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Customizable Options for Your Directional Signage

Updated on November 15, 2013
Directional Signage
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Directional signage are crafted and mounted for one very specific reason, and that is to show people where to go and where to find the facilities as well as rooms that they are looking for. These are used almost everywhere – from airports to bus stations, from schools to office buildings, from hospitals to malls. These signs help people find their way around without needing to ask others for directions or to find someone to show them where to go.

Since directional signs need to carry very specific information that pertains to the present locale it is being used on, these need to be customized accordingly. This means that such signage cannot be stock or ready-made signs, and are more-often-than-not, made to order by the different establishments that use them. This means that when you need such signs for your business or establishment, you need to have these made according to your specifications.

Airport Directional Signage
Airport Directional Signage
Directional Sign
Directional Sign | Source

Customization Options You Will Find Being Offered for Directional Signage

When you need to have directional signs crafted, there are a number of things that you need to consider before placing your order. Here are some of the customization options that you will be facing before your order is ready for crafting, and afterwards, delivery and mounting:

Materials – you will need to choose what kind of materials you will need to use with your signs. There are a number of materials for you to choose from, as well as a number of material combinations that can be used. You can choose plastics, metals, wood or glass, depending on certain factors. One factor you need to consider when choosing your signage materials is your budget. Some materials cost more than others, which is why from the very start, your budget comes into play before you can start designing your signs and deciding on what to use to craft these.

Aside from your budget, you also need to take into consideration where you will be mounting such a sign. This is due to the fact that some signs will be heavier than others (think metal as opposed to plastic), and may not be ideal for some of the mounting options that you may be considering for such signage. From this first decision, you can then decide on the other customization options available to you for your directional signage.

Size – the size of your directional signs will depend on a few things – where it is to be mounted, the number of entries it will be carrying, and the length of the text on it. These factors will help you determine how big your signs should be. Of course, your budget will also play a part in this since the bigger the sign you will need, the more materials you will require and the bigger the cost of the sign.

The mounting location of your sign will play a part in determining the size of your sign because you need to assess how much space is needed for such a directional sign. If it is to be mounted on a wall, how wide is the wall for such a signage? If it is to be mounted overhead, how much clearance is needed for such a sign to be considered safely installed? All of these need to be well thought out in order to make your signs in the right size.

Copy or Content – of course, what you put on your directional signage needs to be customized as well. The customization of your signage copy does not mean that you need to customize only what is written on it but how it is written as well as what other elements will be accompanying the text that is on your signs. Color contrasts between your signage background and the content is also something that needs to be considered.

Aside from the words that are written on your signs, you will need to carefully consider the pictograms and symbols needed to make your directional signs effective. Pictograms for common facilities like phone booths, bathrooms and exits can be used to make your signs more useful for crowds that consist of multi-nationals. You will also need to add arrows to these signs to show people what direction to take to get to where they want to go.

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