The highway sign redesign proposal by San Francisco studio Manual finally puts forth a feasible system that easily directs cars along in furiously fast-paced conditions.
Highway signs in North America have stayed relatively static in the past. The forest green placards are plentiful and hung without organization, an ever-present cause for missed exits and avoidable accidents. Manual created a schema for easy information processing by using a colored and compartmentalized layout. It turns out that tweaking little details can make a world of a difference. For example, the proposal offers a streamlined rectangular design compared to the annoying green triangles poking out the white outline in each corner of the current design. Perhaps the most redeeming feature of these signs is their ability to wirelessly connect to your smartphone so that information about gas, food and lodging is easily accessible.
Whether this project goes ahead or not, the prospect of smartphones changing the infrastructure of our world is incredibly exciting.
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