November 11, 2013
Business owners know that ADA-compliant signage is a necessary piece of the wayfinding sign strategy for any building or office. In the face of all the federal guidelines regulating the design of these signs, it’s important to remember: ADA signage doesn’t have to be boring.
Try to forget the ubiquitous blue and white signs that are often used in these applications, because ADA-compliance and your organization’s brand can go hand-in-hand. Any building that offers goods or services to the general public (like restaurants, retail stores, hospitals, banks, museums, hotels, shopping malls, libraries—you name it) needs signage that follows the rules laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and not all of these signs are created equal.
Signmakers have an endless list of materials for you to choose from—like aluminum, wood, an endless rainbow of colored acrylics, even custom printed backgrounds—that will integrate seamlessly with the tactile and visual requirements of these signs. Add frames or standoffs and you’ve created a fully finished look.
Building signage falls into three categories when you’re discussing ADA requirements. The strictest of these are for permanent rooms and spaces. Signs that designate restrooms, exits, elevators, and room numbers will need to follow both tactile requirements:
As well as visual requirements:
Directional and wayfinding signs don’t require you to incorporate the tactile elements above, but they do still need to comply with the mentioned visual standards. Signs that change more frequently, like building directories and room occupancies, are not required to comply with ADA guidelines.
These rules may seem overly restrictive, but working them into the design of your building is simple. There are many fonts that meet ADA guidelines, so you are sure to find one that fits with your corporate identity. Color combinations for these signs are nearly limitless, as long as there’s contrast between the content and the background. There are no rules governing frames or mounting devices, and you can make a distinct impression with custom-cut backgrounds and layered signage.
Layered signs in particular allow you to combine unique textures and printed backgrounds—even a company logo—with the ADA-compliant portion of your signs. Stainless steel, Corian®, acrylic, and copper are just a few of the custom materials that you can use to help frame the informational piece of an ADA sign.
Allow your ADA and wayfinding signs to inspire as well as inform. Generic signs may meet the minimum legal requirements for your business, but they can’t help you extend the reach of your brand. Your ADA solution should be as unique as your business.
Let the Signarama Evansville team guide you to a superior ADA signage solution—whether it’s for new construction or a renovation, contact us for a consultation at 812-477-7763 or email@example.com.
“Wow, I didn’t know you did all that!” is one of the most common remarks after someone takes a tour of our 8500 square feet production facility in Evansville, Indiana.
Here’s what it’s like to spend a day at Signarama Evansville:
From a basic logo and vehicle lettering on your truck’s door to a complete wrap of your box truck or van, we can make it happen. As a small business, we understand budgets and will work within yours to help you get the most bang for your buck.
We have Billy Collins, a 3M Preferred Vinyl Graphics installer, on staff to ensure your vehicle’s graphics are installed with the utmost care. We want your business to succeed and firmly believe that a well-designed, expertly installed wrap gives you a distinct advantage over your competitors. More on Vehicle Graphics…
Exhibiting at trade shows is fun. As a company that helps other businesses polish their image, we love when we get to help with this ultimate showcasing of a company’s brand. As a commercial sign company, designing trade show exhibits is incredibly satisfying.
Trade Shows happen year round. Nearly every industry has such an event that gathers vendors, specialists and customers together for the improvement of the industry. As an example, the signage industry has many events spread throughout the year. Some are regional events held in cities like Indianapolis, some are national/international events in cities like Las Vegas, which is where you would expect a bunch of sign nerds to go, right?
I want to introduce to you something a bit meatier. A bit sturdier. Something ideal for a multi-day trade show that might get bumped in to, leaned on and beat up but won’t mind it at all: Truss-based Trade Show and Event Exhibits!
The winning design will be wrapped live during EDG’s SIGNARAMA Evansville Tour on May 28. See that hood pictured above? We’ll remove the existing wrap and our 3M preferred vinyl installer, Billy Collins, will be wrapping that hood live during the tour.
Design a hood wrap for the Evansville Design Group. The wrap will be used to promote EDG. The wrap is intended to be hung or displayed as a showpiece to raise awareness of EDG.
Dimensions: 52″W x 57″H + 2″ bleed
Must include: EDG logo, SIGNARAMA Evansville logo and your own logo.
Schedule: Designs must be submitted by Tuesday, May 21 at midnight. Winning entry will be selected by the SIGNARAMA Evansville designers.
It might be a good idea to visit evansvilledesign.org to see their current branding, philosophy, etc.
We look forward to seeing all of you at the EDG Tour of the SIGNARAMA Evansville facility on May 28 at 6pm. Please RSVP on the Evansville Design Group website.