Nikki Sylianteng

"Sylianteng took the bull by the horns and suggested a parking sign that uses a schedule metaphor... While some argue that the “original” parking sign is built for visibility, Sylianteng’s design is aimed at clarity… Sylianteng embodies perfectly the famous quote from John F. Kennedy: 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' Like Sylianteng, designers shouldn’t always wait for their city to commission them to improve something." (Chapter 5 - Design Can Exclude - Injustice)

Tragic Design: The Impact of Bad Design and How to Fix It

"Others don't want to be hemmed in by a city's bad design choices and boldly present something they believe to be better, intentionally drawing attention to perceived design problems by publicly implementing potential solutions... Sylianteng explains that the problem is that signs are cluttered with unnecessary information—the why—when the important stuff—the what—is nowhere near clear." (Chapter 6 - Interventions)

The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design