CoSign Expands Reach Across U.S.

CoSign, a program developed by the American Sign Museum that leverages the power of signage to help revitalize business districts, is expanding to three additional communities: Beaverton, Oregon; Cincinnati, and Somerset, Ohio. The two-day workshop will be held October 29-30, 2018 at the sign museum. The intensive learning experience is designed to educate attendees about the patented CoSign process, […]

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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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Alaska ACLU Files Suit Against Billboard Ban (Campaign Signs)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska filed suit on August 23, 2018 with regard to the state’s overly broad enforcement of its billboard ban, reported a KTUU Channel 2 online report. The ACLU “says that the state’s law against billboards is being enforced so broadly that it impedes political speech and should be declared unconstitutional,” the […]

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Online Companies Like Facebook Turn to Outdoor Advertising

Bloomberg has published an online article https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/big-tech-is-spending-big-in-a-decidedly-old-school-way entitled “Facebook Pushes Online Ads, Then Spends Its Cash on Billboards.” The article says research firm Magna projects that outdoor advertising will grow 2% in 2018 to $8 billion, while ad sales for television, radio, newspaper and magazines will decline. It specifies billboard campaigns by Facebook, Google, Intel and Spotify. […]

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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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APA’s July 2018 Zoning Practice Article Focuses on Creative Sign Design

The July 2018 issue of the American Planning Association’s Zoning Practice magazine includes an article entitled “Sign Regulations That Encourage Creative Design.” Authored by James Carpentier, director of state and local government affairs for the International Sign Association, the article examines the aftermath of the July 2015 Reed v. Gilbert SCOTUS decision. The APA website https://www.planning.org/publications/document/9153579/ provides […]

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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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Local Judge Halts Cincinnati Billboard Tax

Cincinnati hoped to add $700,000 to its 2019 budget by placing a tax on billboards. But on Monday, July 30, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Curt Hartman wrote a stern rebuke to the plan. He wrote, “… the constant providing of additional (and ever-increasing) dollars to public officials for pet projects or even for the funding […]

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