Archive for May, 2010

CNP Designs and Donates Burton Snowboards FORE Charity

At CNP Signs & Graphics we don’t play golf for fun – we do it for charity.

Each year, two of our clients Jack in the Box and IN-N-OUT sponsor major charity golf tournaments, and we are more than happy to attend. Anything for the kids! In addition to displaying our stunning golf prowess, CNP Signs & Graphics also donates to the live auction at each event.

This year we were excited to team up with Burton Snowboards to create custom snowboards for the events. These amazing custom Series 13 boards, designed by Art Director Andy Wright, were handcrafted for each charity at the Burton Manufacturing Center and donated by CNP.

The Jack in the Box Charity tournament, held last week, benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Jack in the Box foundation. For the Jack in the Box snowboard we decided on a clean, modern look in keeping with their new logo and color palate. The front of the board featured the new Jack in the Box logo and the back of the board has a mixture of design elements in keeping with the Jack in the Box theme.

Later this month CNP’s finest will attend The IN-N-OUT Burger Foundation tournament which was started by the Snyder family to raise money to help prevent child abuse and neglect. Andy designed the front of this custom snowboard with a modern cartoon look using digital and illustration art. The back of the board utilized the IN-N-OUT logo and signature cross palms.

During the completion of this project we were notified that these snowboards would be the last two custom designed boards made in the Burton US factory. I guess when you’ve made the best, you can forget the rest. FORE!!

CNP Signs Charity Golf Tournament with Burton Snow Boards


LED vs. Neon

71 years ago when Guy Taylor, the founder of CNP Signs & Graphics, was a master tube bender, neon was state-of-the-art. In fact, our name was California Neon Products, which described our business well back then. These days, even he would be excited about the future of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).

Neon will always have its place in the sign, art and advertising worlds. Nothing, including LEDs, can replicate the warmth and beauty achieved by neon. What is changing, however, is where neon needs to be utilized, and that is changing rapidly. Neon is still the preferred lighting medium for most open-face channel letters and other applications where the look of neon is necessary and desired. It may also be the better solution for very large letters, where the number of LEDs required may not yet provide the most cost effective solution, but even that will change soon.

Today CNP Signs & Graphics uses LEDs for almost all of our standard and halo-illuminated channel letters, and here’s why: LEDs allow faster fabrication of signs, they are easier to install with fewer and smaller penetrations in the building, they use low voltage wiring instead of the high voltage required by neon, thereby reducing fire hazard, and they eliminate breakage during shipping. LEDs also require less maintenance since factors such as wind, weather and vibration are harder on neon than on LEDs. Neon also costs more to repair than LEDs since workers need two trips for a standard service call (one to remove the defective neon unit and a second trip to replace the repaired unit).

CNP Signs & Graphics has been using LEDs for red channel letters for several years now since they’ve been both cost effective and reliable. Recently, with advances in brightness, color range, and longevity, as well as reduced costs, white LEDs have become feasible to use in white channel letters (and even cabinet signs), helping us to provide a more energy efficient and durable product. In today’s environmentally-sensitive world, energy conservation is a personal as well as a fiscal consideration and CNP is committed to a greener planet.

CNP Signs & Graphics has always been a leader in the use of new technology. First it was neon, then came fluorescent lamps, and now LEDs. Who knows what may be next, but you can be sure that taking advantage of the best products to fabricate the best signs possible for our clients is always our top priority.

All in all, our recommendation for the use of LEDs is, well, glowing.

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