Vital in the days when few could read and write, they are still extremely valuable in terms of instant brand or product recognition.
The pictorial trademarks and corporate logos fiercely guarded by so many companies testify to that.
Sometimes these feature coats of arms, wholly or in part. Others use a design based on the name of the company.
They can be extremely simple or very decorative. All however can be represented in ways other than a flat, two-dimensional drawing or pictorial signage.
Partial or complete logos and trademarks can be reproduced as freestanding sculptures used for decoration on offices or business premises, or as plaques for award and signage purposes.
We are often commissioned by sign companies to undertake the more elaborate and decorative forms of signage to complement their usual sign work.
Our heraldry work is also often required to accompany court signage or government projects.
The picture to the left shows work being carried out on one of a number of products that we undertook for several different sign companies for use at the Euro Disney Theme Park.
We make all kinds, sizes and quantities of emblems, sculptural signage, corporate logos and trademarks in a variety of materials from GRP (fibreglass) to cast bronze.
Finished Euro Disney Theme Park sign.
National Pawnbrokers Association signs.
Giant tropical butterflies, Windsor Safari Park.
Emblem for Busy Bees nurseries.
A large part of our work is manufacturing relief sculptured promotional plaques for breweries and distilleries.
This is sometimes heraldry, but more often 3D interpretations of the brewery's product identity design for point-of-sale displays, or plaques for display inside or outside pub or restaurant premises.
Our work comes in all shapes and sizes. To the left is a picture of three plaques made for Wadworth's Brewery. They are giant 10-foot-tall versions of the beer 'pump clips', curved like their smaller counterparts.
Making the Badger Ales sign.
Finished Badger Ales sign.
Plaque made for Vaux Breweries Ltd.