Colorado Springs Students Lobby for an Electronic Message Center

The Palmer High School student council has successfully lobbied the City of Colorado Springs to have the school’s changeable-copy sign replaced by an electronic message center, reported the local Fox News outlet. The city’s sign code prohibits electronic message centers. However, the students persisted in their efforts toward “making big leaps to improve communication,” the […]

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How Chicago Capitalized on Electronic Billboards

In 2013, the City of Chicago inked a 20-year deal for 34 electronic billboards (initially, but a total of 60 are anticipated) along the interstate. Chicago received an initial payment of $15 million, with subsequent annual payments of $10 million. In addition, the city was to initially receive 50% of the advertising revenue from the messages […]

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AACSRE Adds Aparna Sundar and Matthew Isaac as Board Members

The Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research & Education (AACSRE) added two Board members in April 2018, Drs. Aparna Sundar and Matthew Isaac. Sundar is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon. Isaac is the Associate Professor of Marketing in the Albers School of Business and […]

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Art, sign or something else?

Home owners in Mount Dora, Florida have been fined more than $10,000 for refusing to paint over their home and outside wall with a solid color. Currently, a version of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” completely covers the house and wall in order to make it more memorable for their child, an autistic adult. Originally, the […]

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FASI Board Member Roy Cox Invited to White House

Roy Cox, the owner of Trav-Ad Signs (Huntsvillle, AL) and the newest Board member of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry, was invited to the White House for an April 12 event to share the positive effects of the tax cuts for his sign company. Other sign-industry representatives came from SmithCraft Custom […]

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USSC Foundation Launches New Website

The United States Sign Council Foundation (USSCF), which was founded in December 2017 when the United States Sign Council (USSC) ceased to exist, has launched its new website, www.usscfoundation.org. The new web site brings together nearly two decades of leading-edge research into the effectiveness of on-premise signs, primarily produced by Penn State University. Recent projects have […]

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Gilmanton (NH) Reverses Course on Banning Free Speech

On March 2, 2018 New Hampshire Public Radio posted an online article about the town of Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Residents posted signs that read “We support Gilman police, even if the selectmen don’t.” However, only a few people (including a former selectman and the parents of the police chief) were threatened with punishment for alleged zoning […]

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Graffiti Artwork Valued at $6.7 Million

Based on the Visual Artists Rights Act, a judge has awarded 21 artists a collective $6.7 million because their artwork was painted over by the developer who owned the 5 Pointz building in Long Island City, New York. Judge Frederic Block cited developer Jerry Wolkoff’s “insolence” in having painted over the walls while litigation was […]

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Health-care Facility Wayfinding Best Practices Report Published

The Sign Research Foundation (SRF) has released the results of a new study entitled “Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments.” A news release about the study states, “Seven case studies dive into the people, processes, and tools that large medical facilities in the U.S. implemented to manage their wayfinding systems, from static signage […]

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Vacaville (CA) Reconsidering Electronic Message Centers

The city of Vacaville, CA, currently doesn’t allow new electronic message centers (EMCs). It is now reconsidering this policy, and its city council was educated about the societal benefits of EMCs from testimony from James Carpentier, the director of state and government affairs for the International Sign Association (ISA). Carpentier also suggested that Vacaville include […]

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