The Signage Foundation Inc. becomes the Sign Research Foundation

The Sign Research Foundation (SRF), formerly The Signage Foundation, has a new name, look and website (, but it will continue its mission of empowering communities through research on vibrant and effective sign strategies, systems and codes.

“The new name better aligns with our mission of focusing on research into signs,” said Sapna Budev, SRF’s executive director. “We will expand our work in bringing together academicians, influencers and the industry to develop and promote stronger communities.”

The new website hosts the SRF’s latest sponsored research, and icons on the website facilitate finding research under myriad topics: best practices, design, illumination, legal, placemaking, safety, sign codes, value of signs and wayfinding. Additionally, all of the research is listed alphabetically by title. All of the peer-reviewed research is available free of charge.

SRF will host its annual National Signage Research & Education Conference (NSREC) April 19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, and co-locate with the International Sign Association’s Sign Expo. Academicians will present current research, SRF’s research projects for 2017 will be outlined. This year’s NSREC will focus on the future of signage and anticipate how signs must adapt to function in the cities of the future.

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 and the industry.

Laska is the president/owner of North Shore Sign Co. (Libertyville, IL), and he has also served Libertyville with two terms as its mayor. Laska’s extensive service to the sign industry includes having served the International Sign Association as its chairman in 2012 and on its Executive Committee for four years.

He is currently serving as chairman of The Signage Foundation Inc. He has also served the research organization as chairman of the program committee and chairman of the planning committee for the annual National Signage Research & Education Conference (NSREC). Laska initiated and championed the Foundation’s internship program and sponsored the first internship in 2010. He has also served in leadership positions with World Sign Associates (WSA).

“Duane is a man of consummate integrity and dedication to the sign industry,” said Wade Swormstedt, FASI’s Executive Director. “I’ve watched how Duane conducts himself when organizational conflicts arise, and I’ve always been impressed by his common sense and grace under pressure. More recently, I’ve been honored to have the opportunity to work directly with him.”

ISA Sign Expo Attendance is Second Highest Ever

The International Sign Association Sign Expo, held April 21-23, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, attracted more than 20,000 attendees, the association reports, which makes it the second-largest show in ISA history, and the largest ever held in Orlando.

For nearly two decades, the Sign Expo has alternated between Orlando and Las Vegas, and the latter show typically attracts more people. This year’s show included more than 600 exhibitors who filled more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space.

ISA’s Sign Expo 2017 will be held April 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The event will co-locate with the Collaboration in Packaging Production (CPP) tradeshow.

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FASI Board Member Prof. Alan Weinstein Addresses APA Conference about Reed v. Gilbert

Law professor Alan Weinstein, a board member of the newly formed Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry, was one of three people associated with sign-industry groups who spoke at a session on sign regulation at the American Planning Association annual conference, April 4, in Phoenix, Arizona. Speakers at  the session, entitled “Regulating Signs after Reed v. Town of Gilbert,” also included Wendy Moeller, AICP, a board member of the The Signage Foundation, and James Carpentier, the Director of State & Local Government Affairs for the International Sign Association.

Weinstein 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. A recognized expert on planning law, he has written more than 80 articles/books on this subject. includes his observations on Reed v. Gilbert’s ramifications, and he also wrote an article about this for The Signage Foundation (SFI),

Weinstein twice presented at the National Signage Research & Education Conference (NSREC) at the University of Cincinnati. NSREC is presented annually by SFI. Weinstein also serves on the Board of Directors of the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research & Education (AACSRE), a group of 17 universities with a common interest in sign-related research.