Parking Sign Redesign

A more visual, timechart-based street parking sign

I’ve gotten one-too-many parking tickets because I’ve misinterpreted street parking signs. The current design also poses a driving hazard as it requires drivers to slow down while trying to follow the logic of what the sign is really saying. It shouldn’t have to be this complicated.

The only questions on everyone’s minds are:
1. “Can I park here now?”
2. “Until what time?”

My strategy was to visualize the blocks of time when parking is allowed and not allowed. I kept everything else the same – the colors and the form factor – as my intention with this redesign is to show how big a difference a thoughtful, though conservative and low budget, approach can make in terms of time and stress saved for the driver. I tried to stay mindful of the constraints that a large organization like the Department of Transportation must face for a seemingly small change such as this.

I recently posted a prototype in my neighborhood and people seem to like it based on their written responses (photos below). The Atlantic also seemed to like it and included it in their April 2014 issue. You can follow the project as it progresses at toparkornottopark.com

With the timechart-based design, you arrive at the answer in a simple two-step process.

With the timechart-based design, you arrive at the answer in a simple two-step process. Based on image above.

Illustration of the problem in terms of biocost, as part of our Cybernetics class with Paul Pangaro

Illustration of the problem in terms of biocost, as part of our Cybernetics class with Paul Pangaro