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Koefoed & the International Symbol of Access


The International Symbol of Access (the wheelchair symbol) was designed by Susanne Koefoed, a Danish design student at the time. It’s now an international symbol of access that can be seen in parking lots, businesses, restrooms, transit lines, parks, and many other places around the globe. Read More »

Honoring Women in Signs & Graphics


In honor of International Women's Day (March 8, 2021), ISA salutes the many women who have and continue to drive our industry forward. A special thanks goes to those women leaders who volunteer their time and expertise by serving on the ISA board of directors, ISA steering committees and SRF board of trustees. Read More »

Duke Ellington, Sign Painter


Duke Ellington was one of the greatest jazz composers of his time. But did you know that he also had an artistic talent for signage? In 1917, he started a sign-painting business with a neighbor and fellow musician, Ewell Conway. Their sign company was located in Washington D.C. at 6th Street and T Street. Read More »

2021 ISA Steering Committees Announced


This year, the International Sign Association and its Board of Directors will once again be advised by experienced professionals who serve on three steering committees representing the diverse sign, graphics and visual communications industry. Read More »

Q4 2020 Quarterly Economic Report - Now Available


The economy is facing a higher winter peak in COVID-19 and more fiscal stimulus in late 2020. This leads IHS Markit to anticipate a growing gross domestic product output in 2021. The IHS analysts anticipate growth around 4 percent in 2021 and 2022, according to the Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report, produced by IHS Markit for the International Sign Association. Read More »

ISA Board Leadership for 2021


A distinguished Board of Directors representing the full scope of the sign, graphics and visual communications industry will lead the International Sign Association for the coming year. Read More »

THE LINK...INSTALL 1-1 Networking


ISA's THE LINK will kick off 2021 with an event proven to help local and national sign companies make vital connections. THE LINK...INSTALL offers one-on-one virtual networking appointments, pairing local sign companies with national companies who need installers. It will be held Feb. 3-4. Read More »

Henry Arthur Brown Jr: Founder of Colite Industries


Mr. Brown passed away November 11, 2020, just a few days shy of his 99th birthday. He left an impact on his community and the broader sign, graphics and visual communications industry. Read More »

George Martin Kopecky: Leading the Industry Through Change


After a long and storied career with the FBI and House of Representatives George Kopecky stepped into the world of associations as the head of the National Electric Sign Association (NESA). Mr. Kopecky died November 25, 2020, at age 95. Read More »

Business Community Delays Sign Code Proposal


ISA and YESCO recently worked together, with input and assistance/support from other members, to delay an unworkable code proposed by the South Salt Lake Planning Commission. Read More »