Nikki Sylianteng, having gotten one too many parking tickets, decided to do something about the problem, developing, refining and ultimately deploying a solution on the streets to get actual feedback. Combining various signs into one, the time is presented along the y-axis and the date on the x-axis. Guerrilla Signage: Designer Fixes Street Parking Sign Stacks
Anyone who has parked in a major metropolitan area has seen something like this: a vertical array of signs that provide a confusing (sometimes even self-contradictory) instructions about when you can park based on time of day or year, type of permit and other conditions. Everything else was kept the same, the colors, the form. For additional feedback, Nikki has sent copies of the modified signage to people in other parts of California and Minnesota to see how they fare in different cities and settings. Sometimes additional complexity needs to be addressed when permits come into play or the school year is factored in the mix (not always corresponding just to days of the week). Green bars indicate acceptable times to park and red bars are used to indicate otherwise. From the project’s creator: “My strategy was to visualize the blocks of time when parking is allowed and not allowed.