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New Ownership

5/5/17 1:08 PM

Now Hiring!

11/29/16 3:59 PM

We're Growing Fast! Come join a marvelous team!

Designer Sign Systems is a full-service sign company that designs, fabricates and installs signs. We fabricate every sign we sell which includes all shapes and sizes of interior and exterior signs and while using metals, acrylics, and wood. We aspire to be an excellent partner with our customers and a great place to work.    Check out our careers page now for open opportunities!



Designer Sign Systems has the privilege to sponsor Ruby Morin in the East Bethel Scholarship Program.  Ruby is the daughter of Adam, an employee at DSS.  The program is focused on developing young women to gain self-confidence through experience and knowledge in public speaking, volunteerism, interviewing, and etiquette.  

For more information on the East Bethel Schoarlship Program, their mission and purpose and other candidates, please visit 

Well it was another great evening of festivities, fun, food, and mingling at the 20 Year Holiday Celebration for the AWC!  Congrats to the DSS team for taking “Best in Style” at the photo booth this year!

Over 275 members of the construction community representing women business owners, general contractors, construction related service providers, and governmental agencies attended the exciting evening at A’Bulae in St. Paul.  This year marks the 20 year Anniversary of the founding of the organization with its mission of providing support to the growth of women’s participation in the Construction industry as women business owners and active members of the trades.   Designer Sign Systems joined AWC in 2005 and has been an active member in supporting the organization with donations of signage for events and participation on committees.

AWC has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to women entering the construction field and this year the AWC recognized Women Build Minnesota, Vicki Sandberg Director,  with a donation to their program of introducing women to the construction trades while providing broad experiential learning opportunities.  To date, Build Minnesota has placed over 200 enrollees into skilled trades positions working on projects such as TCF Stadium and US Bank Stadium.  

Very fun evening with a great group of women in construction!!

AWC Holiday Party 1

AWC Holiday Party 2

LED Lighting Option

4/14/15 10:49 AM

Want to update your current exterior sign from Fluorescent bulbs to a economical LED lighting system?

The new LineFit Light LED system is the incredibly quick and easy way to transform a fluorescent cabinet sign into an efficient LED solution. In four easy steps, taking just minutes per fixture, you get all the lighting performance, energy savings and reduced maintenance benefits of LED technology. Now, the old R17d fluorescent sockets hold the new LED light bars in place with rotating end caps—to ensure the light is perfectly directed to the sign face. Since the GE Tetra® 24-volt Power Supply is rated a Class 2 device, there is no need to run the output (DC) wiring in any raceways or conduit, further reducing installation costs. You get all the LED advantages of bright signs, longer life, energy efficiency, lower maintenance and cold weather performance in one durable, money-saving system.

Features & Benefits:

1.)      Slashes maintenance costs, less servicing cost, no hazardous bulbs to waste

2.)      Cuts energy expenses

3.)      Up to 58%-76% energy savings vs. T12HO fluorescent

4.)      Improved visual appearance

5.)      Available in 11 Sizes (F18, F24, F30, F36, F42, F48, F60, F64, F72, F84, F96)

6.)      Three color temperatures (Daylight 6500K, Sign White 5400K, Cool White 4100K)

7.)      Recessed double contact base - R17d

8.)      Double-sided for double or single-sided signs

9.)      24V System

10.)   Damp and dry rated

11.)    Compliant with material restriction requirements of RoHs

Save on labor expense now, plus maintenance and energy costs for years to come. The new LineFit Light LED system is designed with impressive return on investment in mind. When switching from fluorescent to advanced LED technology, a payback can be achieved in as little as two years. Incredible LED product longevity is the difference. Rather than replace fluorescent tubes over and over, your LineFit Light LED System keeps working beautifully for years, eliminating the added cost, hassle and inconvenience of routine fluorescent maintenance. The financial benefits are even greater when you convert larger spaces and multiple locations; the return can be of significant benefit to your bottom line. Please visit to determine the exact ROI calculations for your unique application

See how easy it is in this short video:

If you are interested in learning more about how Designer Sign Systems can help you, please contact us at or by calling 763-784-5858.

LineFit Light


New program brings together next generation of sign industry leaders

ALEXANDRIA, VA – March 24, 2015 The International Sign Association’s inaugural class of ISA Elite recognizes the next generation of sign and visual communications industry leaders. The ISA Elite is comprised of 36 young professionals who work in the industry.

ISA Elite is designed to combat one of the most pressing issues facing the sign and visual communications industry as older workers retire. Sign industry leaders continually say they are concerned about replacing workers in both skilled and management positions. ISA Elite is the latest program in ISA’s comprehensive workforce development initiative.

The ISA Elite sponsors winners to attend ISA International Sign Expo in Las Vegas including special networking events, education and, of course, its sold-out trade show. The event is sponsored by the International Sign Association, the sign and visual communications industry’s leading trade and advocacy association

“Our industry offers a variety of outstanding careers and we’re thrilled that so many young professionals are choosing to come into visual communications,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “It’s exciting to see this next generation of leaders bringing enthusiasm for the ways we help build stronger businesses and communities through our products. They will be the bridge to the sign industry’s workforce of the future.”

Those being honored in 2015 are:

Angela Bailey, Signage Legislation, Daktronics, Sioux Falls, SD;

Matt Baker, Co-Owner / Operator, Bakers' Signs & Manufacturing, Conroe, TX;

Joshua Barnett, Co-Owner, Ink'd Out LLC, Newport News, VA;

Ryan Brady, CFO, Brady Sign Co., Sandusky, OH;

Corey Burns, Designer, Ziglin Signs, Union, MO;

Jasper Sterling Burton III, Custom Applications Specialist, Cuerden Sign Co., Inc., Conway, AR;

Steven Carter, Project Manager, Barnett Signs, Mesquite, TX;

Keith Chapman, Vice President of Business Development, Mid Florida Signs & Graphics, Leesburg, FL;

Lance Cossey, President, Scott Services Company, Birmingham, AL;

John C. DeBold, Head Installer, Graphic Options, Farmington, MO;

Daniela Echeverry, Assistant Manager, Imagen Digital, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia;

Kevin Fink, Graphic Designer, Toledo Sign Co., Toledo, OH;

Michael Garavaglia, Director of Environmental Design, Ideation Signs & Communications, Inc., Royal Oak, MI;

Garrett Gibson, Apprentice Sign Installer, Ramsay Signs, Oregon City, OR;

Todd Hayes, President, Sign Design of Florida, Inc., Leesburg, FL;

Taren (Sitter) Heindl, VP of Maintenance Operations, Icon Identity Solutions, Elk Grove Village, IL;

Jon Holthaus, Sales Representative, Holthaus Lackner Signs, Cincinnati, OH;

Matt Humphrey, General Manager, Bristol Sign Company, Bristol, VA;

Kendra Jennings, Senior Project Manager, Cummings Resources, Knoxville, TN;

Marisol Kathleen Juarez, Project Manager, Southwest Signs, San Antonio, TX;

Anthony Karnowski, Vice President, Sirius LED Signs, Englewood, FL;

Starr Mershon, Service Manager, Universal Sign Company, Scott, LA;

Troy Metcalf, Production & Installation Manager, Designer Sign Systems, Blaine, MN;

Stephanie Poyant Moran, Sales Executive, Poyant Signs, Inc., New Bedford, MA;

Alex Schlosser, General Manager, Schlosser Signs, Inc., Loveland, CO;

Nicholas John Stauff, Regional Sales Manager, The Howard Company, Inc., Brookfield, WI;

Bethaney Taylor, Service/Install/Purchasing Manager, Signarama Peterborough, Peterborough, ON;

Ryan Trapp, Structural Designer, Poblocki Sign Co., West Allis, WI;

Wayne E Vandenberg, CEO, Zircon Graphics, Lethbridge, AB;

Chad VanEffen, Account Manager/Outside Sales, Signs by Crannie, Fort Myers, FL;

Lauran Wang, Owner, Mustang Sign Group, Kennewick, WA;

Johnathan Warren, Marketing Manager, KeyedIn Solutions, Minneapolis, MN;

Andy Wasserstrom, Director of Business Development, Advance Sign Group, Columbus, OH;

Jorden Weiner, President, Dvision 10 Signs, Lynnwood, WA;

Christopher Wesbrooks, Purchasing, Charles Hampton's A-1 Signs, Inc., Burns, TN;

Nathan Young, Training Development Director, YESCO, Salt Lake City, UT.

Members of the class receive three nights’ hotel stay at ISA International Sign Expo, entry to the sold-out tradeshow floor and unlimited education sessions. Special networking events also will connect the ISA Elite to industry leaders and fellow young professionals.

To learn more about ISA International Sign Expo or to register to attend, visit

About ISA
The International Sign Association (ISA) represents manufacturers, suppliers, and users of on-premise signs and sign products from the United States and 60 countries around the world. ISA and its Affiliated Associations work to support, promote, and improve the worldwide sign and visual communications industry, which employs more than 200,000 American workers and has an economic impact of $37.5 billion.

About ISA International Sign Expo

ISA International Sign Expo is the on-premise sign and visual communication industry’s largest expo. Held each spring, the event features the latest products that showcase the breadth of the sign and visual communications industry along with education and networking events. The event has been named to the Trade Show News Network’s List of Top 250 Trade Shows and ranked in the Top 100 Largest Events by Trade Show Executive three consecutive years. Learn more at

Celebrating 10 Years!

4/2/15 9:27 AM

April 1st 2015 marked 10 years of Kathy Brown Zerwas' ownership of Designer Sign Systems.  Under her leadership, Designer Signs has grown into the premier wayfinding and signage company of our region. 

To celebrate, on April 2nd the employees threw her a surprise party filled with music, pictures, laughter, memories and lots of food!

10 Year Anniversary!

10 Year Anniversary!

The Washburn Center for Children celebrates the grand opening of its new mental health facility for children today!

Designer Sign Systems was proud to provide the signage for this project, including room signs, an exterior monument sign, and a donor wall sign, including others.  The grand opening of the facility was shown in a Kare11 news story, which aired 11/20/14.  See below for a link to the video along with pictures of the completed and installed signs.  

If you are interested in learning more about how Designer Sign Systems can help you, please contact us at or by calling 763-784-5858.,AAAACC6OgzE~,L0bTvfk9n15apfz42dFe8hciOQfJ87c4&bclid=0&bctid=3902380990001

Washburn Donor Wall

Washburn Exterior Letters   Washburn Exterior Sign

Washburn Room ID with Donor   Washburn Area Donor Plaque   Washburn Room ID with Donor and Slider   Washburn Room Sign with Slider   

Designer Sign Systems, working with R.W. Setterlin Building Company, is pleased to make a donation to Lower Lights Ministries Holistic Leadership Initiative.  Lower Lights Ministries is renovation an unoccupied building in the Franklinton Neighborhood of Columbus, OH.  The building has served the neighborhood for decades, first as a grocery store and later as apartments. Now it will become the Holistic Leadership Center.

The following is an excerpt for their website:

Project Description

The Holistic learning Center will anchor a transformation of the critical Sullivant Avenue corridor. Our design will maintain the building’s historic brick facade and redevelop the entry with storefront widows to showcase indoor activities. The interior design opens the first floor into a large, multi-use room with a dynamic teaching wall including tack-on, write-on, and project-on surfaces. We will lower the floor; replace the wood with concrete; and introduce new overhead beams to support and re-align the second floor. Finally, we will replace existing plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.

To summarize, we will create a welcoming environment that will foster positive change on Sullivant Avenue.

Designer Sign Systems was proud to donate the dimensional letters for the exterior of the building.

For more information on Lower Lights Ministries, this project, or others they are working on, please visit

If you are interested in learning more about how Designer Sign Systems can help you, please contact us at or by calling 763-784-5858.

Designer Sign Systems just completed an install at Buffalo Community Middle School today, in time for the new school year!

From the customer: 

"Designer Sign Systems did an amazing job with the new sign outside our middle school building.  The new lettering and logos transformed the front our our building and looked even better than it did on the original drawings.  It is everything I wanted it to be and more!  From the wonderfully helpful people on the design end to the installers the day the sign went up, the customer service receives an A+ from BCMS!"

Buffalo Community Middle School - exterior 1

Buffalo Community Middle School - exterior 2

Designer Sign Systems is proud to once again be a sponsor of the JAKESTRONG Organization and their 5K race which was held on June 7, 2014 in Powell, Ohio!  Designer Sign Systems is committed to making a contribution in the community it serves and supporting and enriching the lives of children. 

Their history: "The JAKESTRONG 5K is a local grass-roots fundraising event that started in May, 2011 after Jacob (“Jake”) Carlino, a 12 year old boy at the time, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. As Jake continues to courageously fight his battle with cancer, his positive outlook and bravery continue to touch all those that he comes in contact with. It is his wish, and possibly someday, his own mission that all of us can help put an end to this awful disease and prevent other children from walking this path of hardship. Our goal is to raise over $1 million for pediatric cancer research ... The JAKESTRONG name itself signifies one boy’s mission to involve local communities to help make a difference for all children fighting cancer by building awareness and raising the much needed funds for pediatric cancer research."

If you would like more information about the organization, the race, or would like to donate, please visit

Exterior Wayfinding

6/3/14 12:45 PM

Are people getting lost on your property when visiting your campus?  Are they struggling to find the correct building or lot to park in?  We can help!

Reach out to Designer Sign Systems and we can help you with an exterior wayfinding study.  Our experienced staff will visit your location, find potential issues, and propose effective signage to help properly direct traffic to the correct destinations.

If you are interested in learning more about how Designer Sign Systems can help you, please contact us at or by calling 763-784-5858.

Whipple Federal Building

5/15/14 11:17 AM

Designer Sign Systems is proud to share some of the work they have produced and installed at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building.  As a part of the on-going renovation to focus on making the building more energy efficient, new signage had to be addressed.   

The signage scope has included ADA compliant room signage, interior dimensional letters, interior directional wayfinding, exterior dimensional letters, exterior directional wayfinding and other various parking signage.

If you are interested in learning more about how Designer Sign Systems can help you, please contact us at or by calling 763-784-5858.

Whipple Federal Building

Designer Sign Systems is proud to announce that they have been awarded the contract to provide the signage at the new Washburn Center for Children - a new 76,000 square foot facility that is the state's leading children's mental health center.  Come back for more updates, as this project is set to be completed in November of 2014!

If you are interested in learning more about how Designer Sign Systems can help you, please contact us at or by calling 763-784-5858.


Washburn Center for Children


4/9/14 12:15 PM


The Inside Sales Specialist is responsible for conducting sales with established customers for established products or minor variants of existing products.  The Inside Sales Specialist shares responsibility with the Direct Sales personnel or Account Managers to attain the sales, gross margin and product needs and delivery requirements of the customers. The Inside Sales Specialists are measured on their ability to achieve the sales and profit goals and customer satisfaction objectives for each customer.

The Inside Sales Specialist assures that Designer Sign Systems’ meets it revenue, service, quality and profit goals by effectively and efficiently managing their time and selling effort and coordinating customer requirements with other team members through the use of the planning and selling process.  Cooperating with the other DSS team members and with other departments, the Inside Sales Specialist contributes to the success of the company’s revenue, gross margin and profit goals.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact us at

Designer Sign Systems was proud to work on this 24,365 s.f. renovation and 48,820 s.f. addition to the existing hospital. We designed and implemented and interactive digital system for wayfinding. We're in the business of helping people find their way to you with signs that reflect your culture, branding and important messages. We are signage code, design, fabrication & installation experts. We solve the what, where and how of BEING FOUND!

To see the full article regarding the renovation, follow this link:  Article is on pages 32 and 33.

If you are interested in learning more about how Designer Sign Systems can help you, please contact us at or by calling 763-784-5858.


DSS in Ohio

12/19/13 10:27 AM

Designer Sign Systems is proud to have been a part of seven out of the top 25 projects that broke ground in Ohio in 2012.

The list of projects that Designer Signs Sytems provided signage for are, including their rank:

  • Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (rank 1)
  • East Regional Chilled Water Plant (rank 5)
  • Schottenstein Center Basketball Practice Facility (rank 11)
  • Ohio State University Smith Lab Rehabilitation (rank 12)
  • Ohio State University South Campus Residence Halls Renovation and Additions, Phase 2 (rank 13)
  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Kitceh Renovations (rank 16)
  • COTA McKinley Renovation and Additions (rank 22)

If you are interested in learning more about how Designer Sign Systems can help you, please contact us at or by calling 763-784-5858.

Designer Sign Systems has been a member of the Association of Women Contractors since 2005.  The mission of the organization is to support and promote the growth of women’s participation in the construction industry.  Annually the organization provides scholarships to women pursuing education and career in the industry as well as supporting non-profits in this industry space.  This year’s community award went to “Under Construction”, an organization providing high school kids in economically disadvantaged areas the opportunity to learn about construction careers first hand by actually working at a job site.

The DSS team attended the annual holiday party this year and met new contacts and had a blast!!!

DSS at AWC Holiday Party 2013

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is opening this week at The Ohio State University as the world’s largest single archive collection of original cartoon art. Original cartoons and comics from such artists as Will Eisner, Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Gary Trudeau (Doonesbury), Jim Davis (Garfield) and Ohio’s own Billy Ireland are showcased in both galleries and archive collections. 

Our installer worked tirelessly (among lots of traffic and attention) to install many sets of dimensional letters, including some 28 feet up, and 2 dozen dedication plaques. Our feedback has been fantastic from OSU, the designer, the architect and the donors. 

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

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