Kickstarting Your Design Trends

Between you and I, I am probably not the best person to go to when you want to know what colors to splatter all over your sign. I would make a mess. So I went to an expert, Kate Fox, who practically runs Cirrus' display support. She was kind enough to provide me with a few startup tips when it comes to designing your first LED digital display. Tip #1 - Explore Your Neighborhood If you have never had a digital display before drive around till you find someone who does, or drive around till you find several of them. You might as well get a feel for what you like and don't like from other people's signs first. Maybe find out what a lot of them have in common so you know what types of sign design you may want to avoid in order to make yours stand out. Tip #2 - You Already Have Pictures When you log onto your Cirrus cloud account in order to access your sign, you will be happy to see that we have already given you a few pics to start playing with. These would be good to try as simple backgrounds and testers for you to see how the colors look on your personalized display.   Tip #3 - Test Your TextWiki_Space Invader For 90% of the projects that come across her desk, Kate will advocate for the clear text option. As a warning, it is not known to look very sleek while it's on your desktop but the display is a different story. Clear text was specifically designed for large pixelated display screens. This is why it doesn't look like your normal Times/Arial or other regular font types. If anything it looks like something out of the old space invaders game when you're designing it on a computer. But it works, try it out.   Tip #4 - Easy Match Ups Colors are definitely something to fiddle with. Normally Kate suggests that text based ads should have a light colored text on a dark background (like on the sign below), as people's eyes are normally drawn towards the lighter objects first. Borders are another really simple way to make your sign a bit more fun to look at. Especially if you have a text ad, try using color borders along the different edges of the sign. Whether you have a full-color display or a SOLO you can still play with the shading of your sign. The Solo's Fire and Ice can still show as just as much depth as the Blade X because it encompasses so many shades. To get a better feel for what your design will look like on the SOLO models, try designing in black and white to start. This way you aren't as surprised when your design is converted to a red scale or grayscale. In addition, if you are using a full-color display, keep an eye out for how bright the light is around your sign at different points of the day. Sun light tends to wash out yellow, red, and orange like colors. Tip #5 - Guess And Check You are really not going to know what you like until you play around with all of the options. Seriously, just take a day to combine random colors, images, and features. Switching your visuals is as easy as logging back in later and clicking a different ad playlist that you created. So if you don't like it, you can change it. Miami Beach