Interior Signs

Businesses everywhere use a wide variety of signs – from outdoor signs to commercial signs to indoor signs. These are all required by these establishments for many reasons, some of which include advertising, marketing, for showing direction, and for telling people who and what kind of company they are. One of the more commonly used types of signage is the indoor sign. These interior signs are required and used by numerous entities for a wide array of purposes however, the most common purpose for these, is for showing people where to go and where they are.

Interior signs are actually subject to a number of rules set by the government, and these rules are found in the ADA guidelines. These rules for signage are put in place for the same reason that the ADA was first enacted, and that is to give everyone equal opportunities – equal opportunities to find establishments on their own, equal opportunities to get to where they need to go even without assistance from others, and equal opportunities to simply understand what these signs say.

In this light, interior signs need to have rather specific elements on them for these to be considered ADA compliant. While these rules are rather stringent, this does not mean however that design and aesthetics have to suffer. Certain signage designers know how to tweak these ADA signs to have the kind of features that the ADA requires these to have, while still giving clients the kind of signage designs that are pleasing to the eyes and, more often than not, in line with the kind of image the company wants to exude.

So, what are the required features for these signs when it comes to making them ADA compliant? Here are some of them:

Color contrast – interior signs need to follow the rules that are set for color contrast. The prescribed contrast is at 70%, which means that either the background or the characters need to be around 70% darker or lighter than the other. This rule is put in place to make it easier for everyone to distinguish what is written on the sign. Some signs may have colors that are not as contrasting as they should, making the reading of such signs difficult, which can lead to confusion. This rule strives to remove such a problem.

Tactile features – ADA compliant signs, particularly those that are used to mark permanent rooms, need to have tactile features on them. As the term implies, tactile means something that is perceptible with the use of your sense of touch. This means then that these signs need to have features that you can discern with your sense of touch, in this case, your fingertips. The features that are considered ideal for these signs are tactile letters and Braille translations. These are added to these signs to make these easy to understand by those who have visual impairments, since they can easily read what is on these signs with the use of their fingertips.

Non-glare finish – also part of the list of must-haves when it comes to ADA signage, or interior signs that are ADA compliant in particular, is a non-glare finish. This means that these signs should have a surface that is non-reflective. This is to prevent the possibility of lights reflecting on the surface of the sign, making it difficult to read by everyone.

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