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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Sign Font

Oct 10th 2019

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Sign Font

When it comes to signs that represent your business in some way, you can never be too careful. Every little detail counts, including the font. This is doubly true when it comes to ADA sign specifications, as often they have their own requirements. So how do you make sure you choose the right sign font? Here are a few of our tips:

Check ADA Compliance Requirements

First, check for any requirements when it comes to font and the signing of ADA compliance. For instance, ADA room signs are required to use sans serif fonts. There are several options within that category, so you still have a chance to put your own flair on your signs, but you do want to stay up to date. For instance, letters are also meant to be consistently upper case. Line spacing and even stroke thickness is also important. Keep in mind that this is consistent, whether for ADA restroom sign requirements or ADA parking sign requirements. Check the ADA sign regulations to stay up to date.

Make Sure The Font is Easy to Read

The sans serif rule exists for a reason. Sans serif fonts may not be as stylistically complex as other fonts, but when it comes to signage — especially ADA signage — the goal is readability over style. The font should be clear and easy to read, even at a distance, particularly when it comes to ADA parking signs, as they need to be readable from the car. ADA sign height can also be important when it comes to readability.

Think About Your Brand

From there, start to think of the personal. You still have options when it comes to sans serif fonts. We offer custom ADA signs because we know not every business will have the same sense of style. So think about your brand. Is there an easy to read font that you already consistently use with your brand? If not, think about the aesthetic of your brand. What does your business look like when you picture it in your head? Consider all of these elements as you search through font options.

Don’t Forget Braille

Braille is not exactly a font and doesn’t require a font choice, as it’s made up of a series of dots. However, it is important to keep braille in mind when designing your ADA signs, as ADA sign regulations require it for every sign. The braille translation of the sign will be placed beneath your font, which — most likely — reads the sign in English. You may keep this in mind so as to choose a font that flows with the braille below.

Interested in learning more about your font options when it comes to ADA signage? Let ADA Central help with custom ADA signage to fit your business and ADA compliance. Contact us today for more information.