Safety Standard Decals: Our Design Process | December 8, 2015
Using the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) recommendations for basic layout and typeface, we have developed a specific way to design our safety standard decals.
A new hope
New designs begin using a Safety Decal Development Worksheet. It assists the designer by giving them a step by step guide on how to design the decal. This worksheet accompanies all of our Safety Standards and is inluded in our specification books.
Legibility always comes first
The type size is calculated using ANSI’s mathematical formula for viewing distance to type size. This formula gives the recommended type size for both the word message and the signal word. ADA and DOT regulations are also taken into consideration with all decals.
Symbols by committee
The designer is responsible for making three different options for our employees to vote which best communicates the message. We use a human figure template that ANSI has developed, along with our standard bus symbols that we have designed.
A few good words
When it comes to the word message, less is more. It is important the message is short and to the point to communicate the message quickly and effectively to the viewer. We use what ANSI recommends: a headline style and an active voice. The larger signal words are classified according to the relative seriousness of the hazardous situation.
View our Safety Decal Solution page for more info on our safety decals.