Fonts and ADA Signs

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What is a font, and why is what font you choose for your ADA signs important?  The definition of font, as everyone knows, is a complete assortment of type of one style and size.  

ADA signs are required to use sans (without) serif fonts (a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M).  In short, block characters are required by the Department of Justice.  Characters are defined as: Letters, numbers, punctuation marks and typographic symbols.  The requirements are more detailed than that, however.  The 2010 ADA Standards provide these specific rules:

Advisory 703.2 Raised Characters. Signs that are designed to be read by touch should not have sharp or abrasive edges.

Besides limiting the style of characters one can use on ADA compliant signs, the character stroke and spacing are also regulated.

I would like break down each requirement, but that could take weeks!  What I want people to take from the requirements that I have posted here, is that every detail about the text is covered for ADA signs. Fortunately, I don't have to measure each character on every sign.  We use state of the art software that automatically spaces letters, and notifies us if a font is not compliant.

Even though your font is limited, we have many ways to make your signs both compliant and visually exciting.

Check out our gallery, and thanks for reading!

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