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Common Design Misconceptions for ADA Room Signs

Common Design Misconceptions for ADA Room Signs

To incorporate branding and design into ADA Compliant Room ID Signs is a top priority for any new ADA sign design. Certainly, ADA compliance has the top priority, but it doesn’t mean that ADA compliant signs can’t be attractive in terms of design! This is a concern that we often hear from our clients. Luckily at Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we consider the best of both worlds, making sure that your ADA Room ID signs are compliant AND have an attractive design.

Misconception about ADA Compliant Room ID Signs

​It’s a common misconception that ADA Compliant Signs must be plain and bland. Although they need to be designed following the ADA guidelines, this is a common misconception. To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’ll have to follow the design policies, but those guidelines are more flexible than one may think.  Therefore, your company’s branding can easily be incorporated into the design while still following the ADA guidelines!

Let’s have a look at a few guidelines that are related to the design of the sign. If you would like to know more about how to be ADA compliant and pass your signage inspection, read our other blog.

Color

There are no stipulated colors, meaning that you are totally flexible in using your company’s colors for ADA signs and you’ll still be ADA compliant. The only requirement concerning the color of the sign is related to the contrast of the colors. ADA Compliant Signs require a contrast of 70% between the tactile and background color. This translates into making sure that either the tactile or background color needs to be darker than the other. However, you decide which color is darker and which color is lighter through your company’s branding. 

Material

The material used for ADA signs is required to be non-glare. Sharp edges also must be avoided for safety reasons. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we have a large variety of materials available. When looking at your branding and the interior design of your space, we can propose a material that fits both. Some options include, but are not limited to wood, acrylic, or brushed silver.

Font

When it comes down to fonts, there are a few more restrictions, unfortunately. The copy must be in all caps and the font must be San Serif. The ADA Compliant font restrictions will help you select a font that enhances readability. Italic, script, bold and decorative fonts are not allowed. If your branding includes this type of font, we will work together to find an alternative and come to a mutually agreed font. Apart from your signs being ADA compliant, you also want your signs to be readable. After all, that’s the main objective of the sign!

When designing ADA Compliant Room ID Signs, we see it as an opportunity to improve your branding through signage. Notwithstanding the design limitations, we can create powerful, effective, and compliant signs that extend your brand for increased awareness and consistency.

Hopefully, we were able to take away some doubts about the creative designs for ADA Signs. Are you ready to get started? Give us a call today or fill in the contact form, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Dimensional Lobby Sign for Your Lobby Entrance at Winebow in Benicia, CA

Dimensional Lobby Sign for Your Lobby Entrance at Winebow in Benicia, CA

A Dimensional Lobby Sign for your lobby entrance can be a real statement piece. It creates a professional first impression by radiating your company branding. A lobby sign is not limited to a lobby or reception at an office though. Other spaces that can benefit from a professional dimensional lobby sign are schools, stores, restaurants, hotels, medical facilities and many more.

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Dimensional Lobby Sign for Winebow

Recently we worked together with Winebow at their location in Benicia, CA. Winebow is a national importer and distributor of fine wines and spirits. Winebow has recently celebrated their 40 year anniversary, having locations all over the United States. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics we worked together with Winebow on a brand new lobby sign for their location in Benicia.

The end result of their lobby sign is a combination of a dimensional sign with a wall wrap. Their dimensional lobby sign is a custom sign made out of acrylic, painted in metallic silver for an elegant touch. Spacers were used to for the dimensional letters to create a floating effect off the wall. The dimensional letters are installed on top of a wall wrap. The wall wrap creates an extra dimensional element to the lobby sign display. Showcasing a beautiful picture of a vineyard emphasizes the overall branding of Winebow.

 

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Different types of Sign materials

Acrylic is the most common material used for indoor Lobby & Reception Signs. It’s a very versatile material that can be used for cut out letters, as well as a back panel. In addition to the flexibility in shape it also gives flexibility in color. Acrylic comes in many different colors, as well as clear. So depending on your branding colors you might be able to use a colored acrylic. However acrylic can also easily be painted, resulting into endless possibilities in terms of design. In addition to painting acrylic a custom color, you can also apply a laminate. With a laminate you can create some very special effects like brushed aluminum, polished gold, or even wood grain. The main advantage of using a laminate on top of acrylic is the cost. A laminate is more cost effective then a solid brushed aluminum letter or wood.

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Apart from acrylic there are some other common materials used for Lobby Signs. A cost effective option is PVC. This is more cost effective then acrylic because it has a slightly rougher finishing. However this can still be a great option, especially if you are looking at thicker dimensional letters, making it more cost effective then acrylic.

Routed aluminum letters can also be used for a lobby sign. This is a more expensive option though and often considered overkill for interior usage. An acrylic dimensional letter with a brushed laminate will create the same look and will hold up well over time indoor.

If you are interested to elevate your lobby, like Winebow, feel free to contact us for a free estimate or consultation! You can call us at (925) 300 1066 or fill in the contact form below.

How Wall Wraps & Graphics Can Change Behavior at Your Office Space

How Wall Wraps & Graphics Can Change Behavior at Your Office Space

Wall Graphics - Sequoia Signs East BayWall Wraps & Graphics can go a long way in the representation of your company, for both your customers as well as your employees. A wall wrap of a tropical beach at the airport can instantly bring you in a holiday mood and the same applies in an office environment, let alone another message. These type of graphics are a cornerstone for visual communication and can help to communicate your company values and represent your company culture.

 

 

 

Where to use Wall Wraps & Graphics

One of the main advantages of Wall Wraps & Graphics are that they can be used on any type of wall in your office. Even a textured wall is no problem since a special type of vinyl is available for that. The most popular places for a wall graphics are in the lobby and the conference room. However your training room, staff cafeteria or even restrooms are possibilities too. Due to a protective lamination, wall wraps can also be used in high traffic areas without being damaged.

 

Design for Wall Wraps & Graphics

The design can be as simple as a single image, but still have a big impact. When using a single image for a wall wrap it’s important to have a high resolution picture, to avoid pixilation. Our design team can propose an image or will review it’s quality of your own image. The design of a wall wrap doesn’t need to stop there and the options are endless. Wall Graphics can be used to communicate the core values of your company, for example your mission statement. Other options are your company’s history or motivational wording for your employees. Our experienced designers will be able to come up with a unique design to elevate your office design and communicate the right message.

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Wall Preparations

After the initial planning of where to install the graphics and creating the design, our team will review the surface of the wall. For the best results it’s important for the wall to be smooth, since the wall is thin, small chips in the wall might be visible. Furthermore it’s important that the wall has low VOC paint  otherwise the vinyl adhesive might not stick well. Lastly the wall needs to be as clean as possible and therefore our team will clean the wall with alcohol prior to the installation.

 

In summary, a wall wrap is a great product to enhance your office space. As a design element to elevate your office or to communicate a message. Contact our experts today for a visit to your office for your next wall wrap.  You can call us at (925) 300-1066 or email to [email protected].

Different Types of Office Signs to Fit Your New Facility in Concord, CA

Good Office Signs for your facility are a must have these days! Good signage contributes to the overall branding of your office. First of all strong branding shows professionalism and is important for your existing customers as well as your potential customers. Another benefit of good office signage is for your employees. It’s proven that good branding motivates employees, to be part of an established company.

Office Signs can be implemented in different ways, areas and budgets. Therefore let’s have a look at different types of Office Signs and their benefits.

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Lobby & Reception Signs

This is by far the most popular type of Office Sign due to the fact that it’s a real eye catcher upon arrival in the office. A Lobby Sign is usually displayed above the reception desk or in the waiting room. Another good location for a lobby sign is in your conference room, that is to say if you have one. Out of all office signs, a lobby sign is the most diverse in cost. If you are looking to make an impact but have a low budget, a simple acrylic panel with graphics can be a great option. Although, if you are considering a more high end product, the options are endless. We can design lobby signs with different type of materials for a more exclusive look, or even include illumination. Our Gallery has a good selection of lobby signs for your inspiration.

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ADA Signs

In order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all your rooms need to have an ADA Sign. For instance think about offices, conference rooms, restrooms, waiting rooms, staff rooms and so on. ADA Signs can be designed based on your company branding, while at the same time comply with the regulations. If you would like to learn more about a well designed & installed ADA sign, read our recent post here.

Directional Signs

Directional Signs come into place into larger office facilities. If you are expecting a large amount of visitors on a daily basis, they come in handy, but otherwise your employees can benefit from good directional signage too. Good Directional Signs showcase that a company cares and contributes to it’s hospitality. In other words, Directional Signs have multiple benefits for your company, customers and employees.

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Window & Wall Graphics

Window & Wall Graphics can make a huge impact at a low cost. Are you trying to display a message? Or perhaps motivate employees? Showcase your Company Values? Window & Wall Graphics are perfect for this, especially because they are available in either temporary or permanent applications. Wall Graphics and Wraps are also a good way of elevating the interior design of your office. A plain and boring wall can be turned into a high energy environment.

 

In summary, there are plenty of options to elevate your office signs with different type of office sign products. Our experts are available to visit your office to brainstorm together with your marketing department or come up with a design proposal. You can call us at (925) 300-1066 or email to [email protected].

Making a Lasting First Impression with Effective Lobby Signage

Making a Lasting First Impression with Effective Lobby Signage

When someone enters the lobby of your business, you want to be sure you make a positive first impression. After all, your lobby is the first thing a customer will see when they walk through your front doors. The key to a lasting first impression is to create a lobby that is warm, welcoming and sets the tone for your overall brand and customer experience.

What can enhance this experience?
Lobby signs! Lobby signs come in several different options. Read about the options below to determine what type of lobby sign is best fit for your business.

  • Lobby Plaques
    Lobby plaques are most commonly acrylic but can also be frosted to provide an opaque background. Graphics can be printed vinyl or dimensional or a combination of both.
  • Acrylic Letters
    Acrylic letters are known for being crisp, and glossy. They are available in a wide variety of standard colors, or they can be customized to match your brand. The letters can be flush mounted or stand them off the wall for more a dimensional effect.
  • Metal Letters
    Metal letters are typically made from aluminum. These letters can be routed to precisely match the designated font of your other marketing materials.
  • Illuminated Lobby Signs
    Back-lit lobby signs are lit with LED creating a noticeable and eye-catching effect.

Still have questions about which lobby sign is best for your business? Give us a call at (925) 300-1066! Our team of experts here can help transform your vision to reality!

Is Your Business Signage ADA Compliant?

Is Your Business Signage ADA Compliant?

What are ADA signs?

ADA stands for American with Disabilities Act and ADA signs are required by law to have posted in public buildings or businesses. ADA signage identifies accessible features for people with disabilities to aid with navigating through buildings. They are commonly found in restaurants, stores, theaters and other public buildings across the US.

For example, restroom signs are required to have braille characters to assist people with visual impairments. Another example of a commonly found ADA sign is directional signage for elevator locations for people who require wheelchair access.

ADA compliant signage for your buisness

What are Compliant ADA sign regulations?

Many businesses have questions about ADA signage requirements. Review this check list below to ensure your building stays compliant with ADA regulations.

VISUALS – ADA signs can feature logos, company colors and graphics to support your branding.

  • Signs should have non-glare finish and well contrasted colors.
  • Pictograms can be presented on a 6-inch high field with no characters or braille sharing that field.

FONT & CHARACTERS – Do not use serif fonts. Be sure to use compliant fonts and characters. This is an important part of ADA signs.

  • Characters can be upper or lowercase, but never italic, cursive, decorative or overly bold.
  • ADA signs must use a sans-serif font.

BRAILLE – Braille is required for any signs to identify a room, space or area.

  • Braille dots should be dome-shaped not flat or jagged.
  • Braille should be located at least 3/8 inch (9.5 mm) below corresponding text and above any borders or decorate elements.

SPACING AND MEASUREMENTS – ADA guidelines dictate a series of spacing and measuring rules to ensure that signs are consistent and clear.

  • Characters should be placed at least 1/8 inch apart but no more than 4 characters apart.

PLACEMENT – It’s vital that ADA signs are well-placed for optimum visibility and accessibility.

  • Signs should be placed so that Braille Characters are between 48 and 60 inches above the ground, measured from the baseline of the highest tactile character.
  • Ceiling or wall projection signs should measure at least 80 inches from the bottom of the sign to the floor.

Stay ADA compliant with Sequoia Signs & Graphics!

Regardless of what industry you are in, you should always be sure your property is meeting the requirements listed above. Here at Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we have extensive experience with creating ADA signage that is not only compliant, but also unique and creative. Call us today at 925-300-1066 to discuss the best ADA signage options for your business.

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