Engraved Signs

Engraved signs are often thought to be ideal only for use when ADA signage or engraved office signs is required, however this is untrue. While ADA signs are indeed crafted with the use of engraving as the manufacturing method, this does not necessarily mean that this is the only use you can get out of engraved signage. Engraved signs can be used for a wide array of signage needs and to show you what these other uses are, here is a list of some of them.

Information Signs – these are signs that are used to tell people what to do, what not to do, when offices or businesses are opened or closed, and many more. As the name implies, information signs give people the information they need, and engraving is oftentimes the marking method used for these signs due to the fact that this marking method produces durable and difficult to deface copy.

These signs are sometimes subject to ADA signage rules however, this is dependent on where these information signs are found and used. For example, if your information sign is used to tell people not to litter or that you must wash your hands before handling some item, the need for following ADA guidelines is not strictly implemented with these signs.

Desk Nameplates – while these are sometimes considered not part of the signage family, nameplates are still used to tell people something useful, such as who is sitting at a particular desk or what service desk they are at, which make these part of the signage family. These are usually engraved as well, and are either mounted on a permanent base or inserted into a desk sign holder, if the desk it is used on often finds itself used by more than one person.

Directional Signs – these are signs that may or may not need to follow ADA rules, although it might be a better idea if you do follow some of the ADA rules that can be applied to this, like those that pertain to color contrasts and fonts. These signs are used to “direct” people to where they need to go and are often found in buildings and areas where people gather. Examples of these places include malls, office buildings, train stations and airports.

These are often found hanging overhead, however there are a few variants of this kind of sign found mounted on walls and in hallways. These usually carry directional elements on them like arrows and graphics that point you in the right direction.

Directories – you often see these signs mounted right behind people manning reception desks in office buildings and in the lobbies of such buildings. You also see these in the entryways of malls, medical buildings and in other establishments where offices and rooms have different uses or occupants. Hotels, convention centers, restaurants with function rooms and other similar establishments may have these on their walls as well, with empty spaces for inserting details regarding who is using what room for what event.

Cubicle Signs – engraved signs can also be used for marking cubicles, and since these are seldom considered permanent spaces, this means you don’t really need to follow ADA signage rules for these, you can design these engraved office signs any which way you want. Of course, if your office cubicles are made to be permanent spaces (these are bolted down and are immovable or won’t change usage any time soon), then you will need to conform with ADA standards when creating these. That would mean adding Braille translations, using tactile letters and sans serif fonts, and other ADA compliant rules used for permanent room signs.

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