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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State of Washington Now Allows Sign Electricians to Retrofit LEDs

On February 23, 2018, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries adopted a change to its scope of work that allows “Signs (04) specialty electricians to retrofit existing exterior luminaires mounted on a pole or other structure with energy-efficient technology, such as LEDs. Currently, only those certified as journey level electricians (01), non-residential maintenance (07), […]

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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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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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Wall Murals Enhance Two-Mile Transit Trip to Seattle

An article in the October 2017 issue of Signs of the Times magazine documents how a two-mile stretch of buildings, that parallel public-transit tracks leading into Seattle, have been decorated with murals through the efforts of more than 50 international artists. You can read the article online at https://www.signsofthetimes.com/article/sodo-track-re-beautifying-seattle-transit-corridor Wade SwormstedtWade is Executive Director of […]

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National Academy of Science Publishes Airport Wayfinding Book

The National Academies Press, which is the publishing arm of the National Academies of Science, has published a book entitled “Enhancing Airport Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities” as an Airport Cooperative Research Program. Officially, it’s called CRP Research Report 177. You can download a free PDF at https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24930/enhancing-airport-wayfinding-for-aging-travelers-and-persons-with-disabilities. The eight-chapter book spans […]

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National Academies’ Nighttime Overhead Signage Luminance Levels

The National Academies Press issued an 80-page report, in May 2017, entitled “Guidelines for Nighttime Overhead Sign Visibility.” It includes a chart headlined “Luminance Levels for Overhead Signs.” It lists five different visual complexity levels, ranging from a dark rural area to a commercial downtown district. It then suggests minimum luminance levels in terms of candelas per square foot and […]

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Tennessee Billboard Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A 45-year-old, outdoor-advertising act in Tennessee has been declared unconstitutional by a Memphis district judge, because of content-neutrality issues. An April 3, 2017 article in U. S. Today states, “U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla said the 1972 law ‘does not survive First Amendment scrutiny’ because it bans some forms of commercial and non-commercial speech […]

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