Graphic design innovation for parking signage
pentagram: new york city's redesigned parking signs," Designboom).
But Nikki Sylianteng takes design innovation to a new level by moving away from words to a simplified grid, with times, days and green and red blocks denoting yes and no.
In the world of parking signage, green means what you can do and red means what you can't. In the grid/block format, use of hatching and icons can communicate yes/no without having to see color, which is an added advantage for people who are color blind.
-- To Park or Not to Park webpage
In her discussion of design principles behind the project, she shows a current sign, with her revised version in this mock up, below.
Signage based on her concepts is being tested in a number of cities including Brisbane and Los Angeles ("LA's Proposed Parking Signs Are Brilliantly Simple," Wired and "Confused about parking restrictions?," Los Angeles Times.
In Brisbane there was a reduction by 60% in the number of infractions.