How to Design the Perfect ADA Compliant Directional Sign

ADA directional sign-Charlotte, NC

Directional signs or wayfinding signs help customers, guests, and even staff members find their way around your business or property. In Charlotte, and the rest of the United States, directional signs must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or you risk fines and penalties. This legislation includes rules about how large, clear, and high signs can be.

It may seem like creating an ADA directional sign impedes your creativity, but there are ways to design all kinds of ADA building signs that express your brand and follow the rules. Here are some ways to infuse your compliant signs with personal flair.

Look at All Your Text Options

Yes, ADA wayfinding signs must use a sans-serif font. This makes the sign easier to read for those who have some level of visual impairment. Sans-serif fonts may feel a little blander than the flavorful serif fonts, but there are still lots of exciting options that can express your brand.

For example, if your brand needs to appear authoritative and trustworthy, Rockley is a great sans-serif option. Brands that appeal to children or parents of children might choose Vag Rounded, a playful but clear font. Or, if you need to feel modern and innovative, try Berton.

Consider Your Coloring

ADA directional signs need to be high contrast. 70% contrast is recommended. However, many people assume that black and white are the only high contrast options. You can et high contrast from many other combinations of colors. It all depends on the two specific hues you’re matching. You can design a high contrast sign with just two different blues or only two different browns.

Explore Other Shapes

There is no limitation for shape for ADA wayfinding signs. That means you can get a little creative with your sign shape to reflect your brand. This option is best for brands that have a strong association with a specific shape, especially if it features in their logo. So, a brand with an octagonal logo can benefit by using octagonal ADA wayfinding signs to reinforce their brand throughout the property.

Work With QC Signs & Graphics on ADA Building Signage

Whether you need new wayfinding signage, or you need a whole set of ADA building signs, QC Signs & Graphics can help. We will show you all of your options to make your signage as eye-catching as possible, while still being fully compliant with the law. Contact us today to get started.

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