Sign Designer - Custom Office Door Signs

Customizing your office door signs comes with a number of dos and don’ts that need to be followed. This is because of many reasons that include compliance issues, the effectiveness of your signage, and your own personal ones. Aside from needing to design signs that fit the ambience of your workplace, you also need to take into consideration your budget, and the rules set by the ADA for these custom office door signs.

When planning to customize door signs for your office, you need to list down which ones are to be used for permanent rooms, and which ones are not. Permanent room signs come with a long list of design dos and don’ts, which is why these signs need to be well thought out first before other signs are designed. In order for there to be uniformity in the signs that you use for your office, you should consider using the designs that you come up with for permanent room signs for all the signs that you will need.

When designing these signs, some of the most important factors that you have to integrate into these include the ADA elements that will make these compliant. These are tactile characters like raised letters and Braille translations, proper color contrast between the characters and the background, the use of sans serif fonts, and the utilization of non-glare or non-gloss finishes. Since these all need to be on permanent room signs, why not consider adding all of these elements to the rest of the signs that you are creating for your office?

If you think that only door signs that are to be used for permanent offices should have these elements, then that is your prerogative. You can still have uniform signs for your place of business by using the same color schemes that you use for these signs, and using similar designs or styles (for instance, if you use domed signs for your permanent room signage, then you should think about using the same style all around, even if these signs are not all in the same color). You can also choose to use different shades of the same color in order to tie all of your signs in to have a cohesive look, even when these have rather different designs from each other.

You should keep in mind though, that despite some signs not being permanent room signs, and not needing to follow numerous ADA signage rules, these other custom office door signs that you are creating are still subject to a few rules set by the government. Almost all indoor signs need to follow certain basic ADA guidelines such as the right color contrast (70% color contrast between the background and characters, which can be dark over light shades, or vice versa), the right character size as per signage size, and the use of non-glare finishes. You also need to ensure that all your signs are easy enough to read and understand. This essentially means that text that is too fancy or difficult to discern should not be used.

These are just some of the dos and don’ts that you need to take note of when designing your custom office door signs. If you find yourself somewhat confused regarding what to do and what not to do with your signage, you should try to talk to a sign designer who is considered an expert in the creation of ADA compliant office signage.

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