Today’s post is brought to you by an email from a former police officer who requested to remain anonymous. “This is how signs should’ve been designed in the first place” is one of the greatest compliments in the world to me especially coming from someone who used to give out parking tickets. You can read the entire email below.
I read the article about your project on gizmag.com
I was a police officer years ago, so I’ve given far more parking tickets than I wanted to. Your signs are absolutely brilliant. You have the only design that makes any sense. The simplicity and instant readability made me smile and go, “Wow!”. This is how the signs should have been designed in the first place! Having never seen your design it took mere seconds to understand exactly what the parking schedule is. Then it took minutes of staring in amazement and wondering why, since we have been using a similar format on calendars and in schedule books for many decades, it took so long to figure this out. No more driving around the block after the guy behind you honked to get you to move along as you tried to decipher the undecipherable stacked signs!
I saw the comment on your website suggesting a tow warning, which sounds good since that’s such an expensive potential. As for the dollar sign, I guess it wouldn’t hurt if you can fit it in without clutter. I’m thinking, though, that the “FREE” indication does indicate that the converse is true at other times. If someone can’t deduce that simple fact they shouldn’t be driving a car. Or bicycle. Or walking in heavy traffic.
Good work and good luck!