Signage – Considerate designers can avoid signs of frustration

Accessibility implications when choosing the design of signs

September 4, 2019

Ian Streets from About Access discusses signage and the importance of accessibility implications when choosing the design of signs

We know from the abundance of street furniture that the desire to tell people who you are, what you do and where to find you is becoming an obsession.

It brings with it the issue of the physical obstacles presented to people who have mobility difficulties. That’s something we’ll no doubt come back to, but for now, we want to focus on the shortcomings of some of that signage, and on the fact that some people can’t focus on the signs at all because of poor design.

We’ve been studying examples at historic sites, and what we’ve found has encouraged us to look at other visitor attractions and at the wider built environment. The uncomfortable conclusion we’ve reached is that a lot of people who create the signs don’t often think of the needs of disabled people, [...]

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