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Radio Diary: Redesigning Street Signs In The Time Of Coronavirus04:41
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A screenshot of one of Dylan Coonrad's sign designs. (Screenshot / Dylan Conrad / CannonDesign)
A screenshot of one of Dylan Coonrad's sign designs. (Screenshot / Dylan Conrad / CannonDesign)

Featuring Dylan Coonrad.


Designers are already thinking of new ways to reimagine street signs that advise the public on how to stay safe and healthy amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dylan Coonrad, creative director with the global design firm CannonDesign, has reimagined 10 signs we’re familiar with.

The tone of the signs are conceptual, often witty. A fire extinguisher sign now reads “don’t hoard sanitizer,” while a national parks sign depicts a leaf wearing a mask.

But in addition to being witty, Coonrad says great design must always be empathetic. Here's Coonrad on the empathetic nature of street signs:

"They’re remarkable pieces of design. They’re not sold on shelves and they’re not hanging in museums, but they mean everything to us and I think that we rely on them more than we might realize," Coonrad says.

Find all of Coonrad's designs here.

This segment aired on April 28, 2020.

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