Advertising and Promotional Signs Part 1

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 Advertising and Promotional signs and displays a few examples of promos and ads people around the world encounter in their everyday life. 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).

Advertising / Promo signs

Secrets of Asia

Secrets of Asia [ large preview2 ]
"Sign with Top Secret Like Stamp." Created by James Woo3 from Malaysia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - secrets-of-asia4

Sarcasm in Email

Sarcasm in Email [ large preview5 ]
"Telephone company advertisement in Auckland, New Zealand." Photo taken by Frederick Lontok from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sarcasm-in-email6

This Way To Beer

This Way To Beer [ large preview7 ]
"A complex neon signage suspended as far out as possible to attract visitors to its bar. (Photo taken with Lubitel 2 on black and white medium format film)." Photo taken by Adelyn from Malaysia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - this-way-to-beer8

Nikon Advertisement at Night

Nikon Advertisement at Night [ large preview9 ]
"A Nikon advertisement signage shot at night." Photo taken by Kalpesh Ajugia10 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - nikon-advertisement-at-night11

Drink Coca-Cola In Bottles

Drink Coca-Cola In Bottles [ large preview12 ]
"Old Coca-Cola advertising." License: All Rights Reserved. Created by Ed Wheeler6013 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - drink-coca-cola-in-bottles14

Signage Ochestra

Signage Ochestra [ large preview15 ]
"The complex, colourful, squint-inducing signages of Hong Kong trying to outdo each other." Photo taken by Adelyn from Malaysia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signage-ochestra16

Save Up To 70 percent On Brand Name Furniture

Save Up To 70 percent On Brand Name Furniture [ large preview17 ]
"A semi trailer parked on the side of a highway as signage." Licensed: License. Designed by Horatio Baltz18 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - save-up-to-70-percent--on-brand-name-furniture19

Hive San Diego

Hive San Diego [ large preview20 ]
"A bright red sign with clean modern lines, offset by barbed wire and iron gates located in one of San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods." Photo taken by Rachel Goodwin21 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hive-san-diego22

Horror vacui

Horror vacui [ large preview23 ]
"The art of fear, Helsinki, Finland, July 2009." Licensed: Attribution. Designed by Cedric Solichon24 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - horror-vacui25

Brad Pitt For Mayor

Brad Pitt For Mayor [ large preview26 ]
"Because having a celebrity as Mayor is a great idea!" Photo taken by Riyad Mustapha3027 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - brad-pitt-for-mayor28

Thugs

Thugs [ large preview29 ]
"In Nova Scotia, they’re not called “thugs” they’re called TUGS!" Photo taken by Riyad Mustapha3027 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - thugs31

Movie Theater, Malmo, Sweden

Movie Theater, Malmo, Sweden [ large preview32 ]
"Neon Signage on Movie Theater in Malmo, Sweden." Photo taken by Gary Koutsoubis743633 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - movie-theater-malmo-sweden34

Oslo Neon

Oslo Neon [ large preview35 ]
"Neon Signage on Building in Oslo, Norway." Photo taken by Gary Koutsoubis743633 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - oslo-neon37

Coffee

Coffee [ large preview38 ]
"Hand painted sign in Kensington Market, Toronto." Created by Clint Turcotte39 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - coffee40

Bobo’s bubbles Laundromat

Bobo’s bubbles Laundromat [ large preview41 ]
"Illuminated advertising of a laundromat in Kensington, London." Photo taken by Michael Sinne42 from Deutschland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bobos-bubbles-laundromat43

Driver’s Ed

Driver’s Ed [ large preview44 ]
"A banged up bus advertising a driving school." Photo taken by Jason Gorbel45 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - drivers-ed46

Dont take it out

Dont take it out [ large preview47 ]
"Tfl sign in London." Photo taken by Emma Bayly from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-take-it-out48

Rock this way

Rock this way [ large preview49 ]
"Sign at the door of the Washington DC Hard Rock Cafe." Created by Francois Tornier from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rock-this-way50

Yoga meditation plakat

Yoga meditation plakat [ large preview51 ]
"Damaged poster for Yoga meditation." Created by Sabine Reichel52 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - yoga-meditation-plakat53

Open 24 Hours Fastfood Signage

Open 24 Hours Fastfood Signage [ large preview54 ]
"Signage for a fastfood chain indicating they are open 24 hours." Created by Marcelo Paulo55 from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - open-24-hours-fastfood-signage56

Coffee Shop Slogan

Coffee Shop Slogan [ large preview57 ]
"This coffee shop’s slogan is found in Chamonix, France.." Created by Melissa Henry from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - coffee-shop-slogan58

EOFF Electric Company

EOFF Electric Company [ large preview59 ]
"EOFF Electric Company sign on side of building in Portland, Oregon USA." License: All Rights Reserved. Created by Ed Wheeler6013 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - eoff-electric-company61

Shivam painters

Shivam painters [ large preview62 ]
"This picture was taken in the leh market." Photo taken by Tosha Jagad from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - shivam-painters63

Reserved Advertising Space

Reserved Advertising Space [ large preview64 ]
"In my country, every street lamp is advertising space." Licensed: Free. Designed by Vahid Smajlagic65 from BiH.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - reserved-advertising-space66

Beer depot

Beer depot [ large preview67 ]
"The Beer Depot sign at dusk." Licensed: Attribution-NonCommercial Creative Commons. Designed by Nathaniel Gittlen9468 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beer-depot69

Broadway at Night

Broadway at Night [ large preview70 ]
"Times Square comes alive at night." Photo taken by Nicole Newton71 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - broadway-at-night72

Las Vegas Lights

Las Vegas Lights [ large preview73 ]
"Signage on Strip in Las Vegas." Photo taken by Gary Koutsoubis743633 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - las-vegas-lights75

Joker

Joker [ large preview76 ]
"Pratter, Wien." Photo taken by Alex Buga77 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - joker78

Waterfront neon sign

Waterfront neon sign [ large preview79 ]
"Neon sign in Downton Disney Orlando." Licensed: Attribution-NonCommercial License. Photo taken by Edwin Lunandy80 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - waterfront-neon-sign81

YoYo

YoYo [ large preview82 ]
"Carnival ride." Licensed: This photo is the sole property of Tim Castrejon. Photo taken by Tim Castrejon8683 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - yoyo84

Tango

Tango [ large preview85 ]
"Tango Spinner." Licensed: This photo is the sole property of Tim Castrejon. Photo taken by Tim Castrejon8683 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tango87

Bar Sign

Bar Sign [ large preview88 ]
"Nighttime photo of a local bar sign." Photo taken by Dario Meniss from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bar-sign89

Venice Club

Venice Club [ large preview90 ]
"A beach side bar in Ito, Japan." Licensed: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Damien McMahon91 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - venice-club92

Michigan theater

Michigan theater [ large preview93 ]
"The Michigan Theater marquee in downtown Ann Arbor at night." Licensed: Attribution-NonCommercial Creative Commons. Photo taken by Nathaniel Gittlen9468 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - michigan-theater95

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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    What a fantastic collection of images! Readers may be interested to know that the Beer Depot Drive Thru sign was blown down in April of this year, and is in local legislative limbo, perhaps not to be restored. We’re seeking public input about restoring the landmark sign on our site at annarborbeerdepot.com/sos if anyone is interested in sharing their thoughts on the topic.

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