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.

The designs are currently being tested, guerrilla-style (see photos at the end of this post). Follow the project 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