When it comes to door signs that are made for office use, you will notice that majority of these come with a specific look, and this is with a good reason. The ADA governs these signs, therefore it is important that these have a very specific appearance that will make them easy to read and understand. This also means that there are features that are not allowed on these signs, and these features are those that make such signs difficult to read.
What are these features and why are these specifically not allowed on your office door signs? Can you use any of these features on signs other than those used on doors? What features are required when it comes to door signage? Here are some of the forbidden signage features and why these are not supposed to be on your door signs:
Fancy script and italics – this is a big no-no when it comes to signs, particularly those that are considered ADA signs, and not just door signs. This is because of the fact that fancy scripts and italics are difficult to read from afar, not to mention difficult to ascertain with the sense of touch, even if these were made to be tactile.
Non-regulation color contrasts – sure, you may want your signs to have the color combinations that are significant to your company, like your company colors or the color combinations used in your office décor, but the question is, are these the right contrasting colors that fit regulations? There is a 70% color contrast rule that needs to be considered here, and if these color choices do not fit that, you will have to go with another color pairing. The use of this ratio for color contrast allows you to easily see and understand what is written on these signs without the characters blending into the background.
Shiny material – also not allowed when it comes to signs used for office doors are materials that are shiny, or that reflect light. This is because these signs are difficult to read when light bounces off them. This means that shiny metals, plastics, and other polished materials are not ideal for these signs. These either need to be replaced with those that have a matte or non-gloss surface, or a non-shiny laminate added to the surface to subdue any shine that may be there.
Serif fonts – aside from fancy script and italics, your door signage cannot carry characters that are not sans serif. This is because of the same reason why fancy script is not allowed on door signs.