Using Text to make your Parking Permit unique.

Parking professionals use text on their Hang Tag Parking Permits and Decal Parking Permits to clearly communicate important parking information. Let’s take a look at a few things you may want to consider when creating your parking permit, as well as some best practices about text usage.

What are you trying to say?

There’s not a lot of room on your parking permit, so you need to be clear and concise in your communication. The first step is to determine what information is most important for the parkers, and for the enforcement officers. It’s been our experience that these elements typically include:

  • Name of the organization (State University, ABC Corp, Hometown High School, etc.)
  • Permit Type (Student, Faculty/Staff, Employee, Resident, Commuter, Vendor, etc.)
  • Lot Designation (Lot A, Blue Lot, Main Parking Garage, etc.)
  • Expiration and/or Validation Date (Annual/Year, Season, Semester, Monthly, a Specific Date, etc.)

Font it.

There are thousands of type fonts, and selecting the right type font can make your parking permits readable or unreadable. When creating your permit, it’s recommended that your most important information be readable from a distance. Large, Bold fonts are easier to read at a distance, while script fonts and smaller point sizes are difficult to read.

Type Fonts from Type fonts at

Text Effects

Even simple fonts can be made exciting when text effects are applied. The most common text effects are the Drop Shadow and the Outline. Using either (or both) helps to separate the text from the background, which makes it easier to read.

Text Effects for

Using Drop Shadows and Outlines can make your text more readable.

More Text Effects

The online Design Tool at is easy to use, and enables you to apply a variety of Text Effects to your type. “Bulge”, “Pinch”, and “Valley” are just a few that are available from a menu of  different effects.

Text Effects at

Use Text Effects to customize your text.

When working with text effects, please use it sparingly – not all text needs an effect – remember that “too much of good thing, is a bad thing.”


Using proper font selection and text effects can make your Parking Permits unique.

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Before Font Selection and Text Effects

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After Font Selection and Text Effects








About the Company: Rydin Decal specializes in parking enforcement products to make your parking lots easier and safer to use. We offer customized parking hang tags and customized decals.

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One Response to Using Text to make your Parking Permit unique.

  1. Joni says:

    Tht’as going to make things a lot easier from here on out.

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