Forbidden Signs Part 1

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signange 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 Forbidden signs, i.e. signs that detail all manner of do´s and don´ts and advise against various activities using numerous interesting depictions. 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).

“Something is forbidden” signs

iDidPhoto

iDidPhoto [ large preview2 ]
"iDidPhoto on the Signage." Photo taken by Fredy Tjhin3 from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ididphoto4

Do Not Drink

Do Not Drink [ large preview5 ]
"University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Public safety sign in Building." Photo taken by Navaneethan Shan from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-drink6

No Smoking

No Smoking [ large preview247 ]
"University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Public safety sign in Building." Photo taken by Navaneethan Shan from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking8

Gozo Church

Gozo Church [ large preview9 ]
"Do’s and dont’s at a church in Gozo/Malta." Photo taken by Lisa Veverka10 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - gozo-church11

ShinyNoSmokingSign

ShinyNoSmokingSign [ large preview12 ]
"No Smoking Sign on Elevator." Photo taken by Zvi Vaxman from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - shinynosmokingsign13

Dog park dos and donts

Dog park dos and donts [ large preview14 ]
"No touching, jumping, stepping or throwing poo but okay to take pictures of it?" Photo taken by Franco from Malaysia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dog-park-dos-and-donts15

No littering and pick up your dog poo sign

No littering and pick up your dog poo sign [ large preview16 ]
"A sign reminding folks not to litter and to pick up their dog’s poo." Photo taken by Jenny So from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign17

Old no smoking sign

Old no smoking sign [ large preview18 ]
"Floyd Bennett Field old hungar." Photo taken by Anna Shumakova19 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - old-no-smoking-sign20

No peeing

No peeing [ large preview21 ]
"Sign for dogs/dog holders in a neighborhood in Baar, Switzerland." Licensed: Rights granted for use on Smashing Magazine website as part of “The World of Signage Photo Contest”. Photo taken by Doug Going22 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-peeing23

No Smoking

No Smoking [ large preview247 ]
"It is a patrol pump. The sign indicates that no smoking please. There are four buckets with sand for protecting fire immediately." Photo taken by Samar Chowdhury25 from Bangladesh.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking26

No Entry

No Entry [ large preview27 ]
"Taken at Bodhgaya." Photo taken by Hayavadhan28 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-entry29

No smoking

No smoking [ large preview30 ]
"This is the sign which shows smoking is prohibitted in this area , mumbai." Photo taken by Kaustubh Deshpande from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking31

Walking Smoke

Walking Smoke [ large preview32 ]
"No smoking pavement sign from Tokyo." Licensed: cc by-nc-sa. Photo taken by Maria Manoura33 from Greece.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - walking-smoke34

No nukes allowed

No nukes allowed [ large preview35 ]
"No Nukes Allowed at an apparel outlet in Nassau, Bahamas." Licensed: Private Image for this contest only. Photo taken by Collin DMello36 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-nukes-allowed37

No Vindor’s, Bonefire, Standbye

No Vindor’s, Bonefire, Standbye [ large preview38 ]
"Taken at a remote beach cove in the Northern province of the Philippines (Anawangin Cove, Zambales), this signage caught our attention. Fittingly, “Attention” was the only word spelled correctly in this signage. It was supposed to be a stern reminder of the island’s restrictions: “No vendors, No bonfires, No standby” (or loitering). Instead, it became a source of amusement for the guests." Photo taken by Sheila Espanol39 from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-vindors-bonefire-standbye40

No bikes

No bikes [ large preview41 ]
"Homemade sign in London." Photo taken by Emma Bayly from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-bikes42

No scribbles sign japan

No scribbles sign japan [ large preview43 ]
"A sign in Japan for what not to do in a building." Licensed: I took the photo in Japan. Photo taken by Marianne Kroutchkevitch from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-scribbles-sign-japan44

No Burning Enter

No Burning Enter [ large preview45 ]
"Humorous Chinese translated sign." Photo taken by Rik Verhagen46 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-burning-enter47

No jumping be careful the safe

No jumping be careful the safe [ large preview48 ]
"Picture taken during my trip to Huashan Mountain in China in 2007." License: Free. Photo taken by Yann Lorber49 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe50

No Gambling

No Gambling [ large preview51 ]
"Sign in a public bus in Puerto Rico, beside the obvious also gambling is forbidden." Photo taken by Fabian Rauch52 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-gambling53

Cuba No Donkeys

Cuba No Donkeys [ large preview54 ]
"Shot in Camguey, Cuba. No donkey carts." License: CC-SA. Photo taken by Jeroen Roos55 from the Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cuba-no-donkeys56

Robot Dog Poo

Robot Dog Poo [ large preview57 ]
"This photo was taken in Tokyo, Japan. It advises people to pick up their robot dog’s poo." Photo taken by Lucas Krull6158 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - robot-dog-poo59

Cool Cigarette

Cool Cigarette [ large preview60 ]
"This photo was taken in Tokyo, Japan. It advises people not to smoke while walking. The cigarette looks cool in baggy trousers and a hand in the pocket." Photo taken by Lucas Krull6158 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cool-cigarette62

Do not feed animals!

Do not feed animals! [ large preview63 ]
"Signs at Iguazu Falls in Argentina!" Photo taken by Mariana Marzoratti64 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-feed-animals65

Presque Isle

Presque Isle [ large preview66 ]
"Presque Isle State Park Sign Erie, PA." Photo taken by Edward Wieczorek67 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - presque-isle68

Bicycle sign

Bicycle sign [ large preview69 ]
"Forbidden leaving bicycles." Photo taken by Sofija Knezevic70 from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bicycle-sign71

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/ididphoto/full_ididphoto.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.facebook.com/people/Fredy-Didi-Antonius/693933283
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/ididphoto/full_ididphoto.jpg
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-not-drink/full_do-not-drink.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-not-drink/full_do-not-drink.jpg
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking.jpg
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking.jpg
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/gozo-church/full_gozo-church.jpg
  10. 10 http://www.kamchatka.cc
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/gozo-church/full_gozo-church.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/shinynosmokingsign/full_shinynosmokingsign.jpg
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/shinynosmokingsign/full_shinynosmokingsign.jpg
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dog-park-dos-and-donts/full_dog-park-dos-and-donts.jpg
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dog-park-dos-and-donts/full_dog-park-dos-and-donts.jpg
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign/full_no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign.jpg
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign/full_no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign.jpg
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/old-no-smoking-sign/full_old-no-smoking-sign.jpg
  19. 19 http://flic.kr/p/8sSoJY
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/old-no-smoking-sign/full_old-no-smoking-sign.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-peeing/full_no-peeing.jpg
  22. 22 http://www.douggoing.com
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-peeing/full_no-peeing.jpg
  24. 24 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking.jpg
  25. 25 http://www.photobankgallery.net
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-entry/full_no-entry.jpg
  28. 28 http://twitter.com/hayavadhan
  29. 29 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-entry/full_no-entry.jpg
  30. 30 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking-sign.jpg
  31. 31 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking-sign.jpg
  32. 32 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/walking-smoke/full_walking-smoke.jpg
  33. 33 http://velisianna.deviantart.com/
  34. 34 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/walking-smoke/full_walking-smoke.jpg
  35. 35 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-nukes-allowed/full_no-nukes-allowed.jpg
  36. 36 http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_lbkdouQXf4DvautYmHmKA?feat=directlink
  37. 37 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-nukes-allowed/full_no-nukes-allowed.jpg
  38. 38 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-vindors-bonefire-standbye/full_no_vindors_bonefire_standbye.jpg
  39. 39 http://www.facebook.com/sheila.espanol
  40. 40 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-vindors-bonefire-standbye/full_no_vindors_bonefire_standbye.jpg
  41. 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-bikes/full_no-bikes.jpg
  42. 42 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-bikes/full_no-bikes.jpg
  43. 43 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-scribbles-sign-japan/full_no-scribbles-sign-japan.jpg
  44. 44 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-scribbles-sign-japan/full_no-scribbles-sign-japan.jpg
  45. 45 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-burning-enter/full_no-burning-enter.jpg
  46. 46 http://www.productengineer.nl
  47. 47 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-burning-enter/full_no-burning-enter.jpg
  48. 48 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe/full_no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe.jpg
  49. 49 http://www.yannlorber.fr
  50. 50 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe/full_no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe.jpg
  51. 51 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-gambling/full_no-gambling.jpg
  52. 52 http://www.onloom.com
  53. 53 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-gambling/full_no-gambling.jpg
  54. 54 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/cuba-no-donkeys/full_cuba-no-donkeys.jpg
  55. 55 http://www.zoph.org
  56. 56 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/cuba-no-donkeys/full_cuba-no-donkeys.jpg
  57. 57 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/robot-dog-poo/full_robot-dog-poo.jpg
  58. 58 http://kabe243.com
  59. 59 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/robot-dog-poo/full_robot-dog-poo.jpg
  60. 60 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/cool-cigarette/full_cool-cigarette.jpg
  61. 61 http://kabe243.com
  62. 62 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/cool-cigarette/full_cool-cigarette.jpg
  63. 63 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-not-feed-animals/full_do_not_feed_animals.jpg
  64. 64 http://www.marianamarzoratti.blogspot.com
  65. 65 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-not-feed-animals/full_do_not_feed_animals.jpg
  66. 66 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/presque-isle/full_pi-wildlife-signage.jpg
  67. 67 http://www.wibudesign.com
  68. 68 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/presque-isle/full_pi-wildlife-signage.jpg
  69. 69 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bicycle-sign/full_bicycle-sign.jpg
  70. 70 http://www.sofijaknezevic.com
  71. 71 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bicycle-sign/full_bicycle-sign.jpg
  72. 72 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  73. 73 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  74. 74 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  75. 75 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  76. 76 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  77. 77 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  78. 78 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  79. 79 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  80. 80 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  81. 81 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  82. 82 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  83. 83 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  84. 84 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  85. 85 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  86. 86 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  87. 87 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  88. 88 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  89. 89 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  90. 90 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  91. 91 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  93. 93 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  94. 94 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  95. 95 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  96. 96 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  97. 97 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  98. 98 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  99. 99 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  100. 100 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  101. 101 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  102. 102 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  105. 105 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  106. 106 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  107. 107 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  108. 108 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  109. 109 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  110. 110 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  111. 111 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  112. 112 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  114. 114 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  115. 115 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  117. 117 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  118. 118 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  119. 119 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  120. 120 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  121. 121 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  122. 122 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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  1. 1

    Nice collection of signs, I really like the number 14

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