Earlier this year, eyecandy SIGNS INC. opened their doors to the savvy staff of NovaPolymers; the developer of the first clear photopolymer sign material, after the purchase of their new photopolymer system for an in-house training session. The creative design of tactile signage in addition to its functional value, environmental responsibility, and the technical details of this advanced production technique dominated discussions during the session. This photopolymer system is used at eyecandy SIGNS INC. for the production of accessible and aesthetically pleasing wayfinding systems using integrated braille components. These exceptional products balance the quintessential eyecandy SIGNS INC. flair for design with the United Nation’s standards for Accessibility.”
The photopolymer braille process differs substantially from the raster braille technique that has conventionally been used. Raster braille requires holes to be drilled into the sign face before inserting braille beads individually. Conversely, photopolymer braille creates seamless raised tactile components that are not liable to become dislodged over time. Photopolymer signs are created by placing a high-density film negative atop a photopolymer sheet which is then exposed to UV light. The exposed photopolymer hardens while the unexposed elements become water soluble, and are removed using a water bath. The photopolymer sheet is then exposed a second time before being finished in a wide variety of top coats. The finished product boasts both longevity and customizable design that can be suited to any architectural need. Because of its durability, scalability, and versatility, photopolymer is increasingly the preferred material for wayfinding and accessibility signage.”
Photopolymer technology fully meets and exceeds the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility signage as well as Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards for an accessible design for a build environment. In the United States all public spaces are mandated to have accessibility signage in place for permanent locations, and though Canada has yet to follow suit with similar legislation, accessibility continues to be an area of progress. Despite accessibility legislation not being standard across Canada as of yet, it is expected that Canada will require standards similar to the ADA within the next few years. Because of this, eyecandy SIGNS INC. recommends following ADA standards for any new interior sign packages.
Public spaces are the heart of communities, and signs exist to communicate more than a simple message. Signs build unity, and identity – they express a story about a place and its history, about its values and potentials. Accessibility signage is an essential step in communicating that a building, be it public or private, is invested in creating space and equity for all those who use it. eyecandy SIGNS INC. leverages this fundamental commitment to the built environment and looks for partners who share this vision for inclusive design and wayfinding systems.
eyecandy SIGNS INC. has the ability and expertise to guide you through the design process of photopolymer accessibility signage. eyecandy SIGNS INC. has the ability to design, build, Maquinas IPL and ship wayfinding systems across the North American market.