Braille & Tactile Signs

Signage Systems for the Blind and Visually impaired including Tactile and Braille signs.

It is estimated that there are over 2 million people in the UK with sight problems and almost 360,000 are registered as blind or partially sighted.

Clear signage, including the use of tactile and braille signs, plays a vital role in giving blind and visually impaired people access to the goods, services and facilities that we take for granted, as well as providing them with a greater level of confidence and independence.

Signage can form part of your ‘reasonable adjustments’ to comply with the demands of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

If you would like further literature, providing advice on how to devise a signage programme that takes into account the needs of the blind and visually impaired then please contact us at

Here are some examples of our Tactile & Braille signs


Signage represents only a small percentage of the cost of a building, but it contributes significantly to its aesthetics and operation. Signage is a highly interactive element of the environment- a part of the building that both the occupants and visitors use on a daily basis.

Within the majority of buildings you will find a variety of signs, performing a range of functions:-

-Providing direction

-Giving Warning

-Supplying Information

-Communicating and Identity

A well designed sign system should fulfil all of these requirements for both sighted people and those who have visual impairments, whilst contributing to the aesthetics of the environment and complimenting any corporate style or branding.

Design elements to be taken into consideration  are as follows:

Colour– Contrasting colours make the sign easier to locate and read . The colour of the signboard should contrast against the colour of the background that the sign is to be mounted on, and the text on the sign should be a contrasting colour to that of the signboard.

Text & Symbols- Uncomplicated fonts should be used and a combination of upper and lower case text. Use symbols and pictograms of a standard design, wherever possible and ensure that they are easy to understand. Increase the spacing between words and characters by around 25% and ensure that both sides of the embossed character can be felt with the fingers in a single pass.

Braille – Where space and cost allow, use Braille wherever embossed characters are used. Use Grade 1 Braille for single words and short phrases and Grade 2 Braille for longer descriptions/sentences. Place the Braille  directly below the text and preferably left aligned.

Content- Use simple, short and easy to understand content wherever possible and be consistent throughout the building in the use of wording and pictograms.

Manufacturing Specification

Signs should be manufactured with non-reflective materials and matt finished if possible. This is to help reduce glare, making the sign easier to read.

Regarding the tactile features, there should be no sharp edges on the edge of the signboard, text characters or symbols.

Characters should be slightly rounded or chamfered  edges and clearly defined. Braille dots should be domed and not sharp.

We also have a range of signage systems that are aimed to help those with autism, the Spandex Insertz system is modular and any combination of signage can be added to one module. For example a module can include a braille and tactile labelling of a room, with a photo of the room underneath, or a PECS image (The Picture Exchange Communication System), an audio insert and a velcro board. Assisting those who may have a variety of communication problems to determine their location, via a alternative method of signage.

Adding the Tactile , Braille or audio element to your signage will not hinder your choice of styles and design,  as almost every sign manufactured by Green Brother’s Signs Ltd can include the tactile, Braille or audio features.

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We supply signage solutions across Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and the whole of UK