Whether a university is being built or a street fair is springing up, Kaizen India signs is one of the keys to a great visitor experience. A university might be more interested in permanent signage solutions, whereas a street fair would prefer DIY A-frame signs. The basic guideline for the design and placement of those signs should remain same. Signs are used to display information, and in way finding signs, only some of the different types of signs are necessary to deliver desired information. Knowing what those types of signs are is an integral part to creating a useful system of safety signs. So let us discuss what are the four types of signs?
- Area Identification boards/ identification signs
- Supplementary Informative signs
- Informational signs
- Regulatory signs
Defining these four types of signs is simple than knowing how to use them. While designing the safety signs one must always remember that simpler the signage system is, the better for everyone involved; right from the designers of the signs, to the visitors who use them it to get around. The basic idea behind designing these signs is broadcasting as much information as required in as little space possible. That’s why one can think of signs in these four different categories. So let us find out what are these types of signs and how should they get used?
Identification area boards
Government creates National Park Services to safeguard animals in their natural habitat. These are tourist attractions too. Apart from its scenic beauty and the effort that goes into preserving it, National Parks are famous for their entrance signs. These entrance signs are a perfect example of what identification area boards are all about. They are used to identify the park. Inside the park, identification area boards point out specific park features and areas. Identification area boards can take the form of words labeling the location, or they can be display icons, such as a tent signifying that the particular location is a campsite. Identification area boards serve visitors best if they are easy to understand. They shouldn’t point the way to a location, an identification sign symbolizes arrival at the location. Directional signs are used for pointing the way.
Supplementary Informative signs
When it comes to pointing the way, the directional or way finding signs does the job smoothly. When using directional signage, a thumb rule is to keep it simple. When planning a way finding system, try to plan it as early in the overall planning stage as possible. Unfortunately, directional sign plans often get left to be done at the end, and don’t receive the desired attention. Supplementary Informative signs are not used at the location, they are placed around the location and on the way in order to reach the location. Signs should not be visible in plain sight. The right placement would be at junctions, or anywhere a person on the way to a location might look to see which way to reach to that location. Airports, for instance, aren’t made for standing in one place; they are used for transit. Supplementary Informative signs keep people moving where they shouldn’t stand still. So a person follows that directional sign until they find the identification area boards. When they find that, they’ll need an informational sign to know a little more.
What are the timings of operation? Is Wi-Fi available? All this and more can be supplied to visitors with the help informational signs. While informational signs can be found at locations marked by identification area boards, they can also provide information about other things along the route. For example, if the place is under construction, it is better to notify anyone in sandals that the road might get a little rough to walk. If the road is temporarily closed, that’s also good to know in advance. While the informational signs are there to put people in the know, it’s the regulatory signs that tell them what they can and cannot do.
Regulatory signs are considered to be some of the most important signs. These signs help to inform people about the regulations or requirements of a particular area. Is parking allowed? If a sign says “no parking,” then parking is not allowed in that area. Speed limit signs, no parking signs and stop signs are one of the best examples of regulatory signs for traffic control, but signs that instruct visitors that they need to wear safety shoes, safety gear may also fall into regulatory signs category. Is smoking allowed in the area? How can anyone understand without a regulatory sign board with a “No smoking” symbol? Regulatory signs must be clearly visible to warn about rules and regulations of which the disregard might constitute a violation of the law or regulate behavior in public places.
The messages on every type of safety signs discussed above must be very clear, and as precise as possible. Too many signs can be just as bad as very few. Besides that, the thumb rules are pretty simple and easy to remember; directional signs point the way, identification area boards declare the location, informational signs tell about the location/ place, and regulatory signs set rules and regulations for that particular area.