Sign & Digital Graphics

December '19

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16 • December 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL T hough A DA -compliant signs are required for places like restrooms, stairwells, offices and other permanent rooms, the environment of each sign's placement is the most important con- sideration. "First and foremost is the environ- ment in which they are going (that includes the) decorations and décor," says Charlie Kelly, Jr., president and owner of Clarke Systems in Allentown, Pennsylvania. "We want the sign to have presence be effective, compliant and fit the environment." The environment helps determine things like best color choices for the required contrast between the text and background for better readability, such as light colors on a dark background or dark colors on a light background, Kelly says. The signs also need to have a non- glare finish and meet specific mounting height and location guidelines, including the size of the letters relative to viewing distance. CONNECTING THE B Y S H E L L E Y W I D H A L M Shelley Widhalm is a freelance writer and editor and founder of Shell's Ink Services, a writing and edit- ing service based in Loveland, Colorado. She has more than 15 years of experi- ence in communications and holds a master's degree in English from Colorado State University. She can be reached at or B R A I L L E S I G N A G E Many options available for producing ADA-compliant signs DOTS A photopolymer 1/8-inch thick, sub-surface silkscreened and subsurface painted ADA- compliant sign for a room called Neptune's Hideaway. Image courtesy of Bell Company. Acrylic room- identification sign. Image courtesy of Visual Products.

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