What’s Your Signage? (2004)

How On-Premise Signs Help Small Businesses Tap into a Hidden Profit Center A handbook developed by The New York State Small Business Development Center and the Signage Foundation for Communications Excellence. Download What’s Your Signage? Download

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San Jose Rewrites its Sign Code Due to Knight-Ridder Sign

Sign showcases clever design, careful fabrication and clever installation The following article originally appeared in the March 2000 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Jennifer Flinchpaugh To lure corporations, cities frequently offer tax breaks and other incentives. But the incentive offered to Knight-Ridder Corp., a publishing conglomerate of more than 40 dailies, was particularly […]

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Fundamental Color Theory

How to enhance sign design with color The following article originally appeared in the April 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Mark Baty and Jennifer Flinchpaugh For most artists, their first active experience with color was scribbling between the black lines in a coloring book with their favorite colored crayon. As our […]

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Establishing the Worth of an On-Premise Sign

How to apply the market-comparison and cost-of-replacement valuation methods to an on-premise sign This article originally appeared in the October 1999 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus and Thomas A. Claus In last month’s column, we examined a car wash’s new, $15,000 pole sign and began assessing its economic […]

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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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Texas/Pennsylvania DOT Studies Says Clearview Font Improves Sign Legibility

A study conducted jointly by the Texas and Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation in April 2006 concluded the Clearview font increased the visibility distance for drives by 12% versus the existing Series E Modified font. In 1994, the Federal Highway Administration determined highway signs were no longer visible enough for a population that included older drivers. Over the next […]

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Should Signs be Regulated as Lighting Devices?

The answer is a very clear “no.” An article in January 2016 issue of Signs of the Times magazine explains that electric signs are not lighting devices, per se. Their purpose is not to provide light, but to provide messages. Thus, they should not be regulated as lighting devices. Electric signs need to be bright […]

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Sign Research Foundation Releases Typography Executive Summary

“Typography, Placemaking and Signs,” the four-part white paper series originally released by the Sign Research Foundation (SRF) in 2014, is now available, free of charge, in a four-page executive summary. Written by the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Craig Berger, and produced by SRF, the paper includes: The History of Typography and Place; Environmental Typography Best Practices; […]

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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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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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