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

Content-Neutral Sign Codes after Reed and Austin

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

Glossary of Signage Terms

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

Saving Historic & Vintage Signs

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

The Trail Sign Manual: A Planning Guide for Parks and Trails Signage

Typography, Placemaking, and Signs

Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual

Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments

Executive Summaries Bundle

This bundle includes every executive summary of SRF research reports (over 20 in total!). Each summary delivers the key information found in the full report and topics cover the design, regulation, economic value, and fabrication techniques of signage. Many reports also focus on key sectors, such as retail, healthcare, and urban downtowns. This valuable bundle is excellent as an internal training tool or to educate clients and sign code officials. Click here to learn more and purchase the SRF Executive Summaries Bundle.