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 and isn’t allowed. I kept everything else the same — the colors, the form. My intention was to show how big a difference a small but thoughtful change can make. I tried to stay mindful of the constraints that a large organization like the Department of Transportation might face for a change as seemingly small as this.

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.

In early 2014, I posted a prototype in my neighborhood. People seemed to like it. It was even covered in The Atlantic’s April 2014 issue. See how the design and the project evolves at toparkornottopark.com

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