The Picture Worth 1,000 Words

Certain jurisdictions across the nation have banned conventional, freestanding signs by enacting new sign codes which permit only monument signs. Sign companies and their advocates generally have opposed such bans and, in particular, have disputed the common rationale suggesting that pole-mounted signs somehow exacerbate traffic hazards. As this photo shows very clearly, however, a conventional […]

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Are You Ready for Summertime?

While it might be a distant thought for those still digging out of snowdrifts in the northern tier, summer will be here before you know it. When outdoor temperatures and humidity become oppressive, sign company managers must ensure steps are taken to protect employees working outdoors. Here are some tips from Signs of the Times […]

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Can Electric Signs Attract Attention and Save Energy at the Same Time?

Undoubtedly, the answer is “yes,” as clearly demonstrated by some of the nation’s largest electric-sign manufacturers, whose products are more efficient today than ever before. Here’s a link to a Signs of the Times article which challenges the notion that signs must be regulated more strictly to save energy: https://read.nxtbook.com/st_media/signs_of_the_times/april_2018/energy_masters.html   Bill DundasBill Dundas, a 40-year […]

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Is my sign a business asset that I can capitalize or expense?

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. In the late 1960s, the Internal Revenue Service determined that on-premise signs represent an accessory, real-property interest, and therefore, if you own your sign, you may depreciate it over a period of years. If you lease […]

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What do I need to know about Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks?

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. The basic concept behind copyrights and patents is providing legal protection to the inventors, authors, and creators of artistic works that insures their right to economic benefit from the investment of their time, skill, energy and […]

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How will my business sign be regulated?

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. Signage is regulated through the following two categories: Building and electrical codes The construction, installation, and operation of any permanent business sign will need to conform to all applicable building and electrical codes. Because compliance with […]

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Signage Sourcebook (2003)

US Small Business Administration’s Guide for Sign Use. Signage Source Book Cover (PDF – 2MB) Forward, Acknowledgement & Contents (PDF – 0.2MB) The Science of Signs Introduction: The Science of Signs (PDF – 12MB) Signs and Traffic Safety (PDF – 22.MB) The FHWA Approach (PDF – 18MB) Conspicuity and Readability Issues (PDF – 9MB) Legibility […]

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Should Signs be Regulated as Lighting Devices?

The answer is a very clear “no.” An article by FASI President/Executive Director Bill Dundas published in the 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 deliver messages. Thus, they should not be regulated as […]

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