Tips to Design Signs

Some useful tips to design clear and effective signs.

Whether using design Software or draw by hand, Edraw has collected some practical tips to help you get the most from your own design.You can try to use pre-drawn symbols to design road signs quickly.

Design Purpose

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Are you creating a non-permanent temporary signs, or a permanent public sign? Do you need a casual sign for a single event or a standard information signs? A sign that will be used indoors and viewed at a short distance, or a sign that will be used outdoors and viewed from a long distance? Considering these questions can help you in deciding on what font and effects to use for your text, colors, backgrounds, and images in your sign design.

Emphasize Visibility

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The purpose of signs is to send clear message that people can understand at a glance. Signs can be in a variety of sizes. But the Important points to consider are selecting a suitable size that is appropriate for the expected viewing distance, the location the sign will be placed, and any obstacles that may be between your sign and those viewing it. Visibility is the upmost important part of your signage. A successful sign should be able to catch people's attention instantly.

Less is More

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When creating signs, simplicity prevails! Keeping the design clear and concise is recommended. The fewer words you use, the better. Leaving space around the edges of your design and not filling all of the space with your text and images will add impact to the design. This is more readable. Enough space let readers feel more comfortable when reading. Leave just the essential information instead of everything about your event. The design is most effective when there is nothing to take rather than nothing to add. According to the United States Sign Council (USSC), the best sign includes about
40% text and 60% blank space.

Type and Fonts

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Whatever font you choose, ensure that it is legible. Each individual letter should be easily distinguishable from a distance. Every one inch of letter height provides 10 feet of readability.
Limit the number of fonts used in your sign to just 1 or 2. Use fonts that are clearly legible when viewed from a distance. When it comes to message conveyance, readability surpasses artistry. The standard highly legible fonts include Arial, Helvetica,
Times New Roman and Optima.

Color and Image

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Use coordinated color and compelling images. The best signs use full-color graphics to grab the readers' eyes. Using a different color to enhance important information increases retention and reaction to your sign. According to the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), the best combinations of colors are:

BLACK on YELLOW BLACK on WHITE YELLOW on BLACK
WHITE on BLUE GREEN on WHITE BLUE on YELLOW
WHITE on GREEN WHITE on BROWN BROWN on YELLOW
BROWN on WHITE YELLOW on BROWN RED on WHITE
YELLOW on RED RED on YELLOW WHITE on RED

You can also refer to the color wheel to find out colors that go together. Colors that are next to each other on the wheel, such as blue and green, make poor color match since their contrast is similar in both hue and value making it difficult to see. Better color combinations are usually found using colors that are not opposite or adjacent on the color wheel, such as blue and yellow. Black works well with any light color and white coordinates with darker colors. For example, green and white are a good match because they are different in the contrast of both hue and value.

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