Pentagram Design, creator of Microsoft's new Windows 8 logo, has teamed up with the City of New York to simplify Manhattan's notoriously confusing parking signs. The new signs are nearly a foot shorter and trim the text from a convoluted 250 characters to the size of a tweet, a streamlined 140. A consistent font, left-aligned layout, and more white space make the signs significantly easier to read, which is crucial for parking information that often needs to be discerned at a glance. Beginning with West 55th Street and Sixth Avenue, the new signs will replace some 6,300 old ones in Manhattan's commercial parking areas, and will be installed throughout the spring.

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