But it is also the time to give a reminder to those of you who have banners up at the moment.  Although our banners are reinforced, it is best to check they are tightly secured along all the edges, not just the corners, to prevent ripping and tearing.  A flapping banner is not only a distraction for passing motorists, it could become a safety hazard to pedestrians or cause an accident if it becomes totally free of its fixings.  Do check it regularly.

We use UV stable inks in our manufacturing process, but salt water (if your banner is within five miles of the coast - the water travels) and sunlight can shorten the life of your product, so do take it in when your event has passed. Roll in up and store it safely for next time.

Lamp Post Advertising

Karen Griffin - Thursday, October 31, 2019

Do you see a lot of this type of advertising locally?  We certainly do here on the south coast.

Some are aimed at pedestrians outside busy shopping areas or schools.  Others are directed at slower moving traffic.  Usually A2 in size, they are very effective.  

Correx (a type of corregated plastic) is light enough to hang with cable ties and soft enough to punch holes in with a pair or scissors or a screw driver.  It is strong enough to survive most weather conditions.  Get the design right, and we can make them re-usable, in the same way as we do the vinyl banners.

If you do use these boards to highlight a local event, please oh please, do take them down after the event.  Not just to re-use them, but to avoid bad feeling in your 

Halloween Stansted Parkcorrex lamp post boards

Banners in Windy Places

Karen Griffin - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

We recently had the pleasure of making many banners for the World Croquet Championships based in the South of England for the first time ever.

Banners work extremely well around sporting grounds.  The bigger sites such as Premier League football venues use electronic messaging around the pitch, but smaller clubs for cricket, football and even croquet can take advantage of local advertising in just the same way by using vinyl banners.

For the World Croquet Championships, it soon became apparent that one of the seaside venues was extremely windy and there were concerns as to how the banners would hold up during the course of the event.

The answer was mesh.  These banners are actually made from a net like mesh of plastic strands.  They can be made re-usable but they are not so durable in the re-usable front as traditional solid banners, so there is a pay off between making them a permanent fixture on a windy fence, or making them durable enough to be used over many years.  In reality, the sponsorship of a single event meant that the banners were generic with a single sponsor logo on them.

A mesh banner is no extra cost to a traditional banner and could just a great solution for many windy sites.

simon carter mesh bannerIrwin Mitchell sponsorship banner

Caravan Security with Roof Stickers

Karen Griffin - Thursday, October 03, 2019

One thing is certain.  To the great majority of people, and many owners too, caravans all look the same.

Yes, inside they might be different, but on the outside they all come with the same manufacturers branding.  Change the number plate and most owners would need to peer closely at the etched window VIN numbers to be absolutely sure the caravan was theirs.

Yet this is exactly what happens to 1000's of caravans and motor homes every year.  The number plate is changed.  The tow bar lock is removed.  Any wheel clamp is cut off. And the van is on its way to the nearest port for re-sale.

And the results are terrible for the owner.  It is not just the cost of the caravan, because many are insured.  It is the loss of a regular trips out, the feeling of freedom, the inability to just hit the road.

For years we have been making caravan roof stickers.  These are numbers and letters 20cm high that are stuck to the roof of your caravan or motor home.  We generally use the registration number, but it can be anything really.  Black lettering on a white roof allows the road side monitoring cameras on all of our British major roads to automatically search for the letters on a roof once you report your van stolen. Using recognition technology, it doesn't rely on a human to see the letters, it is a superbly clever software package that scans the road cameras for the right details.  

caravan roof stickerThe lettering can be cut to avoid sat dishes and window vents.  Look carefully and you will see that all our emergency service vehicles now have lettering on their rooves so these same cameras can track them in an emergency.

At just £25 per set, it is another weapon in the battle against thieves.  Would they check the roof before they drive your caravan off of your drive?

The Wonders of Window Cling

Karen Griffin - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Where to start!  My favourite product!  Window Cling!!

It is exactly that.  An amazing non-sticky product that literally clings to glass or mirrors, inside or out.  It can be used in its single colour, or it can be printed to full colour.  It can even be cut into shapes.

It can be applied to the inside of glass so the printed design faces outwards, or with it facing inwards.

And this is all because it is held in place by static cling.

If you are a small business owner do consider this product for seasonal displays if your windows are not tinted.  It could make an amazing difference to footfall.

Likewise clubs love making 'badges' for their customers to display in their cars.  Interesting fact: it is still legal to display a 12cm diameter sticker in the front passenger side of a car windscreen where the tax disc used to be (if you remember those).

window cling sticker in carwindow cling dog day care

How Quickly Can I Get A Re-Usable Vinyl Banner

Karen Griffin - Thursday, September 05, 2019

We often get asked how quickly we can produce a re-usable banner.  

And the answer is always 'how soon can you agree the artwork'?

Most of the banners we make are for summer/firework/spring/Christmas events and these tend to be run by volunteers or not-for-profit organisations.  We help with the artwork but it is still a big responsibility to 

  1. design a banner that will work
  2. design a banner that reflects the values/brand of the organisation as it is now
  3. design a banner that will continue to reflect the values/brand of the organisation in the future
And this leads to much discussion and delay.  It is so important to get it right, especially as not only is there a big financial consideration at stake, but also the responsibility of keeping the banner out of landfill.

Prudhoe holiday club
This is one of several banners ordered by Prudhoe & Stocksfield Church.  They came to us two weeks before their summer holiday club. And four days later we were still discussing the size of the lettering vs logo.

In reality, although we can produce banners very quickly, at any one time we have a dozen or so customers wanting their orders processed quickly and only 10 hours of the day to satisfy everyone's expectations.  This is why, when we get a short notice order like this one, we 'guess' the amount of time needed for the design and book space in the workshop to make the items in advance.

Which is why item 1 above is always the most important.  The only banner that will work is the one THAT IS ON DISPLAY.   

If a committee takes too long over the decision making process it ultimately means that we won't be able to meet your delivery deadlines, factoring in the three days needed for the courier.

Sign Writing Apprentice

Karen Griffin - Friday, August 23, 2019

How do I go about becoming a sign writer?

We get asked this a lot.  In fact there is no specific apprentice training for this post.  A couple of the installation companies and the Association of British Sign Writers does a lot to promote training and apprenticeship positions but the truth is that many people end up at college or university learning design and then the rest 'on the job'.  In reality, design can be learned either online or on the job.  And if working in an agency, most designers have to tow the corporate style or go freelance.

We have been lucky to get Government funding for our first apprentice, so please meet Nick!

Apprentice sign writer

Nick attends Highbury College in Portsmouth once a week on a Business Administration HNC - this is the learning part of his course.  Highbury College run the course continuously so students can enrol throughout the year.  They start when the next module starts and keep attending until they have completed them all.

He is also doing an NVQ level 4.  This he does in his own time and uses evidence and learning from the workplace. His tutor from Highbury comes out to assess him and so far it is really working well.

As an employer, we are learning so much through Nick.  All the modern software systems, lots of new policy implementation at the moment as well as re-evaluating things we have done for years.  He is already suggesting new niches we might adopt and we have adopted a few new working practices too.

For Nick, it means he has no educational debt but he will have an educational qualification valid in any type of business (not just limited to the sign industry) as well as proven hands on experience in the sign industry.  Business Administration can be taken to degree level standard.

Vinyl Lettering for Blackboards

Karen Griffin - Monday, August 12, 2019

A-Boards or pavement signs are a great way for business to pick up passing trade.

But how can you make them more dynamic so they reflect your offering for the day or season?  Fully printed swinger signs are great, but there is no flexibility to change the message at all.  Poster A boards do allow change, but just purchasing one or two posters is not only expensive, it requires planning and time.

An A board made out of blackboard material could be the answer.  These are easy to make yourself or you can purchase them.  Just get a few chalk pens and write your offer for the day immediately, meaning you can be totally dynamic to the weather, or to surplus stock.

But your company name and logo - why would you want to hand draw that?  Can you even hand draw it?

Vinyl lettering can come in useful here.  Our flexi vinyl adheres well to blackboard paint and is easy to apply.  Why not try it?

black board a board

Making Vinyl Environmentally Friendly

Karen Griffin - Thursday, August 01, 2019
GEF vinyl

Vinyl is a hugely practical material that comes in many forms and is used in many different applications from flooring to coverings to sign writing.

It is just not possible to make vinyl recyclable nation wide at the moment so the majority of it goes into landfill, yet it is a product that we all need and use.

But there are things afoot to make it more environmentally friendly and our major supplier, Grafityp have developed a new range called GEF (Grafityp Ecological Film).  This vinyl doesn't contain chlorine, plasticizers or solvents, so it doesn't release harmful gases if it burns.

This new vinyl meets the ever stricter environmental regulations so it was with no irony that our first customer was Final Straw Solent. The logo you see here is made from GEF vinyl - lovely vibrant colour that won't fade.

Do I need insurance for lettering on my car rear window?

Karen Griffin - Sunday, July 28, 2019

We wrote a post back in November 2017 about sign writing on vans, and customers refer to that a lot.

With so many people having one or more jobs - or portfolio careers as the politicians would have us believe - we are seeing more and more vehicles coming to us for lettering purely on the back window - either a full install or a self install.  And from just £40 why not?  The lettering lasts well and all that traffic you sit in gets a birds eye view of your business not to mention the added value when you park in a public place.

But is this free advertising?  Everything comes at a cost and it is not worth finding out the hard way.

Legally, as long as you can see behind you, using wing mirrors, your car could have its windows completely blacked out.  In reality, our vinyl lettering has no 'backing' so you do get clear vision around the lettering.  So legally there is nothing to stop you having vinyl lettering on your rear window.

rear car signwriting

Insurance is another matter and of course it differs from one company to another.  Sign writing is definitely a modification so you do need to contact them.

Some insurers believe that drivers with sign writing are more careful because they are promoting their own business and their contact details are on their car.

Others look at the hassle factor in case of an accident.  How to get the lettering replaced.  It is true that it is not easy to match another company's design and exact colouring of vinyl but our experience is that rear windows are usually totally scrapped so you get a clean slate to replace the lettering (unlike vans where you might be trying to match one panel to another but ending up having to remove existing and replace it all).

So do please ring your insurer but why not ask them to exclude the sign writing in event of a claim?  With a rear car decal being less than £50 it is hardly worth risking an increase to your premium in the case of an accident when it will possibly pay for itself so quickly with the local advertising you benefit from.

I got the vinyls on time and they were great! 
Thank you for your quick work, that was really appreciated!

LC, on receipt of her bespoke vinyl stickers

Thanks Karen, and thanks for organising this for me – I don’t know what I would do without you!

Fontwell Park Racecourse, EN
My order arrived safely today and I love it!

Thank you so much for providing such a fantastic service, I will definitely be back for more.

JP, on receipt of banner
Just thought I would drop you a line to say how impressed I am with your Cambridge Weight Plan car decals, when I went to development day earlier this year the car park in the hotel was taken over with the car decals and again at our convention 2 weekends ago at the Sofitel in Heathrow, the car park had loads of your decals.  

CL, Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant
The vinyl looks great Karen! Thanks so much!
JG, on Christmas Pop Up Shop Lettering

I can’t remember if I ever got back to you to say thank you for all the hard work you went to, to ensure my car decal was right?  I’ve now got it on my rear window; it looks great, and I’m extremely pleased with it – so a big thank you!

JR, Cambridge Car Decal

Thank you so much for the artwork, I love it! Wow if only all companies operated as efficiently as Griffin Designs!

JP, Cambridge Consultant
Excellent service - thank you so much.

LN, Church Administrator on her new stamp

Karen – They look fantastic!!! Thank you so so so much !! J xxxx

Sussex Pet Sitters on new signage
Hello, Decal received today, Fabulous, Thankyou. If only the rain would stop to apply it, Ha!Ha! Many Many Thanks
DS, on receipt of self-apply Car Decals
We have received the banner safe and sound, thank you. It looks fantastic! Thank you for all your effort in assuring it reached us in time.
MC, Arun District Council
Just letting you know i received the car sticker yesterday.   It more than met my expectations and i'm really pleased with it.

JW, on receipt of her Cambridge WP Car Decals
Thanks so much for the banner, it looked great at the Last night of the Proms on Saturday!

TJ, JC Solicitors
I LOVE the car decals!!! Thank you. The video online was very helpful and well worth watching.  You're right, it's addictive. I want them everywhere!!!!!

LC, on receipt of rear window car decal
Just seen the A29 Banner up for Ladies Evening.It looks fantastic!
EN, Fontwell Park Racecourse
Decals arrived thank you what a great service you provide.
JT, on receipt of car decal
Just received the banner and just a quick note to say how pleased I am with it …stunning. So thank you very much for your quick turnover and if any of the other branches need anything like this in the future you will be top of the list.
MH, Bath on receipt of Royal Marines Assoc banner

Brilliant … thank you so much!

RW, Henry Adams on sponsored boat decal
Many thanks for your service. Now I have my order I feel free to tell you that you were not the first company that I was in touch with. However, you proved twice as efficient, twice the the quality and half the price. 
Sandy, Caithness Cheese Co on his vinyl lettering
Thankyou for such a great job, I agree with you that it looks fab
Adrian Hunt, on his applied car decals
It has arrived & it's blue & I love it !! Thank you so much !
Earth Seed To Bloom, on receipt of rubber stamp
We’ve got the stamp, which is exactly what we wanted
KL, Heritage Investments, rubber stamps
Hello Karen. Thank you very much for my vinyl lettering which arrived last week and is perfect!
KM, Romsey
WOO HOO!! Marvelous news. They just arrived. They look great! Thank you very much, we are very happy.
LB, Artificial Eye, London
 . .to thank you for your generous contribution towards the live music event at the Spotted Cow. The evening was an overwhelming success and raised the outstanding sum of £1200.
North Mundham Primary School, on their event banner
Thank you for the promptness of attending to our order for a stamp, the quality is quite amazing!
Paul, Ice Band
Yup, the A board is looking great !   Thank you for taking the time to create such an eye catching, elegant & informative board, & completing the branding image.
SF Arundel Acupuncture, on arrival of her new A board
I just wanted to say I had my first enquiry from someone that had seen our car last week. Lots of people comment on 'seeing it about' but this has been the first enquiry (which I am sure will be more than just that) from someone genuinely excited about the services we offer, and already recommending us to friends.
CB, Task Angels, on success of car decals
Did four of the banners yesterday and they really were quite painless and easy as you say.  Thanks for the instructions and encouragement, etc.
JH, on replacement of banner lettering
The lettering was perfect.  Thank you very much for helping me out over the Bank Holiday weekend.
SJ, Maritime Acoustics
Just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for getting the sign done for me so quickly.
Weight Loss & Beauty Centre, on window decals

I just wanted to email you quickly to say that the stamp came today - it is perfect! I'm so pleased with the end result, it really has surpassed my expectations. Thank you so much for your extremely swift service, and care and attention to the design.

RP on arrival of her rubber stamp
the rubber stamp is perfect
KC, Chappell Sports Cars
"Thanks for such prompt delivery of my address stamp.  Despite the snow & ice, my lovely postie delivered it today.  It's just the job :)
LB-J, Hayling Island
Fantastic Karen – I think it looks great Thank you for your excellent help and service.
MB, Cambridge Consultant
I love it I really do, its fantastic! Thank you so much for everything you have done for me.
Peek-A-Boo-Events, on receipt of banner
Just to thank you for my order.  The decal looks great on the car
CD, on her Cambridge Car Decal
"Received the stamp today and we are thrilled with it. The quality is fantastic and we will definitely recommend you."
IJ, Dog Togz on receipt of a logo'd rubber stamp
Thank you very much, the signs arrived this morning, and have already been put up. They match very well, and I was impressed how easy they went up. Thank you for all your help.
NM, Environment Agency, Wales on vinyl lettering
I would just like to know that I'm soooo happy with my stamp  A very big thankyou

Kaiser, Boxer Dog
Its fab!!!  Thanks sooooo much.
SF, CWP Consultant on her car decals

Hi Karen just to let you know decals arrived safe today and look bloody marvellous thanks have recommended you to another consultant .... Thanks for a great service and great decal will shout if I ever need any more thanks again from Alli

AG, Scotland on her Cambridge Weight Plan car decals
'WOW, it looks fab. I'm already noticing people checking it out as I drive around.  Well done, a brilliant service, fantastic customer service, and a fabulous price. You tick all the boxes.'

TM, Middlesex on her Cambridge Weight Plan car decals
'Stamps received, very pleased with them and your services.  Thank you'
LW, JJD Skips
'Thank you for your work on the banner I saw it this morning and it looks great. '
TW, Lancastrian Infants' School, banner sponsored by Peugeot
received this morning, very pleased with purchase. Thank you
AH, Subaru Dealer, Loughborough
Just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you so much for doing the stamp for me. Its just as accurate and professional as I need it to be. Again, many thanks and I will be sending more business you way soon
AP, Purley
Fab job! Many thanks
AS, West Sussex NHS Primary Care Trust
Thank you for getting in touch, the banners were excellent, and I really appreciated you turning them around so quickly.
CC, West Sussex County Council, London 2012 Ahead of the Game
I absolutely love it, as does everyone else, thanks so much
CF, Foresters Lodge
Thanks for the banner. It's up and looks ok
CP, Chichester District Council
Many thanks for your help again

DB, TD Facilities, on repeat order of vinyl stencils
Many thanks for making these amendments. It now looks fantastic.
DL, Help for Heroes about a sponsored banner
We are writing to thank you so much for your donation of a replacement banner for our music Festival. It restores ones faith in human kindness. . . . we raised a staggering ��20,000.
Fundraising Office for 4SIGHT, West Sussex Association For the Blind, on their banner
I just wanted to thank you again for the banner, he loved it! Actually it is still hanging up two weeks later!
GC, Birdham on 60th birthday celebration banner
. . . thank you very much, it looks great
GJ, Great Dane Developments Ltd on advertising board
The logos have arrived safely. They are exactly the right size and just what I wanted.
JB, Internet order for Boat Decals
On this bleak and rather depressing Monday morning your concise and great info is like a breath of fresh air . . .
LC, Phoenix Rose, London
Definitely put me down as a very satisfied customer. I found you on a Google search. It was important to me to get a reasonable replication of the Jaguar logo.
MB, Kent
Thanks very much for the stamps, and for doing them so quickly
Cheers again for your excellent service. You will certainly be getting more of our work in the future
TH, Flexile Ltd
Order process was really smooth and the product was brilliant
TM, Lets Go Operate
Hi Karen. Received the stamp this morning, Bern is one very happy bunny, thanks so much.
VH, Liverpool
Stamps received today, these are great so much cleaner than the old fashioned way!
VP Vanila DPS
Just a quick thanks for another great stamper
ZH, Dynamic Osteopathy
A very belated thank you for the new banners. I put the first one up and everyone commented on how fabulous it looked. It is so much more noticeable than our old canvas ones and in the summer I will endeavour to get a sponsor sorted as you suggested.
MA, North Mundham School
We had lots of very positive comments on the wonderful design of the banners and they looked fantastic outside the school . . . this year we raised £2500 which we were absolutely delighted with.
MA, Treasurer, PTA North Mundham Primary School

Just received my replacement letters.  Thank you so much for sorting this so quickly

Kate, on receipt of Cambridge Car Decals
Thank you for the prompt service all arrived today!!
ACG Accounting on receipt of their vinyl bumper strip
I have received my print thank you so much for such fast delivery.


AB, on receipt of car decal

Just to let u know that I received the vinyls this morning ok, and they all look really good many thanks.

DE, Perth on his vinyl lettering for a Burger van
Two words :
Banner = fabulous.
Again, thanks for the quick turnaround - very much appreciated.

JT from
Brill thank you so much i love it and thanks for taking the time to get it right for me so cant wait for it to arrive =]  thanks so much Karen
KC, on her new car decal
Thanks so much for the banners - the team were very impressed today!

MA, Whyke United Under 11s
 just wanted to write to say thank you very much for my wheel cover and lettering.  It looks fab!  I am hoping that people will see it around and that I’ll get lots of new customers.
SL, Cambridge Weight Plan
I have it!

That was extremely fast!!  I'm very impressed.

Thank you very much!

TS, Marwicks Brasserie, Bosham on receipt of banner

My dad has put the decal on and it looks great!  Too dark to take a picture now but will send one on soon. Thanks for your great customer service.

WF, on receipt of Hypnoslimmer Car Decal
Goodness knows what your workshop smells like, because these banners have rather an orange-y whiff to them now!
Wilderness Development, on receipt of re-stripped banners
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