In 1937, Indiana officials adopted “The Crossroads of America” as the state's motto. It's an appropriate nickname – depending on which direction you move, a day's drive (approximately 500 miles) or short flight from Indianapolis could send you to Buffalo, Atlanta, Kansas City or Minneapolis. Such convenient proximity to so many places has undoubtedly helped such Indiana-based corporate stalwarts as Anthem, Eli Lilly and Simon Property Group grow. Moreover, a trip to the Hoosier State could yield varied cultural experiences; Shipshewana’s Amish farms and shops, the sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway attract diverse demographics.
1937年，印第安纳州官方正式通过了将“美国中心”作为该州代言词的提议。这个昵称非常恰当——因为无论你要去哪个地方，从印第安纳波利斯只需一天的车程（大概500英里）或短程航班，就可以到达布法罗、亚特兰大、堪萨斯城或明尼阿波利斯市。与这么多城市比邻无疑促进了印第安纳州公司的发展，譬如 Anthem、Eli Lilly和Simon Property Group。同时，如果你到山地人之州旅行，你会讶异于其多样的文化底蕴：西普谢瓦纳的亚美希农场和商铺、沿着密西根湖岸线的沙丘，还有吸引不同人群的印第安纳波利斯赛车场。
Alas, it's not my bailiwick to assist the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, nor its Board of Tourism. However, the Hoosier State's 200th anniversary of statehood deserves commemoration via its signs. So, to honor America's 19th state and its milestone, here's a quartet of Indiana signshops. They're as diverse as the state's points of interest.
Creative Sign Resources
(The Oyster Bar)
In coastal areas, oyster bars are nearly as widespread as surfboard shops and sand fleas. However, in landlocked Fort Wayne, IN, diners have enjoyed oysters at this restaurant since 1888. Creative Sign Resources, also of Fort Wayne, built this handsome neon-lit throwback, which features typography – and the requisite “Cocktails” and “Steaks” panels beneath and alongside the main sign – reminiscent of a 1950's-era Main Street. The lobster-wielding fisherman is reminiscent of a villain from a Nancy Drew novel.
Another retro-cool sign from Creative Sign Resources. This Kimmel, IN diner – where the waitstaff will serve food to you in your car – features a Googie-style swooping arrow and starburst, as well as a moniker reminiscent of the era (during the 1950's, “Dari,” “Rite” and “Lite” were commonplace). However, in acknowledgement to modern technology, LED bulbs and modules replace incandescent lamps on the arrow and neon inside the cabinet.
Gary Anderson, formerly the proprietor of Bloomington Design (Bloomington, IN), retired three years ago. However, he's left a strong legacy of handcrafted signs throughout Indiana that's endured since retirement. This 7-ft.-tall sign for a Bloomington consignment shop is mounted in ground with concrete-set, treated 4 x 4 posts and stainless steel screws, which are used throughout the the sign and base. The signboard was cut from medium-density-overlay plywood (MDO) using jig and band saws, and the lettering is comprised of PVC. The larger hanging stars were fashioned from gilded cast iron and secured with steel straps, and smaller stars were made from handcarved high-density urethane (HDU) and gilded. Everything was cut-out by hand with jig and band saws. Small lettering on border is hand lettered with acrylic latex paint, all other finishes are also acrylic. Large cutout text has been attached to background with silicone and stainless-steel nails.
(For the Birds)
This Nashville, IN shop caters to bird enthusiasts. Anderson built the 5-ft.-wide sign from MDO and handpainted it with acrylic-latex paints. He conformed the custom steel bracket to the shape of the sign and bolted it to the post with lag screws, links and eyebolt screws for the sign.
(Rush Memorial Hospital)
As the healthcare industry becomes more competitive, signage for medical facilities has received greater emphasis. Green Signs (Greensburg, IN) fabricated this building's signage, which features an 82-in.-tall logo and 23-in.-tall letters, using 0.125-in.-thick aluminum that's fabricated on a Computerized Cutters' Accu-Bend machine. Green Signs illuminated the signs with JS LED white modules that are spaced 4 in. apart. The sign and logo were fastened using aluminum allthread, stainless-steel hardware and caulk. Shawn Green, the company's president, said, “It was interesting to find that concrete in a building constructed more than 100 years ago is stronger than modern concrete. Drilling through it took longer than expected.”
Located in Indianapolis' trendy Massachusetts Avenue neighborhood, Union 50 is a chic restaurant that boasts distinctive signage that differentiates it from competitors. Green Signs fabricated this sign from 0.125-in.-thick aluminum that's cut to shape on an AXYZ CNC router and MIG-welded. Lord Adhesives bonding agents were used to secure layers together. JS LED modules illuminate the sign. The shop also constructed stainless-steel channel letters for the restaurant’s interior.
坐落于印第安纳波利斯时尚之都——马萨诸塞大道街区的联盟50，是一家很别致的餐厅，它以区别于其他竞争者的特色标识而闻名。格林标识公司用AXYZ CNC数控设备将0.125英寸厚的铝型材切割成形，然后用MIG进行焊接，再用洛德粘合剂将层板固定在一起，用JS LED模组照亮此标识。格林公司还为该餐厅制作了不锈钢槽型发光字。
(The Cottages at Lindbergh)
Signs play a key role in creating curb appeal for multi-family dwellings. Indianapolis Signworks fabricated the sign structure from 0.125-in.-thick aluminum, and printed the graphic on clear vinyl that's decorated on an HP latex-ink printer. According to Andy Chapman, the shop's president, the print's translucent quality provides a “brilliant” bronze effect. Fabricators joined components with stainless-steel hardware.
(Preserve at Grande Oaks)
Indianapolis Signworks built this distinctive monument sign for a West Lafayette, IN (home of Purdue Univ.) apartment complex. The 5 x 8-ft., geometric creation features layers of various thicknesses of acrylic and PVC, and 1/4-in.-thick perforated metal. All components were cut to shape on the shop’s Gerber Sabre 408 CNC router. The layers of text and graphics were installed on treated, stained deckboard.
印第安纳波利斯标识制作公司为西拉斐特（普渡大学所在地）公寓大楼制作了独特的纪念标识。该标识有5英尺高、8英尺长，用各种厚度的亚克力和PVC板做成几何形状的元件和1/4英寸厚的穿孔金属板。这些元件都是用格柏Sabre 408 CNC数控设备切割成形的。文字和图案被安装在处理染色过的面板上。