Forbidden Signs Part 2

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

Just Don’t Bring Your Dog

Just Don’t Bring Your Dog [ large preview2 ]
"Sign from a public park." Photo taken by Dawn Camp2363 from USA.

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Do NOT Cross Barrier

Do NOT Cross Barrier [ large preview5 ]
"From the House floor of the Georgia State Capitol building." Photo taken by Dawn Camp2363 from USA.

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Plakate Verboten Sign

Plakate Verboten Sign [ large preview8 ]
"Nice stencil typographic sign in Berlin." License: License CC. Photo taken by Janez Cadez from Slovenia.

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Forbidden to place bikes

Forbidden to place bikes [ large preview10 ]
"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 Panjer11 from The Netherlands.

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Rarana Manao Maloto Eto

Rarana Manao Maloto Eto [ large preview8013 ]
"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 Sandberg8114 from USA.

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Not a Patient Area

Not a Patient Area [ large preview16 ]
"Back door of hospital’s long-shuttered nursing school dorm." Photo taken by David J. Jones17 from USA.

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Pink mmda signage

Pink mmda signage [ large preview19 ]
"”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 Feliciano20 from Philippines.

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NOT Intended for Adult Use

NOT Intended for Adult Use [ large preview22 ]
"Sign on playground in a public park." Photo taken by Dawn Camp2363 from USA.

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Ausfahrt Einfahrt freihalten

Ausfahrt Einfahrt freihalten [ large preview25 ]
"Classic sign, garage entry on one door, exit on the other door." License: Jan Gudiksen. Photo taken by Jan Gudiksen26 from Denmark.

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Free zone

Free zone [ large preview28 ]
"Free zone sign on a beach in Kiten, Bulgaria." Photo taken by Michael Komm29 from Czech republic.

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St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica [ large preview31 ]
"Before entering the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, you must adhere to the dress code." Photo taken by Melissa Henry from USA.

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A Sign from God

A Sign from God [ large preview33 ]
"The picture speaks for itself." Photo taken by Candice Manier from USA.

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Ghost man sign

Ghost man sign [ large preview35 ]
"A workfield sighnage." Licensed: Royalty Free. Photo taken by Miljkovic Milos36 from Greece.

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Interdit de gratter

Interdit de gratter [ large preview38 ]
"Prohibited to scratch." Photo taken by Mahen Nowzadick39 from Mauritius.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam [ large preview41 ]
"A particular prohibition." Photo taken by Vasovic from France.

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Mind the notice

Mind the notice [ large preview43 ]
"Mind-the-notice Photo was taken at China public road." Photo taken by Novianti4744 from Indonesia.

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One stop standing

One stop standing [ large preview46 ]
"The one-stop-standing.jpg photo was taken at one of the most bigest mall in Southeast Asia, Grand Indonesia Mall." Photo taken by Novianti4744 from Indonesia.

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Forbidden fruit

Forbidden fruit [ large preview49 ]
"Door inside a Moscow mall." Photo taken by Marina Nozyer50 from Russia.

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Proibido jogar bitucas de cigarro

Proibido jogar bitucas de cigarro [ large preview52 ]
"A signage telling people not to throw cigarretes away on the garden." Photo taken by Dinara Lima53 from Brazil.

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Do not rest your foot on the wall

Do not rest your foot on the wall [ large preview8355 ]
"My foot." Photo taken by Kisan Bhat8456 from India.

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Don’t even think sign

Don’t even think sign [ large preview58 ]
"A sign was posted to an entrance to a courtyard behind a terraced house in Aarhus." Photo taken by Lars Roed59 from Denmark.

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Exclusive Use Firemen

Exclusive Use Firemen [ large preview61 ]
"Old firemen signal in a bus station." Photo taken by Carla Tomé from Spain.

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Ski Piste

Ski Piste [ large preview63 ]
"Sign on a ski piste." Photo taken by Alexander Willkomn64 from Germany.

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Rubbish bin signal

Rubbish bin signal [ large preview66 ]
"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 Abby67 from Macau,China.

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Don’t smoke

Don’t smoke [ large preview69 ]
"You can’t smoke in flight." Photo taken by Carlos Prioglio70 from Argentina.

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Acceso con precaucion

Acceso con precaucion [ large preview72 ]
"Entrando al Hogar, pero con precaucion/alto." Licensed: Attribution. Photo taken by Jose Carlos Juarez73 from Guatemala.

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Forbidden Temple Entrance, Korea

Forbidden Temple Entrance, Korea [ large preview75 ]
"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.

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Let’s Start the Fire

Let’s Start the Fire [ large preview77 ]
"This photo was taken on our client’s wedding." Photo taken by Lexer Win D.C Alinsod78 from Philippines.

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Rarana Manao Maloto Eto

Rarana Manao Maloto Eto [ large preview8013 ]
"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 Sandberg8114 from USA.

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Do not rest your foot on the wall

Do not rest your foot on the wall [ large preview8355 ]
"My foot." Photo taken by Kisan Bhat8456 from India.

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Fence Distance

Fence Distance [ large preview86 ]
"Notice to leave space around the electrical box." Licensed: public domain. Photo taken by Jess Bernstein87 from USA.

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Dont Litre

Dont Litre [ large preview89 ]
"Taken at Nepal." Photo taken by Hayavadhan90 from India.

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3 year Alcohol Ban

3 year Alcohol Ban [ large preview92 ]
"Alcohol Ban in Sydney, Australia for 3 years." Photo taken by Frederick Lontok from Philippines.

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No Night Swimming

No Night Swimming [ large preview94 ]
"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.

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No smoking gibson desert

No smoking gibson desert [ large preview96 ]
"Hooded traffic sign with ducktape." Photo taken by Derk Peter de Rijk97 from Dutch.

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Spitting Prohibited

Spitting Prohibited [ large preview99 ]
"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 Going100 from USA.

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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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