White Papers

The ADA and Typography Part 3 – Color, Symbol and Braille

The ADA and Typography Part 3 – Color, Symbol and Braille
Color, Symbol and Braille Since the Federal ADA guideline was adopted almost 30 years ago there have been some issues that have remained up to some interpretation, while efforts have been made to resolve these issues over time. The three that have stayed the most controversial is the use of color contrast, Sign gloss, the...

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The ADA and Typography Part 2 – Placement and Hierarchy

The ADA and Typography Part 2 – Placement and Hierarchy
Placement and Hierarchy ADA identification signs are not just meant to stand alone in the environment but be part of a hierarchy of visual cues that support navigation by the blind and visually impaired. The ADA has a series of specific rules that govern the placement of signs, as well as how information is meant...

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The ADA and Typography Part 1 – Types and Pictograms

The ADA and Typography Part 1 – Types and Pictograms
Learn How To Use Typography When Making ADA Signage The ADA is designed for people who have a wide spectrum of visual impairments including blindness. The ADA was updated in 2010 to differentiate between the needs of the blind and the visually impaired. This substantial change required different regulatory approaches for signs as well as...

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Middle East Accessibility

Middle East Accessibility
Since the early 1990’s when the “Americans with Disabilities Act” was ratified, accessible signs have found their way to being standardized in most western countries through international guidelines and the work of global design firms. However, the effort has been uneven once we move to rapidly modernizing locations like China, India and the Middle East....

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Typography Series

Typography Series
Sign designers and fabricators have a unique opportunity to learn more about typography and its effect on signs in a new, 4-part white paper “Typography, Placemaking and Signs” produced by The Signage Foundation and sponsored by Nova Polymers, Dixie Graphics, and the ISA. Nova Polymers is proud to be a sponsor and introduce this informative...

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Consolidated Accessibility

Consolidated Accessibility
Our series of ADA White Papers for Accessible Signage consolidated into one document. It includes the codes, regulations and standards for: United States California Canada United Kingdom Australia Please fill out the form below to download the white paper. Name* First Last Email Adress* Company*State*PhoneIndustry* Signage A&D Vendor PhoneThis field is for validation purposes and...

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California Accessibility

California Accessibility
California Accessibility - UPDATED California’s Title 24 is part of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) consisting of 28 sections and released by the Department of the State Architect (DSA). Title 24 covers the California Building Standards code. Signage regulations are located in multiple areas, but mainly in 1117B.5 Signs and identification. Additional areas of...

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United Kingdom Accessibility

United Kingdom Accessibility
United Kingdom Accessibility - The Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 (DDA) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which which has now been repealed and replaced by the Equality Act 2010(EA) in most of the UK except for Northern Ireland. This act consolidate the DDA with the Disability Equality Duty(DDE) which requires public...

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United States Accessibility

United States Accessibility
United States Accessibility - The 2010 Standard for Accessible Design (SAD) became the American standard in March 2010, with all state and local codes having to be in compliance by March 2011. This civil rights legislation from the Justice Department is an update of the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines(ADAAG). The current standards are based...

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Australia Accessibility

Australia Accessibility
Australia has a well established code structure at the national level that include disability standards. The country enacted an Access to Premise Standards for their Disability Discrimination Act in 1992. These standards, developed into formal language by Standards Australia, a non-profit standards development organization (Documented as AS14281.1) is integrated into the national Building Code for...

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Canada Accessibility

Canada Accessibility
Canada Accessibility - Canada does not have a single consistent national standard for accessible signs. The country has a Canadian Disability Act which requires that public spaces be made accessible, but the provinces, localities, and agencies are allowed to design their own codes and guidelines. Many groups in Canada build their own code off of...

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SEGD Green Paper

SEGD Green Paper
The SEGD Green Paper is the result of a collaborative effort by the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), Nova Polymers, Designers and fabricators. This committee began as a group of individuals working on their own in areas such as leadership in other green organizations, development of green products, and development of green design practices...

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