Custom Signs

Custom signs are not a rarity these days, what with companies wanting to be different from others around them. The main issue some people have with customized signs is when their design ideas are put on hold because of compliance issues. Is there a way for custom signage to be ADA compliant without really sacrificing the design aesthetic of such signs?

As difficult as this may seem, custom signs can actually be ADA compliant. The key to this happening is found in one word – compromise. No, you don’t need to totally compromise the designs and look of your customized signs. What you need to do is to meet halfway and to have your sign design team come up with an idea that is pleasing to you and your business partners as well as compliant with the many ADA rules that govern ADA signs.

Before you start designing your custom signs, you should first know which signs need to follow the most stringent guidelines of the ADA. The signs that have to follow a lot of regulations when it comes to compliance are those that are used for permanent rooms or spaces. These need to follow very specific rules that include font usage, tactile letters, color contrasts and mounting heights. These also need to follow rules regarding sign finish, signage size and character size, as well as the use of Braille translations.

Other signs that still need to follow some ADA rules, but not all of them, include directional signs, directory signs and overhead signs. Some of the rules these need to comply with include those that cover color contrasts, character size and sign finish. Other rules like font usage, tactile letters and Braille translations can be excluded from these signs.

There are also a few signs that need not follow ADA rules. These signs include temporary ones, those that are used for non-accessible areas and name signs used for cubicles or spaces that are temporary as well. You can customize signs used here to your heart’s content without having to worry about compliance issues.

Custom signs and ADA compliant signs need not be two different things. These can be one and the same. All you need to do is to plan your signs properly so that you can have the kind of custom signs that won’t get you in trouble with the law, and at the same time, are aesthetically what you want them to be.