Signs for Office Door Use

You may not be aware of this but signs used by your company, particularly those used on the many doors in your office or facility, should follow certain design rules. These rules are put together by the government to ensure that everyone who sees these signs can easily read and understand them. These rules are called the ADA Standards for Accessibility, and it covers a lot of things needed for ease of access for everyone.

Door signs for office use need to follow a specific set of design guidelines that include rules covering the following:

Color combinations – did you know that your color combinations actually need to have around 70% contrast? This contrast percentage helps ensure that whoever reads the sign can easily distinguish the background from the characters of the sign. This makes the sign easy to read and understand even from a distance. The color combinations and contrast that are often used by many to achieve this include red and white, blue and white, black and white, and grey and black. There are many options for this however, and all you need to do is to ask your sign manufacturer or designer for the contrasts and combinations that are acceptable by ADA standards.

Fonts used – this is another factor that needs to be taken into consideration when signs are being designed and made. There are a lot of fonts in the world, but the ones you should consider using for your office door signs are the ones that are called sans serif. These are those fonts that do not have an extra stroke or line which adds to the artistic flair of the font. Sans serif fonts are used for these signs to help remove any possible confusion that may come from these additional strokes or lines on these letters.

Tactile features – tactile is the sense of touch, hence these features are those that you can distinguish with your fingertips. These features are added on for the benefit of those who have visual impairments. In order for such individuals to easily read these signs, they have to be able to understand what is written on these signs by running their fingers over these. Tactile features that should be on these signs include letters, numbers, pictograms and braille dots that translate what is written on these signs. Also, for these tactile features to be useful, these signs need to be mounted at a height that can be easily reached by the human hand. This height is set at 48 inches to 60 inches from the floor to the middle of the sign.

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