Advertising and Promotional 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 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

Small Town Pride

Small Town Pride [ large preview2 ]
"" Photo taken by Tracey L. Warner3 from An abandoned bed & breakfast at Valley of the Gods, Utah.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - small-town-pride4

Green Bull

Green Bull [ large preview5 ]
"Ladders Brand." Photo taken by David Alvarez6 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - green-bull7

One pesito olny

One pesito olny [ large preview8 ]
"Public telephone in Plaza de Armas torreon mexico." Photo taken by Miguel Angel Herrera Marmolejo9 from Mexico.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - one-pesito-olny10

Food Station New YorkMarathon

Food Station New YorkMarathon [ large preview11 ]
"This photo was taken in the start zone of the New York Marathon 2006 while volunteering in the early morning. Balloons were used to indicate different areas within the start zone, such as food, first aid or storage and allowed participants quick navigation throughout the entire area." Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons. Designed by Thomas R. Stegelmann12 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - food-station-new-yorkmarathon13

Nature VS Signage

Nature VS Signage [ large preview14 ]
"Hong Kong Street." Photo taken by Nama Saya Manu15 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - nature-vs-signage16

The Spirit of Mobility

The Spirit of Mobility [ large preview17 ]
"A fascinating use of color, a powerful phrase and eye-catching design to attract the traveller." Photo taken by Ralph de Pagter18 from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-spirit-of-mobility19

I love slovenia signage

I love slovenia signage [ large preview20 ]
"It’s more of a Logo on a public map in Ptuj, Slovenia." Photo taken by Lisa Schilhan21 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - i-love-slovenia-signage22

Sex Machine

Sex Machine [ large preview23 ]
"Near Dotonbori in Japan. A bar?" Photo taken by John Lang from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sex-machine24

Pizzeria Beach

Pizzeria Beach [ large preview25 ]
"Pizzeria Beach sign in Punta del Diablo (Uruguay)." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives. Designed by Gabriela Costoya26 from Uruguay.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - pizzeria-beach27

Meet me here

Meet me here [ large preview28 ]
"Streets of Vancouver." License: All rights reserved. Created by Goga Bayat from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - meet-me-here29

Looking Up at McDonalds Pylon

Looking Up at McDonalds Pylon [ large preview30 ]
"iPhone picture from the field of a giant McDonalds sign and it’s details." Created by Mike Carsten31 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - looking-up-at-mcdonalds-pylon32

Uneeda Biscuit

Uneeda Biscuit [ large preview33 ]
"Mural on side of building in Roanoke, VA." License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. Created by Chris Raymond34 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - uneeda-biscuit35

The mega mall

The mega mall [ large preview36 ]
"The mall named, MegaMart." Photo taken by Mayur Mutha37 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-mega-mall38

Magic laundry

Magic laundry [ large preview39 ]
"Services available in Sumatra." Photo taken by Ronan McKenna from Ireland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - magic-laundry40

Signage Graffiti

Signage Graffiti [ large preview41 ]
"Taken at Allahabad, India." Photo taken by Hayavadhan42 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signage-graffiti43

Jatiwangi Artist Residency Sign

Jatiwangi Artist Residency Sign [ large preview44 ]
"A signage to guide artists involved in the Jatiwangi Artist Residency 2010 to its headquarters at the T-junction in Jatiwangi, Indonesia." Licensed: All rights reserved. Designed by Haidar Afandi from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - jatiwangi-artist-residency-sign45

Singapore2010 yog countdown timer

Singapore2010 yog countdown timer [ large preview46 ]
"Countdown timer for Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games." Photo taken by Joel Chua Dy from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - singapore2010-yog-countdown-timer47


Flippers [ large preview48 ]
"Flipper’s fish punt at 8.55pm." Licensed: Copyright Steven Clark with permission granted to Smashing Magazine to use in relation to this competition. Designed by Steven Clark49 from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - flippers50


Milk [ large preview51 ]
"International Milk Packaging." Licensed: Attribution License. Designed by Maren Graser52 from Ireland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - milk53

Sunnyside Squares 03

Sunnyside Squares 03 [ large preview54 ]
"Image of dilapidated signage in Sunnyside, Queens." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives. Designed by Jim Brown55 from USA.

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Fudge before veggies

Fudge before veggies [ large preview57 ]
"Taken in cape breton, nova scotia." Photo taken by kymberlie birkenkamp58 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - fudge-before-veggies59


BileBeans [ large preview60 ]
"A legendary sign in good old York." Photo taken by Daniel Gray61 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bilebeans62


Vodka [ large preview63 ]
"Cheap booze in Paceville – Malta’s nightlife district. (The currency is Maltese Liri – 95c = Euro 2.20. Taken the summer before the currency changeover to Euro)." Photo taken by Andrew Vincent Fernandez from Malta.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vodka64

Graduation Bag

Graduation Bag [ large preview65 ]
"Bag presented at graduation ceremony." Licensed: You can use this image only during the contest. Designed by Puvan from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - graduation-bag66

Weekly Beast

Weekly Beast [ large preview67 ]
"Pick your animal at One Market." Photo taken by Rachel Rochelle68 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - weekly-beast69

Miet mich

Miet mich [ large preview70 ]
"A blue trash container." Created by Christian van Elten71 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - miet-mich72

Udderly Tall

Udderly Tall [ large preview73 ]
"Best place in town for sweet iced tea & your weekly 2%." Created by Carissa Katz74 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - udderly-tall75

Chichen Itza2

Chichen Itza2 [ large preview76 ]
"In the wall of Chichen-Itza pyramid there are signs used to communicate the ancient Mayas. first advertisements in a wall." Photo taken by Gerardo Chaves from Colombia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chichen-itza277

Desert meat sign

Desert meat sign [ large preview78 ]
"Hooded traffic sine with ducktape." Designed by Derk Peter de Rijk79 from Dutch.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - desert-meat-sign80

Rust night club sign

Rust night club sign [ large preview81 ]
"This is a nightclub for dancing and alternative music. I like the typeface because it raw and heavy and because of the black tiled background makes the place stand out." Licensed: © Attribution-NonCommercial License. Photo taken Nanette Gaborit from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rust-night-club-sign82

Real black music in Tokyo

Real black music in Tokyo [ large preview83 ]
"People in Tokyo are always looking for authentic hip hop and rap music. Sometimes clubs would employ a Nigerian to stand outside just to lure passers-by. Nevertheless, this club says it straight up with a sign." Photo taken Yi Chen84 from Japan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - real-black-music-in-tokyo85

Clubbing At Sunset

Clubbing At Sunset [ large preview86 ]
"This is a square glowing “lightbox” sign shot at an angle. Notice the highlights on the edges of the metal faceplate. And the color is great at night." Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Stephanie King87 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - clubbing-at-sunset88

Internet members only

Internet members only [ large preview89 ]
"Sign hanging outside a social club in Berlin Wedding." License: GPL nc by. Photo taken by Sabine Reichel90 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - internet-members-only91

The Club

The Club [ large preview92 ]
"Outside sign of The Club." Photo taken by Chris Nager93 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-club94

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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    Loved the contest! Thanks for featuring my photo. “The Club” (last one)


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