Funny, Clever, Original Signs Part 3

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 Funny, Clever and Original signs, that with their portrayal of and often critique on human behavior garner the attention they deserve. 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).

Funny, clever, original signs

End of cyclepath juist 2010

End of cyclepath juist 2010 [ large preview2 ]
"Handmade sign for end of cyclepath, wrecked, photographed on juist, april 2010." Photo taken by Christoph Ellermann3 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - end-of-cyclepath-juist-20104

Mr spock was here

Mr spock was here [ large preview5 ]
"A page from the public guestbook at a tourist attraction in Brasov, Romania. Mr Spock was there." Photo taken by V.D. Photo from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mr-spock-was-here6

Smile if You overspeed

Smile if You overspeed [ large preview7 ]
"This signage stands about 300m from my home in peak district and the first time i saw it with the grafitti in it made me smile and click straight away." Photo taken by Anoop Menon8 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - smile-if-you-overspeed9

…on duck molestation charges

…on duck molestation charges [ large preview10 ]
"One of these two forbidden man-duck interactions should be slightly more emphasized than the other." Licensed: license www.artsytouch.com. Photo taken by Joe Z.11 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - on-duck-molestation-charges12

We sell signs

We sell signs [ large preview13 ]
"A small kiosk selling customized signboards on Freemont Street, Las Vegas." Photo taken by Wajiha Said14 from UAE.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - we-sell-signs15

TurkishHonesty

TurkishHonesty [ large preview16 ]
"A bizarre sign at a bazaar in Turkey, near Ephaseus, where honesty is the best policy." Photo taken by Phil Kay from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - turkishhonesty17

Post

Post [ large preview3218 ]
"A rather contradictory postbox found in Birmingham." Photo taken by Daniel Gray19 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - post20

SPECIFIED WALL – “photography DENIED!”

SPECIFIED WALL – “photography DENIED!” [ large preview21 ]
"Kind of sign witch does not tell us anythig – what to do,or where to go.It is pausing our mind, because the sign without any specific object or situation has not useable meaning." Photo taken by Lucia Flendrovska from Slovakia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - specified-wall-photography-denied22

SPECIFIED WALL – “Voltage tension”

SPECIFIED WALL – “Voltage tension” [ large preview23 ]
"Voltage tension is the word, which describe this wall.Voltage on this picture. Voltage on the label. Tension in the wall. Tension is absent from the lamp." Photo taken by Lucia Flendrovska from Slovakia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - specified-wall-voltage-tension24

Rolling stones fountain

Rolling stones fountain [ large preview25 ]
"Are you harvest? Drink from the fountain but pay attention to the rolling stones!" Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Cosimo Liquori from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rolling-stones-fountain26

Walking in a japanese park

Walking in a japanese park [ large preview27 ]
"Please do not disturb deer during your walk, they become nervous.." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Cosimo Liquori from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - walking-in-a-japanese-park28

Center of the Universe

Center of the Universe [ large preview29 ]
"Monheim, Germany." Photo taken by Benjamin Brandt30 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - center-of-the-universe31

Post

Post [ large preview3218 ]
"Temporary post slot in London." Photo taken by Emma Bayly from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - post33

Word can be more humor

Word can be more humor [ large preview34 ]
"Sometimes feel boring, find one unquie signage, your life will be more colorful." Photo taken by Hala Princess35 from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - word-can-be-more-humor36

Funny school signage A

Funny school signage A [ large preview37 ]
"Is all Staff pretty? – photo at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity." Photo taken by Leo Lam from Hong Kong.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - funny-school-signage-a38

Funny school signage B

Funny school signage B [ large preview39 ]
"Dance need dressing. – photo at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity." Photo taken by Leo Lam from Hong Kong.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - funny-school-signage-b40

Funny school signage C

Funny school signage C [ large preview41 ]
"So cute in each floor. – photo at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity." Photo taken by Leo Lam from Hong Kong.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - funny-school-signage-c42

Big Foot Watch Zone

Big Foot Watch Zone [ large preview43 ]
"This was taken on the way up to the summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado." Photo taken by Devin Clark44 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - big-foot-watch-zone45

Boiter provisoire

Boiter provisoire [ large preview46 ]
"Out of order on a post box in Brussels." Photo taken by Michael Komm47 from Czech republic.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - boiter-provisoire48

Camden signs

Camden signs [ large preview49 ]
"A mix of signs." Photo taken by Rossella Sferlazzo50 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - camden-signs51

Please take me

Please take me [ large preview52 ]
"Hard Rubbish collection day in inner west Sydney." Photo taken by Andrew May53 from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - please-take-me54

We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome [ large preview55 ]
"Taken at the abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit, MI. Someone had hung this sign on the gate, but the owners removed it about a week later." Licensed: All rights reserved, but Smashing Magazine may use with credit in connection with the World Signage contest of 8/2010. Photo taken by Chris Horner56 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - we-shall-overcome57

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/end-of-cyclepath-juist-2010/full_end-of-cyclepath-juist-2010.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.christoph-ellermann.de
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/end-of-cyclepath-juist-2010/full_end-of-cyclepath-juist-2010.jpg
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mr-spock-was-here/full_mr-spock-was-here.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mr-spock-was-here/full_mr-spock-was-here.jpg
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/smile-if-you-overspeed/full_smile-if-u-overspeed.jpg
  8. 8 http://kattankaapi.wordpress.com/
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/smile-if-you-overspeed/full_smile-if-u-overspeed.jpg
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/on-duck-molestation-charges/full_on-duck-molestation-charges.jpg
  11. 11 http://www.artsytouch.com
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/on-duck-molestation-charges/full_on-duck-molestation-charges.jpg
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/we-sell-signs/full_we-sell-signs.jpg
  14. 14 http://picasaweb.google.com/wajiha.said
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/we-sell-signs/full_we-sell-signs.jpg
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/turkishhonesty/full_turkishhonesty.jpg
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/turkishhonesty/full_turkishhonesty.jpg
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post/full_post.jpg
  19. 19 http://www.swisscheeseandbullets.com
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post/full_post.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/specified-wall-photography-denied/full_specified_wall_photography_denied.jpg
  22. 22 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/specified-wall-photography-denied/full_specified_wall_photography_denied.jpg
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/specified-wall-voltage-tension/full_specified_wall-_voltage_tension.jpg
  24. 24 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/specified-wall-voltage-tension/full_specified_wall-_voltage_tension.jpg
  25. 25 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rolling-stones-fountain/full_rolling-stones-fountain.jpg
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rolling-stones-fountain/full_rolling-stones-fountain.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/walking-in-a-japanese-park/full_walking-in-a-japanese-park.jpg
  28. 28 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/walking-in-a-japanese-park/full_walking-in-a-japanese-park.jpg
  29. 29 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/center-of-the-universe/full_cetnter.jpg
  30. 30 http://www.extrabrandt.de
  31. 31 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/center-of-the-universe/full_cetnter.jpg
  32. 32 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post/full_post.jpg
  33. 33 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post/full_post.jpg
  34. 34 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/word-can-be-more-humor/full_word-can-be-more-humor.jpg
  35. 35 http://blog.xuite.net/christina610/entertainment
  36. 36 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/word-can-be-more-humor/full_word-can-be-more-humor.jpg
  37. 37 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-a/full_funny-school-signage-a.jpg
  38. 38 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-a/full_funny-school-signage-a.jpg
  39. 39 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-b/full_funny-school-signage-b.jpg
  40. 40 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-b/full_funny-school-signage-b.jpg
  41. 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-c/full_funny-school-signage-c.jpg
  42. 42 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-c/full_funny-school-signage-c.jpg
  43. 43 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/big-foot-watch-zone/full_big-foot-watch-zone.jpg
  44. 44 http://www.25thingsdesign.com
  45. 45 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/big-foot-watch-zone/full_big-foot-watch-zone.jpg
  46. 46 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/boiter-provisoire/full_boitier-provisoire.jpg
  47. 47 http://photo.rdx.cz
  48. 48 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/boiter-provisoire/full_boitier-provisoire.jpg
  49. 49 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/camden-signs/full_camdensigns.jpg
  50. 50 http://www.sferlazzorossella.wordpress.com
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  52. 52 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/please-take-me/full_please-take-me.jpg
  53. 53 http://www.jpgmag.com
  54. 54 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/please-take-me/full_please-take-me.jpg
  55. 55 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/we-shall-overcome/full_mcs-overcome.jpg
  56. 56 http://www.LensArtwork.com
  57. 57 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/we-shall-overcome/full_mcs-overcome.jpg
  58. 58 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  59. 59 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  60. 60 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  61. 61 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  62. 62 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  63. 63 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  64. 64 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
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  67. 67 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  68. 68 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  69. 69 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  70. 70 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  71. 71 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  72. 72 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  73. 73 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  74. 74 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  75. 75 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  76. 76 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  77. 77 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  78. 78 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  79. 79 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  80. 80 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  81. 81 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  82. 82 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  83. 83 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
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  85. 85 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  86. 86 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  87. 87 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  88. 88 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  89. 89 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  90. 90 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  91. 91 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  93. 93 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  94. 94 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  95. 95 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  96. 96 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  97. 97 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  98. 98 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  99. 99 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  100. 100 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  101. 101 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  102. 102 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  105. 105 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  106. 106 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  107. 107 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  108. 108 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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