Parking Sign Redesign

A more visual, timechart-based street parking sign

Parking signs are confusing. I’ve gotten one-too-many $95 tickets because I thought I read the sign right but apparently didn’t. It shouldn’t have to be this complicated.

The only questions drivers have are:
1. “Can I park here now?”
2. “For how long?”

My strategy was to visualize the blocks of time when parking is allowed and not allowed. Everything else was kept the same, the colors, the form. My intention was to show how a small but thoughtful change can make a big difference by save drivers a lot of time, stress, and money. I tried to stay mindful of the constraints that a large organization like the Department of Transportation might face for this seemingly small change.

I recently posted a prototype in my neighborhood and people seemed to like it (see photo below). It also came out in The Atlantic’s April 2014 issue. See how the design and the project evolves 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.

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