It is unfortunate that some people believe that compliance and aesthetics do not mix. This can be easily blamed on how people approached the creation of ADA compliant signs in the past. It can also be attributed to the lack of understanding on the part of sign manufacturers as well as equipment that could help them produce aesthetically pleasing signs that are compliant.

These days, with more and more manufacturers knowing what guidelines to follow and with sign making methods becoming more and more innovative, beautiful yet compliant signs are becoming the norm. What people have to realize is that aesthetics need not be sacrificed when compliance is required. ADA signs can still be aesthetically pleasing, as long as the guidelines for compliance are still followed.

A lot of sign manufacturers now know this and have been able to produce compliant signs that are also good on the eyes. They now know that these signs can take advantage of the many available color contrasts that are deemed allowable for ADA standards. These signs can also be made more appealing to the eye with the use of fonts that are not only acquiescent to ADA rules but also visually pleasing to look at.

While you can make your signs look more beautiful with the choices you have for sans serif type fonts and compliant contrasting color schemes, there are some guidelines that cannot and should not be compromised on. Some of the ADA regulations that you cannot play with include the rules on character size and spacing, and the use of domed Braille. These should always follow regulations to a T and should not be experimented on.

One of the rules that people find rather confusing when it comes to creating ADA compliant signs is the need for these signs to have tactile as well as visual characters that can be easily read by the blind and the visually impaired. There is a way for this to be achieved without sacrificing aesthetics and that is with the use of the dual sign approach. Since two separate signs can be used to accommodate the needs of both the visually impaired and the blind, one sign can be artistic but color contrast compliant and the other can be tactile and totally compliant.