Architectural Signs

Probably one of the more difficult things sign designers had to do, when ADA signs were first mandated to be used everywhere, is to balance the seemingly lackluster design aesthetics of these signs with the beauty of architectural signs. Since people mistakenly assumed that ADA signs equals ugly signs, sign designers set out to prove them wrong. And thus architectural signs that were both ADA compliant and stunning looking were born.

Of course, this particular task is not without its challenges. Sometimes, in the endeavor to create aesthetically pleasing signs, some designers find that they are overstepping certain bounds in terms of compliance. Sometimes, color contrasts and combinations are not really within the required percentage for background and foreground colors. This can easily mean signs that are difficult to read or are not acceptable by compliance standards.

Putting together beautiful architectural signs that are also compliant with the many guidelines that the ADA has for these can be done, albeit with a lot of thought and work put into it. To be able to ensure that what you are creating is not only easy on the eyes but are also ideal for use by everyone, including people with disabilities, certain steps need to be taken. One word needs to be focused on, and that is compromise.

When designing architectural signs with ADA rules in mind, it is best to remind yourself that some of your ideas may not be acceptable when it comes to compliance. Coming as close as possible to the design that you want and compromising with your sign designer is necessary for such a sign to be produced. Color combinations, font styles, and even sign finishes need to follow strict guidelines and, as such, compromise is needed if what you want is not readily acceptable for use under ADA laws.

In choosing your sign materials, a lot of consideration has to be made in terms of glare, color, and finish. In order for you to make sure that the materials you are thinking of using are non-glare and have the right look at the same time, you might want to bring a sample of your choice material to the area where the sign is to be put up. If in the present lighting conditions you find that whatever message your sign will hold will be difficult to read due to the material, you might want to consider a similar but less shiny or matte finished alternative.

The same goes for fonts, character sizes, and color combinations -- there are choices that are compliant with ADA standards but are very close to what you want aesthetically. You do not have to compromise on style and beauty when it comes to architectural signs that need to be ADA compliant. All you have to do, with the help of your sign designer, is to find the right compromise and balance for what you need. You will soon find that needing to comply with ADA standards need not mean having to suffer with ugly looking signs.