USSC Study Earns Variances

Practical application of USSC’s Penn State study helped Mercer Signs obtain variances Three and a half years ago, the United States Sign Council (USSC) embarked on an ambitious study with the Penn State Transportation Institute. Signs of different colors, sizes and illuminations were arranged around an oval track. Drivers then reported their ability to read […]

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Should Signs be Regulated as Lighting Devices?

The answer is a very clear “no.” An article in Signs of the Times magazine explains that electric signs are not lighting devices, per se. Their purpose is not to provide light, but to provide messages. Thus, they should not be regulated as lighting devices. Electric signs need to be bright enough to be legible, […]

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FASI Board Member Duane Laska Honored with Maury Ely Award

Duane Laska, who serves on the FASI Board of Directors as treasurer, has been honored with the Illinois Sign Assn.’s Maury Ely Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor which his late father, Vic, was given in 1987. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made meaningful and meritorious contributions to both the association […]

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Reed v. Gilbert Session at APA Convention Attracts 500 People

The following article was written by FASI Board Member Alan Weinstein, who participated in the American Planning Association session. The American Planning Association (APA) recently announced attendance figures for sessions at its annual National Conference held this past April in Phoenix, Arizona.  The session that focused on the Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling on sign […]

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Dynamic Digital Signage Market Estimated at 68.3 Million Units by 2019

Berg Insight states that, at the end of 2014, approximately 25.4 million connected digital screens were in use worldwide. The research strategy group forecasts this number will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.2% to produce 63.8 million units, an approximately 150% increase, by 2019. The 50-page study includes five-year forecasts. To read more […]

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University of Cincinnati Professor Researches the Importance of On-Premise Signs To Shoppers

Better Homes & Gardens magazine conducts annual surveys with its subscribers as part of The American Grocery Shopper Study™. Over a three-year period (2011-2013), University of Cincinnati professor Dr. James Kellaris added questions about the importance of on-premise signage. Here are the three-year summaries (presented chronologically) of “yes” responses to specific statements: “One of the first things […]

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Illegally Disguising Taxes as Sign-Permit Fees Texas

Supreme Court Decision Costs Houston more than $2 million ON AUG. 26, 1992, A TEXAS judge held that the City of Houston was unconstitutionally assessing the off-premise sign industry with excessive permit fees. The judgment in Harris County Outdoor Adv. Assn. vs. City of Houston expounded that $40, instead of the $278 previously charged by […]

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