Custom Sign Materials

Thinking of the best possible designs for your custom signs need not be a difficult job, as long as you know who to ask for help and where to go for your customized signs. Even when you are somewhat clueless as to what needs to be done in order to create such signage systems, or even individual signs, you can do this task easily with the help of a few tips and tricks. To help you get started, here are a couple of things for you to consider when you find yourself stumped as to how you can effectively design amazing custom signs for your needs:

Find out first where these signs are to be used. – before you can actually begin to put together the designs needed for your signs, you need to know where you will be using these signs, what these signs are to be and what these will carry on them. Knowing where these are to be utilized (indoors or outdoors) will let you know what elements need to be on these signs. This will also help you determine what kind of materials you can use for these signs, which in turn will help you decide how to design these signs, based on what these materials are and what the elements on these will be.

Signs that are to be used outdoors need to use specific materials that are not easily damaged by the sun, rain and the forces of nature. Indoor signs need not use these same materials, however if you want to follow a very specific design aesthetic, you can opt to use the same materials for your indoor signage as well.

For the elements on these signs, knowing where these are to be used (indoors or outdoors) will help you with the kinds of fonts, color combinations and whether or not you need to add Braille translations and tactile letters on them. This is because of the need for indoor signs to conform to ADA standards, and the aforementioned elements are just some of the things you need to add to these signs to make them ADA compliant.

Always keep compliance in mind when designing indoor signage. – To keep yourself out of trouble with the law, and to avoid the need to have signs redone due to non-compliance, know which signs need to be ADA compliant. You need to ensure that the designs you think up for these are in line with what the ADA says you should do for signs that are meant to be ADA signage. Included in the considerations when you put together these signs are the color combinations you use, the fonts that you choose from and the added elements that are required for such signage.

For your color combinations, make sure that these have a 70% contrast, with either the foreground being 70% lighter than the background or the background being 70% lighter than the foreground. While most people might mistake this color contrast requirement to mean only blue on white, or white  on blue, or black on white, or white on black combinations, there are actually quite a number of color combinations to choose from when it comes to the contrasting shades that are ideal for ADA signage.

For the fonts, you have to choose from a selection that is pre-approved by the ADA and these fonts are those that are easy to read with the use of your fingers. Called tactile letters, fonts that are often used for these are those that do not have fancy shapes or extensions, and are sans serif ones. You are also not allowed to use italics or fancy text for your signage copy when you need to create indoor signs that are ADA compliant.

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