Supreme Court Ruling Strengthens Just Compensation

The following article originally appeared in the August 1987 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. The Fifth Amendment guarantees that private property shall not “be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Those words have caused much heated debate and litigation ever since they were written. In a 6-3 decision on June 9, 1987 the Supreme […]

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Bob Aran Reflects on 30-year Sign-Legislation Career

The following article originally appeared in the February 2004 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. Were you an attorney first, who became interested in sign codes, or did you have an interest in signs that ended up being sign-code based? I majored in interpersonal relationships (literary related) during my undergraduate work at Pepperdine University. […]

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Fundamental Color Theory

How to enhance sign design with color The following article originally appeared in the April 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Mark Baty and Jennifer Flinchpaugh For most artists, their first active experience with color was scribbling between the black lines in a coloring book with their favorite colored crayon. As our […]

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Establishing the Worth of an On-Premise Sign

How to apply the market-comparison and cost-of-replacement valuation methods to an on-premise sign This article originally appeared in the October 1999 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus and Thomas A. Claus In last month’s column, we examined a car wash’s new, $15,000 pole sign and began assessing its economic […]

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Should Signs be Regulated as Lighting Devices?

The answer is a very clear “no.” An article in January 2016 issue of Signs of the Times magazine explains that electric signs are not lighting devices, per se. Their purpose is not to provide light, but to provide messages. Thus, they should not be regulated as lighting devices. Electric signs need to be bright […]

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What has the Federal Highway Administration said about Off-premise Electronic Message Centers?

The 1965 Highway Beautification Act established federal guidelines for off-premise signs (billboards) located within 660 feet of federal highways. When “changeable Electronic Variable Message Signs (CEVMS),” (typically called electronic message centers, or EMCs, in the sign industry), began to become more commonplace, individual states began to establish agreement (Federal/State Agreements — FSAs) with the Federal Highway […]

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How is the Size of Signs Measured?

The most common restriction in sign codes concerns the size of signs. This includes such considerations as the “setback,” (distance away from the road), the height and the dimensions of the sign itself. When the sign is a rectangle, and the copy fills it,  it’s easy — height x width. A 4 x 6-foot sign […]

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What Types of Signs are Most Commonly Used?

A significant way to divide the sign industry is into “electric” signs (which have internal illumination) and “commercial” signs, which are non-illuminated. For approximately three decades, a trade journal for the sign industry, Signs of the Times, conducted surveys of sign companies as to how their businesses were faring. These were called State of the […]

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What Types of Lighting are Used to Internally Illuminate Signs?

The three primary lighting sources for signs have been fluorescent, neon and LEDs for at least two decades, but the ratio of each has drastically changed. An industry trade journal, Signs of the Times, has traditionally tracked these changes through industry surveys. Its most recent such survey was published in its March 2015 edition. It […]

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