Use the 40/60 Rule to Have Signs that Rock!
Yes, math can be useful
If you are not careful, a sign can be transformed into an article very quickly as you keep thinking of things you want to tell your customer. The more you try to say, the less is heard.
If your sign is too busy and cluttered, nothing will be communicated. As painful as it is to admit, remember your typical customer cares much, much less about what you have to say than you do. Keep is short and sweet.
Solution: Declutter with math
If you're verbose, use the 40/60 rule. Keep content to roughly 40 percent with 60 percent white space. Of course, there are some exceptions, but if you use appropriate font sizes and this ratio, it will help you keep your message focused and easy to read.