Is This Parking Sign Less Confusing Than the Status Quo?

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 at 9:20 am by
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Nearly two years ago, the city first began swapping its stock of parking signage with something way simpler. Rollout has been slow downtown, though. The Lower East Side just started receiving within the last six months or so. But not everyone is on board with the new designs. Or any of the previous designs, for that matter. It’s all too confusing.

Since January of this year, Nicole Sylianteng has been advocating, on a grassroots level, for a very different look. Suggestion laminates such as this one on Norfolk Street crowdsource an opinion on her easy-to-read, bar-graph design. A Sharpie hangs from the post to help elicit response.

“The feedback has been pretty great to say the least,” Sylianteng tells us in an email. “It seems to hit on something people feel very strongly about.” Hopefully the DOT can seriously consider this idea, however unlikely that might be.

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This street-level project has roots dating back to 2010 in Los Angeles. From her blog To Park or Not to Park:

In late 2010, I lived in Los Angeles and was a regular commuter, driving one and a half hours each way to and from work. After receiving what I thought was one-too-many parking tickets (“But I read the sign, and I thought I could park there! Did I misunderstand something??” *chirp chirp*), I wondered why the rules had to be so confusing and time-consuming to understand. My mind felt like it was doing intense math whenever I tried translating what the signs were trying to tell me.

What’s your opinion of Sylianteng’s design?

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