Designing Architectural Signs

Why is it considered a challenge to create architectural signs? What is the difference between these signs and others that businesses buy from signage makers? Should these signs really be considered a challenge?

Let us start with the fact that not all sign makers agree on one definition for these signs. This is because architectural signs can be defined by a sing manufacturer in one way, and defined by another in another way. Most sign makers however agree that one of the key features of these signs is its aesthetic quality. Architectural signs are essentially made to look good, and to add some beauty to where it is mounted.

One of the main reasons why these are considered challenging to make is because of the fact that like most signs, these need to conform to certain rules set by the government for compliance. In order for these signs to be considered compliant, these have to carry the features specified by the ADA for these. Different signs require different sets of rules, hence the added challenge of being able to create signs that are definitely within guidelines.

In the past, when you said that signs need to comply with ADA guidelines, sign makers found it difficult to create good looking signs. This is because the guidelines that were listed actually made it rather difficult to create aesthetically pleasing signs. The reason for the difficulty is due to the limitations set by the rules, which only allows for the use of specific color combinations, specific fonts, and the addition of features that may seem unattractive to some people.

These days however, after years of constantly facing such a challenge, signage makers have found numerous ways to create great looking signs while still being compliant. This also comes with the latest sign making technology that allows sign manufacturers to make signs look better while still integrating ADA features in them. Also worth mentioning is that a better understanding of the rules set by the government, and knowing what can be tweaked and how, is also seen to be one of the reasons why compliant signs are more better looking these days.

Where does the challenge lie when it comes to the creation of these architectural signs? It has been seen in how a sign manufacturer can translate what a client wants into a compliant sign. The manufacturer will need to integrate the many features needed for these signs to be considered adherent to government standards, without straying too far from what the client requires. This becomes an even greater challenge when the original design is difficult to tweak to conform to ADA rules.

In order to overcome such difficulties, a sign manufacturer may need to educate a client about the many rules that have been set by the government for signage. They may also need to inform them of the possible repercussions if these rules are not followed. Once a client understands what needs to be done and why, certain design suggestions can then be made for the architectural signs that are needed.

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