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10 Things You Should Ask Your Sign Company

1. What experience do you have for this size project? Can you supply examples of similar projects you have worked on? Was the signage supplied on budget and on schedule?
2. Have your installation teams completed a PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) course?
3. Have your installation teams completed the IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) Mobile Elevated Work Platform, Safety Harness and Self Propelled Boom section of the MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platform) course?
4. Are your operatives CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) qualified?
5. Do your project managers comply with the CDM (Construction, Design and Management) Regulations 2007?
6. Are your managers IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) qualified?
7. Can you supply evidence of good Health and Safety practices and accreditation from an independent H&S advisor or pre-qualification agency such as CHAS, Constructionline or Safecontractor?
8. What do your other customers think of the company? Can you supply references?
9. What are your levels of subcontracting and how do you evaluate and handle subcontractors?
10. Who will be the project manager, what is their level of experience and do you have a Quality Management System in place?

Top ten tips for successful accessible signage

School braille and tactile sign

Braille and tactile school sign

Good signs and wayfinding guidance are an essential part of any successful access strategy. We believe that clarity and simplicity in our signage makes our buildings more user friendly for everyone, not just those with visual or physical impairments. The most most successful sign systems are those which are clear and simple and use common, consistent language and symbols. Here is our list of 10 top tips for successful access for all signage:

1. Ensure there is a good contrast between text and sign background and if possible between the sign and the surface on which it is located
2. Position signage consistently so people know where to find relevant information
3. Signs should be fixed at eye level, where possible – between 1.4m and 1.6m above floor level
4. Choose fonts with a clear, unembellished (sans-serif) typeface and use sentence case with no underlined text (headings could be a larger size and bolder)
5. Make sure letter heights are large enough to be clear from a distance and use left aligned text
6. Pay particular attention to space – between letters, words, lines and around the sign itself. To improve legibility, it may be necessary to increase spacing by up to 30%
7. Tactile signs should have raised/embossed text and be positioned between 1.4m and 1.7m above floor level and at a distance of approximately 0.5m. The minimum character height should be 15 mm.
8. Always use tactile signs on toilet and bathroom doors, near lift call buttons, at the top and bottom of flights of stairs and wherever it is necessary to show the function of a room
9. Simple pictorial devices and symbols can be more successful in aiding recognition and overcoming language barriers. Internationally recognized symbols should be used if appropriate
10. When Braille is used on signage, it should be located directly below the text and ranged left. A recessed or raised Braille Locator mark indicates to the reader the exact location of the Braille on the sign

A good guide to inclusive signage is published by the JMU and Sign Design Society and is available from the RNIB.

Create’s Top Ten Typefaces

Here’s our Top Ten most-used sign fonts:
1. Top of the Pops! Helvetica Neue!
2. Frutiger Bold
3. Trade Gothic
4. Ariel
5. VAG
6. Meta Plus
7. Foundry Form
8. Albertus
9. Caslon
10. FS Lola

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July 19th, 2010 at 9:44 am

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