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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 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 […]

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 […]

USSCF Provides Studies at American Planning Association Annual Convention

The United States Sign Council Foundation (USSCF) attended the APA convention in New Orleans in April. It emphasized its Model Code, Guideline Sign Standards, and Guideline Sign Lighting Standards. Twenty USSCF sign-research projects have been completed since 1998, and all were made available to planners, either in printed form, on CD, or from the new […]

Health-care Facility Wayfinding Best Practices Report Published

The Sign Research Foundation (SRF) has released the results of a new study entitled “Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments.” A news release about the study states, “Seven case studies dive into the people, processes, and tools that large medical facilities in the U.S. implemented to manage their wayfinding systems, from static signage […]

Value of Signs Article Published in Public Policy Journal

An article entitled “Understanding the Value of On-Premise Signs as Marketing Devices for Legal and Public Policy Purposes” has been published in the American Marketing Association’s Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. Co-authored by Villanova professor Charles R. Taylor, Matthew E. Sarkees (Villanova) and Hae-Kyong Bang (West Virginia), the study includes the results of a […]

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 […]

Sign Research Foundation Publishes Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual

The Sign Research Foundation (SRF, formerly known as The Signage Foundation) has published its “Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual,” as well as a corresponding, four-page Executive Summary. It cites five wayfinding case studies, as well as five financing sources for wayfinding programs. The full report can be viewed online at The Executive Summary […]

International Sign Association Case Studies Examine EMC Brightness

An updated International Sign Association publication, entitled “Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers,” has been updated with case histories from some of the more than 200 communities that have adopted its suggestions. The 16-page publication explains why brightness measurements should be taken in “footcandles” rather than “nits.” You can view the entire […]

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

Understanding the Value of Signage

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. There is an old axiom that the three keys to successfully selecting real estate are “location, location and location”. The three keys that guide the successful selection and development of commercial properties are Visibility, Accessibility and […]