Directional Signs

When you put together directional signs for your business, you need to be able to design these well enough for these to be considered really effective. For a directional sign to be effective, this needs to be able to show people where to go and help them find what they are looking for without the need to ask people for directions. After all, this is what directional signage is made to do, right?

So how do you ensure that your directional signs are effective at what they are supposed to do? You need to follow certain guidelines and tips that can lead to the creation of such signs. Here are some of the things you need to make sure are on your signs for these to be effective in showing people the way:

Easy to Read Fonts – the fonts that you need to use for your directional signs need to be easy to read even from a distance. The fonts that are ideal for these are those that are simple, which means no fancy text, no italics and these fonts have to be sans serif.

Proper Spacing and Size of Characters – to also make the copy of your signs easy to read, rules regarding spacing should also be followed. The size of the characters that you use should also follow rules that make these easy to read as well. The higher up your signs are mounted, the bigger your sign’s characters should be.

Braille and Tactile Letters Added When Necessary – it is necessary for you to use tactile letters and Braille translations when your directional signs are within the reach of the people using these. This is to facilitate the easy use of such signage for those with visual impairments. If your directional signs are wall mounted and can be reached by a person’s hands, these tactile additions should definitely be on them so that these can be read with the sense of touch.

Non-glare finish – both the characters and the background of your signs, whether these are wall mounted or ceiling mounted, should have a non-glare finish. This is to ensure that these do not reflect back light, making them easier to read by everyone, especially those with visual impairments. Non-glare finishes include eggshell, and matte.

Proper Use of Arrows – it is also important that your directional signs point people in the right direction and this is done with the use of arrows. If the room they are looking for on that floor us found after a bend, make sure that your arrow shows this and in the right direction of the turn. You can use only one arrow for multiple rooms and facilities that can be found in one general direction, if you wish to save on space when it comes to your directional signs.

Right Color Contrast – also important is to use the right color contrast, which is at 70%, with either the characters or the background being darker or lighter than the other. You can actually use quite a number of color combinations for your directional signs, just make sure that whatever combinations you choose, the color contrast percentage that is required is there.

Proper Mounting Height – whether mounted on walls or on ceilings, depending of course on the type of directional sign you have, proper mounting height is essential. If your directional signs are ceiling mounted, the minimum required clear head space is at 80” high. For those that are wall mounted, just like other tactile and Braille signs, the mounting height is set at a maximum of 60” and minimum of 48” from the floor.

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