Custom Braille Signs

Customizing your signage for aesthetic purposes, and to create that unified look you want for your office while having great looking signs at the same time, also requires that you create signs that are still compliant with ADA rules. Customization does not exempt you from following these rules set by the government after all, and this means that whatever signs you tweak, you need to still ensure that these are made with government guidelines still in mind. One of the signs that you can tweak, even though you have to abide by ADA standards when customizing, are custom Braille signs.

As the name implies, these are signs that have Braille translations on them. This also means that from the get go, these signs are already well on their way to being compliant since Braille is one of the elements that are added to signs for compliance. Even though these signs need to be made with a strict set of rules, this does not mean that you have very little room for customization. You can tweak these signs to fit your aesthetic requirements and here are some of the factors that you can play with in order to come up with the kinds of signs that you want:

Color combinations – while there is a rule that states your Braille signs, or ADA compliant signs, need to have the regulatory 70% color contrast, this rule does not limit your color choices at all. You simply need to find the right color combination that fits this particular percentage in the shades that you like. Some people mistakenly believe that the only colors they can use for their ADA signs are those that are made in blue and white, or black and white. What they do not realize is that there are a lot of color combinations that can fit the 70% contrast rule. Examples of such color combinations include red with yellow, burgundy with yellow, navy blue with gold, white with canyon, and so on.

Signage shape – your signs do not need to be in the usual square or rectangular shape for these to be considered ADA compliant. Although the size of your sign should be big enough to be seen from a respectable distance, and should also have the right sized characters on them as per their size. Your sign can come with domed tops, in oval shapes, and other simple shapes, but nothing too elaborate or difficult to handle by those who have visual impairments. The shape should also enable you to have enough space for the important ADA compliant elements on these signs, such as tactile letters, proper spacing, and Braille translations.

Fonts used – while there are still limitations to the kinds of fonts you can use on these signs, you should also be aware that you still have quite a number of options to choose from. As long as the fonts being used are sans serif, are not fancy or in italics, you will be fine with whatever fonts that you choose. Examples of the fonts that you can use for your custom Braille signs include Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, Lucida Console, and Tahoma, to name but a few.

These are just a number of the options that you can tweak when you customize your Braille signage. You can find out more about custom Braille signs, and other customizable ADA signs, from a compliance expert or a sign designer who knows a lot about the rules that govern such signage and what design ideas can and cannot be applied to these signs.

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