Signs

February 2, 2016, 7am PST
After adopting the Clearview font in 2004, ending the Highway Gothic in use since the 1960s, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration reversed course in January and will again require the older font. This small change matter a great deal.
CityLab
June 26, 2015, 10am PDT
The Supreme Court, in two separate opinions, unanimously ruled on June 18 against an Arizona town's sign regulation that denied the placement of a street sign based on its content. At question was a sign directing passers-by to a church service.
The Washington Post
June 5, 2015, 12pm PDT
A case study in integrating form-based and street graphic approaches into the sign code, provided by the city of Lacey, Washington.
MRSC Insight
June 27, 2014, 9am PDT
There are other ways to grab attention, even if you don't have the cash to spend on a giant sign that says T-R-U-M-P above the Chicago River.
BuzzFeed
February 24, 2012, 5am PST
Chuck Wolfe traces the comeback of sandwich board signage in cities, explains how associated regulations work, and offers reasons why such signage should be carefully fostered.
The Atlantic Cities
October 13, 2011, 8am PDT
A Colorado man has put up a sign warning potential buyers about activities that occur at his house.
The Denver Post via 9 News
December 22, 2010, 9am PST
Seattle is considering a new policy that will allow companies to place large signs atop buildings downtown. It's part of an effort to lure companies downtown, but many locals are outraged.
NPR
March 8, 2010, 11am PST
Slate looks at the history and importance of signage and wayfinding design.
Slate.com
October 16, 2009, 10am PDT
A proposal to create a new outdoor advertising district in San Francisco has some locals anticipating a retail revival, while others dread the possible billboard blight.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2009, 7am PDT
Could smoke rising from a barbeque pit be considered a sign, and thus be controlled under sign regulations? Zoning officials in East Berlin, PA say yes.
The Evening Sun (Hanover
May 19, 2009, 2pm PDT
Metropolis Magazine interviews David Gibson about his new book, <em>The Way­finding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places.</em>
Metropolis Magazine
Blog post
May 4, 2009, 9am PDT

I missed the APA national conference for the first time in 15 years -- but I quickly heard reports that one of the hot topics focused on banning electronic message boards.  I dissent.

What would Times Square be without the colorful, multi-message, oft-changing signs?  Would Las Vegas have become the tourist definition that it has without the colorful signs?  I am not a huge fan of Las Vegas, but I certainly think it has the right to define itself as it wishes.  

Eric Damian Kelly
December 4, 2008, 10am PST
The city of San Angelo, Texas bucks a regional trend towards stricter regulations for signs used as advertising.
San Angelo Standard Times
November 12, 2008, 9am PST
Giant 'supergraphics' drape over the sides of buildings in Los Angeles, usually advertising the latest blockbuster. Almost all of the signs are in violation of sign laws, and building inspectors think they may be fire hazards.
The Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
October 29, 2008, 6am PDT
The State Department of Transportation fears that makeshift memorials for killed motorists will distract drivers, and has offered families public signs as alternatives.
The International Herald Tribune
October 8, 2008, 5am PDT
Chicago preservationists are urging owners of the last of the city's neon signs to keep them intact.
USA Today
August 18, 2008, 11am PDT
Officials in Abilene, Texas, are trying to pass an electronic sign ordinance "proactively" but are facing great resistance, as has been the case for other cities.
Abilene Reporter-News
July 7, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Dallas's city council passed an ordinance restricting the percentage of window space a storefront can use for advertisements. Council members say the signs are creating or adding to blight.</p>
Dallas Morning News
March 8, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Murals are under fire in Los Angeles, as city officials are painting over what they see as "illegal signs".</p>
Which Way, L.A.?