Abstract and Weird Signs Part 2

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest1 by the readers of Smashing Magazine. We received over 2,500+ photos from our readers across the globe, and present a selection of the most interesting photos in the overview below.

The topic of this gallery is Abstract and Weird signs, i.e. signs that attract attention with their atypical look. Please notice: each photo has a certain license, provided in the description of the photo. Before using the images for private or commercial projects, make sure that the license allows you to do so. Also, you can click on the photos for a larger preview.

Please feel free to take a look at other submissions as well (links to other galleries are listed in the end of this gallery).

Abstract and Weird Photos / Signs

Putovanie Sign (?!)

Putovanie Sign (?!) [ large preview2 ]
"Unknow sign to unknown location." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos63 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - putovanie-sign-()4

Grand Dubrovnik

Grand Dubrovnik [ large preview5 ]
"Gradn Dubrovnik sign." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos63 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - grand-dubrovnik7

Beach marker Texel

Beach marker Texel [ large preview8 ]
"Beachhouse and marker on the Beach of texel, The Netherlands." Photo taken by Martijn Verwer9 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beach-marker-texel10

Close up Broken Signage

Close up Broken Signage [ large preview11 ]
"Close up of Signage graphics." Photo taken by Charlotte Simpson from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - close-up-broken-signage12

Backwards Sign

Backwards Sign [ large preview13 ]
"A photo from the other side of the entrance door into Wagamama." Photo taken by Charlotte Simpson from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - backwards-sign14

Everything Will Be Ok

Everything Will Be Ok [ large preview15 ]
"Photo of a randomly-placed positive message sticker. And, what do you know? Everything DID turn out OK." Licensed: Non-Commercial. Photo taken by Josh Riggs16 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - everything-will-be-ok17

Hey! Over here

Hey! Over here [ large preview18 ]
"Button of to call the stewardess." Photo taken by Carlos Prioglio19 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hey-over-here20

Creative Student Flyers

Creative Student Flyers [ large preview21 ]
"A flyer of high educational cost protest from Indonesian student, taken from University of Padjadjaran Bandung." Photo taken by Panji Firman Rahadi22 from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - creative-student-flyers23

Kamchatka ski baze

Kamchatka ski baze [ large preview24 ]
"Sign at a devastated Ski Base, Kamchatka, Russia." Photo taken by Dieter Veverka25 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - kamchatka-ski-baze-26

Drain circle

Drain circle [ large preview27 ]
"Drain-circle." Photo taken by Mikkel Schebye Johnsen28 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - drain-circle29

Burned Memories

Burned Memories [ large preview30 ]
"This was taken when I was using my friend (talis.dk)’s macro lens, it’s a burned down piece of newspaper I found in an empty fireplace." Photo taken by Philip Jensen31 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - burned-memories32

Retired on Broadway

Retired on Broadway [ large preview33 ]
"Old letter B from Broadway Theatre signage displayed in a window (San Diego)." Photo taken by Eduardo Garcia34 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - retired-on-broadway35

Power in the park

Power in the park [ large preview36 ]
"A rusted Pole transmits electricy to Butler Park, Austin, TX." Photo taken by Cristal Garcia from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - power-in-the-park37

Going up together

Going up together [ large preview38 ]
"End of the story. The best way to ride out hard time is friends’ help." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Mauro Bennici39 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - going-up-together40

43

43 [ large preview41 ]
"Number on an old wooden door. hdr shot." Photo taken by Jonas Ginter42 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 4343

London Eye logo

London Eye logo [ large preview44 ]
"London Eye logo from inside the cabin." Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Lajos Dioszegi45 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-eye-logo46

Play with size

Play with size [ large preview47 ]
"Design Center in Copenhagen, brilliantly played with sizing." Photo taken by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - play-with-size48

Toast word wall

Toast word wall [ large preview49 ]
"A decorated wall in a kitchen, bringing some CHEERS atmosphere inside the place." Photo taken by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - toast-word-wall50

Sea Girt Lifeguard Stands

Sea Girt Lifeguard Stands [ large preview51 ]
"The signage on Sea Girt, NJ lifeguard stands." Photo taken by Cary Liao52 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sea-girt-lifeguard-stands53

Imagination

Imagination [ large preview54 ]
"Polaroid taken of a sign Saying “Imagination” in Dutch." License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons. Photo taken by Jeroen Panjer55 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - imagination56

Dad

Dad [ large preview57 ]
"I love you” really means “I’m thinking about you." Photo taken by Clint Turcotte58 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dad59

Typewriter

Typewriter [ large preview60 ]
"My beloved old typewriter." License: Creative Common Attribution License. Photo taken by Robert Hoppe61 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - typewriter62

Communications

Communications [ large preview63 ]
"As seen on a steel door on a Seattle sidewalk." Photo taken by Stephen Harrison64 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - communications65

Land

Land [ large preview66 ]
"The Hollywood Sign used to read HOLLYWOODLAND until a storm tore the end down. CHinatown had a similar sign on a smaller scale, this is the tail end of that sign.." License: ©2010 Konstantin Golovchinsky, all rights reserved. Photo taken by Konstantin Golovchinsky67 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - land68

Design

Design [ large preview69 ]
"Looking up at cantilevered sign at New School for Design in NYC." License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Photo taken by Chris Hiester70 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - design71

Rotterdam container terminal detail

Rotterdam container terminal detail [ large preview72 ]
"A quick detail shot of the side of a straddle-carrier at the APM Terminal complex at Rotterdam port." Photo taken by Tobias Lassen from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rotterdam-container-terminal-detail73

Over Five Trillion Galaxies

Over Five Trillion Galaxies [ large preview74 ]
"Frank Chu campaigning to reclaim the money owed him for intergalactic broadcast rights to his childhood." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. Photo taken by M. Quinn Sweeney75 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - over-five-trillion-galaxies76

Mirrored letters

Mirrored letters [ large preview77 ]
"Mirrored Letters." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Alexander Snusmumric78 from Russia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mirrored-letters79

I am the bin Barselona

I am the bin Barselona [ large preview80 ]
"A helpful rubbish bin at the North Barcelona bus station." Licensed: Free use, just give me credit. Photo taken by John Mertens81 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - i-am-the-bin82

Haus signage

Haus signage [ large preview83 ]
"Detail of lettering on the Bauhaus Building facade in Dessau." Licensed: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Roberto Saba84 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - haus-signage85

Mures

Mures [ large preview86 ]
"Chipped UR on a heavily textured wall." Licensed: Copyright Steven Clark with permission granted to Smashing Magazine to use in relation to this competition. Photo taken by Steven Clark87 from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mures88

Thank you!

Thanks to all participants for taking their time for preparing and sending submissions for the contest and creating a unique and diversified gallery presented above. We truly appreciate and respect your efforts and your time, folks!

Further Galleries

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

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/putovanie-sign-()/full_a_putovanie.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/wwwdragos
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/putovanie-sign-()/full_a_putovanie.jpg
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/grand-dubrovnik/full_b_grand_dubrovnik.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/wwwdragos
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/grand-dubrovnik/full_b_grand_dubrovnik.jpg
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/beach-marker-texel/full_sign-beach-texel-thenetherlands.jpg
  9. 9 http://www.famili.nl
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/beach-marker-texel/full_sign-beach-texel-thenetherlands.jpg
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/close-up-broken-signage/full_close-up-broken-signage.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/close-up-broken-signage/full_close-up-broken-signage.jpg
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/backwards-sign/full_backwards-sign.jpg
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/backwards-sign/full_backwards-sign.jpg
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/everything-will-be-ok/full_everything-will-be-ok.jpg
  16. 16 http://joshrig.gs
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/everything-will-be-ok/full_everything-will-be-ok.jpg
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hey-over-here/full_hey-over-here.jpg
  19. 19 http://wwww.facebook.com/charlitoss
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hey-over-here/full_hey-over-here.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/creative-student-flyers/full_creative-student-flyers.jpg
  22. 22 http://wwww.matakita.net
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/creative-student-flyers/full_creative-student-flyers.jpg
  24. 24 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/kamchatka-ski-baze-/full_kamchatka-ski-baze-camel.jpg
  25. 25 http://www.pixelworx.cc
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/kamchatka-ski-baze-/full_kamchatka-ski-baze-camel.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/drain-circle/full_drain-circle.jpg
  28. 28 http://www.miklpikl.com
  29. 29 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/drain-circle/full_drain-circle.jpg
  30. 30 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/burned-memories/full_burned-memories.jpg
  31. 31 http://www.juicylight.com
  32. 32 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/burned-memories/full_burned-memories.jpg
  33. 33 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/retired-on-broadway/full_retired-on-broadway.jpg
  34. 34 http://eddeezy.com
  35. 35 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/retired-on-broadway/full_retired-on-broadway.jpg
  36. 36 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/power-in-the-park/full_power-in-the-park.jpg
  37. 37 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/power-in-the-park/full_power-in-the-park.jpg
  38. 38 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/going-up-together/full_03-going-up-together.jpg
  39. 39 http://365photopaths.blogspot.com
  40. 40 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/going-up-together/full_03-going-up-together.jpg
  41. 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/43/full_number-43-on-wooden-door.jpg
  42. 42 http://www.jonasginter.de
  43. 43 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/43/full_number-43-on-wooden-door.jpg
  44. 44 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/london-eye-logo/full_london-eye-london.jpg
  45. 45 http://www.dixiworld.com
  46. 46 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/london-eye-logo/full_london-eye-london.jpg
  47. 47 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/play-with-size/full_play-with-size.jpg
  48. 48 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/play-with-size/full_play-with-size.jpg
  49. 49 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/toast-word-wall/full_toast-word-wall.jpg
  50. 50 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/toast-word-wall/full_toast-word-wall.jpg
  51. 51 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sea-girt-lifeguard-stands/full_sea-girt-lifeguard-stands.jpg
  52. 52 http://caryliao.com
  53. 53 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sea-girt-lifeguard-stands/full_sea-girt-lifeguard-stands.jpg
  54. 54 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/imagination/full_imagination.jpg
  55. 55 http://www.jeroenpanjer.nl
  56. 56 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/imagination/full_imagination.jpg
  57. 57 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dad/full_dad.jpg
  58. 58 http://cuedesign.ca
  59. 59 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dad/full_dad.jpg
  60. 60 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/typewriter/full_typewriter.jpg
  61. 61 http://www.katado.com
  62. 62 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/typewriter/full_typewriter.jpg
  63. 63 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/communications/full_communications.jpg
  64. 64 http://www.stephensharrison.com
  65. 65 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/communications/full_communications.jpg
  66. 66 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/land/full_chinatown-land.jpg
  67. 67 http://www.bespokephoto.com
  68. 68 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/land/full_chinatown-land.jpg
  69. 69 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/design/full_new-school-for-design-newyork.jpg
  70. 70 http://tinpanvalley.com
  71. 71 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/design/full_new-school-for-design-newyork.jpg
  72. 72 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rotterdam-container-terminal-detail/full_rotterdam-container-terminal-detail.jpg
  73. 73 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rotterdam-container-terminal-detail/full_rotterdam-container-terminal-detail.jpg
  74. 74 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/over-five-trillion-galaxies/full_over-five-trillion-galaxies.jpg
  75. 75 http://nermo.com
  76. 76 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/over-five-trillion-galaxies/full_over-five-trillion-galaxies.jpg
  77. 77 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mirrored-letters/full_mirrored-letters.jpg
  78. 78 http://home.hmurr.ru
  79. 79 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mirrored-letters/full_mirrored-letters.jpg
  80. 80 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-am-the-bin/full_i-am-the-bin-barcelona.jpg
  81. 81 http://mertonium.com
  82. 82 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-am-the-bin/full_i-am-the-bin-barcelona.jpg
  83. 83 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/haus-signage/full_haus-signage.jpg
  84. 84 http://www.fotothing.com/Ro73
  85. 85 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/haus-signage/full_haus-signage.jpg
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  87. 87 http://stevenclarkstudio.com
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  89. 89 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  90. 90 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  91. 91 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  93. 93 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  94. 94 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  95. 95 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  96. 96 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  97. 97 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  98. 98 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  99. 99 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  100. 100 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  101. 101 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  102. 102 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  105. 105 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  106. 106 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  107. 107 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  108. 108 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  109. 109 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  110. 110 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  111. 111 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  112. 112 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  114. 114 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  115. 115 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  117. 117 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  118. 118 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  119. 119 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  120. 120 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
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  122. 122 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  123. 123 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  124. 124 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  125. 125 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  126. 126 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  127. 127 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  128. 128 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  129. 129 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  130. 130 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  131. 131 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  132. 132 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  133. 133 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  134. 134 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  135. 135 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
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  137. 137 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  138. 138 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  139. 139 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/

Katrín Svana Eyþórsdóttir is a media artist and designer from Iceland. You can follow her on twitter.

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