The Signage Foundation Inc. becomes the Sign Research Foundation

The Sign Research Foundation (SRF), formerly The Signage Foundation, has a new name, look and website (www.signresearch.org), but it will continue its mission of empowering communities through research on vibrant and effective sign strategies, systems and codes. “The new name better aligns with our mission of focusing on research into signs,” said Sapna Budev, SRF’s […]

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Hacking of Electronic Billboards Reported in Augusta, Georgia

An electronic billboard owned by Be Still Displays was hacked on the night of January 28, 2017 on the main thoroughfare of Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia. A similar hacking occurred in Atlanta in 2015. As of Monday, January 31, neither the display owner, Chris Withers, nor the Richmond Count Sheriff’s Office, could explain how the […]

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9 Sign-related Franchises Make Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 for 2017

Nine sign-related franchises are included in Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 500 franchise list for 2017. The sign-related listings for this 38th annual compilation are as follows, along with the number of units added/dropped in the past year, and the corresponding percentage change. The year each business began franchising follows. 95 Fastsigns 8 additions 1.3% 1986 100 […]

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New Book Documents 23 Wall Mural Projects

A new book, simply called “The Walldogs Book,” documents 25 events over a 23-year period, in which signpainters have created more than 500 wall murals on brick walls to help commemorate communities’ histories. These artisans, who call themselves the Walldogs, have held annual events every year since 1999. The documentation is complete through 2016. Most […]

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Penn State to Present Lighting Study at 2017 National Planning Conference

Penn State University’s Philip Garvey, the Senior Research Associate at the university’s Larson Transportation Institute, will be a featured speaker at the American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference. His session, entitled “A Guide to National Sign-Illumination Standards,” will be presented on Saturday May 6 at 2:30. He will be joined by his colleague, Jennie […]

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American Sign Museum Featured in New York Times Best Seller Book

Atlas Obsura, a compilation of “over 600 of the most curious and unusual destinations around the globe,” reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list, even though it was only published in September 2016. The book includes places of interest on every continent (yes, even several items from Antarctica!), and a feature on the American […]

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FASI Board Member Weinstein Speaks at National Planning Conference

Alan Weinstein, an acknowledged expert on planning, who holds a joint faculty appointment at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and also serves as director of the colleges’ Law & Public Policy Program, will speak at two separate sessions at the 2017 American Planning Association’s National […]

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FASI Executive Director Wade Swormstedt Helps Judge Sign Contest

Wade Swormstedt, the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI) was one of four judges who helped determine the winners in the annual sign-design contest sponsored by Signs of the Times & Screen Printing en Espanol (SSEN) magazine. The winners appeared in the December/January 2016/2017 issue of SSEN. Over the past […]

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American Sign Museum Expands CoSign Program Nationwide

The American Sign Museum (ASM), Cincinnati, has announced that its CoSign community-revitalization program, which partners local business owners with artists and sign companies to create new signage, is being replicated in in six cities nationwide, reports Tod Swormstedt, the founder of the ASM. ASM first introduced the program in 2012 in Cincinnati’s Northside community, in […]

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