Men's Bathroom Sign

If you look around you, you will notice that there are signs that are easier to recognize than others. This is because of the fact that some of these signs actually appear more frequently than others, like men’s restroom signs, handicap parking signs, and even no smoking signs. The mere sight of the pictogram used for these signs will tell you what these are, and that alone lets you know that these signs are actually very familiar to you.

You will often see these signs in places that people go to, such as malls, churches, schools, stadiums and the like. These are used by numerous establishments like hospitals, office buildings, and even government buildings. These signs are very familiar to you, and come in designs that are generally alike, because of the fact that these also need to be made following very specific rules.

The reason why such rules are imposed on signage is for the benefit of everyone, and for the purpose of equality. This is due to the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, which state certain rules for signs, among other things, that help make accessibility easy for even those with disabilities. With the rules that are stated in the ADA, you will find that signs need to be of a certain color combination, need to use very specific fonts as well as font sizes, and have to be mounted at a very specific height.

These signs also need to use easy-to-recognize pictograms, and depending on where these are to be used, may also need to carry tactile features such as tactile letters and numbers, and Braille translations. The most commonly used signs that carry these tactile features and universally recognizable pictograms include men’s restroom signs, women’s restroom signs, elevator location signs, and stairwell numbering signs. These tactile features also need to be present when signs are used on doors that lead to permanent rooms like kitchens, auditoriums, closets, and bathrooms.

While these signs can be tweaked a little to make them seem unique, and to have them conform to the designs of the buildings they are being used in and on, the tweaking needs to follow very concise rules as well. These include color contrasts that are within the prescribed 70% ratio, the use of materials that are non-glare or non-gloss, and the use of fonts that are sans serif. You should also be aware that these signs also need to have the right character size as per the mounting height of the sign to ensure that whoever reads these can easily understand what is on the sign.

All of these rules make these signs look almost exactly alike – meaning all men’s restroom signs look almost the same, all women’s restroom signs look almost the same, and handicap parking signs look all the same, save for a few tweaks here and there to show people what kind of handicap feature can be found in the area (i.e. ramps, elevators, parking slots, etc.). Still, with these tweaks and slight changes, you will notice that these signs are still very easy to recognize, and that is, as we said earlier, because these can be seen almost everywhere and are made according to rules set for ADA compliant signs

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