On March 26, ISA's Kenny Peskin (@signcodeguy) was a featured speaker at the Eastern States Building Officials Federation conference in Quincy, Mass. Peskin joined Northeast States Sign Association...Read more.
ISA's Sign Expo 2015 was the largest event in the group's history, a reflection of the "booming" sign and display business and the "many disparate elements that make up 'signs,' " writes Richard Romano. Lori Anderson, president and CEO of ISA, cites wide-format printing, specialty inks and fabric printing as among the reasons "it's a very exciting time to be in the sign industry."
Awnings might be the signage solution for retail businesses in pedestrian and mixed-use developments, but they also often come with sign code and design challenges, ISA's Kenny Peskin writes. "Awning signs present several unique challenges based on their treatment in the municipal sign ordinance. ... [U]nderstanding how to examine the ordinance will help you design an awning sign that best serves retail and business customers," he writes.
ISA's board of directors approved a plan to make 16 regional sign associations into ISA Affiliated Associations. Under the new system, local sign companies that previously had to join ISA and their local associations separately will now automatically receive ISA membership and benefits when they join an affiliate. "This is a key step in an ongoing ISA effort to ... better serve sign company members, increase the synergy between local associations and ISA, and strengthen the industry as a whole by developing a common direction and voice," ISA said.
City officials in Burnaby, British Columbia, approved a plan to pay $2,000 to buy an iconic 52-year-old neon sign and another $9,000 to restore it. The 20-foot-tall Lost in the 50's Drive-In neon sign is one of the few neon signs remaining in the city, and is part of a drive-in that has also served as a movie set, according to a report from the city's planning and building department.