Architectural Signage

With numerous signs for establishments needing to be ADA compliant, is then important that your architectural signage design ideas be crafted with such guidelines in mind. Some of the rules you need to follow govern all signs while a few cover only a specific number of sign types. Regardless, as it stands, ADA guidelines do have to be followed by your establishment in order for you to be found compliant of these laws.

According to ADA rules, signs that are used to show people direction, whether these are overhead or otherwise, need to have the right color contrast, the right sized characters, the correct fonts and should be made using non-reflective and non-glare materials. Some signs will need to have Braille and tactile letters on them as well. It is also imperative that these signs be mounted at the right height and the correct location for these to be deemed useful by people with disabilities.

Color Contrast Guidelines

Considered the right color contrast for architectural signage to be ADA compliant is at 70%. This means that the background or foreground of your sign has to be around 70% lighter or darker than the other. This may require a bit of help from experts since, even black and white contrasts are not always at the right contrast percentage.

The color combinations you can use for these signs can be shown to you by sign experts in combination charts that follow the ADA guidelines for contrast. You need not worry that you won’t have that much of a choice since there are actually a huge number of color combinations to choose from, as you can read from this earlier post. You just need to make sure that your sign manufacturer carries ADA compliant color combinations for your specific needs.

Finish, Font and Character Size

You also need to take into consideration that, while most architectural signage designs are supposed to be highly aesthetic, your sign’s finish, fonts and the character sizes you use on these signs need to be compliant with ADA rules too. This won’t diminish your creativity however since there are a number of fonts that are still artistic enough for you to still end up with amazing looking signs.

The finish you need for your signs can also work to your advantage as well since ADAAG requirements state that matte, eggshell and non-glare finishes are what you should use. This is to help make signs easier to read even in bright light. If you think about it, these finishes are actually very classy and sophisticated looking, which will give you the sleek and elegant look that is ideal for architectural signage.