Penn State to Present Lighting Study at American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference

Penn State University’s Philip Garvey, the Senior Research Associate at the university’s Larson Transportation Institute, will be a featured speaker at the American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference. His session, entitled “A Guide to National Sign-Illumination Standards,” will be presented on Saturday May 6 at 2:30. He will be joined by his colleague, Jennie Nolon Blanchard, and Cleveland State University Professor Alan Weinstein.

The APA website’s preview of the session states, “Take the guesswork out of developing lighting regulations for signs. Learn about new, first-of-their-kind national sign-illumination standards, based on research conducted at the Larson Transportation Institute at Pennsylvania State University.”

American Sign Museum Featured in New York Times Best Seller Book

Atlas Obsura, a compilation of “over 600 of the most curious and unusual destinations around the globe,” reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list, even though it was only published in September 2016. It includes places of interest on every continent (yes, even several items from Antarctica!), and it includes a feature on the American Sign Museum, which it describes as “crammed with fiberglass mascots, neon marquees, and hand-painted 19th-century signs advertising cobblers, druggists, and haberdashers.” Available virtually everywhere, the book will soon be in stock at the American Sign Museum. 

FASI Board Member Alan Weinstein To Speak Twice at American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference

Alan Weinstein, an acknowledged expert on planning, who holds a joint faculty appointment at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and also serves as director of the colleges’ Law & Public Policy Program, will speak at two separate sessions at the 2017 American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in May. Weinstein also serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI) and the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE).   

First, he will join Philip Garvey and Jennie Blanchard (from the Larson Transportation Institute at Penn State University) to present “A Guide to National Sign-Illumination Standards,” which is based on Penn State research. The APA website states, “Learn about new, first-of-their-kind national sign-illumination standards.”

Next, he will join two people who spoke with him at last year’s APA national conference when they again address the monumental SCOTUS decision of Reed vs. City of Gilbert which was unanimously determined in 2016. Weinstein will be joined by James Carpentier, the Manager of State & Local Government Affairs for the International Sign Association (ISA), who will moderate the session, and Wendy Moeller, a board member of The Signage Foundation. The session is titled “What Do We Do Post-Reed?” and the APA website states “The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Reed vs. Town of Gilbert created numerous sign-regulation issues for communities. Learn about the impact of the landmark case from experts who will review the decision, examine how subsequent federal and state court decisions have applied it, investigate how several jurisdictions have responded to it, and discuss common concerns with regard to it.”

To read Professor Weinstein’s report on the 2016 APA session on Reed vs. City of Gilbert, go to http://www.fasi.org/news/2016/7/26/reed-v-gilbert-session-at-apa-convention-attract-500-people?rq=weinstein.

FASI Executive Director Wade Swormstedt Helps Judge Sign Contest

Wade Swormstedt, the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI) was one of four judges who helped determine the winners in the annual sign-design contest sponsored by Signs of the Times & Screen Printing en Espanol (SSEN) magazine. The winners will appear in the upcoming December/January issue of SSEN. Over the past three decades, Swormstedt has served as a judge in numerous sign contests for the Industrial Fabrics Association (IFAI), MACtac Graphic Products, the International Sign Association (ISA) and Signs of the Times magazine. When the SSEN issue is published, it can also be viewed online at www.graficosdehoy.com.