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Anatomy Of A Custom Sign

Custom Signs by Accuform Signs

Everything you ever wanted to know about designing a custom sign at Accuform.

What You Need to Know

If you have never ordered a custom sign before, there are a few things to consider. As you get started, know your needs for the various elements of the sign. By considering  your choices for all these different areas, you can be sure to design a quality product that will meet all of your specifications.

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Ideal Placement of Your New Safety Sign

How your sign is mounted will make a difference in what type of finishing it has. Knowing where your sign will be placed will help determine hole positioning if needed.

A sign not seen is an opportunity lost. Give your sign the exposure it demands. Quickly inform the viewer about your important message, no matter how close or far away they may be.

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Overall Size of Your Safety Sign

If your sign is outside where drivers need to see it, or inside where someone will be next to it, the size of your sign matters.

Determine your desired viewing distance. Then, count the number of letters, numbers and spaces in the longest line of your message. Viewing distance has a direct correlation with size and the amount of characters.

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Material Selection for Your New Safety Sign

Inside or outside? Environmental conditions will often dictate the material you choose. Select the material that is most appropriate for the environment which will surround your sign, label or tag. 

We offer a comprehensive selection of custom sign materials to meet virtually every application and environmental demand.


The Importance of Your Header

Select a header that's most appropriate for the message you wish to communicate. Headers designate the degree of hazard severity of safety signs. Traditionally OSHA-Style signs and labels are the most widely recognized design format. They use upper case lettering and the message is generally centered underneath the header. Newer ANSI-Style signs and labels are gaining in popularity and are recognized by OSHA as an acceptable safety notification device.


Your Message or Legend

Your message (or legend) communicates the necessary action. It should be short and distinct. OSHA-Style sign formats continue to be the choice for selecting messages in safety signs.

ANSI-Style signs often include a visual alert symbol, a large symbol and left-justified upper and lower case message lettering. ANSI studies support improved comprehension as being quick and easy to see and understand.

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Font or Type Face Selection

Consider using upper and lower case fonts, which are often easier to read.

Whether you choose an OSHA-Style or and ANSI-style, it's still your choice. Regardless of which font/typeface format you choose and even if you mix formats around your facility, be sure to train your employees and contractors on the importance of recognizing the hazards in your facility by understanding the signs to safety.

Sign Creation by Accuform Signs

Standing Out with Color

Help your message stand out and add as many colors as you need.

Red typically indicates a hazardous situation that if not avoided will result in death or serious injury. Yellow indicates a hazardous situation that if not avoided could result in minor or moderate injury.

Green indicates a specific safety related instruction or procedure that is related to safe work practices.

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Logos and Your Corporate Brand

Instill company pride by adding your corporate branding to safety signs, safety tags and safety labels.

Get the sign you need, when you need it and how you need it with your logo on custom signs. When you personalize a safety sign, you get to use unlimited colors, no set-up fees, no minimums and no additional color charges.

Accuform makes it easy to create your brand of safety.

Full Color Images Tell Your Story

Personalize your safety sign, safety tags or safety labels with a photo of your facility, an employee or whatever your creativity can imagine.

Accuform will help you each step of the way from describing your needs to assembling a specialized team to create your sign all the way to printing your sign on the right material and shipping it almost anywhere in the world that you would like it.

Watch your artwork come to life in real time right before your eyes.

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