The Academy for Advancement of Children with Autism in West Hills, California was looking for some new signage for the school. Schools require many different types of signage, both exterior and interior. When it comes to interior signs, most of them are ADA signs which are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The custom ADA signs we made for the school are room identification signs. Sometimes, permanent signage can be tricky when there is information on it that could change. In cases like this, we can make a sign that allows for interchangeable information. The information that will not change is the room number so those are on the signs permanently, along with the Braille. But above the room number is an aluminum room name window where the client can print whatever information they need to display such as a room name or a person’s name and slide it in. If the information ever needs to be updated, they can just remove whatever is in that window without removing the entire sign, having a new one made, and having it re-installed. The backer panel for this sign was made from 3mm thick Sibond, a rigid substrate made from polycarbonate sandwiched between two sheets of aluminum and 1/4″ thick custom painted acrylic with beveled edges.
The school also had an existing post outside that they wanted to mount a new sign onto. What we made for them is a non-illuminated cabinet sign. The frame is made from metal and it is 3″ deep. The face is made from impact-modified acrylic that has vinyl laid on it for the graphics. If the sign was double-sided, the other side would also use acrylic, but the back is made from aluminum since this was a single-sided sign. For the graphics, we used Oracal vinyl. For the blue lettering, we used a dark blue color, but the logo includes a gradient so that portion was digitally printed to make sure that it matched the design of the logo.