We made a tenant identification sign for a tenant in SV Marketplace, an office building in Simi Valley, California. As you can see from the photo, this sign has Braille translation because the sign needed to be ADA compliant.
With tenant identification signs, we usually make the sign into two parts. One part of the sign is permanent and has permanent information while the information that may change is put on in a temporary way. For example, this sign has a brushed aluminum finish backer panel which has the suite number and the Braille translation for the suite number, while the tenant’s name was put on a clear acrylic panel with black vinyl. The acrylic panel itself is also removable as it’s only being held on by standoffs so the entire thing can be replaced, or the vinyl can be removed and replaced.
Since the client had a pretty good idea of what they wanted for the tenant sign, there wasn’t much design work to do. However, the tenant, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, wasn’t sure whether they wanted to write out their entire company name, or abbreviate it as “C.A.R.D.” like they often do. Because of this, we created two different proofs with two different mockups showing how the same sign would look with the full name versus the acronym. After seeing accurate mockups, they decided to display their full name, as you can see from the photos.
The sign was installed with 3M VHB tape during the same trip where we installed their exterior building signs and their parking signs which we will be discussing in next week’s blogs. VHB stands for “Very High Bond”. VHB tape is a double-sided acrylic foam tape that can be a great alternative to screws and bolts when installing interior signs because the tape cannot be seen.