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.