International Sign Association Case Studies Examine EMC Brightness

An updated International Sign Association publication, entitled “Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers,” has been updated with case histories from some of the more than 200 communities that have adopted its suggestions. The 16-page publication explains why brightness measurements should be taken in “footcandles” rather than “nits.” You can view the entire […]

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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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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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Do Motorists Read Business Signs? 3000 Miles on US Route 50

University of Cincinnati professors Chris Auffrey and Henry Hildebrandt traveled all 3073 miles of U.S. Route 50 and used Visual Analysis Software to predict to what extent motorists would view a selection of on-premise signs. They presented their findings at a National Signage Research & Education (NSREC) conference, and subsequently submitted the following article in […]

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A Research Overview of Sign Legibility and Conspicuity

The following information originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of “The Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding,” an academic, peer-reviewed publication that is published twice a year by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE). Entitled “Factors Affecting Sign Visibility, Conspicuity, and Legibility: Review and Annotated Bibliography,” the article can be accessed in […]

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Lighting and Illumination

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. The primary purpose of signage is to communicate to your targeted audience in a legible, readable and conspicuous manner while remaining pleasing to the eye. To accomplish this task during all hours, your signs must be […]

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Evaluating Your Business Location’s Signage Needs

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. Before a business owner puts up a sign, it is extremely important for that owner to evaluate the business and its location in terms of its signage needs. Carefully review and consider these criteria before designing […]

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Placement Matters

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. Even an attractive, expensive sign will not build business if it can’t be detected and read in sufficient time to safely exit traffic and make a stop. It must be the right sign to enhance business […]

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Understanding the Value of Signage

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. There is an old axiom that the three keys to successfully selecting real estate are “location, location and location”. The three keys that guide the successful selection and development of commercial properties are Visibility, Accessibility and […]

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