Vital Signs: For planners and local officials who draft, debate and enforce sign ordinances
Posted on April 2, 2018

Design for outstanding signs at APA NPC18

James Carpentier, AICP, ISA, Presents at APA 2017It's almost time for the APA National Planning Conference in New Orleans, and we hope you're planning to go!

ISA's sign code experts will be there with the latest research and best practices for regulating signs. Stop by our booth (415) for in-person guidance to help make your job of developing and enforcing sign codes easier. You'll be entered into our drawing for a personal digital sign that will make you stand out wherever you go!

And, don't miss our educational session! We will be presenting on "Sign Regulations That Encourage Creative Design" on Tuesday, April 24 from 8:30 am–9:45 am. Join ISA's James Carpentier, AICP, to learn how to balance the many aesthetic, economic and legal concerns that communities face when regulating signs.

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FYI - Planners ranked ISA's Reed presentation at APA’s 2016 National Planning Conference as the 4th best out of over 150 sessions, according to the APA.

We're excited to help you understand the elements of great design for signs while earning CM credits in the Big Easy! See you there!


Topics: APA

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

James Carpentier, AICP

James Carpentier, AICP
Director, State & Local Goverment

Kenny Peskin

Kenny Peskin
Director, Industry Programs | @signcodeguy


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  • Research on sign-related issues
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