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Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 11 7:35 am    Post subject: White van man?  Reply with quote    

This is type of van that I drive. Please have a look.

http://www.ford.co.uk/Commercialvehicles/TransitConnect


Last night, I got in touch with the guy whose always done our sign writing for us. In the past, he's done shop windows for us and once did Karens car. He really is very good and now, I want him to sign write my van for my future apple juice and cider business.

I would like you folks to look at my van as a blank page and help me to come up with some designs. Its been a while now since we've had anything sign written by him and he now has the ability to blow up photos and pictures and use them as part of the sign writing.

The Connect has a sliding door on one side, so both sides are not identical for sign writing purposes. The photograph thing has thrown me a little bit, because before this, I was thinking of something fairly simple and straight forward, if not boring.

My apple business is not really off the ground as yet but I thought that seeing my van might prompt local people to realise that I want their apples. Although I don't live in an apple growing area, there are heaps of them in peoples gardens that are quite often just left to rot and I could definately use them.

Top line Morfa Nefyn Orchard'. Second line ' Apple Juice and cider' Third line 'our phone number and eventually? Possibly a website address too.

Somewhere on the vans livery, i want to get across the idea that I want peoples apples.

These are about the full extent of my ideas. I haven't got a clue as to how the picture or pictures might look but I obviously want something thats quite clear, says alot about my business and doesn't just look like a colourful blur.

I need help on this one, so any arty doodles or advice would be very welcome indeed.

Last edited by Bodger on Thu Jun 09, 11 8:06 am; edited 1 time in total

chicken feed



Joined: 27 Aug 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 11 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the links not working for me bodger

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13487

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 11 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Strange? Its not working for me either. I'll see if I can find another picture of a Connect.

I've changed the link.

County4x4



Joined: 18 Dec 2008
Posts: 80
Location: Carnforth, Lancashire
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 11 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No ideas on the design front I'm afraid - but just to say a decent signwriter will be able to take things like doors in his stride and leave it looking fairly seamless. My Transit has the same stuff on both sides and one side has the sliding door.

In my opinion - coming up with a good design is something you can either do or not do - some people just seem to have a flair for it!

Having said that, a mate of mine put me on to a designer locally when I was after stuff for the van. I had a logo picture that I just wanted the colours changing on, and some simple text to go with it. I also knew where I wanted them in relation to each other. Sent the pic and the words over to this guy and he got back to me and said that it shouldn't take much more than 30 minutes to convert to a format a signwriter would use - and as a special introductory rate he'd do it for 500 quid!! Yeah right!

In the end, a friend of my sister who enjoys mucking about with photoshop changed the colours of the pic for nothing, and a guy who I gave some chainsaw instruction to did all the conversion for free - which was a much better result!

May not be any help - but would the local paper be any help running it as a general interest story?

Good luck with it!

Andy

Castle Farm



Joined: 17 Sep 2008
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Location: Powys/Hereford Border.Near Hay-on-Wye
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 11 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Best of luck with this idea John.

A couple of the best I have seen were.

Tree surgeon who had is van written up with 'Special Branch'.

2 Asian Plumbers in Guildford van signed' Youv'e tried the cowboys now give the Indians a go'.

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 11 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A wrap print would be good, perhaps a picture of your press and lots of apples? A sign on the roof saying - "We'll happily take your windfalls" could work.

http://www.vanstickers.com/images/FoxVanLG.jpg

This is a cool wrap..

Vanessa



Joined: 08 May 2006
Posts: 8324

PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 11 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't worry about the sliding door; the modern sign-writing stick-on stuff can so easily be cut to allow the door to open.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 11 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

beware it reading rude when open , a few missing letters can be very funny

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 11 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Penny I really like "We'll happily take your windfalls" I'll almost certainly use that one.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 11 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What do you think about this as a new livery for my van? This is what my sign writer came up with. I'm not happy with the font for the line that says ' happy to take your windfalls' so I'm going to get him to change it.










tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 11 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks nice

Vanessa



Joined: 08 May 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 11 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Agree about the font thingy. Maximum 2 fonts on a van; maximises impact and minimises "fussiness".

Otherwise, NICE!!

Dogwalker



Joined: 20 Mar 2007
Posts: 1231
Location: Mid Wales
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 11 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Agree about the font and think maybe there needs to be more space above and below the 'Morfa Nefyn Orchard' wording it looks a bit crowded.
Perhaps have the apple picture smaller.

Generall good though.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33661
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 11 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Happy to take your windfalls, is you doing them a favour.

Windfalls always wanted, lets them know theyre helping you.

Just a thought.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13487

PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 11 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've deliberately used the word 'take' because it didn't suggest that I'd actually be paying anything for the apples, so instead of me doing them a favour, they, the apple owners could end up doing me the favour.

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