Forbidden Signs Part 2

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signange 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 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

Just Don’t Bring Your Dog

Just Don’t Bring Your Dog [ large preview ]
"Sign from a public park." Photo taken by Dawn Camp from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - just-dont-bring-your-dog

Do NOT Cross Barrier

Do NOT Cross Barrier [ large preview ]
"From the House floor of the Georgia State Capitol building." Photo taken by Dawn Camp from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-cross-barrier

Plakate Verboten Sign

Plakate Verboten Sign [ large preview ]
"Nice stencil typographic sign in Berlin." License: License CC. Photo taken by Janez Cadez from Slovenia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - plakate-verboten-sign

Forbidden to place bikes

Forbidden to place bikes [ large preview ]
"Polaroid taken of a sign is in Dutch saying “Forbidden to place bikes on grounds of article 4.2." License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons. Photo taken by Jeroen Panjer from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - forbidden-to-place-bikes

Rarana Manao Maloto Eto

Rarana Manao Maloto Eto [ large preview ]
"These little signs are common in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. Translated literally from the native Malagasy, “Forbidden to make it dirty here.” You get the idea." License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Photo taken by Devin Sandberg from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rarana-manao-maloto-eto

Not a Patient Area

Not a Patient Area [ large preview ]
"Back door of hospital’s long-shuttered nursing school dorm." Photo taken by David J. Jones from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - not-a-patient-area

Pink mmda signage

Pink mmda signage [ large preview ]
"”Bawal ang tao dito” translates to “peole banned here” pink signs like this are posted on busy streets in manila, this was shot near Baclaran Church." Photo taken by Mercedes Feliciano from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - pink-mmda-signage

NOT Intended for Adult Use

NOT Intended for Adult Use [ large preview ]
"Sign on playground in a public park." Photo taken by Dawn Camp from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - not-intended-for-adult-use

Ausfahrt Einfahrt freihalten

Ausfahrt Einfahrt freihalten [ large preview ]
"Classic sign, garage entry on one door, exit on the other door." License: Jan Gudiksen. Photo taken by Jan Gudiksen from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ausfahrt-einfahrt-freihalten

Free zone

Free zone [ large preview ]
"Free zone sign on a beach in Kiten, Bulgaria." Photo taken by Michael Komm from Czech republic.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - free-zone

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica [ large preview ]
"Before entering the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, you must adhere to the dress code." Photo taken by Melissa Henry from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - st.-peters-basilica

A Sign from God

A Sign from God [ large preview ]
"The picture speaks for itself." Photo taken by Candice Manier from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - a-sign-from-god

Ghost man sign

Ghost man sign [ large preview ]
"A workfield sighnage." Licensed: Royalty Free. Photo taken by Miljkovic Milos from Greece.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ghost-man-sign

Interdit de gratter

Interdit de gratter [ large preview ]
"Prohibited to scratch." Photo taken by Mahen Nowzadick from Mauritius.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - interdit-de-gratter

Amsterdam

Amsterdam [ large preview ]
"A particular prohibition." Photo taken by Vasovic from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - amsterdam

Mind the notice

Mind the notice [ large preview ]
"Mind-the-notice Photo was taken at China public road." Photo taken by Novianti from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mind-the-notice

One stop standing

One stop standing [ large preview ]
"The one-stop-standing.jpg photo was taken at one of the most bigest mall in Southeast Asia, Grand Indonesia Mall." Photo taken by Novianti from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - one-stop-standing

Forbidden fruit

Forbidden fruit [ large preview ]
"Door inside a Moscow mall." Photo taken by Marina Nozyer from Russia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - forbidden-fruit

Proibido jogar bitucas de cigarro

Proibido jogar bitucas de cigarro [ large preview ]
"A signage telling people not to throw cigarretes away on the garden." Photo taken by Dinara Lima from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - proibido-jogar-bitucas-de-cigarro

Do not rest your foot on the wall

Do not rest your foot on the wall [ large preview ]
"My foot." Photo taken by Kisan Bhat from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-rest-your-foot-on-the-wall

Don’t even think sign

Don’t even think sign [ large preview ]
"A sign was posted to an entrance to a courtyard behind a terraced house in Aarhus." Photo taken by Lars Roed from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-even-think-sign

Exclusive Use Firemen

Exclusive Use Firemen [ large preview ]
"Old firemen signal in a bus station." Photo taken by Carla Tomé from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exclusive-use-firemen

Ski Piste

Ski Piste [ large preview ]
"Sign on a ski piste." Photo taken by Alexander Willkomn from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ski-piste

Rubbish bin signal

Rubbish bin signal [ large preview ]
"Rubbish should be in the bin. If you don’t throw the rubbish in the bin, you will become no head!!!" Licensed: © Vickieabby. All right reserved. Photo taken by Vickie Abby from Macau,China.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rubbish-bin-signal

Don’t smoke

Don’t smoke [ large preview ]
"You can’t smoke in flight." Photo taken by Carlos Prioglio from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-smoke

Acceso con precaucion

Acceso con precaucion [ large preview ]
"Entrando al Hogar, pero con precaucion/alto." Licensed: Attribution. Photo taken by Jose Carlos Juarez from Guatemala.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - acceso-con-precaucion

Forbidden Temple Entrance, Korea

Forbidden Temple Entrance, Korea [ large preview ]
"While many of the temples are open to the public in Korea, the guardians of this particular entrance made it clear that entrance was impossible." Photo taken by Tessa K. Marmion from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - forbidden-temple-entrance-korea

Let’s Start the Fire

Let’s Start the Fire [ large preview ]
"This photo was taken on our client’s wedding." Photo taken by Lexer Win D.C Alinsod from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lets-start-the-fire

Rarana Manao Maloto Eto

Rarana Manao Maloto Eto [ large preview ]
"These little signs are common in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. Translated literally from the native Malagasy, “Forbidden to make it dirty here.” You get the idea." License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Photo taken by Devin Sandberg from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rarana-manao-maloto-eto

Do not rest your foot on the wall

Do not rest your foot on the wall [ large preview ]
"My foot." Photo taken by Kisan Bhat from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-rest-your-foot-on-the-wall

Fence Distance

Fence Distance [ large preview ]
"Notice to leave space around the electrical box." Licensed: public domain. Photo taken by Jess Bernstein from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - fence-distance

Dont Litre

Dont Litre [ large preview ]
"Taken at Nepal." Photo taken by Hayavadhan from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-litre

3 year Alcohol Ban

3 year Alcohol Ban [ large preview ]
"Alcohol Ban in Sydney, Australia for 3 years." Photo taken by Frederick Lontok from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 3-year-alcohol-ban

No Night Swimming

No Night Swimming [ large preview ]
"This photo was taken at the Bohol Beach Club, a prestigious resort located at Bohol, Philippines." Photo taken by Leslie Anne S. Cuneta from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-night-swimming

No smoking gibson desert

No smoking gibson desert [ large preview ]
"Hooded traffic sign with ducktape." Photo taken by Derk Peter de Rijk from Dutch.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking-gibson-desert

Spitting Prohibited

Spitting Prohibited [ large preview ]
"Street sign in the moutain town of in Shimla, India." Licensed: Rights granted for use on Smashing Magazine website as part of “The World of Signage Photo Contest”. Photo taken by Doug Going from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - spitting-prohibited

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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    Thanks Shook, I’d a great deal of fun composing the actual content too

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