Art and Photo Display Signage
Art and Photo Display Signage can serve to confirm that a particular location, person or service has indeed been found. In order for this navigation process to be successful, other supporting wayfinding elements – such as directional signage - must also be in place. Presenting information in such a way that it’s obvious or intuitive is an important strategy in making visitors – or staff or residents, for that matter – both more self-sufficient and at the same time less stressed about their ability to navigate their way to the person or services they need.
Information concerning the location of washroom facilities should be readily available to any visitor arriving at a public building through the Informational and Directional signage provided.
How Art and Photo Displays Fit into a Wayfinding System
Wayfinding or sign systems specified for a commercial or industrial building generally include the following four primary sign classifications:
- Directional (point the way to departments or services, etc.)
- Informational (hours of operation, departments or services available, etc.)
- Identifier (company, department or individual’s names, room / suite numbers, etc.)
- Safety / Security (emergency procedures, heath alerts, etc.)
When a visitor or facility user has been successfully guided through a building using its wayfinding system, identifier signs are like the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’, confirming that a particular location, function or person has indeed been found. Clearly for this navigation process to be successful, other supporting wayfinding elements – such as directional and informational signage - must be in place. Someone arriving at the front entrance to a building and not having access to directories, directional signage, etc. would have little hope of finding a person or office located on the 22nd Floor.
Some Considerations in Specifying Signage
Compliance with Accessibility Standards
Public art and photo display signage needs to be designed and installed in such a way that it meets all of the relevant accessibility standards (ADA / ODA or other) including use of graphic symbols, size of graphics, colour contrast and mounting height.
art and photo display signs are normally mounted on the door itself or, if there is no door, immediately beside the building entrancese. Depending on the physical layout of the building, visitors may also find perpendicular overhead signage helpful in locating certain facilities.
Maintenance and Durability
The volume of traffic using public facilities is generally high, making it important that these signs are tough, durable and easily cleaned and maintained by cleaning or facilities staff.
Another important consideration is to select signage that relates appropriately in style and colour to the building’s interior finishes. As a general rule, the more neutral the signage, the better and more flexible choice it is.
Other General Washroom/ Restroom Sign Requirements
In addition to the “Art and Photo” signs themselves, there is often a need to post general information for building users (i.e. hand washing instructions, requests concerning the disposal of waste materials, etc.). Sign holders required for these purposes should be chosen with consideration to whether the sign’s contents will need to be changed or updated from time-to-time, whether holders need to be tamper-resistant, as well as overall aesthetic & maintenance considerations.