OFFICE SIGNAGE POINTS VISITORS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Navigating through an unfamiliar building can be an unsettling task. Whether headed to a job interview, looking
for a doctor’s office or trying to find your child’s classroom for a parent-teacher conference, you
can’t afford to be late because you didn’t know where to go. The same is true for the visitors to your
facility. Sure, you know how to get to the executive conference room on the third floor concourse, but does the
client who is supposed to meet you there in 30 minutes?
Office signage plays an important role in helping visitors navigate your facility and labeling important rooms.
Use these guidelines to select the right sign for an area.
Signs that label permanent spaces, like restrooms, stairways and elevators, should be clearly
labeled with large-print text and the internationally recognized symbols for these areas.
Signs that label an individual's office should include the occupant’s name, their
professional title and the room number if applicable. Remember, the occupant of rooms like these can frequently
change (due to employee turnover, promotions, construction, etc.) so signs that are easy to change are optimal.
Signs that give directions should be placed at all key entry points. Signs at the main entrance
should include a navigational directory of all the rooms/offices that are found on each floor. Whenever there is
an elevator or staircase exit, there should be a sign to tell visitors how the room numbers divide on that floor.
Signs that communicate access restrictions and instructions are an important and cost-effective
way to lay the ground rules of your facility. With these signs, think intuitively about color, font and size you
choose. A sign that says “ACCESS RESTRICTED. Authorized Personnel ONLY” is better suited on a red
sign with bold lettering versus a blue sign with your favorite font.
Before you settle on a design, be sure to consult the rules set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Some buildings are required to have tactile and/or braille signs in specific areas. Non-compliance can result in
hefty fines and even compensation to the affected individual.
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Case Study: Office Identification Makes the Difference
In a busy office, having accessible identification can make an impact on the work environment. For Mobius
Industries USA, Inc., a government contracting business, identification is a priority.
The company provides Classic Desktop Nameplates for each employee in their Redmond, Washington office. When a new
employee starts at Mobius, he is welcomed to the company with a desktop name plate and greeted with a sign on the
door to his office. The sign states the individual’s name, title and the Mobius company logo.
Mobius first found IDville when it was searching for a nameplate vendor two years ago. They continue to reorder
the engraved desktop signs on a regular basis. The signage puts the most professional foot forward for the company
and its employees.
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