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Category Archives: Signs

Why didn’t they see the sign?

Written on March 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm, by

Martin Evans was in the Forbury Retail Park in Reading and witnessed three members of the same family coming back to their cars to find £100 fines slapped on the windscreens (that is £300 in total, as they came in separate cars). Their crime or mistake, depending on your viewpoint: to leave the retail park  Continue Reading »

Parking signs action

Written on December 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm, by

Our latest Simple Action day (14 December 2012) attracted around 25 designers, writers and transport experts. See the previous blog post for the background. We met at the Royal College of Art, to take some typical parking notices and show how much better they could be. We’re now finishing off and writing up a report  Continue Reading »

Free and difficult parking

Written on November 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm, by

This sign had me puzzling for several minutes in one of Ely’s car parks. It flummoxed at least three of my fellow-parkers too. Fortunately we have the Simplification Centre hack day on parking signs on 14 December.  Let’s see if we can fix this one. One of the challenges is that these days everyone expects  Continue Reading »

Simple Action: simplifying parking signs

Written on November 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm, by

Parking notices are notoriously tricky. Many car parks are designed for particular purposes, which are enforced or encouraged by complicated pricing structures. A car park might be intended for supermarket users – it will be free for a time, then cost a lot. Or it may be intended for shoppers but not commuters: so you  Continue Reading »

Olympic Symbols – the visual language of the Games

Written on July 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm, by

Hello, simplification centre blog readers. I’m Will Stahl-Timmins, an information designer / researcher from the University of Exeter. As the 2012 London Olympic Games are starting as I write this, I thought my first post here should take a look at something about presenting and communicating information at the Games. Each of the Games since  Continue Reading »