Tuesday, October 30, 2018

When Hate Kills...

We ALL Mourn

Once again we are witnesses to the ugliest manifestation of human behavior. The senseless killing of eleven individuals and injuries to several others..all for the insanity of someone's ingrained hatred. Our hearts break for the families and friends of these people who died while simply celebrating their faith. It is unfathomable to me how one can harbor such hatred for any thing or person.I have to believe that an individual who is capable of such a horrific act must surely be mentally ill. And I absolutely do not feel that this should be a time of placing blame (politically) and pointing fingers at others. The bottom line is that hate within this man, drove his murderous act.


Sadly, it seems to take a tragedy to unify everyone in compassion for humanity. And even more sadly, it will only be a temporary sentiment until the next big story blows up. It is so unfortunate that we as a collective group of people cannot maintain our compassion for more than the handful of days that a tragedy is reported in the media. 

I remember doing a simple lesson when my children were young. We took a few eggs (with tan and white shells) from the refrigerator and first talked about how they were different from each other. We then cracked them in a bowl. The point was to discuss how we are all different people on the outside, but on the inside, we are the same. And at the end of the day, this is still our truth. Though our thoughts, beliefs, and religions may differ, we are all part of the human family. It seems that there is a huge lack of tolerance and kindness for others in our culture. I think that this is one of the reasons I enjoy the Ellen Degeneres show so much. She is an outstanding example and advocate of kindness. Kindness is such a free gift that we can all give to eachother!


The hate that moved this man to take lives should motivate all of us to think about how to develop lasting solutions first and foremost on a personal (self and people to people) level. Perhaps it can best be summed up by the late Mr. Rogers:

Let's be the kind of people who care and make it our problem to solve!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Ghoulish Graphics

It's Time...

Some parties are deserving of the coolest, over-the-top decorations that you can find. I think Halloween is one of those annual and graphically inviting opportunities. It just so happens that October is quickly approaching and Halloween is not far behind it. 

We love Halloween, don't we?! Why is that? I think it's because we get an opportunity to dress in fun costumes and enjoy parties in creatively decorated surroundings, be it in the work setting, in a residence or somewhere else.

For the real Halloween decorating connoisseur, I think the challenge becomes "topping" your decorations from last year's party. Lucky for you, Vital Signs can help you achieve that look each and every year!

Add Your 3D Decor

Now of course you will want to supplement your ghostly graphics with table decorations, 3 dimensional skeletons and the like, but for the space itself, we have a few ideas to whet your halloween imagination.

Witchy Windows And Walls

Complete With Broom

Whether you choose green witches, scary silhouettes or creepy crawlers, we have a design for you. For the younger generation who may be trick-or-treating at your home, a less scary and traumatizing window vignette may be in order. But for the adult party-goers who may be coming to your Halloween party, we owe them a cringing space fit for horror!

Yes, We Can!

The Outside Space

The Outside Experience Is Important Too!
Simple, But Very Effective

Sometimes the inside space is just not enough. The experience should begin at the approach of your home. That is, some folks just don't feel satisfied unless the entire house screams Halloween! And yes, we can help you with that. There are some of those neat projectors that can be set up outside to display various graphics onto the house and yard. But occasionally, the effect is not complete without adding decorations that must be fabricated and that's where Vital Signs' comes in. We have a large variety of materials that can complete your look with minimal installation and easy removal.

Scary Or Welcoming!

Don't Forget The Floor!

3D Floor Graphics For Maximum Visual Impact

Oh yes...did I mention that we have amazing graphics for your floor! Whether you have carpet, tile or some other floor material, we have a medium that will work for people-stopping and eye-popping colorful graphics. Floor graphics truly take your party space to the next level which is, afterall, exactly what you hope to achieve!!

Skeleton Fun With The Floor

We're Ready..Let's Start Planning..

Headless Hostess

Fabulous graphics don't just happen..we need a little time to make sure they wow your guests..so let the fun begin. We love a good party and can't wait to help you set the mood! Please call us TODAY so we can start the Halloween planning! And save a Reese's Cup for us!

We Never Outgrow Halloween Reese's Cups!

Call Vital Signs NOW! (412) 494-3308

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Baby Nursery Trends With Digital Graphics

The Walls Have It

Birch Trees Are Always Fun

Mood-making graphics in baby nurseries are trending at an all-time high. With the ease of purchasing themed nursery decals; elaborate theme-specific vignettes, baby names and more, it has never been easier to decorate the home baby nursery (or any nursery for that matter). There are a multitude of boy and girl themes to choose from with ready-to-apply graphics from the nearby craft store or from an online retailer.

We Can Help You Add Dimension With Your Nursery Graphics

If you really want a unique design that no one else has, we can help! Vital Signs can help to customize your new nursery with designs that will grab your baby's attention and elicit "oohs and aahs" from visiting friends and family.

Pastels And More...

Goodnight Moon

And let's be honest, decorating the nursery for a new addition is a huge part of the fun of prepping for the newest family member! It doesn't take a huge investment of time or money to create a magical visual impact in the nursery. From Peter Rabbit to Harry Potter and everything in between, the design possibilities are endless. 

Who Doesn't Love Piglet And Pooh

Have a favorite nursery rhyme or verse you would like to have on the wall? Not a problem, we can help you find the perfect font. Need us to match specific colors you would like to use in the nursery, that's an easy request also. 

Hickory Dickory Dock

Designs To Grow With Baby

For Your Baby Muggle

Need a design that will grow with the baby through toddlerhood? We can help! Our Vital Signs design team is here to help you brainstorm the design possibilities. Not only that, we can print on vinyls or fabric that won't damage your wall! In other words, we have graphics for every age and every stage!

Shhh...Baby Dreams In Progress!

Let Us Help!

Other Signs We Can Make For You!

As it just so happens, the Vital Signs' Owners are soon to become first-time grandparents and are in fun, nursery-decorating mode as well. If we can assist in creating your child or grandchild's nursery design, we would love to help!

Call Us TODAY! (412) 494-3308 or visit us at:


Friday, September 14, 2018

It's Getting Frosty...

Frosted Vinyl Accents

Frosted Window Vinyl With A Touch Of Color

Most people have seen a frosted vinyl window, door or room divider in a business setting, but may not realize how easy it is to add frosted vinyl accents within the home.There are different reasons that one might wish to add frosted vinyl in a residential setting, such as: Decorative accents, for light diffusing purposes or safety reasons (so glass can be seen and not walked into). 

Simple Frosted Vinyl Glass Design

These days frosted vinyl decals can be purchased in craft stores or from online retailers. It is equally as easy to have a sign provider customize and install a one-of-a-kind design. The benefit of having a sign company involved in the project is that we can assist in the design planning process. Our designers can quickly identify which designs would work well in a specific setting and provide the easiest installation. Also, sign installers are experienced in installing vinyl and are less likely to have mistakes in their application of the vinyl.

Frosted Vinyl For Decoration And Privacy

Elevate Your Interior Decor

Elegant And Unique

What I love about a frosted vinyl application in the home is that it elevates the design aesthetic for a nominal investment of time and money.

Geometric Frosted Vinyl Room Divider

Looking to add a touch of elegance or whimsy to your home? Please give Vital Signs a call today. We are happy to work with you on finding the perfect design.

(412) 494-3308 or visit us online at: www.vitalsignspgh.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

And The Sign Survey Says....

What Makes A Sign Difficult To Read?

When Signs Have Problems..

Oh, yes...I see the problem!

We've all seen them, signs that just don't read correctly. The problems are usually very visibly obvious. Most sign designers would be able to identify any potential problems within the design phase or proof process before the sign is produced, but there are those exceptions.

According to the following studies, signs can have a very positive or negative effect on one's business revenue, depending upon the way that they are designed and placed.

The statistics noted were taken from the following Kellaris' study findings:

100,000 Shoppers Can't Be Wrong: Signage Communication Evidence from The BrandSpark/Better Homes and Gardens American Shopper Study (2011)

Viewing Signs through the Eyes of the Beholders: Perceptual Evidence from the American Grocery Shopper Survey (2014)

So What Is The Answer?

At the end of the day, the answer boils down to quality sign design. Consumers should rely on their sign designer to point out any problematic text or graphics. We understand that customers fall in love with a neat image or curly-cue font, but most often, those images do not translate into an easy-to-read sign.  

Are your signs suffering from any of the above problems? Vital Signs would be happy to come to your business location and take a look, just give us a call TODAY!

(412) 494-3308