West Hollywood, California Planning for Massive Billboard Revitalization on Sunset Boulevard

(Editor’s note: All of the following information is gleaned from a website called “West Hollywood — The Creative City.” https://www.weho.org/city-hall/city-departments-divisions/community-development/long-range-and-mobility-planning/ongoing-plans-studies/sunset-boulevard-off-site-signage-st The West Hollywood Planning Commission has published an 88-page document entitled the “Sunset Strip Off-Site Signage Policy,” a “final initial study” that would add 18 digital and static billboards to a street well known for its creative […]

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Legal Considerations in Sign-Code Development

Alan Weinstein serves on the Board of Directors of both the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE) and the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI), and he was a three-time presenter at the American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference. A professor at Cleveland State University’s Marshall College of […]

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Penn State Study Examines the Effect of Fonts

Penn State’s Philip Garvey, with the assistance of Wie-Yen Eie and Jennifer Klenna, conducted a study to determine which fonts are the most legible. Sixty-four subjects from 19-87 years of age viewed 64 displays using 33 fonts shown on a computer monitor. The results of this study appear in different formats. One report was published […]

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A History of the Highway Beautification Act

The International Sign Association’s Kenny Peskin wrote on article for Signs of the Times magazine in 2015 that documented the history of the landmark Highway Beautification Act on its 50th anniversary. You can access the entire article in Signs of the Times’ digital edition at https://www.signsofthetimes.com/content/the-highway-beautification-act-50-years-later Wade SwormstedtWade is Executive Director of the Foundation for […]

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How business profitability is enhanced by effective quality signage.

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. Frenchy’s Bistro Background: Frenchy’s Bistro is a small restaurant in southern California specializing in authentic French cuisine. Frenchy’s fronts a busy local business street, with only a sidewalk between the building facade and street curb. The […]

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Signage Sourcebook (2003)

US Small Business Administration’s Guide for Sign Use. Signage Source Book Cover (PDF – 2MB) Forward, Acknowledgement & Contents (PDF – 0.2MB) The Science of Signs Introduction: The Science of Signs (PDF – 12MB) Signs and Traffic Safety (PDF – 22.MB) The FHWA Approach (PDF – 18MB) Conspicuity and Readability Issues (PDF – 9MB) Legibility […]

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Cases on Sign Law (1975)

The exercise of power to regulate signs is not unlimited. This comprehensive look at the case law relating to signs. Download Cases on Sign Law. Download Wade SwormstedtWade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry. Formerly he was Editor and Publisher of Signs of the Times magazine.More Posts

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The Dollar and Cents Value of the On-Premise Sign

The following article originally appeared in the February 1977 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By R. T. Anderson, Director of Research, National 3M, Bedford Park, Ill. This is the first of three comprehensive installments being presented as a service to the sign industry in general and to individual sign salesmen in particular. Based […]

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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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Texas A&M Study Shows No Correlation Between EMCs and Traffic Accidents

In 2012, Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute conducted a study to see if electronic message centers (EMCs) cause traffic accidents. Research included data from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) own Highway Safety Information System (HSIS), a comprehensive database of traffic-accident records from several states. Researchers identified 135 cites in which EMCs had recently been […]

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