Serif vs Sans Serif Fonts

One of the things you need to consider when you are having door signs for office use made by your chosen manufacturer is the font that will be used on these. Of course, when these signs are being designed, this will be one of the things you will need to discuss with your designer. If you are using the designer provided by the manufacturer to create your sign designs for these, then you will need to find out what fonts would be ideal for your business.

You should be aware that your signs are subject to the rules set by the government, which is found in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. According to these guidelines, there are some fonts that can and cannot be used on these signs, especially if these are used to mark doors that lead to important rooms in the building. To quote one of the rules on this list of guidelines “Characters shall not be italic, oblique, script, highly decorative, or of other unusual forms.”

The fonts that are considered ideal for most signs are sans serif fonts, or those that do not have an extra stroke on them for artistic purposes. What are the sans serif fonts that you can use for your door signs? Here are some of the more popular ones:

Futura – this is one of the popular fonts being used by people who have signs created for their workplace. These are not too thick and not to thin either, making these letters ideal for use with signs. The crisp and clean lines of this sans serif font make it ideal for use with ADA signage.


 Gotham – another sans serif font that you can choose to use for your signage design needs is this clean yet somewhat slim option. The letters of this font will remind you of the fine letters that you see architects write on their blueprints.

Franklin Gothic – this particular font is a tall, slightly thick, and narrow version of the Futura font when compared side by side. This particular font evokes a sense of sophistication and seriousness with its crispness and formal appearance.

Aside from the font style, these letters and numbers on your signs also need to have very specific character widths, depending on what doors these are to be used on. The width for all letters and numbers should be around 55% to 110% of the character’s height. The stroke, or thickness of the lines of these letters, need to be around 15% maximum of the height of the character when it comes to permanent room signs, and between 10% and 30% of the height of characters on signs used for directional purposes as well as overhead signs.

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