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The best signs we have ever manufactured? Probably! But I hope to manufacture more like it, this is one of a set of signs going into a beautiful area of Staffordshire known as the Wolseley Centre and is the flagship development of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. The signs have been a design collaboration between the amazing design team at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and us.

Sally & Matthew from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust graphics team have worked tirelessly to ensure these signs look amazing. Manufactured from a combination of two long lasting woods including Larch, one of our most beautiful and sustainable woods. The team at ARK have designed a flexible system of interchangeable panels that can be updated without changing the whole sign, this gives many years of service.

If you are a wildlife, conservation organisation or group and would like Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and ARK to collaborate on a project for you, from a single sign to a whole site then call us at ARK or Sally Henderson at
YWT 01904 659570 to start your journey to remarkable signs.
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Ripon's Latest Nature Reserve

Ripon City Wetlands is one of Ripon's latest attractions. Managed by the team at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust this incredible site is now being prepared for wildlife and the wildlife visitor. Due to open to the public in May we have just installed the first part of the interpretation signs.

As you can see the signs have been designed with empathy for the site and the natural landscape.
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Manufactured from wood from sustainable forests in the UK, the timber is long lasting and great looking, fitting in with the sites purpose.
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Above: Sometimes there is absolutely no need for new, up cycling old signs and giving them years more life is both good for our natural world and the bank balance. I'm sure you agree that this is the best way to use existing good quality signs. The new panels look good and mark the site as a well thought out attraction.

For more about Ripon City Wetlands click ILOVEYWT
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Office Decals and Signage

One of the finest rail contractors in the country JMD Rail asked Ark Display's Steve Farley to come up with some ideas to spruce up the offices in Wakefield and deliver a message with its brand values. These brand values are at the heart of Grand Central's management of this award winning rail company.

Below is one of the strongest graphics, well known to Grand Centrals customers and staff alike. Known as the heart graphic this instantly delivers route information for the network.
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Below: Brand re enforcement through branded signage and eyecatching graphics has transformed the offices and reminds everyone visiting of the values of this company.
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All of the signage including these one meter round circles are mounted on hidden studs to give a 3D effect.
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China, Bruce Lee & Distribution.

On Tuesday I met up with two great clients that have become great friends. Emma & David Gannon are consultants, facilitators, imagineers. How many times a day do you hear the word consultant? How many times a day does your phone ring only to hear the words energy consultant, waste consultant or telecommunications consultant?

Well, these people are different, they are different because they know the difference between the word consultant and sales person or sales executive. There is nothing wrong with being a sales person, Iv'e been one all my life, in fact if you run a successful business you need everyone in that business to be a sales person to some degree.

We met in Birmingham at the offices and warehouse of a huge Chinese company that largely manufacture extremely high quality products in China, yes high quality. If you think about Chinese products you automatically think cheap but you really need to think again. What about all the worlds top brands, and I do mean top brands. Mr Vuitton, Mr Bulgari and M&S all have incredible brands but who makes their products!
Today I met Mr Bruce Lee and he didnt kick my face off
Steve Farley
I was introduced to Mr Bruce Lee, an extremely nice chap with an incredible smile. He was something else too, he knew his onions and there was several hundred different, incredible onions, equal to if not better than any other onion you have ever seen. He knew every one personally and so did Emma and David. They have invested in our country with people, yes employment for our young people and stock, millions of pounds in stock.

They need help in the UK, and they have found it in the Gannon's, Emma & David have imagined a British company a company that looks British, behaves British and has value, real value. Imagineers are needed to take the company into this new era. Imagine Chinese goods, genuine top quality, with a British guarantee, based in Britain, employing British people!

David and Emma have imagined a superb, good looking and effective facility in Birmingham and telling these people how to achieve their goals of being a superb Chinese/British company. They have done it for others many many times, you just wouldn't bet against them.

My job is to help them achieve this with a good looking building, reception and showrooms, sometimes you wake up in the morning and just connect with life, great people and new opportunities. I feel alive until my next kicking anyway.

Wooden signs manufactured by Ark

How will my sign look after a year? This is a question we are often asked, especially about wooden signs, lecterns and frames. The signs below are now over a year old and still look great even though they are literally in the middle of a meadow.
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British Army Foxglove Covert

The stainless steel signs below are manufactured from a high grade stainless steel with welded and folded underparts. This method ensures no sharp edges and the life expectancy is around 25 years. These have box section legs that will not rot or show the usual stainless steel streaks.

The hexagonal table graphics are manufactured to be very robust with a sectional Pet-g table top. Pet-g is a material used in many applications including the manufacture of bullet proof glass.

Watch the video to find out more.
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Pet-g is a material used in many applications including the manufacture of bullet proof glass.
Steve Farley
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Sometimes only the best will do...

Working with really great passionate people is always a pleasure. The people we worked with on this occasion were both wonderful and very knowledgable. This beautiful set of complimentary signs were commissioned to tell a story, a rather unusual story.

Also the signage had to be robust and have the ability to be updated. The story of this parkland is reminiscent of a bygone age and was told and displayed in an engaging way.

We have a passion for Signage manufacturing and the ability to design and manufacture signs to a very high standard. Signage built to withstand the kind of pressure places upon it in the harshest of environments is the main stay of our sign manufacturing standards.

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A Brand New Carpenter

Today is a very important day for Ark Display. We took the decision many months ago that we need a carpenter, someone who can take all our ideas and turn them into "Things" beautiful well thought out and well made things. Continuing the ark tradition of quality we needed a person of immense knowledge and the ability to put that knowledge into practice, the practice of making, manufacturing and designing.

We put the position of Joiner out on job sites, the internet and even a little social media, not bad for us old farts. A massive 270 people applied, yes 270 people were interested in what we do and wanted to be a part of our journey. We are please to tell you that our new carpentry department is open for business as from today.

Contact Gavin
Gavin@arkdisplay.com
Call: 01132574477

Cut out Figures

Digital Print is at the heart of our business and most customers know that's what we do. But did you know that we can print onto lots of materials like wood and metal. We can print onto materials up to 50mm thick three meters long. Large format print is only a small part of what we can do, we manufacture all sorts of things for our customers both Digital Print related and not.
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A hole has been cut to allow someone to push their head through. This is often used in conjunction with social media feeds. If you print a QR code on the front as well, people will be directed to your website or media feed.
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Foldable struts have been added for easy transported and gives excellent stability

Powick, Worcester

We were asked by Christianity in Culture, to collaborate with them on a project using digital displays, digitally printed interpretation to tell the story of how Powick near Worcester played a major part in the English civil war. At first, we were looking at large illuminated Lightbox's but after a visit to the church, it didn't feel right.

It's a long drive to Worcester, however with Louise from
Christianity in culture onboard it soon past with talks of how we could deliver a display full of innovation and kerb appeal. Upon entering the church, the first thing that hits you are words like beauty, quality and heritage. To stick three eight foot light boxes Inside throwing LED light all over would be quite wrong and really foolish.

Between myself and Louise we honed down the requirements and started looking at different materials that would complement the church. Wood is prominent and the ceiling inside would be described as magnificent in any culture. Then there is stone, beautiful stonework that just seamlessly melts into the wooden ceiling. I thought cannon balls, it would be great to display canon balls and musket balls in small Perspex cases.

This is very much a work in progress, but we produced the 3D visuals below to illustrate the idea. I'm still alive after showing them to Louise, all by precious facial features are all blood free …result, Louise liked the idea.

The Powicks that be also liked it, so we are now starting the next phase and I will update later.

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Ark Display Graphics produce large format digital print from their factory in Leeds West Yorkshire. Digital Print is at the heart of our business, the staff are passionate about producing the very best digital print we can. Utilising over 25 years of digital print experience coupled with inventive and innovative mounting and laminating techniques we are really a force to be reckoned with in the digital print and digital display, Pos and exhibition markets.

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