Sign Shop Services Available

montage of images: award, student staring at a wall, University seal

The following is a list of services provided at Western Michigan University's Sign Shop. The shop provides professional-grade signage and printing for the University.

Signage request

ADA signs

The ADA acronym stands for Americans With Disabilities Act. Signs of this nature have the braille dot pattern along with raised lettering to enhance legibility to meet ADA guidelines. These signs are mounted according to the guidelines and Michigan Building Codes.

Items are typically completed in 2-8 weeks.

ADA sign types

Engraved signs

Items are typically completed in 2 weeks unless otherwise noted.

  • Desk plates
  • Name badges
  • Nameplates
  • Plaques (2-8 weeks)
  • Room number signs for dorm rooms 

Engraved signs gallery


Items are typically completed in 1-2 weeks unless otherwise noted.

  • Banners
  • Bumper stickers and decals
  • Custom wallpaper (4-8 weeks)
  • Canvas
  • Posters
  • Vinyl
  • Window film (2-4 weeks)

Printing gallery

Auto wraps

We use high-end 3M wrap material on anything from golf carts to full-size vans.
Other items can also be wrapped, like interior walls, whether they be cinder block or drywall.

Auto Wraps gallery

Dimensional signage

Dimensional Signage usually contains department names with 1/4" to 1" thick letters with a variety of lamination/veneer finishes. The large W and Western Michigan University sign that you see in the Bernhard Center main entrance is a great example of what can be accomplished with this process.

Dimensional Signage Gallery

Vinyl die cut

Vinyl Die-Cut is a solid color vinyl that we custom cut to the client's desired size and color (based on availability). It is applied through a transfer process and has professional grade adhesive on back to apply to windows, vehicles, magnets, signs and just about anything with a smooth surface.

Vinyl Die Cut Gallery

Special projects

Special projects pertain to custom displays for anything from department awards to wall murals and everything in between. If you have an idea and an area that you would like to improve or highlight, we will help you find a visual solution.

Special Projects Gallery

Signage request