We have been involved in numerous projects where signs have been built with accessibility in mind. An accessible sign plan often includes Braille signs, raised text and symbols, raised maps and floor-mounted floor markers.
Guidance on building accessibility from the Ministry of the Environment says: “The purpose of the minimum accessibility requirements for buildings is to promote equality between people: equal opportunities for all to participate in society, access services, work, choose where to live and live in their homes. An accessible building is functional and safe for all users. Accessibility contributes to the smooth running of everyday life for all but it is particularly important for people with temporary or permanent barriers to mobility or activity, such as the elderly and people with disabilities.”
We have a flatbed printer for embossing, which can be used for durable embossing on a wide range of surfaces such as aluminium, acrylic, and wood. We have been involved in the Oodi sign project where the Braille on signs must withstand heavy mechanical wear without damage.
Embossing printing is also widely used for aesthetic reasons. Particularly when done on a wooden surface, it creates valuable-looking signs. The same sign can contain part raised print and part normal print.