Research Library

The Sign Research Foundation has a vast library of academic research on sign codes, wayfinding, traffic safety, place making, sign design & placement, brightness & illumination levels, and many other topics related to world-class signage systems. Scroll down to view a comprehensive list of all of our peer-reviewed research. All proceeds are invested directly back to SRF so that we can continue producing world-class research and education for the sign and graphics industry.

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All SRF Research in alphabetical order:

Arts and Science of Sign Design

Best Practices in Developing Sign Regulations

Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs

Business Signage and Placemaking in Streetscapes

Consumer Perceptions of Retail Signage: 100,000 Shoppers Can’t Be Wrong

Digital Print Trends and Technologies in the Sign and Graphics Industry

Digital Signage & Traffic Safety: A Statistical Analysis

Digital Wayfinding Trends – Lessons Learned from Museums, Healthcare, and Transit Experiences

The Economic Impact of Exterior Electronic Message Boards

Economic Value of On-Premise Signage

Energy Efficiency of Internally Illuminated Signage

Illuminated Sign Conspicuity – What Factors Make a Sign Noticeable and Legible?

A Legal and Technical Exploration of On-Premise Sign Regulation – An Evidence Based Sign Code

Model Sign Code

Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers (EMCs)

On-Premise Sign Research Review

Profiles of Sign Regulations in Multiple Communities and Environments

Retail Signage – Practices to Increase Return on Investment

Retail Wayfinding Best Practices

Signage as a Tool for Revitalization: A Route 66 Case Study

Signs and the Downtown Experience

Smart Signage and Smart Cities: Regulating New Tech

The State of Sign Codes after Reed v. Town of Gilbert

Typography, Placemaking, and Signs

Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual

Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments