Sign Design

Designing signs for your business is sometimes fun to do. You can let your creativity out when you put together the many different signs that your company needs. You should know however that no matter how creative you are or how much freedom your company gives you in putting together the drafts for your office signs, you still have to follow a number of design rules that have been set by the government. These rules can be found in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

What are these sign design requirements, you might ask? Before you go on adding a number of features to your signs, you first need to know where these are to be used and if it is a room sign, what type of room will be using it. There are quite a few elements that you will need to add to your room signs, and this is dependent on what kind of a room this is to be used on. If the room is considered a permanent one (bathrooms and closets are examples of this), or if the sign is to be used on a door that leads to an unchangeable feature of the building (a stairwell is an example of this), then you will need to incorporate the features that are required of permanent door signs.

The features that have to be added to the design of a permanent door sign include tactile letters or numbers, tactile pictograms (if any), and Braille translations of what is written on the sign. Apart from these, you also need to know where these features should be on your sign, what their sizes are as per the size of the sign, and how high the raised or tactile parts of the sign should be from the background. These are just a few of the features you need to incorporate into your signage design.

Other things you need to consider when you are putting together your office or business signs, particularly when these need to conform to ADA rules, include the colors used on them (color contrast for ADA signs is at 70%), the finish of the materials used on the sign (these should not be shiny or reflective), and the fonts that you use for the wording (sans serif fonts are required for ADA compliance).

Not all signs need to have all these features though, however those who are unsure as to whether their signs are considered permanent room signs or not choose to add these to their signs nonetheless. If you are unsure of your sign design, it might be a good idea to consult with a sign designer who knows all about ADA compliance rules for signage, or a signage manufacturer that is well versed when it comes to the creation of custom signs and ADA signage.

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