Signs of interfering

Above is the current road sign system

Interfering.  Inability to leave well alone.

Incompetent people interfering when there is absolutely no need to, nobody appreciates it and it simply makes things worse.

No profession other than politics has more raw hubris sewage sloshing about in it than “graphic” design. Manual is such a design firm; a firm so deeply sunk in slop that you know without looking that it has to be based in San Francisco and hence already targeted for nuking from orbit. But before they go out on the downstroke they’d like to take a crack at the road signage system. Why? Because they can ultimately write “an app for that.”

And how do these “progressive” firms justify b***ering it all up?

For a country so heavily reliant on cars, we feel the current signage system is confusing, inconsistent and messy. Our plan is to modernize and add clarity to a signage system that millions of road users rely upon every day. The current use of shields feels dated and too “police state”, so we have abandoned them in the main system.

Yep – they are the efficient ones in their eyes and what went before is inefficient and outdated.  Therefore it needs to be ruined.   They appoint themselves as our custodians.    They don’t go out and experiment on some minor roads out in the desert – no, they have to alter major highways and cause multiple-car pile-ups to feel useful to society.

As the writer asks – which signs are less confusing at 70 mph?

Below is as they would have the signs

[H/T Chuckles]

8 Responses to “Signs of interfering”

  1. Rossa August 22, 2012 at 13:47 Permalink

    This article on Zerohedge charts the decline in car ownership in the US. So maybe they won’t need all those signs anyway.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-demise-car

  2. lordsomber August 22, 2012 at 15:08 Permalink

    Atrocious design, atrocious logic. As I commented over there, the shield as icon goes back centuries. One can look at a particular shield and number and know it’s an interstate, state highway, local, etc. To “re-contextualize” it as a number and color bar brings less clarity and not more, when considering environmental conditions, i.e., lighting, fog, etc.
    Some people will justify anything trying to get a government contract.
    Too many of today’s “designers” fail to study the history of that which they are attempting to design. Or re-design.

  3. James Higham August 22, 2012 at 15:25 Permalink

    Rossa – it’s a government contract – think they’ll need them.

    Absolutely, m’lud. Even I know about the shield and I don’t even lvie over there. Shows what non-comps these people really are. Or young [meaning no education today] or both.

  4. SadButMadLad August 22, 2012 at 16:54 Permalink

    They haven’t taken into account one major factor on road sign design. That it has to be read quickly. You only have a few seconds to see a sign, read it, soak up the information, and act on it. The news signs are atrocious. There is too much extraneous detail, and you have to study them to work out what they mean, especially with information that spans lanes. The old signs though they repeat information are very clear as you can tell immediately all of the information which relates to the lane.

    The only one that has any chance of working is the historic route 66 sign, but even then it’s doesn’t look historic.

  5. Twilight August 22, 2012 at 18:54 Permalink

    Bad move! Reminds me of Blogger’s clumsy attempt to “update” their interface, and in the process making it far less user-friendly. They seem to have put the brakes on that, for a while anyway, probably due to amount of protest.
    Activists need to get busy protesting these changes before tragedies ensue.

  6. lordsomber August 22, 2012 at 20:38 Permalink

    @SadButMadLad — Correct. The time factor is critical and often not considered enough in the bigger picture regarding information design and graphic communications.
    From driving by highway signage and billboards down to even newspaper advertising, you have mere seconds to clearly get your message across before the reader blinks or turns the page.

  7. James McGrath August 23, 2012 at 12:26 Permalink

    Well, they have changed all the signs in Ireland, because they made us metric, without asking anyone. Without a by your leave, they changed everything and even the state broadcaster refuses to convert millimetres into inches or kms into miles!

    Watching the state broadcaster, one would believe we have always been metric, but no one I know, even my younger brother who is 20 ever uses metric for anything other then petrol or bottles of water.

    That really peeves me off!

  8. James Higham August 23, 2012 at 12:35 Permalink

    Quite right. I wish they’d just leave us alone and abide by the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” maxim.

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