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US Builders Review Greenbuild Editor's Choice 2015
In Richmond, Virginia, Acorn Sign Graphics is making more than custom architectural signs and graphics; the company is also on a social and environmental mission, practicing sustainable manufacturing, material sourcing and creating valuable connections in the local community...
US Builders Review, November, 2015
B Lab names the world's 85 best for social and environmental impact...Acorn Sign Graphics is on the list!
Four Virginia companies have been recognized as being among the world’s best businesses that have a social and environmental impact beyond just seeking profits. The companies, including three Richmond-area firms...
Richmond Times Dispatch, July 23, 2014
Branding Our Community: RVA Spirit in a Giant Sign
Check out the story of how a community branding project evolved to become a huge success. Acorn Sign Graphics is thrilled to have have had a hand in the creation of the iconic RVA sign that travels to community events and becomes an irresistible interactive photo-op and spirit builder. Who knew!?
Richmond Times Dispatch, February 24, 2014
ASG Snow Update
Acorn Sign Graphics will be closed Thursday, February 13 due to snow. ASG employees are asked to contact their Department Liaison if they should have any questions / concerns.
Donor Wall Wins 2013 International Sign Contest Honorable Mention
It is a pleasure to fabricate a well designed donor recognition system such as this project.
Signs of the Times Magazine, April 2013
Exciting Expansion in Metro DC Area
A busy local sign company has bought its way into Northern Virginia. Acorn Sign Graphics this week acquired Manassas-based Graphic Services for an undisclosed sum. The deal closed Nov. 11. The move gives Acorn a foothold in the larger market to the north and Graphic Services’ expertise and book of business, particularly in signage for the homebuilding industry. This is the second acquisition for Acorn owners Steve and Beth Gillispie. The husband-and-wife team took on Richmond-based Sign Graphics about seven years ago. That deal created today’s Acorn Sign Graphics.
Acorn Sign Graphics and Graphic Services Combine Forces
Acorn Sign Graphics and Graphics Services, Inc. are proud to announce today the combination of two well-established sign and display manufacturing firms. The combination of these two award winning companies will immediately increase the breadth of products that the two can offer their existing customers. Acorn has a deep history and knowledgebase in architectural signage and ADA compliant sign packages and Graphic Services has a rich history and depth of expertise in residential development signage and exterior retail sign systems.
Acorn Achieves B Corporation Certification
"Acorn Sign Graphics is proud to announce its certification as a B Corporation, making it the first architectural signage company to achieve B Corp status. Leading a global movement to redefine success in business, Certified B Corporations are a new kind of company with a positive vision of a better way to do business."
CSR Wire, September 26, 2013
Two projects fabricated by ASG win AIGA Richmond Awards for Design Excellence
Designers with wonderful projects need trusted fabricators to make their ideas a reality. ASG is proud to have collaborated on these two award winning projects: Bedford Springs Resort signage designed by 3North and The Mississippi Museum of Art signage designed by Ansel Olson Design.
Monumental RVA sign at Richmond Folk Festival
Signs hold amazing possibilities for helping people connect with their community. The cut through letters of this monumental RVA sign are irresistible for kids hanging out at the Richmond Folk Festival!
Fredericksburg museum exhibits remember 9/11
"Annie Wright and Andy Phillips of Acorn Sign Graphics install panels for the 'Fredericksburg Remembers 9/11' display at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center."
The Free Lance - Star, September 9, 2011
Bronze Plaque Replicas of The Constitution and Bill of Rights
"Jarris Sperry (left), Jake Richardson (behind bronze) and Dylan Brooks, all with Acorn Sign Graphics, installed cast bronze original replicas of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights at Maggie Walker L. Governor's School."
Richmond Times Dispatch, June 16, 2011
How to be a Green Sign Company
"We have a Green Team of volunteers from within the company," says Beth Gillispie, president of Acorn Sign Graphics, a sign fabricator in Richmond, Virginia noted for sustainability. "These include designers, production people, shipping people, and sales people and represents all facets of the company; so when someone has an idea of how we can do something better, it's often the Green Team that champions it."
Sign Builder Illustrated, January, 2011
History comes alive through signage by ASG
"A Richmond sign company, Acorn Sign Graphics, was assigned the task of using its industry knowledge and expertise to design and create visually appealing, informative signs along the trail. The markers are designed to entice visitors to learn more about Patrick Henry and his achievements. "We are proud to be a part of educating people about the many contributions that Patrick Henry made to Virginia through some very attractive signs," said Acorn Sign Graphics' Keith Crossman..." the project manager responsible for the signage. The ASG designer on this project was Melissa Cape.
Richmond Times Dispatch, April 25, 2010
Giving back in a BIG way: ASG donates design and creation of Childsaver’s Float
Sometimes making signs for a client becomes something much more. As ASG worked with Childsaver’s, we became invested in their mission and they became excited about our capabilities. So when Childsaver’s needed a partner to help them create their 75th Anniversary float and approached ASG for help, our staff put their heart and soul into the project. Volunteering their time and talents for months of weekends and evenings, ASG designed and built the float. Children and relatives of ASG staff rode the float and carried a special message of hope and holiday cheer.
Sign Shop: A Sign Grows in Richmond
by Ashley Bray
Sign Builder Illustrated, September 2008; pages 73-75
Merit Award: Visual Arts Center of Richmond Signage and Graphics
segdDESIGN magazine, 2008 no. 21; page 81
Signs of the Times
by Heather Huddleston, Contributing Editor
ASG's sign packages optimized for courthouse signage were highlighted in this article. Signage in courthouses is especially important, for directional assistance, ADA compliance, multi-lingual communication and security. But most of all, "Clear signage takes the pressure off courthouse staff and alleviates confusion amongst people whose emotions are already high. A clear sign is a sign of justice and efficiency."
Courts Today, Volume 5, Number 3 from June/July 2007; pages 25-26
2006 Laser Engraving Report: Case Study: Leather Gun Case
by Beth Gillispie
ASG was asked to replicate an English gunmaker's logo on leather to fit the inside lid of a wooden gun case handmade in the early 1800's. This article describes the details of this unique and challenging custom engraving project, from scanning and converting the original logo found on antique parchment, to reproducing the logo by laser engraving it on specially stained leather. The laser process successfully "captured all the detail and texture of the old hand-tooled design."
A&E, The Magazine For Awards & Engraving Professionals, January 2007; pages 46, 48