What are personalised window stickers?
Window decal stickers are specially made to be stuck on any glass surface. The vinyl material and eco-friendly solvent inks make them ideal for indoor or outdoor use, and whilst the adhesive creates a permanent bond, they can also be carefully removed without residue if required. This is aided by the tough vinyl material which is tear resistant, meaning that it can be peeled off without leaving glue or paper residue which is difficult to remove. Another key feature of printed stickers for windows is that the adhesive can be applied on different sides depending on how you intend to use them. For example, the adhesive can be applied on the back so your artwork faces away from the glass. However, the adhesive can also be applied on the printed side, meaning that you can stick them down on the inside of the glass with the artwork facing outwards. When this is combined with the weatherproof properties of vinyl, it results in window display stickers which are extremely versatile and ideal for almost any use.
Ideal as shop window stickers and graphics
Shop window graphics are a powerful promotional tool. Not only can you use them for informational purposes, but you can also use them to share your latest offers and deals either internally or externally by showcasing product images, sales text and more. They can be made to a small size to fit in small areas, or they can be made as very large retail window stickers which take up the majority of the glass surface and provide a real promotional showcase piece.
Where can I use them?
You can use them as glass door stickers or on virtually any glass surface where you want to get across an important message. Whilst many businesses use them for promotional purposes, they can also be used for decorative purposes to add brand colours, brand images and more. Read More
Many companies other than shops and retail outlets use business window stickers for this purpose. You don’t have to limit decoration to walls and furniture when you can also spruce up glass surfaces with stunning graphics which grab the attention of people outside whilst providing a nicer working environment indoors for your customers and staff!
A range of specialist types
There are a multitude of different finishes which are ideal for many different uses. Use them as custom frosted or stained glass window stickers to add a colourful effect which is completely personalised to your tastes. Transparent window stickers also allow you to add colour without fully blocking the flow of light through the glass.
How can I use custom Window decals?
The most common uses are for promotion and advertising. However, they can also be used for branding effects and to add impressive elements of design to any indoor space or outdoor façade. The cheap price and high quality results are a very cost-effective way of adding an extra dimension to an overall design theme.
History of Window Stickers
Decals, a printed image that can be transferred to another
surface through contact, have been around since the 18th Century,
when they were invented in France by an engraver called Simon François Ravenet.
There was a craze for them in the 19th Century, when they were
used to transfer engravings to pottery or glass. Later printing improvements, and the invention of vinyl and
its commercial application after the 1940s, meant that they could be produced to be stuck to window glass, creating a perfect medium for advertising.
Modern window sticker printing is extremely versatile, offering almost endless
creative possibilities for branding, conveying information and fun design. They
are commonly seen in modern offices and on shop fronts.
They have been used in retail for decades, but
improvements in printing technology have meant that larger, more detailed signs
can now be produced. Apple Stores used a large Semi-transparent window sticker to replicate the
look of a broken pane of glass to promote the audio volume of the iPod Hi Fi. They are also now routinely used on buses and
trains, displaying an advert from the outside, but allowing passengers inside
the bus to see out. An American restaurant chain used them creatively by placing a sticker image of a man screaming on the back window of
taxis, with the mouth placed over a brake light to promote their hot wings.
Dairy producer Meiji used life-sized printed window stickers of sumo wrestlers
appearing to push one side of a revolving glass doors, giving passers-by the
impression they were pushing against them.
Shop window stickers allow retailers to display information
such as opening hours prominently outside the store without obscuring the view
of products inside. Retails are also able to get creative. Displays can be created
that tie in window stickers with interior product displays, creating a truly 3D
effect, as customers look through semi-transparent stickers to what lies
beyond. They are particularly popular in the festive season, providing an easy
and temporary way of adding snowflakes or other Christmas seasonal decoration
to a display.
They have been used on
cars for decades; the earliest were not waterproof, and so were applied to the
interior glass of the car, but later developments in vinyl meant stickers could be produced that would stand up to the elements and could
be placed on the outside of the car window. In 1958 in America, the Automobile
Disclosure Act was brought in to regulate car pricing, ruling that new cars
should display a sticker in their window with information for customers on the
manufacturer’s guide pricing and optional extras on the vehicle, to prevent car
dealers charging exorbitant prices for add-ons once the car was on the sales
lot. They were popularly known as Monroney stickers, after the US
senator who called for their introduction. They are still
used on new cars in America, and are a source for car manufacture history, as
they list the specs for each car.
In recent years, they have become
an important medium in location-based advertising, allowing retailers and
brands to display QR codes that can be scanned by smartphones in shop windows.
Customers are now used to seeing and scanning QR code window stickers to
receive information, links to websites or offers directly inside or outside the
store. Although the smartphone technology
may change, the humble window sticker is likely to be around for a long time as
an effective delivery method for advertising of all kinds.