Vital Signs: For planners and local officials who draft, debate and enforce sign ordinances
Posted on September 22, 2017

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The International Sign Association and the Sign Research Foundation develop research to guide planners and local officials when dealing with sign ordinance issues in your communities. 

EMCs    |    Sign Codes    |    Best Practices    |    Reed Decision    |    Economic Development

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EMCs

ISA Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message CentersEMC Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers

Updated in August 2016, this EMC brightness guide is based on peer-reviewed research by Dr. Ian Lewin of Lighting Sciences, Inc. Dr. Lewin is a leading lighting expert with over 30 years experience in the lighting industry. Check out the new version, updated August 2016! 

 

 

 

 Statistical Analysis of the Relationship between On-Premise Digital Signage and Traffic SafetyEMCs and Traffic Safety

Texas A&M University's Transportation Engineering School recently conducted exhaustive research on the traffic safety impact of on-premise electronic message centers (EMCs). This research is the first of its kind, and will provide local decision-makers with the fact-based evidence necessary to enact reasonable and beneficial sign codes.

 

 

 

Executive Summary: Digital Signage and Traffic SafetyDigital Signage and Traffic Safety Executive Summary

This executive summary offers a statistical analysis and three key takeaways from the original report.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Common Ground: Answers to Common Questions about Electronic Message Centers (EMCs)Finding Common Ground

This document provides the latest information on how to properly and effectively regulate electronic message centers (EMCs) so that communities and businesses can benefit.

 

 

 

 

Differences Between On-Premise and Off-Premise SignsDifferences Between On-Premise and Off-Premise Signs

This chart provides a side-by-side comparison and contrast between on-premise and off-premise signs, which is helpful because each type of sign has very distinct capabilities and purposes, each targets a specific audience and each has traditionally been treated under separate legal and regulatory regimes.

 

 

 

Examples of EMC Hold TimesExamples of EMC Hold Times

These videos demonstrate examples of various EMC hold times. Videos created and provided by Yesco Electronics.

 

 


Sign Codes

Model Sign Code - A Framework for On-Premise Sign RegulationsModel Sign Code - A Framework for On-Premise Sign Regulations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model Sign Code - A Legal and Technical Exploration of On-Premise Sign RegulationsModel Sign Code - A Legal and Technical Exploration of On-Premise Sign Regulations

 

 

 

 

 

Signs and Federal Laws of ProtectionSigns and Federal Laws of Protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Stronger Communities: Working Together to Create Reasonable Sign CodesBuilding Stronger Communities

 

 

 

 

 

 


Best Practices

Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation ManualUrban Wayfinding Manual

The Sign Research Foundation has developed a comprehensive guide to urban wayfinding from planning to implementation. This valuable resource explains system financing, design, regulatory issues, and implementation.

 

 

Best Practices in Regulating Temporary SignsBest Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs
(Updated with Reed v. Town of Gilbert Supreme Court Case)

Compiled by prominent planner Wendy Moeller, AICP, this guide offers communities assistance in understanding different kinds of temporary signs and best practices for regulating each type.

 

 

 


Reed v. Town of Gilbert Decision and Legal Issues

New Call-to-actionThe State of Sign Codes After Reed v. Town of Gilbert

View insights on the decision from Professor Alan Weinstein, a national noted planning law expert. Prof. 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.

 

 


Economic Development

Economic Value of Signs, University of San Diego (1997)The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (University of San Diego, 1997)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economic Value of Signs, University of Cincinnati (2012)The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (University of Cincinnati, 2012)

The University of Cincinnati's Planning and Business schools recently collaborated to conduct extensive research on the economic value of signs to businesses and communities. This research will provide local sign code officials with the latest information on how signs help businesses communicate with customers, and how communities can benefit from improved economic activity.

 

 

Signs and the Downtown ExperienceSigns and the Downtown Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: Research

Free resources

  • Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers
  • Statistical Analysis of the Relationship Between On-Premise Digital Signage and Traffic Safety
  • Executive Summary: Digital Signage and Traffic Safety
  • Finding Common Ground: Answers to Common Questions about Electronic Message Centers (EMCs)
  • Differences between On-Premise and Off-Premise Signs
  • Video Examples of EMC Hold Times
  • Model Sign Code: A Framework for On-Premise Sign Regulations
  • An Evidence Based Model Sign Code
  • Signs and Federal Laws of Protection
  • Building Stronger Communities: Working Together to Create Reasonable Sign Codes
  • Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual
  • Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs
  • The State of Sign Codes after Reed v. Town of Gilbert
  • The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (1997, San Diego)
  • The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (2012, Cincinnati)
  • Signs and the Downtown Experience
  • Executive Summary: The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage
  • Executive Summary: Signs and the Downtown Experience
ISA Planning for Sign Code SuccessTM
David Hickey, VP Advocacy

David Hickey
VP, Advocacy
david.hickey@signs.org

James Carpentier, AICP

James Carpentier, AICP
Director, State & Local Goverment
james.carpentier@signs.org

Kenny Peskin

Kenny Peskin
Director, Industry Programs
kenny.peskin@signs.org | @signcodeguy

 

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