Office Directory

These are signs that you usually see in entryways and lobbies, and these often show you a number of things that help you find what you are looking for. For office buildings, these kinds of signs usually carry a lot of information about the rooms that are in that same building. These are what you look at and refer to when you are trying to locate an office or person within that same building, and you do not know exactly where to find them.

While most office buildings do have receptionists and people you can ask directions from, sometimes you don’t feel like asking anyone for help. These signs will help you do that. These will give you the directions that you need to find the offices that you have to locate. In short, these directory signs help guide you in the right direction.

In order to help people the way they should, these signs carry a number of features that are crucial to their role. One of the things you may find common among most directory signs is the placement of the office name and the room number it is in. It is often in the order of which floor a particular office can be found. The arrangement is usually lowest floors at the top of the list and top floors at the very end of this list.

Sometimes, depending on the kind of office building the directory is being made for, the entries on it are arranged differently. For instance, if the directory signage being made is for a building filled with doctors’ clinics, the arrangement may be in the order of practice and alphabetical order. So you may see Anesthesiology and Cardiology specialists on the top of this list before you can get to an EENT and Obstetrics doctor on the list. The doctors on such a directory will also be listed alphabetically, although some directories may opt to have them listed according to room number instead.

For directories to work the way they should, directional signs and room signs need to be used as well. These signs are found distributed within the building, unlike directories which are oftentimes found only in the entryway of the said facility. These other signs are subject to more of the rules that the ADA has set for signage, which means that these will have more distinct features than that of directories. As it is, directory signs only need to adhere to ADA rules that cover character size, fonts used, color contrasts, and the use of non-glare and non-gloss materials.

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