As a business owner, you may already be aware of the rules and regulations set forth by the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act. But did you know about the requirements regarding certain signage? These are just as important as the other guidelines, but many business owners are in the dark about them.
Luckily for you, this blog post happens to be all about how to design a top-quality and professional-looking ADA sign that meets the standards of the ADA. Let’s take a look at a few of the regulations.
Your ADA sign should have a strong level of dark-to-light (and vice versa) contrast. In practical terms, this means that you should have a dark background with white lettering. Think about using dark blue or black for the background for best results. Because of the strong contrast, people with vision impairments will be able to easily read your sign.
Font and Font Size
Some of the people reading your sign will have a learning disability such as dyslexia. Certain fonts can be difficult to read for people with this condition. To prevent this problem, and to allow everyone to read your sign, choose a sans-serif font. This type of font is known to be simple and quick to decipher. Make sure that the font you choose has good spacing, or kerning, between letters as well.
As for the size of your font, you obviously want it to be read from a distance, not only by people without vision impairments, but for those with that issue too. Consulting a professional can help you in this instance.
This goes hand in hand with the contrast aspect of your ADA sign. While you should choose colors that reflect your brand, be mindful of sharp differences between shades that might make the sign difficult to read.
ADA signs should have Braille on them. Braille is a language for those who are visually impaired. This, along with raised letters, allows them to “read” the sign with their fingers.
Get a Quality ADA Sign for Your Business
Hopefully, this blog has answered at least a few of your questions regarding ADA signs and businesses. While the rules for these signs can seem overwhelming, designing a top-notch ADA sign doesn’t have to be. Get in touch with Street Style Sign Studio for all your signage needs. We’ll help you out with every step, from design to installation. Contact us now for a free quote.