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Choosing Signs for Your Doctor's Office

If you manage a doctor's office of some sort — be it an optometrists' office, a dental office, an imaging office, or something else entirely — you will need to make sure there are appropriate signs throughout the office to direct patients and employees. How do you go about choosing those signs and determining what they should say? Here are a few tips.

1. Choose plastic signs

Signs can be made from wood, aluminum, cork, and a wide range of other materials. In any doctor's office, you really want signs made from plastic. These are the easiest to keep clean. You can have the cleaning staff wipe them down with an all-purpose cleaner every couple of days. If something gets splashed on them, they won't stain. Plus, you don't have to worry about any sharp edges injuring patients — as you might with an aluminum sign.

2. Pick a plain font

While you might be tempted to choose a pretty, frilly font to give your office a sophisticated appeal, this is not a good choice. Some people visiting your office may not have the best vision. They may also speak English as a second language. In either case, you don't want to give them the extra hassle of having to read a confusing font. Instead, choose a simple font that is easy to read, like Arial or Helvetica. The same goes for color. Stick with black or navy blue. Brighter colors like red or orange are harder for some people to read.

3. Make the most important information the largest

Most people are not going to want to spend 5 minutes reading various signs and trying to figure out where to go. They're going to want to quickly glance around and know where to head. To help with this, make sure you have the most important information printed the largest on the signs. For example, you could have the words "Room 1" and "Room 2" printed in larger text on top of the signs, with just a smaller notation underneath that says "cardiology" or "well patients." When you then tell a patient to go to Room 1, they won't have to read a lot of text to see where that is.

For more advice related to choosing signs for your doctor's office, talk to an indoor sign company. They can tell you what has worked well for other offices in your area.