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Sign Structures Research: University of California at San Diego

In response to unexplained structural failures involving single-pole, high-rise signs in various locations throughout the U.S., the International Sign Association (ISA), in cooperation with the University of California (San Diego) Jacobs School of Engineering, conducted an initial analysis in 2008 and subsequent structural testing which is detailed in a 2011 research report. The purpose of […]

Health-care Facility Wayfinding Best Practices Report Published

The Sign Research Foundation (SRF) has released the results of a new study entitled “Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments.” A news release about the study states, “Seven case studies dive into the people, processes, and tools that large medical facilities in the U.S. implemented to manage their wayfinding systems, from static signage […]

Sign Research Foundation Publishes Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual

The Sign Research Foundation (SRF, formerly known as The Signage Foundation) has published its “Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual,” as well as a corresponding, four-page Executive Summary. It cites five wayfinding case studies, as well as five financing sources for wayfinding programs. The full report can be viewed online at http://www.signresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/Urban-Wayfinding-Planning-and-Implementation-Manual.pdf. The Executive Summary […]

Case Studies Examine EMC Brightness

An updated publication, entitled “Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers,” has been updated with case histories from some of the more than 200 communities that have adopted its suggestions. The 16-page publication explains why brightness measurements should be taken in “footcandles” rather than “nits.” You can view the entire report online at […]

Guest Editorial in Local Publication Questions Wayfinding Signs’ Costs

A guest editorial in the “Renton (WA) Reporter” questions the cost of certain wayfinding signs, given the use of GPS and cell phones for directions. The article can be read online at http://www.rentonreporter.com/opinion/wayfinding-is-it-worth-it-guest-commentary/ Photo by Jamie Templeton on Unsplash

Collegiate Study Documents Wayfinding Improvements in Campus Builiding

An academic study, titled “Accessible Wayfinding: Empathy, Human-Centered Design, and a Blank Slate,” has been published in the “Interdisciplinary Journal of Wayfinding and Signage,” which is the bi-annual journal created by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education, a 501(3)c, not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing independent thought leadership to advance the knowledge base […]

Academic Study Examines Warning Signs at Pedestrian Crossings

An academic study, titled “A Study of Effectiveness of Midblock Pedestrian Crossings: Analyzing a Selection of High-Visibility Warning Signs,” has been published in the “Interdisciplinary Journal of Wayfinding and Signage,” which is the bi-annual journal created by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education, a 501(3)c, not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing independent thought […]

Planner Suggests Provisions for Preserving Historic Signs

The following article appeared in the April 1989 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. The original article was published in the November 1988 issue of PAS Memo , which was a monthly publication produced by the American Planning Association. It is now published six times a year online. By Peter H. Phillips, AICP In […]

Penn State Study Examines the Effect of Fonts

Penn State’s Philip Garvey, with the assistance of Wie-Yen Eie and Jennifer Klenna, conducted a study to determine which fonts are the most legible. Sixty-four subjects from 19-87 years of age viewed 64 displays using 33 fonts shown on a computer monitor. The results of this study appear in different formats. One report was published […]

A Research Overview of Sign Legibility and Conspicuity

The following information originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of “The Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding,” an academic, peer-reviewed publication that is published twice a year by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE). Entitled “Factors Affecting Sign Visibility, Conspicuity, and Legibility: Review and Annotated Bibliography,” the article can be accessed in […]