Everything about parking signs suggests they're meant to aggravate you, not only with their restrictions but also with their poorly designed presentation of those restrictions. You know the drill: Park in the spot, get out, walk to the nearest sign, and gaze longingly at it wishing it were faster to read and made sense and didn't require getting out of the car to see, especially when it delivers the bad news that no, you cannot park there.
If parking signs looked like the ones created by Nikki Sylianteng, a designer in New York, that maneuver would be a thing of the past. Sylianteng has been putting her signs up in New York (which happened to introduce a new design last year) and soliciting feedback on .
Aside from the overall design challenge, she's still working out the smaller issues: How would colorblind people see a red and green sign? Will people who don't read English be able to understand the signs? Should the week start on Sunday or Monday?
So, since the beginning of the year, Sylianteng's design has evolved:
And it will continue to change as she collects more feedback and, I hope, comes to other cities.