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Design and colour

Design

  • Consider whether your signage design needs to be consistent with other new or existing signage.
    The amount of ‘white’ space around the text is as important as font size for legibility. Even if this means limiting content.

Colour

Chose your colour combinations carefully. The first diagram below shows the different effects (positive and negative) that can be created using the colour palette. The second shows effective use of the colours in the Government colour palette.

Colour combinations

The top two work successfully, where as the bottom two are very hard to read and should be avoided.

Colour combinations

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Effective colour contrast using Government colour palette

All of the following combinations are effective as they provide enough contrast between the background colour and text and are aesthetically pleasing combinations.

Effective colour contrast

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Signage contractors print in CMKY not PMS so make sure all PMS colours are converted to CMYK.

Contrast between background and font colour should be around 60 per cent and not less than 30 per cent. See below.

Example of level of colour contrast recommended

Example of level of colour contrast recommended

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