The Signage Foundation Study Needs Participants
Form-based design—based on a building’s relationship to those surrounding it rather than on its use—is a growing field. But how does this type of design affect perception of signage? Pat Crawford, PhD with the School of Planning, Design and Construction and Maleah Beatty (Landscape Architecture student) at Michigan State University, are conducting research to determine perceptions of this type of design.
The researchers are seeking input through an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F3KMXKL.
Participants will be shown a series of drawings and asked to rate each. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. No identifying information will be collected. This research will aid in future sign code research and development.
The survey will be available until August 1st.
Results are expected to be presented during the National Signage Research and Education (NSREC) conference Oct. 8-9 in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit www.thesignagefoundation.org.
DUANE LASKA TAPPED FOR LEADERSHIP OF THE SIGNAGE FOUNDATION
Duane Laska, president and owner of North Shore Sign Co. in Libertyville, Ill., has been named chairman of the Board of Directors of the Signage Foundation, Inc. The Signage Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to fulfilling the educational and research purposes of on-premise signage. The Signage Foundation is committed to expanding the knowledge base on the use and benefits of signage products through peer-reviewed research to facilitate the operation within the marketplace by manufacturers, suppliers, and individuals in their efforts to design, build, and sell innovative products.
Duane has served in various leadership positions within the Signage Foundation, Inc. including Secretary-Treasurer, chairman of the Program Committee and chairman of the planning committee for the annual National Signage Research & Education Conference (NSREC). Duane was responsible for initiating and championing the Foundation’s Internship Program. He successfully sponsored the first internship at North Shore Sign Company in 2010. In addition to his service to the sign industry, Duane has served as an elected public official within his community for sixteen years including being elected to serve as Mayor.
Duane has also served the sign industry through his leadership within the International Sign Association (ISA) and World Sign Associates (WSA). Ken Von Wald, outgoing SFI Board chairman noted “Duane’s knowledge and expertise are tremendous assets to the sign industry. He brings a collaborative spirit which will serve the Foundation well as it seeks to link multiple disciplines and stakeholders together”.
The Board of Directors of the Signage Foundation also elected Joe Rickman as Vice Chairman/President and Ken Von Wald as Secretary-Treasurer. These officers rely heavily on the vast scope of work performed by standing committees and volunteers: Research Committee chaired by Mike Kesti of 3M; Fundraising Committee chaired by Ken Von Wald of Denco Sales; Program Committee chaired by Duane Laska of North Shore Sign Company; Strategic Outreach Committee chaired by Joe Rickman of Atlantic Sign Media; and the Communications Committee chaired by Wade Swormstedt of ST Media Group.
Additional information about the work and mission of the Signage Foundation is available on the website at www.thesignagefoundation.org