Old Interior Office Signs

Have you ever found yourself wondering whether the signs you see right now are the same kinds of signs that were used a few decades ago? Are the interior office signage that you see being used today designed the same way they were 2 to 3 decades ago? What are the major differences between the signs that were in use then and the signs you see everywhere now?

While there are very few (if any at all) signs from the past that can still be seen being used today, the differences between the signs then and the ones in use now are pretty easy to enumerate. Aside from the cleaner lines and the more modern look that interior signs may have today, the other differences you can find between past and present signage include the kinds of materials used and the color combinations that are utilized.

The differences you see between old signs and new signs used indoors have something to do with compliance issues that need to be addressed. All signs that businesses use these days have to comply with the set standards that the ADA has put up. These rather strict guidelines are put in place to give everyone the same rights, whether they have disabilities or not. These standards, while somewhat stringent, still does leave room for establishments to design signs according to their specifications, hence the many different sign designs that you see around you.

Signs in the past were usually made with the same materials that are being used today, however, with the ADA guidelines for interior signs having been implemented only fairly recently, these old signs did not really have a uniform guideline to follow. These days, interior signs may look different from one another, but these have certain characteristics shared across signs. For example, for all room signs to be considered ADA compliant, these need to have tactile letters and Braille translations on them.

Another good example of the similarities indoor signs that you see today have include the pictograms that are used on them, the color contrast percentages (even when the color combinations being used are different from other signs) and the finish that each sign has. If signs that are being used indoors today were to be made following the styles that were used in the past, the likely scenario would be that your establishment would be found in violation of ADA rules and, as such, will be penalized for such a violation.