Making Temporary Signs Work for You

Chances are travelers notice hundreds of temporary signs as they trek through neighborhoods and cities, urban and suburban areas. Whether traveling by automobile, bus, train, taxi, or bicycle – even walking or jogging – public and private properties are teeming with temporary signage competing for attention.  If getting your signs – and your message – noticed is the name of the game, understanding the ins and outs of making temporary signage work for you is key!

What Are Temporary Signs?

Temporary signs are those designed to provide information for an event limited by a specific time frame. Examples include: political campaigns, real estate sales or rentals, construction sites, civic events, or any type of promotion aimed at the general public.  Temporary signs are also used as short-term signage solutions announcing “Coming Soon!” or “Remodeling Underway”, virtually any reason that permanent signs are not in place.

Custom Coming Soon Banner

Temporary signs come in many forms, including:

Banners – Signs made of durable, flexible materials that can be attached to walls or windows, hung from ceilings, and can be used indoors or out, depending upon the material the banners are made of

Political/Election Signs – Signs made especially to promote a candidate or a political agenda; typically these signs are only permitted to be displayed on private property and must be removed a specific number of days after voting has taken place

Real Estate Signs – Signs designed to advertise the sale or rent of specific properties, whether private or commercial; these signs are non-illuminated and are generally limited to one sign per property

Construction Signs – Signs erected at construction sites displaying individuals or businesses that are associated with a project; usually only one temporary sign is permitted per construction site

Directional Construction Signs – Signs directing those visiting construction sites and/or making deliveries to proper entrances and exits

Wayfinding Signs – Signs strategically placed to guide and/or direct pedestrian or vehicular traffic when temporary detours are required

Yard Signs – Outdoor signs that can be single or double sided, designed to display a message to passersby; these signs are free standing and often supported by H-stakes

Light Boxes – Illuminated boxes of various sizes that can be free standing or affixed to a wall; interchangeable letters, numbers, and symbols allow temporary messages to be displayed and changed as needed

Indoor Temporary Signs – Signs made to inform people of temporary situations, such as when something is “Out of Order” or “Temporarily Out of Stock”; custom temporary signs that can easily be attached with Velcro give a much more professional appearance than a handwritten or computer printed piece of paper affixed with tape

What are the Benefits of Temporary Signs?

Temporary signs provide an exceptional platform for sharing your message with the masses. These signs are a cost effective marketing tool that can help your business – or your candidate – stand out from the competition. These signs can be exceptionally helpful in promoting a home-based business where additional signage is impractical and/or not permitted.

Additionally, temporary signs are easy to install and remove as needed. Durable, lightweight, and often weather resistant and reusable, temporary signs are portable and help to support the tried and true adage that location is everything!

What Are the Challenges of Temporary Signs?

Some of the biggest challenges for posting temporary signs are the varying rules and regulations in place throughout the country. These can be based on the density of a given area as well as local zoning laws. Public safety is also of concern, for both pedestrians and moving vehicles. Rules may be in place limiting the number of temporary signs that can be posted in a given area, as well as standards that specify font sizes and contrast levels to reduce potential accidents caused by those attempting to view hard to read signs. To make temporary signs stand out and effectively relay your message, less is more. Convey your message in clear, concise language with simple graphics and fewer colors to reduce visual clutter and enhance readability.

Historic districts often also have their own set of special regulations designed to maintain the integrity of local historic districts or landmarks. A temporary sign should never take away from the historic character of these thoughtfully preserved areas.

Urban vs Suburban Signs

Urban areas, such as bustling downtown districts, often have greater pedestrian and vehicle traffic than their suburban counterparts. Therefore, it is important to plan temporary signage that has a compelling, effective message that is clearly visible to travelers quickly moving from one destination to another. Successfully, and safely, catching a potential customer’s or voter’s attention is the name of the game.

Creating effective urban signage is not without its challenges. Often, clutter becomes a concern when an abundance of temporary signs are vying for prime visual space. Additionally, urban areas typically have countless permanent (most often illuminated) signs as far as the eye can see.

Customsigns.com carries an exceptional selection of customizable temporary signs sure to meet your needs. Our Customer Focus Team is here to guide you or answer any questions you may have along the way.

For more information on temporary signs, please see our related blog posts:

Tips for Designing Visually Effective and Interesting Signs

Political Yard Signs, What You Should Know

The Importance of Understanding OSHA and Displaying Proper Signage for Workplace Safety

While OHSA is a commonly recognized name throughout the business world, it is safe to say that a large number of employees are unfamiliar with what OSHA is designed to do. OSHA, or the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, is a governmental oversight organization designed to hold employers responsible for providing a safe, healthful work environment for all employees and visitors.

OSHA Health and Safety in the Workplace

While OSHA does not specifically have an official regulatory section devoted solely to office safety, several standards and additional links can be found in OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs, applicable to workplace environments, as well as an OSHA Self-Inspection Checklist for Office Safety.  

OFFICE HEALTH AND SAFETY – First and foremost is the health and well-being of every office employee and visitor. While office environments may appear to be relatively safe on a day-to-day basis, accidents do happen and employers often are at risk for losing thousands of dollars annually due to accidental injuries or illnesses. Add to that higher insurance premiums that are sure to follow, the loss of revenue from the need to replace an employee or employees (even temporarily), and the potentially high costs of workers’ compensation claims. And when the employer is at fault, personal injury claims for negligence can be significant.

SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS – Slips, trips, and falls can happen anywhere and are one of the leading causes of workplace injury. Things that may not appear to pose a hazard can actually cause significant injury, for example, wet or recently waxed floors, boxes in an isle way or objects blocking exits, open cabinet or filing drawers, fallen objects, loose power cords across walkways, and food spills, just to name a few. OSHA does provide guidelines for developing a safety policy at your place of business, with the understanding that training all employees is the key to success. Posting the appropriate safety signage can be an effective first step in alerting employees and visitors to be aware of certain situations where an accident may occur.

FIRST AID AND SAFETY – OSHA approved first aid includes the following:

  • Administering nonprescription medications at nonprescription strength
  • Administering tetanus immunizations ONLY (all others are considered medical treatment)
  • Cleaning, flushing, or soaking surface wounds
  • Applying wound coverings including bandages, gauze pads, butterfly bandages, or Steri-strips
  • Applying hot or cold therapy
  • Using temporary stabilization devices, such as splints, slings, or neck collars
  • Using eye-patches and removing foreign objects from eyes ONLY with irrigation or q-tips
  • Removing a splinter or other foreign body with tweezers, irrigation, cotton balls, or other simple means
  • Drinking fluids to alleviate the effects of heat stress

OFFICE SAFETY AND CHEMICAL USAGE – Chances are the cleaning and/or bathroom closets and cleaning supply area for the kitchen or break room are full of chemical products. Even “green” or organic products require proper precautions. When any chemicals are present in an office setting, OSHA requires proper training for all employees for handling chemical spills and other accidents appropriately.

Training specifics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Never mix cleaning products, especially those containing ammonia or bleach
  • Be aware of which cleaning products/chemicals require dilution and by how much
  • Proper chemical product usage and storage
  • Appropriate emergency procedures for caring for the patient and appropriately cleaning the contaminated office area(s)
  • Understanding the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to be worn when cleaning chemical spills, for example, chemical-approved gloves, goggles, and body suits
  • Always CLEARLY LABEL all cleaning and chemical containers with their contents and potential hazards
  • Proper ventilation to avoid buildup of dangerous vapors and chemical fumes
  • Thorough hand and arm washing after use of any and all cleaning and/or chemicals

GERMS AND BACTERIA IN THE OFFICE – Just about everyone has experienced how rapidly germs and sickness spread through the workplace, causing absenteeism to skyrocket and productivity to significantly decline. Consider the confined spaces that workplaces often include, add to that frequent sneezing and coughing near or by those around you. Additionally, we share water fountains, door handles, copy machines, faucets, and everything in between.

To combat the spread of illness in the workplace, OSHA has developed basic safety procedures for promoting the highest levels of health and safety. These include: proper hand washing techniques, cough etiquette, and the installation of “no touch” waste receptacles for used tissues, disposable towels, and cleaning supplies, among others. These wastebaskets should be placed generously throughout all office spaces.

PROMOTING A POSITIVE FEELING IN THE WORKPLACE – No matter what the goal, when everyone in the work group takes individual ownership – led by example from the top down – success is most likely to follow. Positive attitudes across the board help employees not only to perform better, but to feel like he or she plays an important role in the success of the organization.

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE AND SAFETY – Workplace violence is a serious problem, and can occur either inside or outside the work environment. Violent acts can cover anything from threats or verbal incidents to physical altercations and even the loss of life. According to OSHA, more than 2 million Americans annually are victims of workplace violence. OSHA has put together a detailed fact sheet addressing workplace violence that every business should read and follow.

For more information, please visit OSHA or call 800.321.OSHA (6742), TYY 877.889.5627.

See our other OSHA blogs for additional information on keeping your employees and visitors safe:

The Importance of OSHA Signs for Construction Sites

How to Increase Workplace Safety Over the Summer

Caution, Warning, and Danger Signs Explained

OSHA’s National Youth Safety Initiative

Custom Signs to Honor People, Causes & Celebrations

For more than 45 years, Helen Mitchell has remained a loyal employee of what recently has evolved into TIAA Bank in Jacksonville, Florida. After experiencing several acquisitions over the years, Helen continues to work every day at what now is officially named the Helen Mitchell Mail Center, dedicated in her honor. Many companies choose to honor employees for their years of work, for going above and beyond for a coworker or customer, or for producing consistently stellar work.

"Helen Mitchell Mail Center" Sign at TIAA Bank, Jacksonville, Florida

Getting Creative with Custom Signage

Creating your own custom signs and other unique plaques, plates, and products offers many benefits; the only limit is your creativity! Custom designed signs and donation plates, for example, make wonderful personalized tokens of appreciation for all to see. We offer a variety of custom signs, including custom engraved brass signs, brass wall plaques and name plates.

Here are just a few of our top-selling custom product ideas:

  • Donation plates representing donor names of honorees and amounts (or gift levels, i.e. gold level donors)
  • Donation plates recognizing charitable/philanthropic contributions, including donor name and date
  • Memorial plates to honor the life and memory of a loved one for years to come; for an extra special touch, add a meaningful quote and/or notable dates
  • Custom engraved plates to honor or highlight the special achievements of valued employees, celebrating company milestones, donors, patrons, teammates, graduates, or anyone deserving of extraordinary recognition
  • Choose from names, dates, numbers, logos, and more!

Brass Engraved Horizontal Signs

Our Custom Signs Specifications

  • Our custom engraved brass signs are available in a variety of specialized shapes and sizes to best fit your needs, including horizontal, square, and vertical sign shapes
  • We have engraved plates fully customizable for the number of lines of text you need
  • Your choice of engraving: etched (natural) or oxidized (black) lettering
  • We offer several mounting options, allowing your plates to be easily affixed to awards, benches, tables, or other durable surfaces
  • Optional extended UV coating provides longer life for your signs, especially recommended for outdoor usage

Mounting Options Include, among others:

  • Adhesive tape
  • Magnetic tape
  • Velcro
  • Holes/screws
  • Metal foil
  • Adhesive backing

Our Commitment to You, Our Valued Customer

If you do not see what you are looking for, or if you just need help navigating the options, our Customer Focus Team is here to help you every step of the way, before and after the sale. All our products are produced right here in the USA in our state-of-the-art facilities by our product and engraving experts. We offer free shipping on orders of $75 or more and most orders ship next business day!

The Importance of OSHA Signs for Construction Sites

You have likely heard the title many times in the workplace, but what exactly is OSHA? The Occupational Heath and Safety Administration is an oversight organization created to hold employers responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for employees and visitors at all times.

According to the United States Department of Labor, workers’ rights include:

  • Working in a place where conditions are safe and do not pose risk of serious harm
  • Workers shall receive training (in an appropriate language that he/she will understand) regarding potential workplace hazards , ways to prevent these, and all OSHA standards that apply to his or her workplace
  • A review of work-related injuries and illnesses at their place of empolyment
  • All workers have the right to anonymously file a complaint asking OSHA to inspect the workplace if there is a potential hazard or the company is not complying with OSHA rules and regulations
  • These rights are protected under law to be exercised without fear of retaliation; if retaliation does occur, this should be immediately reported via a formal OSHA complaint no later than 30 days after the event

For more information, please visit OSHA or call 800.321.OSHA (6742), TYY 877.889.5627.

OSHA Regulated Construction Area Signs

Working in a construction area, is, by nature, a very dangerous job. If proper safety precautions are not taken, unnecessary and often serious injuries, including death, can occur. This is why proper OSHA signage is critical – and required at every construction zone.

It is the employer’s responsibility to understand the risks associated with their industry, work areas, and equipment. Signs should never be used as generic warnings.

OSHA Safety Signage Applicable to Nearly All Construction Sites

DANGER – Posted in an area where hazards are likely to result in serious injury or death. Signs should be used ONLY in extremely dangerous areas, for example where high voltage is present, creating an electrical hazard. Danger signs are preceded by the safety alert triangle and feature bold white “DANGER” lettering surrounded by a red background.

WARNING – Posted in an area where serious injury or death may occur, yet overall risk does not require the danger sign. Examples include: heavy debris, high voltage, or blasting areas. Warning signs feature the safety alert triangle followed by the word “WARNING” printed in black with an orange background.

CAUTION – Posted where a minor or moderate physical injury could be caused. Examples include: contact with harmful equipment, substances, slips or falls, among others. Caution signs are symbolized by the safety alert triangle followed by the word “CAUTION” printed in black with a yellow background.

NOTICE – Posted in low risk areas where they serve as safety reminders. Examples include: informational signs about wearing hard hats, machinery, employees only in a specific area, or equipment. These signs often outline proper procedures, maintenance information and instructions, rules, or directions that do not relate specifically to personal injury.

GENERAL SAFETY SIGNS – Posted in low-risk areas as reminders for general safety. For example: signs relating to medical equipment, overall health, first aid, sanitation, housekeeping, and general safety measures.

ADMITTANCE – Posted in areas where restriction is limited to specific groups of people or individuals. These signs may specify the dangers of entering a restricted area.

FIRE SAFETY – Posted wherever fire exits are located and specify locations of emergency firefighting equipment.

NON-HAZARD SIGNS – While technically not safety signs, these signs are beneficial for sharing general safety information. For example: directional signs and procedures, via easy to read text and visual symbols.

 

Additional OSHA Guidelines

Once you have purchased the appropriate signs that comply with OSHA requirements, it is crucial that they are posted in the proper places. According to 29 CFR 1910.1 45(f)(4)(vi), signs must be placed “as close as safely possible” to the appropriate hazard.

It is also paramount that employees and anyone in the vicinity are able to clearly see and read the signs from a safe distance away. 29 CFR 1910.1 45(f)(4) specifies a distance of five feet away from the hazard.

 

See our other OSHA blogs for additional information on keeping your employees and visitors safe:

How to Increase Workplace Safety Over the Summer

Caution, Warning and Danger Signs Explained

OSHA’s National Youth Safety Initiative

Top 10 Confusing & Funny Signs

Signage is everywhere you turn, inside and outside. From restroom doors to highway rest stops, there is signage designed to communicate countless different messages. There are fundamental basics to effective sign design, but many signs obviously don’t follow the rules. Bad signs fail to communicate their message and often convey a different idea altogether,  leaving drivers and passers-by confused or amused. We’ve rounded up the top 10 of our favorite confusing signs to illustrate why it’s important to follow basic design principals when creating custom signage.

1. Do Not Breathe Under the Water. This sign is so confusing it’s funny. What happened to inspire the posting of this sign? Swim safety and pool rules signs should communicate a clear message, not raise more questions. (See our pool rules signs: https://www.customsigns.com/safety-signs/pool-safety)

https://klyker.com/confusing-signs/wtf-confusing-signs-11/

2. Garbage Only, No Trash. Is there a separate sign posted that explains the difference between garbage and trash? This message may have needed two signs, such as recycling and bottles only, perhaps. (See our recycle signs: https://www.customsigns.com/pre-designed-templates/recycle-signs)

https://www.memecenter.com/fun/3972741/funny-confusing-signs

3. Left Lane Must Left Lane. Is “left lane” a verb? How can a person “left lane” something? This sign will undoubtedly confuse drivers. It’s vital that traffic and safety signs are easy to understand. (See our safety signs: https://www.customsigns.com/safety-signs)

http://boredomtherapy.com/funny-mistakes-in-signs/

4. Office Hours. Remember, less is more. We understand this office hours sign may be intended to be funny or sarcastic, but think of the person who just wants to visit the business. Will they read all of this? If they do, they’ll be downright exhausted afterward. Office hours signs should clearly state open and close times.

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5. Parrallel Parking. Someone should double check each sign for spelling and grammar errors well before it hits production. This parallel parking sign is just not good. (See our parking signs: https://www.customsigns.com/pre-designed-templates/custom-parking-signs)

https://klyker.com/confusing-signs/

6. What!? This sign is so confusing it could cause accidents. Imagine driving past this and trying to make sense of it. A stop sign may have been more effective. (See our road safety signs: https://www.customsigns.com/safety-signs/road-safety-signs)

http://newsglobal24.com/funny-and-confusing-road-signs/

7. Sign Not in Use. Why is this sign even posted? If not “in use,” what purpose is it serving? Shouldn’t someone just remove the sign?

http://emgn.com/s2/17-painfully-confusing-signs-written-absolutely-clueless/

8. Tanning, Hot New Lamps. Drive Thru Now Open! It’s also important to remember sign placement. The placement of these banners creates a whole new meaning, and a rather interesting visual. Does this tanning business offer drive-thru burns?

http://blog.ivman.com/sign-language/

9. 4 Third Floor. Imagine stumbling upon this sign. Are you on the 4th or 3rd floor? Is the 4th floor next? It makes no sense. Wayfinding, room name and room number signage should easily lead the visitor to their destination without confusion. (See our room and wayfinding signs: https://www.customsigns.com/room-signage)

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10. Please Do Not Throw Berries. This sign was obviously created for a reason, but if someone has to explain the sign, is it really effective? It does at least inspire a giggle. Throwing berries sounds fun…

https://klyker.com/confusing-signs/

At CustomSigns.com we’ve made custom signs since 1954. We’ve had more than 60 years to learn the ends and outs of creating effective signage. Be sure to read our blogs about designing visually effective signs and creating ADA compliant signs.

 

How to Design ADA Compliant Signs

The Value of ADA Signage

Proper ADA signage in public spaces is required by The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to help ensure that persons with visual, hearing, or other sensory disabilities are able to locate and read them easily, either visually or through braille or tactile touch (raised letters). In addition to improving mobility and independence for these individuals, ADA signage also supports safety in public places by ensuring that entrances and exits are clearly marked, visible, and distinguishable from other rooms.

The Basics of ADA Signage

According to the ADA, signs that must be ADA compliant include, but are not limited to, the following:

a) All informational signs (for example “Employees Only”)

b) All directional signs (for example “Exit to Lobby”)

c) All overhead signs (for example “Elevators”)

d) Signs that identify permanently dedicated rooms that will not change function, such as a lunch room, conference room, restroom, or closet

e) Signs highlighting the location of building floors, stairwells, and all exit levels

f) All restroom signs

ADA Signage Requirements

While there are many universal ADA signage requirements, it is important to check individual state laws that may have sign modifications or additional standards.

Where are ADA signs required?

ADA signs are required throughout all public access and employee areas.

Do ADA signs require braille or tactile letters?

ADA signs must include braille and tactile (raised) letters. Braille letters must be Grade 2 (shorthand braille), rounded/domed, and lowercase (other than proper nouns, letters that are part of a room number, initials, acronyms, or before the first word of sentences) and include a minimum 3/8 inch clearance on all sides. Tactile lettering must be 1/32 inch raised capital letters.

Are there additional lettering specifications for ADA signs?

ADA signs must use san serif or other plain text and include spacing of 1/8 inch between adjoining characters for easy readability. Text height must be between 5/8 and 2 inches and printed in medium or bold font.

What makes ADA signs easily visible?

ADA signs must be made of high contrasting colors (dark/light or light/dark) for easy readability. Additionally, all signs (other than traffic and reflective parking signs) must have non-glare backgrounds and characters.

What symbols are ADA-approved for use on signage?

ADA signs may include any of the four approved accessibility symbols for pictograms:

a) Wheelchair, symbolizing mobility

b) An ear, signifying the availability of an assistive listening device

c) Keyboard, representing a text telephone (TYY)

d) Phone symbol with sound waves, representing the availability of a          volume control phone

Pictograms must include a 6 inch high background area with nothing inside other than one of the four approved symbols described above.

a)Text descriptions are required for all signs that include a pictogram

b) Tactile text should be directly under pictogram

c) Braille text should be directly under tactile letters

Does the ADA have special installation requirements?

The ADA lists specific installation requirements, depending on the type of sign. Generally, ADA room identification signs must be placed next to the doors they refer to, mounted between 48 and 60 inches from the ground.

For a comprehensive guide to all ADA regulations, please visit www.ADA.gov.

 

 

At CustomSigns.com, our Customer Focus Team is here to help determine your signage needs and answer any questions you may have along the way. Additionally, we make it easy for you to design your own ADA signs that meet current regulatory ADA standards.

See our other ADA blog:

ADA Signage All Buildings Must Have

 

ADA Signage All Buildings Must Have

What is ADA Signage?

According to the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, ADA signs are signs specifically made so that individuals, including those with visual or other sensory disabilities, are able to easily locate and read them, visually or through braille or tactile touch.

ADA signs are specially designed to be posted in most public buildings (specified below) that ensure that individuals with disabilities will have equal access to public buildings as do those without disabilities. ADA signage is required to present the same information to all people irrespective of physical limitations.

Why ADA Signage is Necessary

Federal Law mandates that all public buildings and spaces must maintain proper, up-to-date ADA signage throughout their facilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was enacted to strictly prohibit “discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.”

Another key reason that ensuring ADA compliant signage is properly posted throughout your buildings is to eliminate the possibility of your organization being charged with lawsuits, government penalties, and fines. While ADA requirements are simple to follow, many facilities fail to take the time or make the effort to post the appropriate signage and end up facing unnecessary and expensive consequences.

What Buildings Qualify as Commercial Buildings Needing Proper ADA Signage?

According to the ADA, any building used as a place of public accommodation is required to post ADA signage throughout. These include, but are not limited to, office buildings, school campuses, manufacturing plants and warehouses, hotels, restaurants and bars, and municipal buildings.

When Are ADA Signs Required?

Braille/tactile signs are required for:

  • Signs that display the locations of floors, stairwells, and all exit levels
  • Signs posted at every elevator
  • Signs that display the locations of all restrooms
  • Signs posted at every permanent room (such as a conference room, lunch room, storage room, or closet that will not change function for the foreseeable future)

When Are ADA Signs Not Required?

ADA compliant signs are not required for rooms including the following (among others):

  • Rooms that do not serve a permanent function or that are temporary in nature, such as classrooms and individual offices – these rooms can be identified with a simple room number sign
  • Temporary signs (posted for seven days or less)
  • Building directories
  • Building addresses
  • Parking signs
  • Advertising/marketing signs
  • Company logos and names

Keeping ADA Signs Compliant

ADA signage must be kept current and coincide with the latest official ADA regulations. This should be monitored regularly to ensure that your buildings are up-to-date at all times. Please visit the United States Access Board for the most recent updates and current regulations.

ADA Sign Basics

  • All ADA signs must include lowercase braille and uppercase tactile letters. Braille letters must be rounded and domed.
  • All ADA signs must be made of highly contrasting colors (dark/light or light/dark) for easy readability.
  • All ADA signs must use san serif fonts and include spacing of 1/8 inch between adjoining characters for easy readability.
  • Placement – All ADA room identification signs must be placed next to the doors they refer to. All permanent signs must be mounted between 48 and 60 inches from the ground.
  • All ADA signs (other than traffic and reflective parking signs) must have non-glare backgrounds and characters.
  • ADA signs include four universal accessibility symbols:
    • Wheelchair, symbolizing mobility
    • An ear, signifying the availability of an assistive listening device
    • Keyboard, representing a text telephone (TYY)
    • Phone symbol with sound waves, representing the availability of a volume control phone

Choosing A Reputable ADA Sign Manufacturer

There are many companies that supply ADA signage. When you’re equipping your buildings with required ADA signs, it is key to choose a company that is diligent about keeping up with current ADA requirements and producing appropriate ADA signage. Our Customer Focus Team at CustomSigns.com is here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Tips for Designing Visually Effective and Interesting Signs

As a content writer who has written about signs galore, I have discovered an occupational hazard. I notice signs. Everywhere I go! Signs are everywhere: the good, the bad, and absolutely atrocious. There are plenty of shameful signs out there.

For businesses and consumers alike, signs are an investment and are designed to achieve a specific promotional or informational purpose. CustomSigns.com will help design the signs you need to meet your promotional goals, including yard signs, directional signs, banners, or safety signs, just to name a few. To get you started, we’ve compiled the following tips so that you can design visually effective and interesting signs that are sure to get the attention they deserve.

Baby Shower Banner

Features of Poorly Designed Signs

There are multitudes of ineffectively designed signs out there, barely grabbing the attention of anyone whizzing by, whether by bus, car, bike, or even walkers out for a stroll. Signs tend to be crammed with entirely too much information, including text, colors, pictures, or logos, among others. Perhaps the size of the sign is all wrong for the message that is meant to be conveyed.

When it comes to effective signs, keep them visible and legible – less is always more!

The Benefits of Good Signage | Signs That Are Thoughtfully Made and Easily Readable

When signs are designed and custom made for your specific needs, they will become an integral part of your marketing and branding outreach efforts. Signs are economical, easy to install, custom, and an affordable way to advertise or spread your message. The professionals at CustomSigns.com are here to assist you every step of the way.

How to Create Appealing and Effective Signage

First, it is important to determine the type of signs you need. At CustomSigns.com, we’ve got you covered with banners, corrugated plastic yard signs, aluminum signs with vinyl overlay, street signs, and vinyl signs, just to name a few.

How to Design Your Signs

There are many factors that should be taken into consideration before and during your design process. First and foremost, signs should be attractive, reusable (when appropriate), clear, concise, easily readable, and visually appealing.

Things to Remember When Designing Signs:

  • Make sure that your signs are able to withstand normal weather conditions
  • There should be either white or plainly colored space that includes no text or graphics; this ensures ease of readability and conveying your message to the reader
    • Ideally, between 30 and 40 percent of a sign’s surface area should be left blank
  • Choose the size of your signs wisely, considering how far away readers will be and the areas they will be viewed from
  • Remember! Less is more when it comes to sharing your message, too many words are difficult to read from a distance and add unnecessary clutter
  • When choosing font style, thoughtfully choose lettering styles that are easy to read when viewed from afar
  • If using more than one font, choose styles that complement one another and limit each sign to two fonts; this will help your message to be more easily read
  • Only use capital letters when necessary; using all caps will make your text more challenging to read
  • If you have a specific phrase or key words to highlight, do so with bold font or  black lettering
  • Group information logically, strategically separating your design layout and blank spaces
  • Sometimes, text is not necessary to relay the message of your sign, an eye-catching, self explanatory graphic is simple, yet effective

Did you know?

  • Adding a border can increase readability, especially for roadside signs
  • To make signs more easily readable from a distance, choose foreground and/or background colors that enhance the signs’ text and/or images
  • Graphics and digital pictures can greatly enhance the look and impact of your custom signs
  • Consider adding photos, official logos, artwork, or any other visually appealing design that relate to your signs’ message(s)

Where should my signs be placed?

You want your signs to be noticed – and remembered!

  • Post your signs in places where they are likely to get maximum exposure from your target audience
  • Be aware of placing your signs where potential obstructions may serve as obstacles preventing a clear view of your signs – without visibility by your target audience, your signs serve no useful purpose!

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How Proper Signage Helps to Promote Safety, Health, and Wellness in Schools – Part 2

As the back-to-school bell rings class into session for the new school year, promoting safety, health, and wellness throughout your school halls is a requirement for ensuring that every student has a wonderful year from start to finish.

Encouraging a Bully-Free Zone in Your School

Turn knowledge into power. Educating students, teachers, and parents about how to identify, stop, or even prevent the bullying problem that continues to escalate in America’s schools today will go a long way in creating a welcoming and safe learning environment for everyone.

There are many forms of bullying. Whether bullying is physical, verbal, electronic, or done directly or indirectly, the emotional tolls are significant and have even led to suicide. Additionally, while bullying affects the victim, it also impacts those who bully others and those who witness bullying take place. According to national statistics, nearly 30 percent of middle and high school students have been the target of bullying, while approximately 70 percent of students say they have witnessed bullying across school campuses.

Schoolbullying.gov is an excellent resource for finding and sharing bullying information, including the following:

What to Look for – Signs of Bullying Behavior

  • Loss of interest in school or declining grades
  • Sudden loss of friends or withdrawal from social activities
  • Frequent nightmares or difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Frequently feeling sick or revealing unexplainable injuries
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Changes in eating habits, including not eating or binge eating
  • Lost, damaged, or destroyed personal items, such as clothing or electronic devices
  • Self-destructive behaviors that may include self-harm, suicide, or running away from home

Tactics for Preventing Bullying in Schools

Keep Awareness and Communication at the Forefront

  • Creating awareness and building an environment where open communication is welcomed will go a long way in creating the opportunities for connection and bullying prevention.

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Teach Kindness and Compassion

  • Treating others with kindness and having the ability to see things from someone else’s perspective helps students to better understand others and what they may be going through. With this deeper understanding, students may be less likely to bully and more likely to reach out to others unlike themselves.

Create Opportunities to Connect

  • Bringing others together helps them get to know one another on a more meaningful level. Learning that what you see on the outside is not always reflective of who a person is or how he or she is doing on the inside is a valuable lesson that can go a long way.

Recognize the Signs

  • Being aware of the signs of those who are bullied and those who are bullying others is paramount to recognizing and addressing the problem quickly and effectively.

Encourage a Collective Community

  • To effectively prevent or reduce bullying in any school, it takes the whole community to be aware, communicate, and share the responsibility of ensuring that all students have a safe, open, and nurturing environment where they can grow and learn.

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Creating a Culture of Awareness and Prevention

Keep bullying awareness and prevention at the forefront by posting reminders that bullying is forbidden on your school campus. At CustomSigns.com, our traditional signs for posting in the hallways or vinyl decals for adhering to classroom doors or windows will keep bullying awareness front and center and encourage potential bullies to think before they act. When the whole school community is actively involved and working together to create an environment centered on kindness and respect toward everyone, positive change is likely to follow.

 

How Proper Signage Helps to Promote Safety, Health, and Wellness in Schools – Part 1

As the back-to-school bell gets ready to ring, parents and teachers are busy readying their students for a first-rate year! Promoting safety, health, and wellness in the classroom are sure-fire ways to ensure that students are off to a stellar start.

Keep Germs from Sprouting up in Your Classroom

As the school year gets underway, classrooms become breeding grounds for millions of tiny bacteria, causing quite the stir as sniffles and sneezes are constantly whirring in the background. Healthy classrooms promote healthy minds, and promoting healthful practices every day will help keep kids in the classroom and learning at the head of the class.

All That Glitters – Germs Are Everywhere

First things first! Help children to “see” how germs travel by having students participate in a “sparkling” science experiment that demonstrates the importance of keeping germs at bay. Begin by having each student rub a thin layer of lotion on his or her hands. Next, sprinkle some glitter on each student’s hands, using one color for half the class and another color for the remaining students. Have the children go around the classroom, shaking hands, opening doors and closets, picking up books, and moving about as usual. After a few minutes, have everyone look at their hands and see that the “glitter germs” have easily spread throughout the class. Finally, have everyone wash their hands with water only, demonstrating that the germs are still there. Then, bring on the soap suds and watch the germs wash down the drain!

Promote Practices for Good Health and Hygiene

Establishing healthful habits requires repetition. Remind students every day to do their part to keep germs away. A great place to start is by promoting healthy restroom practices. Proper hand washing is essential for preventing the spread of germs and disease. While a simple sign will easily remind older children to properly wash their hands, teach the little ones to use lots of soap and water and sing a favorite tune before rinsing.

Setting up hand sanitizing stations around your classroom is an easy way to prevent the spread of bothersome germs. With just a small squeeze of sanitizer before playtime or meals, after recess, or anytime throughout the day, this practice will surely help keep those germs from invading your classroom. Be sure to put a station at the classroom door, where students can sanitize every time they come or go.

Creating a classroom cleanup routine will encourage everyone to be mindful of daily responsibilities while helping to keep germs away. Have your “classroom cleanup crew” focus on a different area each day, using disinfecting wipes (they’re handy, neat, and disposable) to wipe down everything from desks to doorknobs. Anything little hands touch or any materials that are shared among students should be on the list.

Encouraging mindful behaviors and healthy habits as the school year begins is sure to keep germs out of your classroom and students filing in, eager to learn, play and grow.