ADA Compliant Sign Designs

Creating signs for your business requires that these have very specific elements on them to make them compliant. When you say compliant, this means that these have the features that the government mandates these to have. These features are there to make these signs easier to read and understand by everyone, just as other accessibility guidelines are there to make accessing specific locales easy for everyone as well.

When you design your signs, you need to know what features need to be on these for compliance needs. Not all signs need the same compliance features on them since the guidelines state what kinds of signs need to have features like tactile elements added to them. The signs that need to have the most ADA features on them are permanent room signs, and these are those signs that are used on rooms that are considered unchangeable or permanent. These signs are also used on stairwell doors since these do not change usage as well.

Compliance features include a number of things, and not just what goes on the sign. Apart from the need for characters to be raised or tactile, and for braille translations to be placed underneath these tactile characters, you also need to use colors that have a 70% contrast. This is to make what is on the sign easier to view even from afar and also to help those with problems discerning colors to easily understand what is written on these signs.

Color contrasts being set at 70% means that your background has to be 70% darker or lighter than the characters of your sign. This does not mean however that you are stuck with using black and white or blue and white for your signs. There are a lot of other color combinations that fit this particular color contrast scheme. All you need to do is check out color combination charts that sign manufacturers may have, or you can ask a sign designer about these ADA compliant sign colors.

Another feature that needs to be used on these signs for compliance is the finish. A lot of people love seeing shiny signs, but what they may not realize is that when light shines on these signs, these give out a glare that is either hurtful to the eyes, or makes the sign rather difficult to read. This is why it is mandated that signs need to have a non-gloss or non-glare finish in order for these to be considered compliant. The non-glare and non-gloss finish will make these signs easy to read even with bright light shining on it. 

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