Ever since mankind existed on this planet, signs have been used to communicate with the others. Not being able to speak a language, people were using signs in gestures or drawn on rocks or ground to express what they meant if they would have been able to talk.
How signage systems advanced and transmitted the right messages
The signage represents the term for all the signs used to signal certain messages in places where there isn’t anyone to give directions; like in a forest or a mountain. This system was and still is absolutely necessary in traffic or really crowded places. Seeing how simple signs like arrows that indicate directions or boards, written with warnings have managed to get the message to their receivers, people have thought to take the signage system to the next level and they invented better ways of display for numerous other purposes.
Signs are now categorized, depending on their purpose they can be signs of direction: the arrows or the panels that indicate which roads to be taken, where you can find certain services or areas of importance. Then we have signs of safety: that give instructions, like the exit signs or signs of warning against speed limits or other dangers on the path ahead.
And of course, the signs of information which include the signs that give instructions, the maps and the directories, all serving the sole purpose of informing the people about what they need to expect while visiting the places they want to see.
Universal signage is under strict regulations
Traveling to a different country, even on a different continent can be pretty hard to manage with the local language but the existence of signs can make it easier to go about your way without having to ask anyone for directions or explanations. Signage in Melbourne is universal because every human being has the instinct to react to signs and take measures; that’s why we have a whole industry now that creates the best signs for every business in this world.
Signs have managed to remain the same all over the globe because they are submitted to general regulations and even though each country has different regulations, they have common traits like following standard shapes or colors that allow them to be effective. And they are not to be confused with the labeling process which is only a detailed description of a certain product.
The materials used in the manufacture of signs are the popular acrylic and polyurethane, and then there are the composite panels, the polycarbonate, the oilcloth and the plastic of course. They are all non-degradable materials and they are very resistant to external factors like water, powerful winds, snow, frost etc.
No matter how evolved our society will be in the future, signage will always play an important part in our lives. We need them to makes us aware of anything that could endanger our lives or societal status and we need them to know that others have been on the same path as we are in that moment. It is always an encouraging thought to know you are not alone and that other people are looking after your well-being.