Architectural Signs

Architectural signs are signs that are used to not only convey messages to the people who see them, but these are also used to add something more to the building’s décor. These signs are made in such a way that they are somewhat decorative, apart from being utilitarian in nature. Since these signs are usually part of a system of signs, the designs you will see being used are more-often-than-not tied in with the designs of the other signs in the system.

When you talk about a system of architectural signs, what you get are numerous signs that are used all over a building (inside and outside). These are tied together by one universal element – this can be the material used, the color scheme or the general design idea behind these signs. Whatever the common element of these signs, these are used to make these signs all look like a true part of a system, and makes these look cohesive.

Types of Signs Found in a System of Architectural Signs

The signs that belong to this particular system can be found both indoors and outdoors, depending on the establishment these signs are being used for. Some of the signs that are used in these architectural signage systems can be used either outdoors or indoors, while a few can only be used indoors. Here are some of these signs:

Directional signs – indoors and outdoors - these signs can actually be used both indoors and outdoors. These carry names of the facilities and rooms in the building, if the sign is found indoors, or buildings and directions for facilities, if these signs are found outdoors. These directional signs can be made out of a wide variety of materials, with the material choice being dependent on where these are to be used. If these are to be used outdoors, materials need to be durable and rather impervious to the changes in the weather. If indoors, materials used need to be compliant with ADA rules.

Room signs – indoors – these can be used on rooms that are considered permanent or won’t change usage anytime soon, on rooms that can change usage from time to time, and rooms that are for rent, like hotel rooms or conference rooms. Some of these signs may not require the addition of tactile elements like Braille translations and tactile characters, but those that are considered permanent room signs, as well as hotel room numbers, are required to have these features on them since these rooms won’t be changing usage anytime soon.

Stairwell and Elevator signs – indoors – these signs show people what floor they are on as well as whether there are stairs behind a door or there is an elevator nearby. These need to be compliant with certain ADA rules as well, such as color contrasts, tactile letters, Braille translations and non-glare finishes. These need to be mounted at a height that is easy to read with the use of the fingertips.

Directories – indoors and outdoors – these carry the names of the offices and facilities found in either an entire area with a number of buildings around it (outdoor signs are used here), or in a single building (indoor signs are used here). The difference between these signs and directional signs is that these do not have the arrows that directional signs have. These usually tell people where to go with the use of room numbers beside the office or facility name. These do not have tactile features on them since such signs are often elevated too high for people to reach with their fingertips. These architectural signs however need to have proper character size as per mounting height, right color contrasts and non-glare finish.

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