Trending Strategies to Make Your ADA Compliant Signage More Attractive and Cost-Effective
After the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law more than 25 years ago, businesses and public facilities suddenly had a set of new, clear guidelines for the kind of signage they must have on their premises. Over the years, creators of that signage have slowly increased the variety of design options that are compliant with ADA standards, and today there is a significant amount of innovation that occurs within the field.
Here are just a few examples of some of today’s trending strategies to make ADA compliant signage more attractive and cost-effective:
- Incorporation of branding: A couple decades ago, generic ADA signage was the trend because of its cheapness and simplicity, especially in a time in which people were not yet as familiar with ADA regulations. Today, however, sign producers are more comfortable with those regulations, and the technology has evolved to a point where it is much easier to crank out high volumes of signage with branding images while maintaining a lower cost. This means using company colors, logos and images across all types of ADA signage.
- Different substrates: There are more substrate choices than ever before when you design your ADA signage. Many manufacturers have introduced entirely new compliant product lines in recent years to appeal to ADA sign makers and fabricators alike.
- More use of outsourcing: More companies than ever are choosing to outsource their ADA signage, especially smaller, newer companies that do not want to make the tremendous financial commitment needed to make ADA signage. Companies that work with outsourced manufacturers avoid having to pay for a large, specialized staff and do not have to worry about dealing with regulation compliance themselves.
- Industry–specific elements: ADA compliant signs that include industry-specific applications have increased in demand in recent years. An example would be healthcare room identification signage that also displays patient-specific information to help improve communication among hospital staff.
- New materials and finishes: The proliferation of options has led to a lot more creativity in terms of the materials and finishes being used in creating signs. There are, for example, a lot more wood grains and metallic materials being used in conjunction with acrylics, which was not seen nearly as much just five or 10 years ago.
For more information about the wide variety of design options available to you and other trending strategies and applications in today’s ADA signage world, contact us at Erie Custom Signs.