But it's not just me.
I put one outside the Sheriff's Door....
And everyone else's too.
During this time I've been eying some ClearLook office signs that run from $24.95 to $32.95 (each), depending on what size we want.
With 13 offices that need signs we'd be looking at anywhere between $350-$450 for signs (including tax and shipping).
Figuring our budget could be more wisely spent elsewhere, I've never brought it up.
Until recently when I wondered if I couldn't make something similar to it myself.
All I'd need is some plexi-glass and some way to mount them and hold the paper in the center of the glasses.
So I piddled with sizes and decided that, if I could do it myself, 9"x4" would probably be the best size for what I wanted. Then I called up a very good friend, Leland Gilliam, who owns Camden Glass and Overhead Door (in Camden, AR) to get a price on some 1/8" plexi cut to that size.
And the very next day his wife Lisa, who I also adore, dropped off 30 pieces cut down to size and insisted that they wanted to donate them to the Sheriff's Office.
Since then they sat on my desk, challenging me to figure out exactly what I was going to do and how I was going to do it.
The main problems were:
- How am I going to attach these to the wall and get the metal bolted effect without actually drilling a hole into these and risking messing up the plexiglass?
- The design idea was to have a 8"x3" sheet of paper centered between two 9"x4" sheets of plexiglass. How do I get the paper to stay centered without having to unbolt or unfasten the signs whenever a name or title needs to be changed?
- How do I get the look of metal fasteners or bolts or whatever you want to call them without actually using them, and again, without having to drill the plexiglass.
So I ordered 100 itty-bitty but super-mighty magnets.
After that I designed the signs.
Keeping in mind that the female population here is the absolute minority, I went with something clean and professional looking. No frills, no 'pretty' fonts, and no feminine flourishes.
Just a standard outline, an interesting yet masculine font, and of course the Sheriff's Office logo. Instead of printing it on standard copier paper, I got some paper from an Artist Sketch Pad (a brilliant idea I borrowed from a creative genius that I know and love) and printed it on there.
After cutting the signs down to size, I attached them to the center of one piece of plexi with Scotch Double Stick tape and then super-glued one little magnet to the four corners of that plexiglass.
After that I got some Duck permanent double-sided foam mounting tape and stuck two pieces to the back of the bottom sheet of plexiglass and mounted them to the walls outside everyone's offices.
Totaling the project up, including shipping tape, ink, paper and magnets, the whole project cost less than $50, so I'm proud of how well it turned out and how much it saved the county in doing it myself!