Interior Signage Types and Definitions

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Interior Signage Types and Definitions

At Duggal, we can create a wide variety of custom signage for your interiors. These can be used for anything from wayfinding or room identification to branding signage. Anything from a single piece to an entire signage rollout.

Categories of Signage

Branding – Often dimensional and does not have to comply with ADA guidelines (see below). You can make this signage out of almost any material (aluminum, wood, acrylic, etc.), just as long as it can be cut with a router, laser, or waterjet machine. This type of signage is often a store logo or something to help emphasize the feeling of a space.

Informational –A sign that gives you a sense of general location. Examples would be directories, maps and even menus.

Directional – Do not require tactile or Braille characteristics specified by the ADA guidelines, however, they must possess the requirements for proportion, character height, sign finish and contrast. Examples of this type of signage would be office floor directories or specific wayfinding on how to get around a floor or department.

ADA Guidelines – The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is described as “an Act to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability”. ADA makes specific requirements of wayfinding and directional signage so that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For more information about requirements please visit

Identification – This is needed if a room or space is not readily changing its use (i.e. office, cubicle, departments, etc.). For this type of signage, you must follow the ADA guidelines. Identification signage will have Braille or tactile lettering, as well as compliant proportion, character height, sign finish and contrast. Consult an architect or designer for local regulations you may have to follow.

Regulatory – Mainly address safety concerns. This type of signage is mandated by local codes and regulation and should be advised by an architect or designer.

What is a signage package?

A signage package will normally contain all signage types listed above. The package is normally generated by an architect or designer and should contain location plans (where all signs are placed), general elevations for installation, message scheduling, material specifications, as well as attachment method specification. Once all of this is generated, Duggal can start to create unique designs for your wayfinding needs.