Custom Office Door Signs

When you need to have custom office door signs made, the word custom does not necessarily mean that you can do just about anything with your signs. What this means is that you can customize your signs to a certain extent, as long as these stay within specific guidelines. In other words, you can create custom door signs but you need to take note of the rules that govern such signage.

Office door signs belong to a family of signs that are considered permanent room signs. This is because of the fact that these signs, and the rooms they are used for, rarely if ever change usage. The signs that are used on these doors or rooms need to be crafted in such a way that anyone using such signage can easily read and understand them. This means that everyone, including those with visual impairments, should be able to understand what is written on these signs. How do you do this? Just follow the ADA guidelines that have been set for these kinds of signs.

What are the ADA guidelines that you need to follow for these custom office door signs for your business and why do you need to create signs that even those with visual impairments can read? Let us start with what the ADA stands for and why this exists. The ADA is short for Americans with Disabilities Act, and this is a law that guarantees Americans with disabilities are given access to facilities, services and jobs just like everyone else.

Included in this act is the right to access public accommodations or facilities, and these include all places that people can readily access, like malls, office buildings, schools and so on. Included in the list of considerations that need to be taken care of when it comes to accessibility in these areas is signage. Signs that are to be used in these publicly accessible places need to conform to rules that make these readable by everyone, including those with disabilities.

So, what rules need to be followed for custom office door signs and other permanent room signs that you need to have for your business? There are quite a few and most of these are made to help those with visual impairments easily read and understand what these signs are saying. For your signs to be considered compliant, one of the things these need to have is tactile characters. These characters need to be raised in such a way that people can read them effortlessly with the use of their fingertips. Along with this comes the use of the right fonts to make reading these raised letters much easier and the addition of Braille translations for those who can read Braille.

Also included in the things you need to consider for these custom signs is the color contrast between the background and the foreground.  These need to have a 70% contrast and can be light over dark or dark over light. You will also need to take into account the size of the sign itself so that the characters and pictograms on it can be made in the right size as per the sign’s size.

If all these rules need to be followed for custom office door signs, you might wonder, where does the “custom” part come in? Well, the customization comes in the form of the materials that you use, the color combinations that you choose, the fonts that you utilize, the wordings that you put on these and the mounting options that are available. While you do need to follow these rules for compliance, you still do have some freedom in choosing what these signs carry and what materials are used to make them. 

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