2011 ISA Sign Design Competition Online

The International Sign Association (ISA) announces the return of its annual Sign Design Competition, which recognizes its company members’ ingenuity in on-premise sign design. Following last year’s online contest, which received more than 17,000 online votes, ISA will again ask the members of the online community to serve as judges for the contest. Submissions for the 2011 contest must be received by Friday, February 18, 2011. Voting will take place on ISA’s main website, www.signs.org, from March 1-31, 2011.

Moving its Sign Design Competition online last year marked a milestone for ISA, as it altered the contest from selecting a panel of expert judges to allowing the online community to determine the best sign designs. “Using technology to showcase our winning designs and asking the online community to vote gives a much broader reach to this contest’s, and in turn the industry’s, presence,” said ISA President & CEO Lori Anderson.

For the 2011 competition, ISA has selected seven distinct categories for sign design submissions, listed below. In addition this year, there will be a “Best Regional Sign Design” category, in which ISA’s affiliated regional sign design contest winners will compete.

Freestanding Signs, Electric – Includes any freestanding sign structure that is internally illuminated, uses exposed neon or LEDs, or incorporates a message center.

Freestanding Signs, Nonelectric – Includes any freestanding sign structure that is either non-illuminated or is illuminated only through the use of external illumination, including banner signs and vinyl graphics.

Building Signage, Electric – Includes any wall signage, projecting signs, marquees, awnings, attached canopies, or window graphics that incorporate internal illumination, backlighting, exposed neon or LEDs, or message centers.

Building Signage, Nonelectric – Includes any wall signage, projecting signs, marquees, awnings, attached canopies, or window graphics that are not illuminated or are illuminated only through the use of external luminaries.

Historic Reproduction – Includes any sign either restored to its traditional form or newly constructed and designed to resemble a traditional form of signage. Historic/Restored signage may be either electric or nonelectric.

Vehicle Graphics – Includes any vehicle wrap, vinyl graphics, paint scheme, or attached devices designed to use a vehicle as an advertising device.

Wayfinding/Sign Systems – Includes any signage package designed to orient, navigate, or create a unified "sense of place" within the built environment in an urban, campus, or institutional setting.

For more information on this year’s contest, visit www.signs.org/signdesign. Be sure to log on to www.signs.org in March 2011 and cast your vote!


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