If you are a business with a physical location, chances are you could benefit from wayfinding signs regardless of your industry. While these are better known for shopping malls, apartment complexes and buildings with more than one tenant, they can help nearly any size company that regularly has visitors. Even companies that tend to only have employees and interviewees could benefit from more simple wayfinding signage. When it comes to interior wayfinding signs, there are three main categories they fall under.
Signage that is decorative can also give visitors important information. Examples of this type of sign include:
- Channel Letters. These can be illuminated or kept simple and can give basic information like the company name or denote which room visitors are located in.
- Gallery Wall. Using art and imagery, gallery wall signage can give important wayfinding information while incorporating art.
- Flat Cut-Out Letters. Similar to channel letters, these can’t be illuminated but they give an attractive alternative that is closer to the wall.
- Vinyl Graphics. Whether you stick with wording or use images and symbols, these can give an easy directional guide for visitors while looking very modern.
ADA signage is important and must follow a specific guideline. These parameters include:
- Colors. Colors used in such signage must have a high contrast level for the visually impaired. Usually, this is done with a very dark with a very light color.
- Font. Only sans serif fonts are permittable under ADA guidelines and must be in all uppercase lettering.
- Placement. Depending on specific location, placement can vary. However, a good rule of thumb is to place them closest to where a person would look or reach for a door.
- Content. Braille II must be used on all ADA signage and also must have rounded edges. Pictogram signage must be at least 6-inches in height.
Interior Wayfinding Ideas
There are three ideas that can set interior wayfinding signs apart:
- Color Coded. Color is often easier to remember so color coding important areas in your wayfinding signage solution can be beneficial.
- Interchangeable. If you have messaging that is changed often, getting signage that can be changed out is a smart move.
- Picture Themes. Murals that have specific images can be useful when dictating which areas of a place are for which purpose. They are easy to understand and to remember.
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