Designing Architectural Signs

Architectural signs are used by businesses to do a number of things. For one, it is used to help establish the company’s brand and builds the expectations of customers. These are also used to communicate various messages, depending on usage, where the signs are located and how these are put together.

Looking at the importance of these architectural signs, you may then begin to think that crafting these signs requires you to think long and hard before settling on any one design idea. Designing your interior architectural signage need not be a daunting task, as some people view it to be. With experts at your beck and call to help you achieve whatever goals you want to achieve with the help of your signs, the task is taken completely out of your hands.

What if, however, you decide to have a hand in designing your interior architectural signs and want to be there every step of the way? Will it be difficult for you to put together as effective a sign system as the experts could? Or will your effort be a total disaster and not achieve what you want it to achieve.

Architectural Signs

There is a way for you to effectively design your interior architectural signs. The first thing you need to do is to understand that indoor signage and outdoor signage are two very different objects. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that these both require different materials, installation methods and even sets of regulations to follow.

The first consideration that comes into play when designing interior architectural signs is what will these be used for? Will these be used to show people direction? Is the sign supposed to show individuals what room they are about to enter? Knowing what each sign’s “duty” is will help you easily determine what design to use for such a sign, based on set guidelines by the ADA for indoor signs as well as on your preferences for such a sign.

Your next consideration will be the kind of look you want your signs to have. Do you want these to look simple, sophisticated, elaborate or unique? This then dictates what kinds of materials you can choose to use for your signs. Some materials are ideal for that elegant and sophisticated look, while others are great for a simple and laid-back appeal.

Another consideration that comes into play when designing indoor architectural signs is whether or not these will be installed in an area that is in direct sunlight. This will also alter your material choices considerably since you will need to find materials that do not fade too fast under such conditions.

Not to forget, cost is also a consideration. These are just a few of the things you need to think about when designing interior architectural signs. To learn more about your options for these signs and to know what your limitations are in terms of ADA guidelines, you can check out some of the signage guidelines at ADAAG.