“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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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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Graffiti Artwork Valued at $6.7 Million

Based on the Visual Artists Rights Act, a judge has awarded 21 artists a collective $6.7 million because their artwork was painted over by the developer who owned the 5 Pointz building in Long Island City, New York. Judge Frederic Block cited developer Jerry Wolkoff’s “insolence” in having painted over the walls while litigation was […]

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2017 Nielsen Study Examines Billboard Effectiveness

The results of the 2017 Nielsen Poster Advertising Study, conducted by Nielsen On Location, showed that more than 60%, of more than 4000 people surveyed, believe billboards are a “good way to learn about new businesses,” as wells as sales and events. The study which encompassed 36 campaigns, 31 brands and 10 markets, in 14 […]

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Overall Sign-Code Trends in 2015 at the State Level

The International Sign Association’s Kenny Peskin wrote an article for Signs of the Times’ magazine’s April 2015 issue in which he outlined some general sign-code trends in various states. You can access the entire article in Signs of the Times’ digital edition at https://www.signsofthetimes.com/content/isas-kenny-peskin-discusses-sign-code-trends Wade SwormstedtWade is the former Executive Director of the Foundation for […]

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A History of the Highway Beautification Act

The International Sign Association’s Kenny Peskin wrote on article for Signs of the Times magazine in 2015 that documented the history of the landmark Highway Beautification Act on its 50th anniversary. You can access the entire article in Signs of the Times’ digital edition at https://www.signsofthetimes.com/content/the-highway-beautification-act-50-years-later Wade SwormstedtWade is the former Executive Director of the […]

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First Amendment Application to Sign Control

The Fourteenth Amendment makes the First Amendment’s freedom-of-speech provision applicable to states and their political subdivisions. While many sign codes begin as content neutral “time, place, and manner” regulations (or “police power” exercises), further analysis often reveals the ordinance violates First Amendment “free speech” guarantees. Even in cases where the subject ordinance is not per se […]

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Signage Quarterly – Vol 1 – No 3 – 1978 Glossary

This glossary of terms is the creates a standard for consistency in signage terminology. It not only defines technical terms which are used to refer to sign materials and manufacturing, but also explains legal terminology which is relevant to signage, as well as words used when discussing the advertising functions of signs. It is hoped that these definitions will […]

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The Sign User’s Guide – A Marketing Guide (1988)

Sections include: Functions of Signs, The Importance of Signs, Sign Design, Selecting the Appropriate Type of Sign, Designing a Sign, How Much Should a Sign Cost?, Choosing the Copy for a Sign, The Importance of Sign Size to Advertising Effectiveness, Why Businesses Need Signage, The Importance of Marketing, Types of Advertising Media, Standard Measures of […]

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