Abstract and Weird Signs Part 2

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest 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 preview ]
"Unknow sign to unknown location." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - putovanie-sign-()

Grand Dubrovnik

Grand Dubrovnik [ large preview ]
"Gradn Dubrovnik sign." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - grand-dubrovnik

Beach marker Texel

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beach-marker-texel

Close up Broken Signage

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

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

Backwards Sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - backwards-sign

Everything Will Be Ok

Everything Will Be Ok [ large preview ]
"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 Riggs from USA.

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

Hey! Over here

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hey-over-here

Creative Student Flyers

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - creative-student-flyers

Kamchatka ski baze

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - kamchatka-ski-baze-

Drain circle

Drain circle [ large preview ]
"Drain-circle." Photo taken by Mikkel Schebye Johnsen from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - drain-circle

Burned Memories

Burned Memories [ large preview ]
"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 Jensen from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - burned-memories

Retired on Broadway

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - retired-on-broadway

Power in the park

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

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

Going up together

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - going-up-together

43

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 43

London Eye logo

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-eye-logo

Play with size

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - play-with-size

Toast word wall

Toast word wall [ large preview ]
"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-wall

Sea Girt Lifeguard Stands

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

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

Imagination

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - imagination

Dad

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dad

Typewriter

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - typewriter

Communications

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - communications

Land

Land [ large preview ]
"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 Golovchinsky from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - land

Design

Design [ large preview ]
"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 Hiester from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - design

Rotterdam container terminal detail

Rotterdam container terminal detail [ large preview ]
"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-detail

Over Five Trillion Galaxies

Over Five Trillion Galaxies [ large preview ]
"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 Sweeney from USA.

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

Mirrored letters

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mirrored-letters

I am the bin Barselona

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

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

Haus signage

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - haus-signage

Mures

Mures [ large preview ]
"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 Clark from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mures

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:

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

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