Sylianteng used a common sense approach to complicated parking signs and is now spreading her gospel of simplicity to whoever will listen. Her parking signs transform cumbersome multi-sign spots into a single easy to understand color-coded sign that takes one tenth of the time to understand and leaves you actually feeling confident you understand what the sign said.
Sylianteng set out to create these simplified signs after receiving what she describes as “one too many parking tickets.” I think we can all relate. This was the same impetus for my parking app, Park Safe LA. Sylianteng’s been adapting her method of simplified parking signs for months with feedback from everyday citizens and input from some industry pros.
All you have to do to understand just how great these signs are is compare a current complicated version of a sign alongside her own simplified color-coded version of that same sign. The stark difference is obvious. One leaves you wondering when hieroglyphics became the official written language of the LADOT, while the other presents a greatly simplified and streamlined approach. It cuts out the redundancy and apparent contradiction and instead focuses on a single graphic representation.
People are starting to take notice too. Sylianteng was recently featured in a Gizmodo article written by Jamie Condliffe for her innovation and she will also soon be meeting with the largest online retailer of traffic signs, myparkingsign.com.
The only question now is what will it take to get them implemented on our streets. Parking signs are subject to state and local regulation like a lot of things that appear overly cumbersome. It still remains to be seen what it will take to cut through all this bureaucratic red tape to get these signs actually on our streets. Follow her progress on her blog ToParkOrNotToPark.com.