Street signs are vital street elements of the modern society. Their design and strategic placement paves the way for smoother, safer traffic and an organized, sensible mindset of that society. In a way it also goes hand-in-hand with the economic development of a place.
Western societies have identified the importance of this and have, therefore, generously invested in installing effective street signs. Whereas the populace in developing countries such as India face tremendous challenges in wrapping their minds around the importance of standardised, prominent signages. Although the concept of street signs in these countries is gradually picking-up, effective all-round implementation of it is still quite far-fetched. The difficulties are often elevated due to the massive population and lack of properly demarcated spaces in the public spaces, including streets. This more or less renders any signs, if at all put-up, effectively ineffective. An effective street sign design is which the public can see, interpret and act out of in a split-second, most likely whilst in motion.
Below are a few street signs photographed in the German city of Wiesbaden from real life standpoints, such as moving car, traffic junctions, walkways and street parkings. Also are included a few advertising banners in the street scenes – look at how they are clearly distinguished from the street signs.
An effective street sign design is which the public can see, interpret and act out of in a split-second, most likely whilst in motion.
We hope these serve as an inspiration for upcoming graphic designers in the developing world. Your design inspirations are what will end up designing your cities. Take charge and make a better-designed world around you.