25 March 2015

Danthonia Designs took home several hard-earned prizes from the 2015 Signs of the Times International Sign Contest recently. This year's contest was coordinated by Steve Aust, Senior Associate Editor at ST Media Group International, who emailed us, "Congratulations! I have plenty of good news from the International Sign Contest judging." Danthonia had the following winners:

2nd Place, Electronic Message Centers
3rd Place, Electronic Message Centers
Honorable Mention, Electronic Message Centers
3rd Place, Commercial Monument Signs

The results will be posted in the April Signs of the Times issue as well as on www.signweb.com. Steve told us that they received 350 entries from 6 countries (US, Canada, Britain, Mexico, Germany and Australia). "This was probably the strongest crop of entries we’ve ever had. There were quality projects that didn’t make it out of the initial weeding-out phase." Within that setting of such strong, world-class competion, we feel pleased to have received so much recognition especially in the  Electronic Message Center category.  Over the few last years our LED signage has become a clear winner in our Australian schools and local governments. But it is also great to see how highly our designs and products are respected internationally.

Mackay Regional Council entry sign

Mackay Regional Council
3rd Place - Commercial Monument Signs

The governing council of this Queensland community wanted a distinctive entry statement. As usual, Danthonia delivered. This monument has an aluminium post structure under expanded-polystyrene foam (EPS) that’s polyurea-coated for a “hammer-proof” finish. EPS shaping was done using hot wire techniques. Danthonia hand sculpted Signfoam3 HDU art elements like the 3-D sugarcane using Pfeil Swiss-Made chisels and applied the artwork and letters using 3M adhesives. A Roland Camm-1 Pro was used to plot paint masks, the artistic elements were hand painted. Dulux Weathershield paints and Graffiti Buster 200 topcoat will protect the monument from both weather and vandals for years to come. View more Mackay Regional Council signs in our gallery.

Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre digital display

Fraser Coast Regional Council
2nd Place - Electronic Message Centers

All government signage should look so stylish. Danthonia covered the aluminium substructure with their “hammer-proof” hard coated EPS foam, and hand carved HDU to shape the letters and logo. The black-and-white, P16 display, built by Danthonia out of components sourced from multiple vendors, features static or scrolling text, as well as animations. A web-based control system facilitates remote content uploads from any internet-connected device. Dulux Weathershield and Graffiti Buster paints protect the display from harsh Aussie weather and vandalism. View more Fraser Coast Regional Council signs in our gallery.

Coomera Anglican College LED sign

Coomera Anglican College
3rd Place - Electronic Message Centers

This display for Coomera Anglican College, including the swoosh-shaped support system, was built similarly to the Fraser Council sign. A strip of LED modules provides up-lighting that improves readability for motorists.View more pictures in our gallery.

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