Sign & Digital Graphics

August '16

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • August 2016 • 67 "Some states, such as California, have exerted local governance over key parts of the ADA," McMahon says. Sign shops in those states would need to do their research on state ADA-related websites. "The SEGD—Society for Experiential Graphic Design (—is also an excellent source for this information," he adds. State by State Issues McMahon says that keeping up with all the individual state regulations is vital. He reports that doming is a big issue for them as they do not use photopolymer. "The last thing we want to happen is an over scrupulous inspector get into a con- versation with us about turning a photo- polymer cylinder into a domed dot. With our ADA compliance guarantee we have to make sure our Braille dots are properly domed and not simply a function of how much paint we apply. Another issue is that the state of California now requires the Braille to align either flush right or centered below the text. California also has a regulation against the use of verti- cal text even if it is just visual. Those two regulations required an immense amount of work to certify our ADA signs for that state," he points out. Adding Some Sizzle McMahon says that with the large number of sign lines and color/material combinations that you can find online you can see what you get when order- ing, and you can truly add some sizzle to your interior signage package. "Again the use of visual text can add that last design aspect to make your signage super attractive and well thought out. We also work with a lot of patterns like wood grains, metallics, vegetation and flowers as accents. Dimension gained through material thickness and layers of varied acrylics and metallics can also add an elegant touch." He adds that the key is to read, read, and read some more through the regula- tions. "Learn deeply about contrasts and stroke width to spacing ratios and never

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