Architectural signage is integral to the functioning of public and commercial spaces. Effective signage and signage systems make space knowable, whether by identifying a location or providing wayfinding information for users. The appearance and design of architectural signage also affects the overall appearance and atmosphere of a space, and thus the image of the business or organization located in the space. Pylon signs and pedestal signs are both varieties of architectural signage, and they demonstrate the diverse nature and purposes of architectural signage.
Pylon and pedestal signs are both freestanding structures, but that is where their similarities end. Pylon signs are notable for their height. They are often seen at shopping centers, industrial complexes, and business parks. They are fabricated from materials such as aluminum or steel and comprise of one or more stacked signs, often illuminated and elevated on a pole. Often located along stretches of highway, pylon signs are designed to be eye catching and easily seen from a distance. They identify their location for visitors, and act as advertisement to draw passersby. As a business park or shopping complex, a pylon sign with space for tenants’ own signs is a valuable amenity that can attract new tenants.
Pylon signage may initially bring to mind highway motels and fast food restaurants, but their design and applications are diverse. A pylon sign does not have to be as tall as a highway sign, or even necessarily illuminated. A pylon sign uses elevation to stand out, and what image it projects through its design and appearance will be determined by your business’ desired image. If you are seeking to raise the profile of your business, both literally and figuratively, then a pylon sign may be right for you.
Pedestal signs, on the other hand, are lower profile and are largely used for wayfinding and information purposes. Pedestals signs are mounted on a pole and a pedestal base at a height that facilitates reading ease. While pylon signs identify a location and attract users to it, pedestal signs often facilitate the use of a space once inside it. They usually contain wayfinding information, maps, and other more detailed information. They can also be portable, making them useful for indicating line ups and use in locations such as lobbies. Making sure guests and clients can find your business and its space is important, but ensuring a positive experience while they are there is even more important. Internal signage, such as wayfinding and information signage systems, contributes to this by making your space user-friendly. Like exterior signs, interior signage contributes to the image of your organization, and pedestal signs are just one of many design options.