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Directional Signs Play A Huge Role In Everyday Life

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Directional signs are valuable to everyday life.  There would be absolutely no way to move about the country without them.  Being lost would be more and more common than actually finding the intended destination.  Maps and GPS units would be of no use if the streets, buildings, and highways did not display numbers and names.

Most people would be astonished at the amount of signage that they would notice if they were paying extra attention to them on their daily commute to work.  There are those reminding people to stop, yield, slow down, turn, go straight, and merge.  Once at work, more than likely there are placards that point to the proper area for handicapped parking and visitor parking.  Inside the building there are identifiers indicating how to find the information desk, the various offices, and other essential areas like public restrooms.

Even a trip to the grocery store is full of directional signs.  Inside the store there are banners displaying items on sale, special offers, and other announcements.  New items have a small banner of their own as well as items that are newly reduced.

Restaurants have menus, boards that display the special of the day, and placards that indicate where the restrooms are located, as well as emergency exits.

It really does not matter where a person travels, they will notice that signage is a part of the landscape.  They are there to assist, direct, protect, and warn.  Without them, there would be nothing to identify one street from the next, or one business from the other.  These placards and banners all play a huge role in everyone’s life each and every day.

Regulations Regarding ADA Bathroom Signs

Monday, May 14th, 2012

There are several regulations regarding an ADA bathroom sign. The American Disability Act has gone to great lengths to give all persons equal access to all public facilities. There are many federal laws that a business must adhere to when providing access for the community, specifically catering to those with disabilities.

There are a multitude of options available when looking to get an ADA bathroom sign. This classification is not limited to the placard next to the door. There are postings within the restroom as well. Some of the most common placards are for hand washing and notification stating that there is a baby changing area.

An ADA bathroom sign can come with several options. Some will have a reflective paint on them. They can have wording or just a simple picture. The wording can be multi-lingual and have Braille at the bottom. Some can be mounted directly to the ceiling, while others can be placed directly on the door. Some of the signs are geometric in shape and are universally known by their shape. Men are represented by a triangle and women are represented by a circle.

An ADA bathroom sign that is attached to either the door or the wall next to the door must be placed at 60 inches from the floor to the center of the placard. The other restriction is that there cannot be anything protruding past 3 inches from the wall that may prohibit a person with a disability from being able to get right up to the placard.
Different styles and color combinations can be chosen. It all depends on the owner and what they want. As long as the placards contrast against the door or wall color and meet the other necessary guidelines, they will be sure to be in compliance with the laws.

What You Need To Know About ADA Handicap Signs

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Knowing the regulations set forth by the American with Disabilities Act can seem daunting, especially when looking for the proper ADA handicap sign for a new business. There are numerous types and styles of signs necessary to insure compliance with this act. Whether in the parking lot, bathroom, or entry way, the right labels welcome in a larger target audience while complying with mandated policies.

Some of the most common areas these types of placards can be found are listed below.

Parking lot – The first place individuals will likely notice these accessibility labels are in the parking lot. A specific number of accessible spaces are required by law. One accessible space is needed for up to 25 spaces; nine accessible spaces are needed for between 401 and 500 total spaces in the lot. These spaces must be extra wide to allow for van accessibility. An international accessibility label must be in place with each space.

Ramps and doors – There must be a way for disabled individuals to enter the storefront. A ramp must be placed for accessibility and doors must be easily opened by everyone. A placard in this area will include arrows leading individuals to the entrance and exit.


Bathrooms – One of the most common places to see a placard of this nature is on the entrance to a bathroom. Generally, a facility will include appropriate labeling to insure males and females understand which direction to go, but it is vital to add the international accessibility logo to the label. In addition, the label must include braille for those with visual impairments.

Having an ADA handicap sign in the appropriate location helps insure everyone enjoys life equally.

The ADA Requirements For Signs

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Beginning in 1992, the Americans with Disabilities Act set forth ADA requirements to ensure that all architectural signage takes into account the many limitations of their patrons.  These accessibility regulations guarantee those that are visually, audibly, mentally, and mobility impaired are not discriminated against.  They are to be allowed the same access to a business as those without limitations.  The American National Standards Institute oversees the detailed ADA requirements to guarantee that all business signage is uniform and informative for all patrons.  When present, this can greatly reflect the professional reputation of any company.

The most common wayfinding signs displayed throughout public facilities must comply with numerous ADA requirements with regards to their ease of use.  The surface should have a non-glare finish with highly contrasting colors between the background and characters.  Traffic and parking signage do not fall under this aspect of the law due to their need of a reflective appearance.  The font utilized should be simple and be within a 5/8 inch to 2 inches height range.  Grade 2, or Contracted Braille, must be present under the corresponding printed letters or numbers.  These raised characters must be at least 1/32 of an inch in depth.

Pictograms are widely used to illustrate a particular location or service.  These include symbols for the hearing impaired such as an ear, a keyboard, or a phone.  The wheelchair symbol is used for accessibility purposes.

The placement of signage is also covered under the ADA requirements.  Tactile displays must be mounted no less than 48 inches and no higher than 60 inches from the finished floor surface and placed on the nearest vacant wall.

In working with an experienced sign company, a business can guarantee that any necessary signage complies with each of the ADA requirements.

What Wayfinding Consultants Do

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Finding the best wayfinding consultants for an organizations or businesses needs often means exploring what those professionals do and how the service is utilized. By insuring all aspects of building development are addressed, maximum profits and visitors allow an organization or business to succeed.

Wayfinding consultants are professional individuals with expertise at insuring the flow of traffic is always going in the desired direction. Organizations often hire these professionals because the flow of traffic is very important, especially when a lot of visitors or guests are expected.

Deciding on how to design foliage, sidewalks, and even where to place restrooms are all part of how wayfinding consultants help maximum a business’ potential. A natural flow of foot traffic is essential to insure people can easily get to their desired destination. It is not always simple to decide where to place those signs or site maps.

Map graphics for an entire complex are easy to understand and very versatile. In addition, a graphical map is decorative and easily placed on a wall, within a kiosk, or even added to a smartphone, thanks to the many apps available today. Wayfinding consultants know how to get the best results for the organization while spending less money.

A reputable sign company can actually act as wayfinding consultants, providing a multitude of information needed to get the desired results. A sign company knows how to keep the desired signage legal, as well. These are all great reasons to seek out a professional company that offers this type of guidance.

Why ADA Compliant Signage Is So Important

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Due to the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA compliant signage is now a part of everyday life of those who need it the most.  This is a great thing for those who may have sight impairments, hearing impairments or another type of disability that would make living in a world without these placards much more difficult. It is against the law for a building or business that serves the public to put up any type of placards or identifying labels that are not equipped with the Act mandated guidelines.

People who need the ADA compliant signage can rest assured that it will be there no matter what type of a building or business they must enter.  These may be placed on the front door, the restroom, and the various areas found in a public building. There must be placards that have the proper sized fonts and colors that tell the visitor what the area is used for.  It must also display the proper pictogram, as well as braille for the sight impaired.

If a person with a hearing impairment is in need of a phone, it is imperative that they be able to identify that the phone is equipped with TTY or text telephone.  They can see this by looking at the pictogram on the placard that is placed on public telephones.  This is just another reason why ADA compliant signage is so important.

A person who has sight impairments will rely heavily on the braille lettering that is mandatory on all signs, so that they can easily read the placards.  This is another reason why ADA compliant signage is so valuable to those who may have a disability or impairment.

Having The Appropriate ADA Restroom Signage

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Having appropriate ADA restroom signage is an associated law enforceable with stiff penalties and fines. Any business or establishment offering lavatory facilities must have the appropriate markings pointing people in the right direction to reach those facilities. In addition, the lavatory should be marked as gender specific if there is more than one facility.

There are numerous types of companies offering ADA restroom signage. Whether purchased online or at a local storefront, the right type of posting is generally straightforward, bold, and easily accessible and viewable to all people. What good is information if it is not easily viewed by the customer?

All ADA restroom signage is generally going to have a dark blue or black background with raised lettering and pictures that are light in color. The contrast in color is important to insure people recognize and have access to the information. In addition, Braille is necessary and generally placed underneath the lettering.

The placement of the ADA restroom signage is important too. The placement is going to take place exactly 60 inches from the floor on the wall adjacent to the latch on the door. The placement is so people do not get hit by a door opening or closing, and that the eye does not have to go too far in either direction to find the information.

There are a lot of reasons to have ADA restroom signage. Whether it is for legal purposes or to just reach out to the customer base, the information plays a vital role in making the lavatory easily accessible to all who enter the building.

Hospital Signage Requirements

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Hospital signage is an effective way to direct both vehicle and foot traffic around and throughout the facility.  While of course interior products need to be compliant with the guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), even still there are many ways to make them stand out from the crowd. The first option is color. While there are going to be specifics that must be followed, there are enough choices that can be made to make them memorable. Hospital signage on the inside of the building will have to include the ones that direct people to different wings and specific rooms. There will usually be a directory in sign form, although some prefer to visit the information desk to ask for directions.

There are options for outside as well. There is hospital signage that is used for identifying the campus itself, which is the one that would be seen from the road on the approach to the building. In addition to this, the building itself might be labeled, or there might be several buildings, so some sort of distinguishing markers between them might be necessary. There may also be secondary directional signs outside, which can help when it comes to knowing where to park and enter a building. Parking might be another priority when it comes to identifying a certain location, as the hospital signage should be able to direct the visitors to the visiting parking, while keeping the emergency access available to the ambulances.

Whether inside or outside, there are plenty of ways to make each building distinguishable from the others, all while being in accordance with the guidelines.

The Rules Concerning Handicap Parking Signs

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The ADA is a law that was enacted in 1990 and provides handicap parking signs and spaces for those with disabilities.  The Americans with Disabilities Act also goes on to specify exactly how big the various spaces should be and how many there should be per lot or garage.

Even the smallest of lots have to have no less than one space designated for these drivers with permits as well as handicap parking signs.  These placards should be easy to be read with the proper font and size recommendations from the ADA as well as placement.  They should be visible even above other cars left in other ADA designated spaces.  These spaces are purposely made bigger to accommodate vans and vehicles who will be unloading and loading wheelchairs or other personal portable transportation devices such as electric scooters.

Persons who fall within the guidelines covered by the ADA can apply for a permit to use these spaces, which are designated and labeled with handicap parking signs.  These permits must be displayed in the window of the vehicle so that enforcement officers will know that they are permitted to be there.  Others using these spaces without the proper permit may face penalties that vary in each state and could also have their vehicles towed and impounded for violating the law.

The ADA has federal mandates concerning the designated spaces and the handicap parking signs.  These mandates include the proper picture that is to be displayed. If one sees a sign with a person sitting in a wheelchair and the proper colors being blue and white, this is a disability sign. Some states have other laws that are in addition to the federal mandates, such as posting the amount of the fine for using these spaces without a permit.

Entrance Signs Assist People Daily

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Being able to get into the building is aided greatly by entrance signs.  There are many types of structures, buildings and offices that are difficult to ascertain which door leads where.  This can not only be confusing, but frustrating.  The worst thing that could end up happening is that a prospective client, visitor, or customer just gives up and decides to stop looking for the proper point of entry.

The best placed entrance signs are those that clearly identify the correct door to use to get inside.  These should be easily read from the street or the sidewalk.  They should be displayed so that it is easily seen at the eye level of the average person.  They could be placed on the window near the door or on the door itself.

In some cases, entrance signs are more than just functional; they are necessary.  This is true for buildings where there is increased security.  These buildings only have one major point of entry.  Anyone coming in another door may be stopped and searched.  This could lead to losing valuable time, embarrassment, and potentially being detained.

Once inside, there is still a need for entrance signs.  Many buildings have more than one floor.  Once on that floor, the proper office or business must also be found.  This is very helpful to a person who is visiting the building for the first time.  It is important to aid people in navigation so that they do not have to continue to stop and ask for directions.  This wastes time and can be a bother to people.

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