Top 5 Ways to Create High-Visibility ADA Signage

Considering the visibility of ADA signs is important when purchasing signage. ADA guidelines are designed to make sure that signage is accessible to those with vision impairment. But this means a lot more than just making sure each sign has compliant braille on it!

The color and contrast specifications in ADA signage laws exist so that signs are easily findable. A sharp contrast between text and background means that the signs are easier to read from a distance, too.

You’re already familiar with the huge variety of materials available for making ADA-compliant signage. It’s possible to create a compliant sign to match just about any existing interior design or company brand. But making sure your signs are eye-catching is about more than just unique design– it’s about accessibility!

1. Dimensional Signage

A great and affordable way to give your signs maximum visibility is to design dimensional signage.

Quite simply, signs that are dimensional and stick out just a little bit further from the wall are more eye-catching.

Adding a brushed aluminum or contrasting acrylic backer is a great way to add a little extra “pop” to your signage.

You can also use standoffs to achieve a little extra dimension. Standoffs are available in a wide variety of colors, materials, and finishes.

LED Standoffs

You can also find standoffs with built-in LED lighting that adds a subtle glow to your signage. This is especially useful in rooms that may be darkened– like a conference room during a presentation.

LED standoffs add a contemporary touch to your signage. The LEDs can even be made in any color you want!

Super-Tactile Lettering

The required dimension of tactile lettering on ADA signage is 1/32” from the face of the sign. But you can create extra-dimensional lettering and pictograms by using different thicknesses of acrylic material.

This has the same effect as using dimensional sign backers– it’s more eye-catching. It’s also a unique way to display room numbers!

UV Printed Backers

Our in-house UV printer is able to print gorgeous digital images on virtually any surface. You can’t go wrong with classic, solid-color ADA sign backers, but if you want to add a little extra something to your signage, consider a UV-printed backer.

Photoluminescent Signage

In the event of a power failure, wayfinding can become a safety issue. If your building’s dark, it doesn’t matter how compliant your signage is– you can’t see it without any light!

To avoid this situation, you might want to consider using photoluminescent, or “glow-in-the-dark” signage. These signs will glow in a dark room and let people know how to safely find their way to the exit.

Check out our Pinterest page for design inspiration, and reach out today to discuss how you can make sure your company’s signage is visible to everyone. We’ll walk you through the process and provide a free quote for the signage you need!

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7 Ways for ADA Signs to Stand Out in a Crowd

A group of metallic ADA signs with a UV printed logo in the top right corner.

ADA signs are bright blue. Matte black. White.

When someone mentions ADA signs, the image most people conjure up is standard. They’re easy to read. Located near doors. Braille at the bottom. Often some kind of pictogram. Block lettering.

We make ADA signs and sell them at wholesale prices, and many of the signs we make are standard-issue, regular ADA signs. People are ordering them to check an item off their list of things a building needs to pass inspections. We excel at making these signs and we do it with pride; we’re experts at ADA signage laws and guidelines.

There’s nothing wrong with going the standard route! But ADA signs can pass inspection, meet every guideline, and stand out, too. Here are some suggestions for creating signs you and your customers will be proud of.

1. Brushed Aluminum Acrylic

One of our most popular ADA signage materials is a faux brushed aluminum acrylic. It can be used either for lettering or sign backers.

The benefits of using this material are countless. It’s got a stylish, modern look. It’s lighter than real aluminum– which means that signs are both more cost-effective and easier to mount. It also looks just like “the real thing”. Without holding a piece of it in their hands and looking closely, the average person can’t tell the difference between the two.

2. Unique Materials

A closeup of cherry wood laminate.A closeup of white marble laminate with black veins running through it.

Laminates are often used as a cost-effective alternative to real marble or wood, for floors and countertops. They add a specific look to home decor. But did you know that laminates aren’t only used for interior design?

ADA signs can be backed with laminate for a unique look. Luckily, laminates are available in a huge variety of colors and styles. Virtually every type of wood and marble are available, both in brand-new and faux-weathered styles. The possibilities are endless!

3. Digitally Printed Accents

A group of metallic ADA signs with a UV printed logo in the top right corner.

UV printing opens up a whole new world of design possibilities for ADA signage.

Designs can be printed directly onto the face of a sign. This means a company logo or any decorative accents you like can be added to signage without compromising ADA compliance.

Adding a brand-identifying UV print accent to a set of signs unifies design.

4. Die-Cut Accents

A sign with a bright yellow circle applique, with a die-cut bird logo. A group of signs, each with a die-cut bright orange accent added.

Die-cut, colorful acrylic leaves.

Dare to be a pop of color in a black-and-white world!

Consider adding a colorful die-cut acrylic appliqué to otherwise simple ADA signs. Eye-catching colors automatically draw attention.

5. Color Combinations

ADA guidelines only allow certain color combinations. This is because signs have to have the right amount of contrast, making them easy to read from a distance and for those with vision impairment.

This doesn’t mean that signs have to be black and white, though! As long as the signs display an appropriate degree of contrast, virtually any two colors can be used.

6. Layers

An ADA sign made from two separate layers of material.

Layered signs are unique!

Adding a contrasting backer to a sign (maybe even one made from a wood or marble laminate!) makes a sign more dimensional and more eye-catching.

Eye-catching signage is a must- signs contain useful information that people need to find their way around.

7. Standoffs

A fire evacuation route sign mounted to the wall with standoffs.

The metallic hardware in the corners of the above signs are called standoffs. They’re useful for mounting signs to walls that need a firmer hold than typical VHB (Very High Bond) double-sided tape provides.

They can also just be decorative. They lend themselves especially well to multi-layer signs. Standoffs allow the surface of the sign to be a little closer to the viewer than the surface of a wall, which attracts attention.

Standoffs can even be lit with LEDs!

We love making unique signs!

Our talented designers, dedicated production team, and skilled install crew take pride in their work. Creating a project that stands out is gratifying for us and our customers alike. We want you to love your signs!

Contact us today for a free quote, and we’ll work alongside you to brainstorm how your signs can attract attention and stay true to your unique vision.