Pentagram Redesigns NY Street Signs

JamesM's picture

New York's Department of Transportation has unveiled several new parking signs it created in partnership with a team of designers at Pentagram. Previously, parking signs had been the work of the city’s sign shop.

Article:
http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/01/07/pentagram-redesigns-nycs-par...

Interview with designer:
http://observer.com/2013/01/sign-language-michael-bierut-dissects-his-ne...

Joshua Langman's picture

Who's behind the new light-up blue street signs in large U&lc serif type?

aluminum's picture

Definitely an improvement (even just left-aligning helped a lot).

It still seems a bit confusing, but I don't live in NYC so maybe it makes more sense in context.

eliason's picture

I like the older, longer en-dashes. The update looks a little like "Monday • Friday"

hrant's picture

I think it's an improvement overall, but the new design is too mannered to be fully functional. Like those left-aligned arrows look pretty retarded.

hhp

HVB's picture

As someone who used to spend quite a bit of time deciphering NYC parking signs, these are a great improvement. Might be even better if the smaller text was somewhat larger.

hhp: Absolutely right about the left-adjusted two-way arrows. They look like someone made a mistake.

- Herb

PublishingMojo's picture

IMHO, the new design is no better and no worse than the old design. The new wording, however, is a big improvement. Kudos to the editor.
Then again, when I go to Manhattan I never take a car.

rs_donsata's picture

None, the old or the new, are very good at all.

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