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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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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Branding for Independent Downtown Businesses

The December 2017 issue of the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education’s (AACSRE) Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding includes an article entitled “Providing brand guidance for independent businesses: A supplement to District Signage Standards.” The article was written by two Iowa State professors, Lisa Fontaine (Department of Graphic Design) and Susan L. […]

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Sign-Code Development Best Practices

The Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE) publishes its Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding twice a year. In its most recent issue, AACSRE 2017 chairperson Dawn Jourdan and Board member Eric Strauss contributed a paper entitled “Sign Code Development Process: Best Practices.” Both Jourdan and Strauss are professors of urban planning […]

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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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Planner Suggests Provisions for Preserving Historic Signs

The following article appeared in the April 1989 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. The original article was published in the November 1988 issue of PAS Memo , which was a monthly publication produced by the American Planning Association. It is now published six times a year online. By Peter H. Phillips, AICP In […]

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Some Myths about Electronic Message Centers

Bill Dundas, a Board member of the foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry, and the former Technical Affair Director for the International Sign Association, wrote an article for the May 2016 issue of Signs of the Times magazine, in which he documented the lack of truth about four myths about electronic message centers. […]

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Overall Sign-Code Trends in 2015 at the State Level

The International Sign Association’s Kenny Peskin wrote an article for Signs of the Times’ magazine’s April 2015 issue in which he outlined some general sign-code trends in various states. You can access the entire article in Signs of the Times’ digital edition at https://www.signsofthetimes.com/content/isas-kenny-peskin-discusses-sign-code-trends Wade SwormstedtWade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement […]

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