Visual Language - Signage

Our assignment for this week was to recognize signs that we felt were successful and unsuccessful.

Successful Signage


I always enjoy stopping at construction sites, looking at what the facade of the new building will be, and then seeing what stage of construction the site is at.

The way the information of the construction is displayed is simple and direct.


While I think this signage could be replaced with newer paper that isn’t as dirty, and that the design of the actual bin was different, the actual information of what you can recycle here is communicated effectively.

Unsuccessful Signage


Ironically, I felt that the sign for a sign store was not the most successful signage. I have walked by this for ages, as it is on my block, and for the longest time never understood what was inside. It was only when their door was open that I realized they made signs.


This past week my car was towed week when the city decided to only put up the no parking signs after the stated starting time had begun. When I woke up my car was gone.

The sign states that you should call your local precinct to locate your car, but then also gives you the number of the towing company.

I first called the precinct, who told me they have no idea where my car is, and that they couldn’t help me. I then decided to call the towing company who told me my car was only two blocks away.

Thankfully I wasn’t given a ticket as I think it was emergency road work, but I feel that they sign could have explained the times when you can’t park in a better manner as well as giving only the correct number to call to find your car.

My redesign

My redesign