Architectural Sign Systems

When you talk about architectural sign systems, it is easy to get confused since a lot of people do not really know what signs are included in such a category. Even sign manufacturers and experts find it hard to aptly define what signs are considered part of this particular line-up. Sometimes, even the definition of such a system becomes a point of contention.

Architectural sign systems are commonly defined as signs that are used for offices and establishments that require aesthetically pleasing as well as functional signs for various needs. Some of these signs are made in designs that are not only pleasing to the eye but are also fashioned to either fit in with the building’s décor or standout to be easily noticed. Some of the signs that are part of such a sign system include:

  • Identification Signs – these are used to indicate what rooms are used for, what floor you are on, whether the toilet you are about to enter is for men or for women, and so on. Signs that belong to this category include office room signs, numbers for hotel rooms, function room names, conference room signs and permanent room names for kitchens, bathrooms and the like.


  • Informational Signs – these are signs that tell you where to find a particular room, office or person. These also inform you of facilities available in a building or floor. The signs that belong to this category include directories, maps, lists and instructions for the usage of an area or room.


  • Directional Signs – this can be easily confused with informational signs since the former also tells you where you might want to go. The difference between these two is that directional signs actually point you where to go with the help of an arrow or directional pointer that indicates in which direction you should head to get to where the listed room, facility or service can be located. Signs that are in sign posts are also included in this particular category.


  • Regulatory Signs – some of the signs that are part of this particular category include exit signs, warning signs and other signage types that tell you of regulations and rules for a particular building or establishment. These signs are installed for safety purposes too.


All of the signs that are found in an architectural sign systems line-up are subject to ADA compliance rules. This means that aside from being aesthetically pleasing, these signs have to be compliant with ADA’s signage rules.