A Sign of the Impossible


Construction was underway on North Central College’s Wentz Science Center in Naperville, Illinois. All it needed to make its grand debut was seemingly impossible exterior signage.


North Central College came to Blooming Color. Because we ink the impossible every single day.


When North Central College asked us to help them create the exterior signage for the Wentz Science Center, they needed it to be cost effective, lightweight, and look just like cast concrete . . . and they needed it in eight weeks.

No problem. We ink the impossible before breakfast.

The sign’s large size seemed an obstacle, but we saw only an opportunity –  building the seal from multiple pieces and assembling on-site to solve logistical restrictions.

We were able to quickly find and partner with an artisan who could tackle the design, time, and budget constraints. With production underway, we collaborated with one of our trusted outside installation teams to assemble and install the sign prior to Homecoming. While they cut the ribbon for the Wentz Science Center on October 20, 2017, we cut up everyone’s disbelief.


The feat of ingenuity we pulled off for the Wentz Science Center at North Central College was a sign of the impossible. It’s not just a piece of work; it’s a conversation piece. Bystanders still can’t believe the sign isn’t cast concrete, but rather is so light, it could be lifted by hand.

Blooming Color’s revolutionary approach to printing is rooted in relationships, and we strive to be partners for life. After the exterior sign’s success, we partnered with North Central again to ink all the interior way finding for the science center, and four other buildings on the North Central College campus.

We’re living proof that when you have ink, imagination, and innovation, you can do anything. Because when you blow past a sign that says ‘impossible’, beyond what people believe, there’s no limit on how far you’ll go.