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ISA Announces Winners of its 2009 Sign Design Competition

Posted: 04/13/2009

ISA Announces Winners of its 2009 Sign Design Competition

Alexandria, VA - April 13, 2009 --

The International Sign Association (ISA) today announced the winners of its 2009 Sign Design Competition. The contest recognizes sign projects designed and installed in 2008. The entries, which were judged in mid-February at ISA’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va., showcased a variety of sign types and designs.

The 2009 winning entries are:

Grand Prize - Best in Show:
Herm Medina
Young Electrical Sign Company
Denver, Colorado

First Place Winners:

• Commercial/Electric Category
Herm Medina
Young Electrical Sign Company
Denver, Colorado

• Architectural/Sign Systems/Wayfinding Category
Constantine Moussis
Enseicom, Inc.
Lachine, Quebec

• Traditional/Historic Category
Eric E. Larsen
Empire Sign, LLC
Auburn, Michigan

Honorable Mentions were also awarded:

• Nathan Hamric
TubeArt Signs
Seattle, Washington

• Chris Mohan/Todd Galvin/Mark Ritenour/Larry Cohen
Young Electric Sign Company
Las Vegas, Nevada

• Lynne Holton
Poblocki Sign Company, LLC
West Allis, Wisconsin

• Peter Lee
Superior Electrical Advertising, Inc.
Long Beach, Cailfornia

• Maui Francis
Natural Graphics, Inc.
Houston, Texas

The panel of judges for this year’s contest is as follows:

• Bart Michorzewski, an expert sign designer at Gelberg Signs in Washington, D.C.

• Paul Mickus, Principal and Creative Director at Pixelpoint Design and Production, LLC, in Bristow, Va.

• Kenny Peskin, ISA’s State and Local Government Affairs manager, who's family has been in the sign industry since 1918.

“The judges were impressed with the high quality of the signs this year,” said ISA President and CEO Lori Anderson. “Given the breadth and depth of their industry experience, it was fascinating to listen as they debated the merits of each entry.”

Anderson noted that the judges took into consideration such details as composition, construction, daytime and nighttime appearance, as well as how well the sign incorporated into the building design.

“All of the entries were impressive, but the best in show award went to Young Electrical Sign Company because their entry so effectively and elegantly incorporated an electronic message center into a traditional form of signage,” explained Anderson. “The grand prize winner stood out from the pack both because of the difficulty of the fabrication of the sign and because the sign so clearly states what the business does.”

Sign Design Competition winners will be recognized and awarded plaques at ISA's Annual Membership Meeting and Keynote Luncheon, taking place Friday, April 17, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at the ISA International Sign Expo at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For information about the trade show, visit To learn more about programs and services offered by ISA, visit

View Sign Design winners.