Category Archives: signs

Acme designed signs show up in Mitchell & Webb’s “Back”

Acme Graphics designed and produced signage for various locations for the shoot of Mitchell & Webb’s “Back. Here are a few screenshot of cut vinyl and designed logos for a bakery, food factory, DIY store, funeral home, cafe and a pub. All spotted in these screenshots taken from the first series of the comedy.

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Mitchell and Webb’s BACK shows Acme Graphics cut vinyl in reverse as David peers through the funeral parlour window.
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Acme Graphics designed the sign logo for this factory shot of a jolly farmer
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Acme designed the Ogdens Bakery logo that Back used in their Bakery location

 

Graphic Prop Make Motorway road signs

Acme Graphics can make replica road prop make signs with reflective vinyl exactly like the real thing. We can make them of cut vinyl, mount on foamex and attach to existing hired signage or we can make from foamex and give the edges a metallic finish to look authentic. Lights will reflect and kick off the official reflective vinyl – so they look real rather than looking like props. The signs have runners on the reverse to clamp onto signs on location – rather than with cable ties and black tack!

Prop Road sign made of cut vinyl and foamex with authentic real life reflective vinyl and metallic edges
Prop Road sign made of cut vinyl and foamex with authentic real life Yellow reflective vinyl and metallic edges, the signs will reflect the lights rather than looking like props.
Prop Road sign made of cut vinyl and foamex with authentic real life reflective vinyl and metallic edges
Prop Road sign made of cut vinyl and foamex with authentic real life reflective vinyl and metallic edges. Mounted on poles to show they can be clamped onto poles.

Morrisons Christmas Advert Christmas Signs

We have made some festive graphic props and signs for the 2017 Morrisons Christmas Advert. We can create signs and blackboards that are printed  rather than wooden and hand painted by scenic artists. Acme can create any effect digitally to save you time and money.

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Chalk on blackboard effect artwork printed on vinyl and satin laminated for exterior waterproof signs instead of scenic painting on wood
Wood effect Signs created digitally and printed on vinyl, mounted on Foamex with Satin Laminate to fully waterproof for Exterior use
Festive Wooden artwork effect arrow signs created for Morrisons Christmas Commercial printed on vinyl with satin laminate to make waterproof for exterior signage
Santa Stop Here signs found outside houses. Artwork created by Acme and printed on vinyl, mounted on foamex with Satin Laminate for waterproof Exterior Signage
Santa Sign made for Morrisons Commercial printed vinyl and mounted on foamex with satin laminate to make suitable exterior sign. Christmas graphic props .

Spot the Acme made Signs in the new Mitchell & Webb Series “Back”

Acme designed and printed many signs in the new David Mitchell & Robert Webb series, “Back” on Channel 4.  Acme Graphics were commissioned to design exterior Pub and shop signs for the production. The pub signs were artworked to look like old wooden signs but they were printed on vinyl for Designer Rosie Thomas and Neil Barnes.

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Pub Sign artworked to look like old wooden sign but printed on vinyl and mounted on Foamex with satin laminate for Exterior use
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Pub sign designed by Acme Graphics and digitally painted to have a painted wood effect. Printed on vinyl on foamex with satin laminate to waterproof.

Chalkboards without any messy chalk!

Acme Graphics have started a range of blackboard signs or chalkboards that Acme create to look like aged blackboards for restaurant, bar and cafe sets. The blackboards are aged in the design stage and printed on vinyl + mounted on black foamex. The chalkboards look like well used blackboards and can have any text in any font without any of the chalk or mess and hassle of chalk pens!

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Mock blackboard sign with artworked chalk printed on vinyl with satin laminate to make it waterproof. No messy chalk necessary and artwork can be aged as desired.

Robbie Williams’ Pub Prank Signage and Props on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Takeaway

Robbie Williams interviewing staff in his new pub. Ant & Dec get Acme to make comedy beer pumps tags
Robbie Williams interviewing staff in his new pub. Ant & Dec get Acme to make comedy beer pumps tags
Prop Make Beer tags with Robbie Williams puns
Prop Make Beer tags with Robbie Williams puns
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Digitally Painted Pub sign illustrated & printed make for Robbie Williams on Ant & Dec
Options for Robbie William's Pub Sign for Prank
Oil Painting style Pub sign created digitally
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Pub sign created from a photo and turned into an Oil Painting style pub sign

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field play a prank on the public with Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway. Robbie has a new pub and Acme was asked to create Pub Signs and Beer Pump Tags to make the prank more authentic until Robbie see’s the jokes are on him.

O2 – Be More Dog – Tail Wag commercial graphics

Earlier this year we were commissioned to design and print a wide range of props, signs and graphics for the O2 be More Dog commercial.

Here is a selection of graphic designs and stills from the production:

O2 commercial Odeon cinema visual
O2 commercial Odeon cinema visual
Still from production
Still from production
Mosaic sign design
Mosaic sign design for Butchers shop
Butchers shop sign at the location
Printed and mounted Butchers shop sign at the location

We designed and printed graphics for the van, Butchers Shop exterior and interior, Odeon cinema, Cafe Nero, Music venue and Italian restaurant.

Acme Graphics have supplied graphics props for commercials over the past 15 years.

Why is cut vinyl lettering referred to as ‘Fablon’ ?

We receive many requests to design and make ‘fablon’ signs, but the general term we use is cut vinyl letters for signs. So where does the confusion arise?

The free online dictionary has an entry for Fablon as:

1. a brand of adhesive-backed plastic material used to cover and decorate shelves, worktops, etc, and for handicraft purposes.

Which identifies Fablon as a brand name for sticky backed vinyl, it normally comes in decorative effect finishes like wood grain or marble. We use sticky vinyl from a number of manufacturers including Metamark, Mactac and 3M, but it is mainly flat matt colours, although we do stock metallic and frosted effect vinyl as well.

The artwork is created on the computer in Adobe Illustrator and saved as vector ‘outline’ paths. Then the design is sent to the vinyl cutter, the blade follows the path and cuts the lettering or design. We then weed out the unwanted part and apply the design to foamex or foamboard.

So that clears up the confusion, Fablon is vinyl, it is just one brand name among many that has become ubiquitous like ‘Hoover’ the carpet or to ‘Google’ something. Regardless of the definition, it is a fantastic material for making graphic props for film and television.