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Top tips for eye-catching, informative signs

Welcome to the tips and tricks page from Elementary Signs.

If you use these ideas and rules when thinking about your signs then you will make them much more effective, less obtrusive and in the end, much more cost effective. The Girls & Boys at Elementary Signs Ltd have a wealth of knowledge and experience built up over the years, making signs is what they do. This information is free, we don’t charge for what is really a culmination of years of our experience. We just want you to be pleased with your signs.

Your signs should be Functional, Smart, Safe and promote your School, Surgery or Business in a professional and positive way. Above all else Signs should be effective. A poorly designed sign creates the wrong impression and so often does not work. So, to make your School, Surgery or Business stand out from the crowd follow these tips:

  1. Keep it Simple.

    Your message should be clear and to the point but without being abrupt. (Adding the word “please” or using lowercase text will soften the message). Don’t use ten words when five will deliver the same message. Don’t use technical or “clever” phrases and get the punctuation right ! Remember, people have to read and understand the sign easily and quickly so an easy to read Font at the correct letter height in the right colours will win every time.
  2. Choose the right colours and have a border.

    Your Signs should have a design “Character” and should be designed to look good. Avoid using black text on a white background because it looks extremely hard, has no character and is often ignored. It is a poorly designed combination whereas dark blue on white or light beige and with a border is far more noticeable, is easier to read and will get the message across far quicker and more effectively. Adding a border forms an “outline” around your message and separates the sign from it’s background. Don’t use poor colour combinations such as dark green and blue or red and green unless you want to achieve a certain effect or are matching to a colour scheme. Make your sign easy to read.
  3. Have the correct size.

    The size that you measure out or imagine while sitting behind a desk is going to ‘shrink’ dramatically when you take it outside, and unless there is a reason to have a set size of sign then go out to the location and measure it. Take into consideration the distance from which it will be read and have the right sized sign with the right sized text.
  4. Do not “Clutter”.

    Don’t have lots of individual signs. If you are adding a new sign next to existing signs then seriously consider replacing the existing signs with a single larger sign or match the new sign to the existing so that they all look to be the same “suite” of signs. Keep all of your signs “layouts/designs” similar for continuity and so it appears that someone has designed or at least thought about your signs.
  5. Keep it safe.

    Don’t locate signs in positions where youngsters can run into them. Always have radius corners rather than square corners. Use caps for screws (coloured to match the sign colour). Have post mounted sign panels set high enough (or low enough) so that children or people can’t bump into them. Always make sure the signs are constructed of a “safe” material and are maintained in good condition.

    Thank you for reading this. We know that these five items seem obvious when they’re pointed out however you’d be really surprised at how many times every week that we are asked to build something or we see a sign that directly contravenes one or more of these ‘rules’.

We wish you every success with you new signs. If you need help or advice just contact us.