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Burbank Sign Company | Handicap and ADA Signs

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 @ 06:07 AM

Burbank Sign Company | Handicap and ADA Signs

No job is too BIG or too Small for The Sign Studio. We believe that no matter what type of sign is needed for your business it should be custom made to impact your advertising and marketing strategies. Particularly, handicap and ADA signs.

The law requires your business to have handicap signs for designated parking spaces, so why not work them to your advantage. Instead of using the same signs everyone else uses let The Sign Studio create one-of-a-kind, cost effective signs that not only satisfy state requirements but at the same time create an impression about your business. Who you are and what your business offers.

Let us get to know you, send us your current logo or if you don't have one let us create one for you! Also, we will design handicap parking signs and other ADA handicap signs for inside or outside your business that will be unique, colorful, and eye catching.

You will be putting your name out there before they get inside your doors and if you share your parking lot with other businesses these handicap signs will make a lasting impression for perspective customers.

The Sign Studio offers a variety of concepts using state-of-the art computer sign-making equipment and offers a variety of signage that will fit your needs and best of all the process is simple. Why not give us a call today or shoot us an email and let us put our marketing expertise to work for you to create handicap parking signs that will work to your benefit and leave a lasting impression.

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please give us a call at The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at


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Topics: Handicap Parking Signs, ADA Signs, Reserved Parking Signs

All You Need To Know About Family Restroom ADA Signs.........

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:06 AM

All You Need To Know About Family Restroom ADA Signs.........

Welcome to the family! Today, a growing trend is the family restroom. If you are joining in trend at your commercial building, announce it appropriately with a professional sign.

Let families know exactly where to go with family restroom signage. Choose the perfect pictograph to let your guests know who is welcome in your restrooms as well as the capacity of your bathroom facility.
One toilet? Two toilets? Specify with a family bathroom sign. All are welcome in your commercial family restroom so don't be afraid to say so with a professional posted bathroom sign. Not only are family restrooms unisex, but they often include two or more toilets, a changing table, and enough capacity for a wheelchair. Show your care and concern for families and people with disabilities at your facility.

No matter what your guests may need, let them know they are welcome at your one stop, pit stop. These bold, attractive, easy to read bathroom signs are universal and will communicate appropriately, no translations needed.

Pick the perfect color to adapt to your decor. Family restroom signs are available in Braille and can be custom made to match your needs.

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please give us a call at The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at

ADA Family Restroom Signs

Topics: Braille and Tactile Regulatory Signs, ADA Signs, Family Restroom Signs

Los Angeles Sign Company | ADA and Handicapped Compliant Signs

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:06 AM

Los Angeles Sign Company | ADA and Handicapped Compliant Signs

Are you looking for handicap signs, ADA signs, wheelchair signs, etc....?

The Sign Studio can create all of the signs that you need for a price that fits your budget. The Sign Studio will work with you to concept, create, design and install signage that serves your particular needs. At The Sign Studio we do graphics for your business, vehicle and windows to help you gain the awareness of people. We make indoor and outdoor signs and banners with material that can withstand the elements and general wear and tear. We'll help you choose the material that best suits for individual needs.

If you have existing ADA signs, wheelchair signs, handicap signs, etc.... that need changed or installation, we can do that too! We can also work with you for your logo needs. We use state-of-the art computer assisted signage systems for the creation of fast, inexpensive signs and logos that you will love.

Let us get to know you and your business so that we can help you create the signs that will work best for your business. Give us your specs and we'll give you great signs every time. The Sign Studio gives you a start to finish experience for your sign needs that will make you come back.

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please give us a call at The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at


ADA Signs



Topics: ADA Room Signs, ADA Signs, Wheelchair and Handicap Signs

Do You Need ADA Family Restroom Signs?

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 06:06 AM

Are you looking for ADA FAMILY RESTROOM Signs?

The Sign Studio is eager to help you with your sign design needs. We can create family restroom signs, ADA signs, restroom signs and other signs to meet your needs.

We have a creative staff that wants to help you come up with the sign that fits what you have in mind by getting to know you.

Why an ADA sign ?

The Americans with Disability Act has mandated that facilities that are usable and easily accessible for persons with physical handicaps be clearly marked with an approved ADA sign.

There are many regulations that must be met to make a sign ADA approved.

For example; the sign must be a certain size, color, finish, text size and font.

The Sign Studio can help you with the fine details of making sure your ADA sign is compliant with all the restrictions.

Often a business has very few handicap accessible locations. Without proper signs the community with physical handicaps is not being properly served. It is very important that locations that meet ADA needs be properly indicated for use.

Weather you need family restroom signs, ADA signs, restroom signs or have other needs of your own; The Sign Studio computer - assisted sign making systems and techniques can make your project cost effective.

If you want high impact that will get you the results you need contact The Sign Studio.

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please give us a call at The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at

ADA Family Restroom Signs

Topics: ADA Braille Tactile Family Restroom Signs, Family Signs, ADA Signs

ADA and Handicap Signs - What Do You Need?

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 @ 06:06 AM

ADA and Handicap Signs - What Do You Need?

Handicap parking signs and handicap signs of all kinds........What do you need?

Everywhere you travel in the world, there is some type of regulation regarding public parking. Handicap signs and parking signs are intended to help determine where an individual is permitted to park. Handicap signs are there to determine the optimal spot for individuals with disabilities so that they will not have to travel as far to access the entrance to buildings, and more importantly, in many cases, more room to remove wheel chairs and other equipment needed to get around.Parking signs are used to help enforce policies concerning parking a vehicle in efforts to reduce confusion that can otherwise occur in public parking areas. They are also there to ensure the safety of the public. It is important that every driver understand the penalties applied when they park in areas not intended for them. This will alleviate any worries about having stiff fines levied against them or the hassle of having to pay to retrieve a towed vehicle.

Handicap signs, parking signs are some of the most often seen parking signs as drivers make their way around and through parking lots. They are usually positioned as close to the front doors of buildings as possible on a level surface, and are easily discernible from other parking signs. They typically have a blue background with a wheelchair graphic overlaid on it.

There are many other types of parking signs such as permitted parking signs, and no parking signs. Understanding the meanings as well as the penalties for violating them is critical for courteous driving.
Check out The Sign Studio at today! I guarantee you won't be disappointed with the selection of high quality, custom made signage they have to offer. Whether you need small bathroom signs or large custom made signs or banners, The Sign Studio is your ultimate choice for any sign related project.

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please give us a call at The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at
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Topics: Handicap Parking Signs, Disability Signs, ADA Signs

Do You Need ADA Signs Or ADA Family Restroom Signs?

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 @ 06:06 AM

Do You Need ADA Signs Or ADA Family Restroom Signs?

Family Restroom Door Signs

When selecting family restroom signs, consider what message you are trying to convey to the public. Are the restrooms equipped for the entire family, ADA compliant and/or do they offer a changing station for mothers with babies?

Most family restroom signs convey simple images, often in black and white, that convey the purpose or functionality of the restroom. For example, women are depicted with a triangle shape, imagery that most people associated with a skirt, men are depicted without this added shape and a child is often holding hands between a man and a woman. If the restroom is ADA compliant, the image of an individual sitting in wheelchair is the most commonly chosen for the family restroom signs.

Beyond the basic imagery, family restroom signs are available in a variety of color backdrops; black, blue, green or even white. For lighter color signs, the imagery is often printed in black, whereas signs with a darker backdrop may offer the same imagery but in white forms for visual contrast. Family restroom signs are available in vertical and horizontal layouts, and a variety of sizes.

When selecting a sign for your business or organization, keep in mind that the sign needs to not only be easy to identify, but readable from a reasonable distance. Consider the overall size of the space as well as where the average visitor's viewpoint will be when selecting the sign's size. Ultimately, the sign's form and function should be simple, easy to understand and visible for all visitors entering the space.

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please give us a call at The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at

ADA Family Restroom Signs

Topics: ADA Tactile Braille Signs, ADA Signs, ADA Family Restroom Signs

Signs Compliant with ADA Regulations Include Numerous Locations

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 06:05 AM

Signs Compliant with ADA Regulations Include Numerous Locations

ADA Signs - Do you have any questions?

The Americans with Disabilities Act marked a great civil rights triumph in our country for people with physical differences. Sometimes, though, navigating the requirements for ADA signs can be tough. Let the experts at The Sign Studio help you install ADA compliant signs for your business or location.Signs compliant with ADA regulations include signs for numerous locations including:

Parking lots
Ramps and stairways
Storage rooms
Fitting rooms

Signs often must include pictures or other graphics, symbols and Braille letters. Additionally, the government has imposed restrictions on fonts, the use of upper and lower case letters, and decorative elements. There are also government requirements for signage for exteriors, interiors and parking lots.

Rather than try to sift through all the government regulations yourself for your location, let the experts at The Sign Studio do the work for you. We have years of experience creating ADA signs for our clients to keep them in compliance with federal regulations.

Visit us today.

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please give us a call at The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at

Safety and Compliance Signs by The Sign Studio

Topics: ADA Signs, Restroom Signs, Parking Lot Signs

Are You Confused about ADA Signs, ADA Tactile and Braille Materials?

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 @ 06:02 AM

Are You Confused about ADA Signs, ADA Tactile and Braille Materials?

The ADA Tactile & Braille Signage Code is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. The lack of accessibility or certain services can be considered discrimination, regardless of who it actually affects. This creates a need for ADA compliant signs. No individual may be discriminated against on the basis of disability with regards to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations. When the law was first put into effect, there was a problem with ADA signs not being esthetically pleasing. Now that it's been in existence for some time, the question of esthetics has been resolved and the industry faces new problems with ADA signs. We continually add articles to this section, so be sure to check back often.

ADA Guidelines
Letters can't be smaller than 5/8-inch or larger than 2 inches. All letters must be a minimum 3/32 inches thick for tactility. And, generally, you cannot use elaborate or decorative fonts. San Serif fonts, like Helvetica, are the staple of most ADA signs. It may sound restrictive, and it is at some level, but the goal is not to stifle creativity. The goal is to serve an intended audience.

While ADA guidelines define font size, contrast and other criteria, the law does not define specific design criteria as it relates to aesthetics. Letter height, Braille placement, font, and color contrast make only minimal impacts on the visual appearance. There are ways to make ADA signage more attractive while still adhering to the guidelines.

ADA Materials
ADA-compliant materials are one way to make the difference between a ho-hum sign and an attractive presentation. Sign frames with the ability to change printed inserts are another. Finally, understanding what the guidelines really say about color contrast and icons could give you more freedom than you thought. Signs can be designed and made from an amazing variety of materials ranging from basic plastics to very elaborate designs of natural stone, woods, or metals.

For further information or questions, please call The Sign Studio (818) 843-9200 or e-mail us at


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Topics: ADA Signs, Title 24 Signs, ADA Tactile and Braille Materials

ADA SIGNS – In the Construction and Architectural Industries

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 06:11 AM

ADA SIGNS – Common use in the Construction and Architectural Industries.

The term "ADA Signs" has come into common use in the architectural, construction and signage industries with the advent of the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA. Unfortunately, it's a misunderstood term. Most people think it's synonymous with Braille signs. Certainly, signs with braille and raised characters are the most visible manifestation of the law requiring access to the built environment, but the sign standards in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, or ADAAG, require much more than just braille and raised characters on some signs.

In general, almost every sign that would be considered an "architectural" sign must comply with one or another of the ADA Guidelines. In other words, if a sign identifies a permanent room or space of a facility, including exits, directs or informs about functional spaces of the facility, or identifies, directs to, or informs about accessible features of the facility, it must comply. Signs for advertising and marketing purposes, temporary signs, company logos and names are examples of signs or sections of signs that do not have to comply.

Although, because of the rules requiring Braille on some signs, the signage section is looked upon as benefitting persons who are blind and visually impaired, some of the sign guidelines benefit persons with mobility impairments or hearing impairments. In addition, one can say generally that easy to read and well thought out signage systems are of definite benefit to people who are deaf, have problems speaking, have cognitive disabilities or psychiatric conditions that cause them to avoid speaking to strangers.

The general rules for signage covered by the law are these: (the exact wording may be consulted on the website of the United States Access Board at

All signs must have non-glare backgrounds and characters. (Exception is for reflective parking and other traffic signs.) Glare and reflection are a major problem for persons with vision impairments, and particularly for the elderly.

All signs must have a high dark to light (or vice versa) contrast between characters and their background. The important issue is not color, but lightness and darkness. Thus, a sign with very light gray letters on a charcoal gray background would be fine, but a sign with red letters on a black background would not.

All signs must have "easy to read" typefaces. The rules are different for signs that identify rooms and spaces, and signs that direct and inform. That's because persons who are "functionally blind," that is, have no usable vision, are able to locate doors, and therefore can locate signs adjacent to doors that identify them, but have no consistent way to find directional and information signs that could be located anywhere along corridors.

Directional and informational signs can use upper and lower case letters (recommended by many experts for visual readability) and "simple" serif typefaces of a non-decorative nature. No condensed or extended typefaces are allowed. Strokes are of medium weight, not too bold or too thin. The size of the letters is dictated by the distance of the sign from the expected position of the sign reader. Signs high upon walls or overhead must have 3 inch high characters (measured by the uppercase character).

Signs that identify rooms and spaces are to be located adjacent to the door they identify so they can be located by persons who are functionally blind. For the most part, one sign is used by both tactile and visual readers, so there are compromises to assist tactile readers. However, it is possible to use two separate signs with the same information. Tactile signs require uppercase characters in sans serif typefaces. (No, Helvetica is not required, other sans-serif typefaces can be used.) The characters can be from 5/8 inch to 2 inches high. The braille must accompany the characters (usually placed below the characters) and must be Contracted Braille (formerly called Grade 2 Braille). The signs are installed 60 inches on center from the finish floor. If pictograms are used to identify the space (example: restrooms with gender pictograms), they must be in a six inch high clear field and accompanied by a tactile character and Braille label below the field.

There are four pictograms that stand for accessibility. One is the familiar International Symbol of Access, or "wheelchair symbol." It's used generally to show that persons with mobility impairments can access entrances, restrooms, or pathways. Three are specifically for persons with hearing impairments. The "ear" pictogram is the International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss, and is used to show the availability of an assistive listening system. The "keyboard" pictogram stands for a TTY or text telephone. The "phone" pictogram with sound waves stands for the availability of a volume controlled phone.

The actual standards for the signs (and most other standards used in ADA regulations and state building codes), are actually the product of the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) A117.1 Committee. This large committee is made up of a balanced group of representatives from industry, the government, disability organizations, designers, code officials, and experts. it meets in 5 year cycles to revise the last published standard. The standard is then used by the International Code Council for its model building code, and has formed the basis of the new version of the ADA Guidelines, now called the 2004 ADA/ABA and available on the website of the Access Board at They are already adopted by several federal agencies, and had been approved by the Department of Justice and were awaiting final review by the OMB when the Obama Administration came in. Ironically, although they are actually a product of the Clinton administration and have taken 8 years to make it through the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration now considers them Bush Administration regulations, and is holding them up. Therefore, they are back at the Department of Justice for a review by the new administration.

If you have any questions or need further information, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or visit our website at – You can also reach us by e-mail at


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Topics: ADA Signs, Accessibility Guidelines, ADAAG, Architectural and Construction Signs

Signs Los Angeles | Do you have an ADA Custom Sign Request?

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 @ 06:11 AM

ADA Custom Sign Request…….

With The Sign Studio’s custom ADA signage solutions, being compliant does not mean you have to sacrifice your brand!

Regulation-based signage like ADA signage is mandatory for businesses to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  At The Sign Studio, we believe that every sign should be a reflection of your brand, even those signs that have a misnomer of being “standard.”

In summary, ADA signage is required at all restrooms, emergency exits, parking facilities, entryways and many more areas within any given facility. For business owners, keeping up with compliance standards can be overwhelming. That is where your personal consultant at The Sign Studio comes into play. We can provide business owners with custom company signs and office signs that are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

At The Sign Studio, custom does not mean costly. Our advanced printing and engraving technologies allow us to create sophisticated ADA signage in various shapes, colors, sizes and textures. Examples of custom ADA signage include:

  • ADA Bathroom Signage
  • Branded Suite & Room Numbers
  • Custom Handicap Parking Signs
  • Custom Metal Engraved ADA Signs
  • Elevator Signs
  • Stairwell Signs

Concerned that your business is not up to ADA standards?

If you have any questions or need further information, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or visit our website at – You can also reach us by e-mail at


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Topics: ADA Signs, Americans with Disabilities Act, Stairwell and Bathroom Signs