The Beauty Of Public Signage: Photo Contest Results

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In August we announced the World Of Signage Photo Contest1, in which we encouraged designers, artists and photographers to go out with their cameras, shoot attractive typography and public signage and send us the results. The more obvious subjects we received were street signs, building facades, highway markers and road signs, as well as wayfinding graphics (i.e. directional signage) in public venues, subway signs, hotel and office signs and signs in shops, too.

And The Winner Is…

Suicide signage [ large preview2 ]
"Photo taken in the tube in Paris." Photo taken by Julian Salaun53 from France.

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The winner of the digital SLR camera, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS (EOS 1000D) is Julian Salaun53 for his photo “Suicide Signage”, taken in the underground tube in Paris. That’s a sign you wouldn’t normally notice; the unconventional perspective is attention-grabbing and makes the photo stand out with its almost ironic placement. Very unique, very original shot. Congratulations to you! (You should have been contacted by now.)

2,500+ submissions, 51 categories

We received almost everything one could think of. The response was overwhelming and truly smashing: overall, we received over 2,500 photos, some of which, though, didn’t pass our automated processing or didn’t fit our guidelines.

Overall, almost 1,500 photos are presented in 51 galleries below. With so many emails from so many people across the world, sorting the submissions manually was a daunting task. But that’s what we had to do. It took a lot of time, even with every member of our team spending a significant amount of time reviewing and grouping the photos. Interestingly, the most popular kinds of photos were road and street signs6 and warning and danger signs7, followed by train and airport signs8, venue signs9 and, of course, WC (restroom) signs10. We noticed that some photographers shot the same places at different times — what curious coincidences those were!

Showcase

Now, finally, the results are online. Initially, we planned to add personal comments to each one, but that would have taken months. Out of sympathy for our media servers, we have split the submissions across several pages, all linked below. Please check out the pages and comment on the photos you like best. We also hope we have achieved the goal of the contest: to provide our readers with useful and creative ideas on how designers worldwide combine type, visual design and pictograms in public signage.

Showcase Of Most Interesting Submissions

Some of the most interesting, creative and original submissions are presented below. Please note: each photo comes with a license, noted in the description of the photo. Before using the images for personal or commercial projects, make sure the license allows you to do so. Also, you can click on the photos for larger versions.

Station Shop

Station Shop [ large preview62 ]
"Please use other door – Station Shop." Created by John Kilpatrick63 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - station-shop64

Subway Scratch Off

Subway Scratch Off [ large preview65 ]
"Subway sign for center city Philly @ Market East Station." Created by Carissa Katz11366 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - subway-scratch-off67

Beware of Falling Coconuts

Beware of Falling Coconuts [ large preview68 ]
"Heard about ‘Beware of dogs but coconuts?’." Created by Kisan Bhat69 from India.

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From here you can go anywhere

From here you can go anywhere [ large preview71 ]
"Should i see Skadarlija, Skopje, Moscow, maybe Moon? I think I’ll go for a drink at “Sesir Moj 2″." License: CC BY-NC-ND. Created by Marko Rosic72 from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - from-here-you-can-go-anywhere73

Don’t even think of parking here

Don’t even think of parking here [ large preview74 ]
"The picture was taken in NYC in 2009." Designed by Stefan Vogel75 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-even-think-of-parking-here76

Chinatown San Fran

Chinatown San Fran [ large preview77 ]
"The main street that runs through Chinatown in San Francisco is Grant Street. Here the local color can be seen in the background of the sign." Created by Jen Mabe78 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chinatown-san-fran79

Caixa Forum Pictograms

Caixa Forum Pictograms [ large preview80 ]
"Signage from Caixa Forum museum in Barcelona, minimalistic & neat: Pictograms." Created by Ivana Vasilj81 from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - caixa-forum-pictograms82

Name temple signage

Name temple signage [ large preview83 ]
"Name of temple." Photo taken by Bob Soo Kar Shun84 from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - name-temple-signage85

Train

Train [ large preview86 ]
"Train Signs." Designed by Anselm Christophersen18587 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - train88

Skövde Central Station Sign

Skövde Central Station Sign [ large preview89 ]
"A really beautiful, accessible and easy to understand sign on a Central Station in Skövde. The sign illustrates bus station, taxi and train platforms. Note that everything is also written in Braille code." Designed by Igor Jovic90 from Sweden.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - skovde--central-station-sign91

FLine Up

Line Up [ large preview92 ]
"Lining up at Incheon International Airport in South Korea." Licensed: Copyright. Designed by Aurus Sy93 from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - line-up94

Number 2 Is Open

Number 2 Is Open [ large preview95 ]
"These are personal FedEx Kinkos Booths open to the public. Notice how the signs are slightly angled so they attract attention from down the hall instead of being flat on the surface of the doors… and aren’t the colors just wonderful." Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Designed by Stephanie King96 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - number-2-is-open97

Wyatt’s Confusion

Wyatt’s Confusion [ large preview98 ]
"SCCC 2010 graphic design student, Wyatt stands amongst many directional signs, slightly puzzled." Photo taken by Chelsey Scheffe99 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wyatts-confusion100

Architect’s Gateway

Architect’s Gateway [ large preview101 ]
"3 doors from the side of a building with signage of what an Architect does." Licensed: Royalty Free (RF) images. Designed by Ellson Yap102 from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - architects-gateway103

Beware, polar bears !

Beware, polar bears ! [ large preview104 ]
"Photo taken near Longyearbyen in Svalbard (or Spitzbergen), Norway, in October 2009. This photo shows the non attention paid to the sign, as the lady runs towards the land, where the bears are, as the sign says to beware of polar bears “In the entire Svalbard”." Created by Brian MathÈ105 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beware,-polar-bears-!106

Vacancy

Vacancy [ large preview107 ]
"Lake Wales – roadside signs: Permanent Vacancy." Created by Angela Wilson from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vacancy108

1833 Salamanca

1833 Salamanca [ large preview109 ]
"Metal shelled sign filled with original convict mined sandstone blocks." Licensed: Copyright Steven Clark with permission granted to Smashing Magazine to use in relation to this competition. Designed by Steven Clark110 from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 1833-salamanca111

Udderly Tall

Udderly Tall [ large preview112 ]
"Best place in town for sweet iced tea & your weekly 2%." Created by Carissa Katz11366 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - udderly-tall114

Mixed Signals

Mixed Signals [ large preview115 ]
"Open, closed, I’m there…?" Photo taken by Kent Downer116 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mixed-signals117

Welcome to Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City [ large preview118 ]
"A sign that pretty much sums of living in the city of salt." Created by Shauna Ehninger119 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - welcome-to-salt-lake-city120

Up the 101

Up the 101 [ large preview121 ]
"This photo was taken at the famous Taipei 101 building. What amazed me is that each floor you went they would write the height of the building. Clear fonts with an inviting graphics." Photo taken by Michelle Pei Ting Huang122 from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - up-the-101123

Magic numbers

Magic numbers [ large preview124 ]
"House numbers in brass in the evening." Photo taken by Jaina125 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - magic-numbers126

The Room Number

The Room Number [ large preview127 ]
"A Picture of a hostel room in thailand." License: Creative Common Attribution License. Created by Robert Hoppe128 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-room-number129

Zetland House Type

Zetland House Type [ large preview130 ]
"My work is in this building with really great giant type for the floor markings." Photo taken by Rachel Lipsitz131 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - zetland-house-type132

High voltage

High voltage [ large preview133 ]
"A warning sign in an Indian train." Created by Harald Krefting134 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - high-voltage135

Steep Hahnenkamm

Steep Hahnenkamm [ large preview136 ]
"Hahnenkamm Ski Slope in Kitzbuhel, Austria." Photo taken by Gary Toriello137 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - steep-hahnenkamm138

Dangerman

Dangerman [ large preview139 ]
"This is a danger sign found on truck carrying inflammable material in Mumbai. Danger comes in all sizes and flavors :)." Designed by Charvi Mohan Sarfare140 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dangerman141

End

End [ large preview142 ]
"A nice looking warning in Hong Kong about the end of a pedestrian zone." Licensed: Free use, just give me credit. Designed by John Mertens143 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - end144

Monsoon Morning

Monsoon Morning [ large preview145 ]
"Taken today around 8am from tube station." Licensed: Free. Designed by Yatrik Vyas146 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - monsoon-morning147

No jumping be careful the safe

No jumping be careful the safe [ large preview148 ]
"Picture taken during my trip to Huashan Mountain in China in 2007." License: Free. Created by Yann Lorber149 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe150

The Exclusion Zone

The Exclusion Zone [ large preview151 ]
"The Exclusion Zone of Novosibirsk Hydropower Station." Photo taken by Maria Demina from Russia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-exclusion-zone152

Tehran metro exit

Tehran metro exit [ large preview153 ]
"Tehran Metro Bi-Language Exit Sign." Designed by Arash Haji Vaziri154 from Iran.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tehran-metro-exit155

Handrail signage for blind person

Handrail signage for blind person [ large preview156 ]
"Staircases’ handrails provide information label for blind people in one of the Nagoya’s (Japan) underground. As easy to notice there are braille characters on the left side of the handrail." Licensed: Photo was taken by myself. Designed by Piotr Domowicz157 from Poland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - handrail-signage-for-blind-person158

Vienna Subway Map

Vienna Subway Map [ large preview159 ]
"Vienna Subway Map. I really love the use of Helvetica" Created by Alex Buga160 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vienna-subway-map161

Waiting at Gate #3

Waiting at Gate #3 [ large preview162 ]
"Photo was taken while waiting for a flight connection to Brazil in Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay." Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike License. Designed by Fernando Maclen169163 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - waiting-at-gate-3164

Signage dock E zurich 1

Signage dock E zurich 1 [ large preview165 ]
"Zurich Airport Dock E, main walls in the (Sky) Metro station." Licensed: Sascha Török – Wirksame Gestaltung. Designed by Sascha Török166 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signage-dock-e-zurich-1167

Pit Stop

Pit Stop [ large preview168 ]
"Photo was taken while waiting for a flight connection to Brazil in Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay." Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike License. Designed by Fernando Maclen169163 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - pit-stop170

Texturized wall

Texturized wall [ large preview171 ]
"A wall in Hamburg airport, literally texturize with text." Designed by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - texturized-wall172

Cphan Look Right Hongkong

Cphan Look Right Hongkong [ large preview173 ]
"The sign in Air Asia Airplane that I shot during my travel." Designed by Christina Phan174 from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cphan-look-right-hongkong175

Filling The White Space

Filling The White Space [ large preview176 ]
"Landing Site on Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong." Licensed: cc by-nc. Designed by Andrea Surwillo from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - filling-the-white-space177

Indian Railway reservation chart table

Indian Railway reservation chart table [ large preview178 ]
"Indian’s Railway reservation chart table." License: Copyrighted. Created by Sroan Sergei Graovac179 from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - indian-railway-reservation-chart-table180

Airport Security Check

Airport Security Check [ large preview181 ]
"Security at airport." Created by balajee182 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - airport-security-check183

Bike sign

Bike sign [ large preview184 ]
"Bike Sign." Photo taken by Anselm Christophersen18587 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bike-sign186

Three Signs In A Row

Three Signs In A Row [ large preview187 ]
"I liked the three layers of the signs. One on the glas window, one behind on the wall, and the reflection of one sign on the oppsite side of the glas window.." Designed by Andris Linz188 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - three-signs-in-a-rowl189

Port Sign Boote

Port Sign Boote [ large preview190 ]
"Simple port sign photo in Austria." Designed by Olariu Ionel191 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - port-sign-boote192

Everywhichway

Everywhichway [ large preview193 ]
"California Science Center." Designed by Enrico Santana from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - everywhichway194

Valley of the kings

Valley of the kings [ large preview195 ]
"Valley of the kings tombs Egypt." Designed by Kristina Ivandic from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - valley-of-the-kings196

New York Tourism

New York Tourism [ large preview197 ]
"A directional sign located in Battery Park, New York, USA." Photo taken by Tracey L. Warner from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - new-york-tourism198

Rock and roll is here

Rock and roll is here [ large preview199 ]
"Just ran into an interesting scene, which is about a sign of a livehouse in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan." Photo taken by Terry Lai from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rock-and-roll-is-here200

Life at cross roads

Life at cross roads [ large preview201 ]
"Shot at Tamilnadu, India." Created by Subinkrishna Gopi202 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - life-at-cross-roads203

Signs to far destinations

Signs to far destinations [ large preview204 ]
"Signs to destinations all over the world in Gran Canaria." License: Creative Commons by-nc. Created by Misel Radosavac205 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signs-to-far-destinations206

Right Way

Right Way [ large preview207 ]
"Boracay island Philippines alleyway." Created by David Coates from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - right-way208

ParkInside

ParkInside [ large preview209 ]
"Beautiful vintage, grunge sign found in St. Louis. Taken with iPhone." Photo taken by Phil Franks210 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - parkinside211

Main road signage

Main road signage [ large preview212 ]
"Hand painted on a block of a pointed shaped stone indicating that this road is the 1st main road." Photo taken by Heya Basu213 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - main-road-signage214

Look

Look [ large preview215 ]
"Whimsical, typographic message with a hint of pictogram via the small dots in the O’s, creating a subtle pair of eyes." Photo taken by Jason Bequette216 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - look217

Exnersvej

Exnersvej [ large preview218 ]
"My street sign." Created by Achille Marotta219 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exnersvej220

Bump

Bump [ large preview221 ]
"Sometime a little bump on the road can save you." Designed by Md. Zabir Hasan222 from Bangladesh.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bump223

Play with size

Play with size [ large preview224 ]
"Design Center in Copenhagen, brilliantly played with sizing." Photo taken by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - play-with-size225

Choosing the right way

Choosing the right way [ large preview226 ]
"First photo of a short story. You have to choose your way to the divinity." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Designed by Ester Liquori227 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - choosing-the-right-way228

Bike parking sign

Bike parking sign [ large preview229 ]
"A bike parking sign in the city of Heraklion, watch for the city’s sign up and left." Licensed: Royalty Free. Designed by Miljkovic Milos230 from Greece.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bike-parking-sign231

Cryptic writings

Cryptic writings [ large preview232 ]
"Letters in a parking garace in Helsinki. Not very informative." Created by Erkki Punttila233 from Finland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cryptic-writings234

No parking

No parking [ large preview235 ]
"Hand painted sign." Designed by Travers Smyth236 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-parking237

Which Way

Which Way [ large preview238 ]
"The traffic light tree (London) here could repesent the confusion we face in our lives deciding which way to go." Designed by Hazem Lashin from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - which-way239

Corner in Primary

Corner in Primary [ large preview240 ]
"A highway billboard in New Mexico getting a fresh coat of primary colors." Licensed: Copyright. Designed by Gavin Todes241 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - corner-in-primary242

Don’t go right

Don’t go right [ large preview243 ]
"Signs on a freeway in Lima Peru." Photo taken by Rodrigo Apolaya244 from Peru.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-go-right245

Tandem signage

Tandem signage [ large preview246 ]
"Strange tandem signage in Spain." Photo taken by Jonas Ginter247 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tandem-signage248

Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan [ large preview249 ]
"Ballyvaughan, Ireland." Created by Mary Lemcke250 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ballyvaughan251

Ecuador Sign, Ecuador

Ecuador Sign, Ecuador [ large preview252 ]
"This photo shows both the coordinates of the location, as well as the actual line passing below the sign to mark the equator, or “The Middle of the World” as they call it in Ecuador." Photo taken by Tessa K. Marmion from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ecuador-sign-ecuador253

Mount Maido’s direction

Mount Maido’s direction [ large preview254 ]
"Mount Maïdo’s handwriting direction on a rock." Created by Cédric Albrecht255 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mount-maidos-direction256

Berlin Street Signs

Berlin Street Signs [ large preview257 ]
"Street signs in Berlin-Kreuzberg, with the characteristic German ‘eszett’ and several ‘tz’ ligatures." License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/. Created by Florian Hardwig258 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - berlin-street-signs259

Last Click

Good Morning Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine [ large preview260 ]
"One of the morning sun shines in Glasgow at Tchai Ovna." Photo taken by Shalmali Patkar261 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - good-morning-sunshine262

Alborzmountain

Alborzmountain [ large preview263 ]
"A part of Alborz Mountain with above 4100m height." Licensed: © Payam Hamzei. Designed by Payam Hamzei264 from Iran.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - alborzmountain265

Thanks!

Thanks to all participants for taking the time to prepare and submit their photos for this contest and for contributing to the unique and diverse gallery presented here. We truly appreciate and respect your effort and time, folks. And please stay tuned for our next contest! Let us know what kind of contest you would like it to be; we look forward to your comments in this post!

Further Galleries

You may want to take a look at other contest galleries, too:

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/16/the-world-of-signage-photo-contest-join-in-and-win-an-slr-camera/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/suicide-signage/full_suicide-signage.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.lemonsquash.org
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  5. 5 http://www.lemonsquash.org
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
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  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
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  39. 39 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  40. 40 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  41. 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  42. 42 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
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  56. 56 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  57. 57 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
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  61. 61 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/
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  63. 63 http://www.cola-b.com
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  285. 285 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  286. 286 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  287. 287 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  288. 288 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  289. 289 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  290. 290 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  291. 291 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  292. 292 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  293. 293 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  294. 294 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  295. 295 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  296. 296 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  297. 297 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  298. 298 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  299. 299 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  300. 300 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  301. 301 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  302. 302 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  303. 303 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  304. 304 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  305. 305 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  306. 306 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  307. 307 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  308. 308 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  309. 309 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  310. 310 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  311. 311 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  312. 312 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  313. 313 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  314. 314 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  315. 315 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  316. 316 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/

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  1. 1

    So many great shots! I am SO surprised by the photo you chose as the winner though; one of the most boring ones on the page IMO.

    • 2

      mike i, thank you for your opinion. We are always glad to receive constructive criticism. Could you please describe photos from this page that you think should win the contest? Can you please be more concrete?

      • 3

        Sure thing. It’s just that the photo you chose has no emotion to it. You said you wouldn’t notice it, which isn’t true. If it’s a double track than there are people standing on the other side of the tracks, that’s who this sign is faced at. So everybody sees it. It’s not ironic to put a sign saying not to jump on the tracks right next to the tracks, it wouldn’t do much good in the bathroom.

        As for better choices: polar bears, 1833 salamanca, end, no jumping be careful the safe.

        But my choice would be “Corner in Primary”. To me this is a perfect example of good photography. It’s stopping a moment in time that will never be seen again. The sign looked different yesterday, and it will look different tomorrow. And it’s cool how the sign can still be read even though it’s being worked on.

        Just my opinion :)

        • 4

          I must say I completely agree with Mike, I was so surprised (and disapointed) when I saw the winning picture. I guess you didn’t know that the sign was put there so that people standing on the other side could see it.
          My favorites : No jumping be careful the safe, Texturized wall and Which Way

          • 5

            First: Congratulations to Julian Salaun.

            I have to agree with the above. The sign is on the opposite side of a platform – so anyone standing on the actual platform can see it. Making your reasoning for the win … well … it was a free competition and great work looking through all those photos.

          • 6

            I too agree with mike…..

            And Voting system could be a better idea to select finalists…..
            just a suggestion….

  2. 7

    Um, not to be rude to another fellow artist, but this picture is just not that great. if he took in on the tracks, that would have been better (risk for a great shot counts for something, no?)…even the composition is wonky. The sign itself is neither unique nor otherwise captivating.

    Essentially, i’m wondering how this managed to win. It just doesn’t deserve it compared to the many, many better submissions. The judges must have been smoking that really good stuff :P

    • 8

      We are always glad to receive constructive criticism. The idea mattered more than the execution in this contest. Could you please describe photos that you think should win the contest? Can you please be more concrete?

  3. 9

    Congratulations to winner and to Smashingmagazine, really great job.
    I wish more creative contest like this one on SM.

  4. 11

    Some fantastic photos here, I should have got round to taking one too. Particularly love the Salt Lake City and Battery park sign.

    I can see why you chose the winner but I’m not all that convinced myself.

  5. 12

    Congrats to the winner! And thanks for this contest! Loads of really nice, funny etc etc pics. I wouldn’t like to choose one myself…

    I would like if I may… any chance to see participants to vote for their best photos?

    ps: there is no accounting for taste.

  6. 13

    Congratulations to Julian Salaun. Thanks to Smashing Magazine.
    How about a contest like this for every month ? :)
    How about readers can vote too ?

  7. 14

    Well done Smashing Magazine!
    Very great job!

  8. 15

    Wow what great submissions. Many congrats to Julian, really nice photo. and yes thank you Smashing Mag for a fun contest.

    Erecia

  9. 16

    huhu, I am not selected,
    but I am happy coz my photos wan’t that much good :)

  10. 17

    Congratulations, appreciate the idea, and hope seeing over here.

    I regard the opinion about the poorest choice that was made. I can find plenty of others photos which better fill the accuracy asked by the contest. I may understand your criteria because on some originality of the sign. Not being disrespectful to the winner, but I absolutely can find better ones following the typography concepts and also originality.

    Particularly, really like the “Bike parking sign”, for example.

    Keila

  11. 18

    Hello,

    I love this website, and all its ressources, so thanks a lot for sharing your passion, and making us able to improve our skills.

    As I saw only one picture in the snow, I thought this could have been part of your selection.
    Maybe I’m wrong, mabybe it’s not worth the share, but anyway, take a look:
    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4242515710_c1867c9ea9_b.jpg

    Greetings from France,

    Alex

  12. 21

    Congratulation Julian! Your picture is quite interesting indeed.

  13. 22

    Thanks for the contest and the great diversity, Vitaly. My favorites, in order:
    1. Mixed signals (funny on so many levels, but being a State Farm Insurance office sends it over the top)
    2. Rock and roll (commentary by the dog makes it)
    3. No jumping (I wonder what the fine is for jumping. Oh.)
    4. Caixa pictograms (Good signage, great juxtaposition)
    5. Don’t even THINK (so New York)

  14. 23

    Looking forward to see similar contest in the future.

  15. 24

    No words!!!
    Simply a complete world tour!
    Congratulations for the idea.

  16. 25

    Aah I’m glad you chose my picture for the showcase (polar bears), I knew there were some potential lovers of this one ! I didn’t win the SLR though, but that makes you all know the website I designed for the round the world cycling adventure we prepared during 2 years with friends :)

    Like many others, I’m a bit disappointed by the winner. But great submissions everyone ! Can’t wait to see other contests like that !

  17. 26

    Thanks for this Vitaly. Its lovely to see different signage and get ideas from all over the planet. Im sure it took alot of your time. Its much appreciated.

  18. 27

    Personally I love the winning entry! Beautiful signage can often be the most subtle of things; it’s those little warnings that always attract my interest. Way to go!

  19. 28

    Great collection! Really cool to see that Smashing Magazine has moved so many people all over the world in taking pictures of all kinds of signs!

    I like the No Jumping Sign, Polar Beers and the Falling Coconuts.

    I also think that the winning picture is not the best. However I do like the photo after all he risked his life to take the picture! :D

  20. 29

    What a fantastic competition! Well done to everyone involved. I’m sure it was very hard to narrow down a winner. Wish I was in time to submit some of my signage photos I just got in France.

  21. 30

    L’image choisie est vraiment une des plus moches. Merci

  22. 31

    A suggestion.
    Every eye forms its own beauty and it’s hard to say: this photo is the best and these are just good. Maybe you should think of putting out 10 best photos and let users of SM to choose the best. I’m sure every vote would have its own argument. It’s just my opinion.

    I think these contests are great, and I would participate in this one if the deadline wouldn’t be to soon:)

  23. 32

    The “unconventional perspective” of the winning picture makes it so that you can’t even read the sign! Every other picture shows the text.

  24. 34

    Very upset too,

    The winner photo is nothing special. That sign is from passengers for the other side, so not that ironical placement. Anyway, just my opinion.

    So many others shot deserved the winning price.

    And yes, I’m a bit jealous to not either be selected. I was refreshing this page so many time since one month !

    Long life to Smashing Magazine. You are making me improving everydays.

  25. 35

    Oh wow, those are some really cool signs dude. Good picks!

    Lou

  26. 36

    I am amazed by the pure diversification and wonderfully creative imagery this contest generated. Hail Smashing Magazine!

  27. 37

    great contest but I don’t like the winner photo, I also love the idea of one contest every month, thank you Smashing!

  28. 38

    I cant remember the brief, but I would of thought the quality of photo would win not the just the idea. Concept, execution and something that really catches your eye would be all things I would look for in a winning picture.

    I mean congrats to the winner still…..but like the majority I disagree and find nearly all the other photos ahead of this.

    I didnt enter this one…but the next one I definitely will!

  29. 39

    thanks, i am featured :) congratulations to the winner and many thanks to smashing for this initiative!

  30. 40

    cool.. congr8s..

  31. 41

    Many congratulations Charvi for getting featured… great work smashing magazine for such an initiative

  32. 42

    Love seeing all these images from around the world.Thanks Smashing…

  33. 43

    Many thanks to SM for putting up my image and congrats to the winner.

  34. 44

    Wonderful… i have no words to tell LOL ;)

  35. 45

    I loved this series of road signs and various public information signals.
    I have taken pictures of a fewsuch signs which make me laugh too…

    One may wonder how the people how posted them didn’t see the fun in them? Or Did they???

  36. 46

    Congratulations to the winner…

  37. 47

    I really like the winning image, because of the unique position the sign is in, and the risk the photographer took to get onto the tracks and take the picture.
    I also like ‘No jumping be careful the safe’, showing the different ranges of the mountains emphasises the message on the sign board really well.

  38. 48

    What if this is not a double-track and the sign really can be seen from standing on the tracks only?? (I suppose the picture itself is taken from the platform, with the camera hand-held next to the sign. I am right?)

    Congrats to the winner — but let me also say that I liked most of the other submissions (featured here) as well! Some very good ones between them!

  39. 49

    Just to say that mister Julien Salaun don’t own the right to use a picture taken in the Paris Subway.
    The copyright is the property of RATP (Transports in Paris). I’m quite sure that he have not the permission to use it.

  40. 52

    I’m also a bit surprised with the winning picture, i think there are others that should deserve the prize the best, such as “No Jumping, Be Careful the Safe” (very nice to remember trekkers not to jump into the emptiness!!), the “Airport Security Check” (very funny sign, with the security guy with some type of mirror), the Moon one (just crazy in my opinion) or even the so-impressive “Which way” (is it really useful in real life?).
    I think that next time the internauts should have the opportunity to represent a part of the vote as well :)
    And yes, i also must say that the winning sign is very visible for those passengers waiting on the other side platform, so i don’t understand what makes the winning picture special… also it’s not well taken in terms of that it’s not possible to actually read it…
    I would like to know what are the criteria used in the contest, that would help to understand the final desicion :)
    Anyway, great iniciative for Smashing Magazine! :)

  41. 53

    Thank you for the hard work Vitaly !
    Congrats to the winner :) I like the fun bit of the picture :)
    But I have a preference for “Which Way”.
    And very glad to read nice comments about my picture : “No jumping be careful the safe”

  42. 54

    Congratulations to the winner! Thanks for recognising mine among showcase of other Interesting.

  43. 57

    These are great! I’m actually really impressed with ParkInside, because (and this is my non-photographer showing, I’m sure) it was taken with an iPhone. I wouldn’t have guessed.

  44. 58

    “its almost ironic placement”

    Assuming you mean the sign’s ironic placement, there’s nothing ironic about it. It’s telling you “don’t climb down here, because if you do you’ll die.” Where do you expect them to place such a sign?

  45. 59

    Keep Posting, Thumbs Up Mate !

  46. 60

    Congratulations to the winner, and it’s cool to have been a part of this with so many other signage photos from around the world. Thanks!

  47. 61

    Some great examples of type here. I love this sort of thing. If I had seen this I would have submitted some of the many photos I have myself.

    When I was in Havana I found some fantastic examples of type like this. I hope you won’t mind me adding this link as I think it fits perfectly with the examples above. I hope others agree.

    http://www.grantdavey.co.uk/blog/february-10/found-havana-typography.php

    Thanks for a great website and another great post.

  48. 62

    Congrats to the winners and all the others who managed to get on this page.

  49. 63

    Congratulations to the winner! Good work smashing magazine :)

  50. 64

    sorry for the winner, but I’m also very surprised by the choice.

    and like some people have said… the placement is not ironical at all because it’s perfectly visible from the other platform.

    I prefer the mixed signals

    • 65

      I agree, after leaving a while in Paris and using a lot the ”metropolitain”, every random users know that is visible from the opposite platform !

      All pictures are nice anyway, well done !

  51. 66

    Congratulation to the winners…why not have one topic every 15 days for photography contest…SM?

  52. 67

    Yeah !!! I’m from paris too , so glad its the winner nice shot and congrat to all people who participated !!!

  53. 68

    Don’t you people understand that the sign is there so that the people on the other side of the track can read it? Is this a winner picture? I think its lame and completely stupid, no offense to the photographer, it could be that he or she never saw a subway, just like the jury.

  54. 69

    I have to say that I think the winner is the sign for “Beware, polar bears!” It’s really emotionally evocative and goes beyond capturing just an interesting/clever sign. Great job!

  55. 70

    In the winning image, the sign is meant to be viewed by people on the opposing platform. Signs like it appear all over European underground rail networks. They’re as common as mud.

  56. 71

    Awesome Collection Dude ! Keep it up Greatest Post…

  57. 72

    Hello,
    I know that Contest is over, but week ago I came back from Barcelona and I found this wonderful sign ;)

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_-o8IgF7GNtE/TKH8aTD8XII/AAAAAAAAAFM/FP86LOt9Rlk/s512/DSC_0521.JPG

  58. 73

    This page doens’t seem to work, lead to error page:
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/

  59. 75

    As a photographer, I am shocked by the winning entry.

    …don’t ask me to be concrete with my opinion. You repeated that 333 times I see.

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