Advertising and Promotional Signs Part 1

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 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 preview ]
"Sign with Top Secret Like Stamp." Created by James Woo from Malaysia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - secrets-of-asia

Sarcasm in Email

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sarcasm-in-email

This Way To Beer

This Way To Beer [ large preview ]
"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-beer

Nikon Advertisement at Night

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

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

Drink Coca-Cola In Bottles

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

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

Signage Ochestra

Signage Ochestra [ large preview ]
"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-ochestra

Save Up To 70 percent On Brand Name Furniture

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

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

Hive San Diego

Hive San Diego [ large preview ]
"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 Goodwin from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hive-san-diego

Horror vacui

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - horror-vacui

Brad Pitt For Mayor

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

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

Thugs

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - thugs

Movie Theater, Malmo, Sweden

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

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

Oslo Neon

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - oslo-neon

Coffee

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - coffee

Bobo’s bubbles Laundromat

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bobos-bubbles-laundromat

Driver’s Ed

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - drivers-ed

Dont take it out

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

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

Rock this way

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rock-this-way

Yoga meditation plakat

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - yoga-meditation-plakat

Open 24 Hours Fastfood Signage

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

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

Coffee Shop Slogan

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - coffee-shop-slogan

EOFF Electric Company

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - eoff-electric-company

Shivam painters

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - shivam-painters

Reserved Advertising Space

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - reserved-advertising-space

Beer depot

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beer-depot

Broadway at Night

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - broadway-at-night

Las Vegas Lights

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - las-vegas-lights

Joker

Joker [ large preview ]
"Pratter, Wien." Photo taken by Alex Buga from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - joker

Waterfront neon sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - waterfront-neon-sign

YoYo

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - yoyo

Tango

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tango

Bar Sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bar-sign

Venice Club

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - venice-club

Michigan theater

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - michigan-theater

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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