What the most effective signage for education buildings is, is a common concern. When we are in discussions with the site managers and contractors responsible for educational institutes, they understandably want new signage to be the most effective it can be. The answer is, that it’s not just about guiding students around buildings, but also creating a safe and comfortable environment for everyone who use the space.
There are many different types of educational establishments in the UK, such as universities, secondary schools, primary schools, and colleges. It is essential to understand the similar features that architectural signage needs across all educational establishments, regardless of the age group of the students.
In this blog, we will discuss the most effective signage for education buildings, highlighting our experience with such establishments and the benefits of proper signage.
Clear Directional Signage Is Key
The most critical signage in any educational establishment is the directional signs that help students and staff find their way around. It is crucial to have an organised wayfinding system in place, which starts from the main entrance and guides the towards the classrooms and other parts of the building. Wayfinding is just as important for a small village primary school, as it is for a large college campus, even though their specific needs will be different.
Upon installation, xsign ensure that all the signs are consistent, easy to read, and in the same location throughout the building. Directional signage should be placed at eye level and at the entrance of each floor. This relates to accessibility but in wayfinding, this equally as important. Most people have a natural intuition to follow directions, and this is improved when signage is consistent throughout a particular space. Bright colours and clear fonts also make a big difference in guiding visitors and students around the building, no matter their age.
Improve Safety with Signage
Safety should always be a top priority in any environment. Educational buildings are no exception, and it is vital to have the necessary safety signage in place. This includes fire exit signs, emergency exit signs, and warning signs for hazardous areas. It is essential to ensure that all safety signage is placed in the correct location, is visible, and is easy to understand.
In case of emergencies, clear and precise directions are needed to evacuate the building safely and any outdoor signage needs to be produced with weather resistant materials. This keeps them in better condition for longer which is crucial for anyone looking for assembly points.
Stay On Brand Through Signage
Branding and messaging are essential in any educational establishment. This not only includes the school’s logo and colours, but also the values and mission statements that define the school’s identity.
By incorporating these into the signage system, schools can establish their unique personality and create a sense of belonging and community. Not only for the benefits of students, but signage that conveys the message of their ethics and ideals speaks to prospective students and their guardians.
Communicate Quickly with Digital Signage
Digital signage has become increasingly popular in educational environments as it enhances the look of the building and provides a modern touch to otherwise conservative environments. Digital signage can be used for displaying important updates, announcements, and wayfinding. Digital signage is easy to use, durable and cost-effective; a perfect solution for schools looking to communicate important information to students and visitors quickly.
Accessibility and Inclusivity Through Signage
Incorporating accessible signage into any educational setting sends the message of inclusivity and actively welcomes people who rely on different ways to communicate. Some of the ways that accessibility can be joined with signage is through talking signs and braille. At xsign we have developed inclusive sign solutions without budgetary constraints so all students can feel welcome and can communicate freely.
Effective signage is essential in educational buildings. It provides clear guidance for students, visitors, and staff. The main types of architectural signage that are necessary in education establishments are directional, safety, branding, and digital signage and accessibility.
A thoughtful and well-designed signage system can create a comfortable and welcoming environment. When signage is designed, manufactured, and installed with care and consideration it boosts the school’s identity and creates a sense of community.
With the right signage solution in place, schools can ensure their students, visitors and staff are safe, well informed, and comfortable within the school environment.