pentagram: new york city's redesigned parking signs pentagram: new york city's redesigned parking signs
jan 31, 2013

pentagram: new york city's redesigned parking signs

pentagram: new york city’s redesigned parking signs

 

 

working with the new york city department of transportation, pentagram‘s michael bierut and his team have created a new, simplified design for the city’s street parking signage that is more easily understood by drivers and residents.

 

the project introduces a consistent, simplified layout that cuts back on the number of words and colors and adds some much-needed white space, the design divides the signs into two sections, one for commercial vehicles (still in red), the other for passenger vehicles (in green) – with the number of parking hours allowed is prominently placed in a reversed-out box at the top left of the sign. 

 

 

new york city’s redesigned parking signs

 

 

as the existing signs were densely packed with information that was wordy and hard to follow; typography was centered and set in all caps in various fonts and sizes, making it difficult for the eye to scan.

 

 

‘no standing anytime’ sign

 

 

scale and context

 

 

before and after

 

 

design process

  • An improvement, but still some unusual decisions have been made.

    The arrow at the bottom was not very clear due to it’s form – but that’s interestingly been retained (although I note the concepts show some much clearer arrow forms).

    Also the ‘hour metered parking’ text looks very small given the height of these signs from the pavement – and in isolation the ‘3’ or ‘1’ message is rather without context and could be misunderstood.

    Finally the use of all caps is recognised as being much less accessible than sentance case, so it was unusual to see it used and think there could have been better ways (than the use of caps) to reinforce the prohibitive messages….

    Ghostieman says:
  • Huge improvement, Pentagram. Please throw in a “No Honking—$350 Penalty” in case the city changes its mind about eliminating them.

    Mort D'Urban says:
  • This appears to be what we have been using in California for years, if not for a couple of decades, and it can still be a bit confusing.
    Still, it is nice to see that someone is trying to make things a bit more clear; especially when we might be in a hurry to get to an appointment.

    Ron Smith says:
  • That’s what the City of New york is spending all that money on. The guy with the suit making $90,000 to keep thinking how to make the sings “different”

    Lin Frank says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

(35 articles)

design news