How the International Sign Association Ended up in Virginia

In 1980, the National Electric Sign Assn. was in turmoil. The January 1981 editorial in Signs of the Times magazine began with “This publication has been filled with anguish for many months now watching, sometimes in disbelief, the internal strife that has beset and virtually halted the progress of the National Electric Sign Assn. We […]

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Sign Research Foundation Publishes Executive Summary of “Best Practices in Developing Sign Regulations”

The Sign Research Foundation (SRF) has published a four-page executive summary https://signresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/Best-Practices-in-Developing-Sign-Regulations-Executive-Summary.pdf of a research project conducted and written by Dr. Dawn Jourdan (Texas A&M), Dr. Eric Strauss (Michigan State) and Madeline Hunter. The work includes a survey of 17 communities with regard to citizen involvement (or the lack thereof) with regard to sign regulations. Part […]

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USSCF Announces Reformation of USSCF Sign Defense Fund

The United States Sign Council Foundation has announced the reformation of its USSC Legal Defense Fund (formerly the LDF Legal Defense Fund). The Sign Defense Fund is designed to help sign companies and sign owners combat defective and unconstitutional local sign zoning ordinances. Sign applicants and/or sign companies apply to the USSCF for a grant […]

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USSC Foundation Announces Funding for Sign-Height Study

The United States Sign Council Foundation has announced the launch of a study entitled “The Effect of Mounting Height on On-Premise Sign Visibility and Traffic Safety.” The Foundation has retained the services of Philip Garvey of Penn State University to complete the research, expected by Fall 2018. In 2003, USSC produced a study that showed […]

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“Blocked” Billboard Ruled Not a “Taking” by Wisconsin Supreme Court

(Ed. note: The following  excerpts are taken verbatim from the Wisconsin Bar Association website. https://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/Pages/General-Article.aspx?ArticleID=26432 ) “The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled (4-3) that the City of Madison’s construction of a pedestrian bridge over a major highway, blocking visibility of an existing billboard, was not a taking of property requiring just compensation.” “Adams Outdoor Advertising Limited […]

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AACSRE Journal Provides Study of Signage Needs of Independent Businesses

In the most recent edition of The Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, one article is entitled “Providing brand guidance for independent businesses: A supplement to District Signage Standards.” Written by Lisa Fontaine, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Design, and Susan L. Bradbury, Professor, Department of Community & Regional Planning, both at Iowa State University, the […]

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Advice on Reed v. Gilbert Included in AACSRE Interdisciplinary Journal

An article in the 2017 Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, which is published biannually by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE), offers advice for communities with regard to their sign codes in the aftermath of the SCOTUS Reed v. Gilbert 2015 decision. Written by Alan Weinstein, who is the director/professor […]

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How Chicago Capitalized on Electronic Billboards

In 2013, the City of Chicago inked a 20-year deal for 34 electronic billboards (initially, but a total of 60 are anticipated) along the interstate. Chicago received an initial payment of $15 million, with subsequent annual payments of $10 million. In addition, the city was to initially receive 50% of the advertising revenue from the messages […]

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AACSRE Adds Aparna Sundar and Matthew Isaac as Board Members

The Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research & Education (AACSRE) added two Board members in April 2018, Drs. Aparna Sundar and Matthew Isaac. Sundar is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon. Isaac is the Associate Professor of Marketing in the Albers School of Business and […]

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