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

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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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Report Says Dynamic Digital Signage Displays Increased Nearly 20% in 2016

According to a new report from Berg Insight, a Swedish research firm, global shipments of connected, digital-signage displays are estimated to have grown 19.7% to 10.5 million units in 2016. Shipments to North America reached 3.0 million units, the report states. Market growth was driven by greater demand for digital-signage solutions in all market verticals, […]

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Swormstedt Serves as Judge in Signs of the Times Annual Sign Contest

Wade Swormstedt, the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI), served as a judge in Signs of the Times’ annual International Sign Contest. The results were published in the magazine’s April 2017 issue. Each sign was assigned to one of 9 categories: Sign Systems, Commercial Monument, Electric Monument, Murals/Exhibits, […]

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CoSign Article Published in Signs of the Times’ March 2017 Issue

An article about the past and future development of the CoSign program, which promotes economic development in communities by uniting designers, fabricators and end users to produce better signs, was published in the March 2017 issue of Signs of the TImes magazine. Authored by FASI Executive Director Wade Swormstedt, the article outline the three iterations of the […]

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Iowa City Newspaper Lauds Projecting Signs Following CoSign Workshop

Nate Kaeding is the Iowa City Downtown District’s retail development coordinator. He and other representatives from his city came to the American Sign Museum on February 20-21, 2017 to attend the CoSign workshop. CoSign is a program that connects merchants, designers and fabricators in order to create new and better signs, and promote economic development […]

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