Information and Instructional Signs Part 1

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 Information and Instructional signs, i.e. signs that offer valuable knowledge about accessibility and services or effortlessly express wishes for or command certain behaviour. 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).

Information and Instructional Signs

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair access [ large preview2 ]
"A picture is worth a thousand words in any language." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Pat Cullen3 from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wheelchair-access4

Disability Senior Signs

Disability Senior Signs [ large preview5 ]
"Sign of priority for disabilities and seniors." Licensed: CC-BY-SA 3.0. Photo taken by Luya Tshimbalanga6 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - disability-senior-signs7

Medic

Medic [ large preview8 ]
"Medic station sign on a beach in Kiten, Bulgaria." Photo taken by Michael Komm9 from Czech republic.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - medic10

Fire Alarm Sign

Fire Alarm Sign [ large preview11 ]
"We are currently renovating a new office and this made me chuckle, not so much focus on the sign (which is clear if slightly redundant) as the whole scene." Photo taken by Samuel Vince-Lane12 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - fire-alarm-sign13

Push to go on

Push to go on [ large preview14 ]
"Push and use your strength to go to a new door. Every person should use their strength to archive a new life." Photo taken by Suriafur-Ken from Japan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - push-to-go-on15

The Russian fire extinguisher

The Russian fire extinguisher [ large preview16 ]
"Aboard a speedboat in St. Petersburg, Russia." Licensed: (c) 2008 by Max Pfetscher. Photo taken by Max Pfetscher17 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-russian-fire-extinguisher18

Going to Hakata or Tokyo??

Going to Hakata or Tokyo?? [ large preview19 ]
"Taken inside Japan Shinkansen, very useful information." Photo taken by Puspita Sekarsari20 from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - going-to-hakata-or-tokyo21

No way out

No way out [ large preview22 ]
"No exit sign in a London tube stop." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Steven Mileham23 from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-way-out24

Bus sign

Bus sign [ large preview25 ]
"This bus was out of service at the time and the drver, very politely, put Pause on the sign instead of the traditional “no service”." Licensed: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Helmuth Kraus M.26 from Colombia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bus-sign27

Tobogganing instruction icons

Tobogganing instruction icons [ large preview28 ]
"Instruction icons for tobogganing." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Cleiren29 from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tobogganing-instruction-icons30

Don’t Jump

Don’t Jump [ large preview31 ]
"Sign on the Golden Gate Bridge – there is a phone below the sign that connects you to crisis counseling." Photo taken by Jeremy Brann32 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-jump33

The Wine Sign

The Wine Sign [ large preview34 ]
"Whilst driving through the long and winding roads in croatia, vineyards litter the hillsides and plains, this sign i saw coming up pretty much summed up the whole landscape in front of us." Photo taken by Mike Drummond35 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-wine-sign36

Ich Warte Hier!

Ich Warte Hier! [ large preview37 ]
"Waiting area for dogs at a local shopping mall. The sign says: I’m waiting here." Photo taken by Andris Linz38 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ich-warte-hier!39

Gandhi’s Room

Gandhi’s Room [ large preview40 ]
"This sign appears on the door of Gandhi’s room at Ahmedabad, India." License: Its a public property, hence license not needed. Photo taken by Bhaskar Dutta41 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - gandhis-room42

Swimming zone

Swimming zone [ large preview43 ]
"Boracay island Philippines Beach." Photo taken by David Coates from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - swimming-zone44

Impounded motorcycles

Impounded motorcycles [ large preview45 ]
"Boracay island Philippines impounded motorcycles." Photo taken by David Coates from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - impounded-motorcycles46

Bridge sign

Bridge sign [ large preview47 ]
"Name of a bridge in Amsterdam." Photo taken by Anastasia Fedorenkova from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bridge-sign48

Buhay na karagatan (the living ocean)

Buhay na karagatan (the living ocean) [ large preview49 ]
"The living ocean signage on manila ocean park." Photo taken by Patricia Recto from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - buhay-na-karagatan-(the-living-ocean)50

Animal Spirits

Animal Spirits [ large preview51 ]
"This was taken at Disneyland California Adventures in the Brother Bear camp. My animal spirit was a bear!" Photo taken by Diane Hua52 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - animal-spirits53

A forest brings limitless vitality

A forest brings limitless vitality [ large preview54 ]
"Picture taken during my trip to Huashan Mountain in China in 2007." License: Free. Photo taken by Yann Lorber5855 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - a-forest-brings-limitless-vitality56

Devote your love to every green leaf

Devote your love to every green leaf [ large preview57 ]
"Picture taken during my trip to Huashan Mountain in China in 2007." License: Free. Photo taken by Yann Lorber5855 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - devote-your-love-to-every-green-leaf59

Manly Beach Surf Rescue

Manly Beach Surf Rescue [ large preview60 ]
"Short Photo of Surf Rescue Signage on Surf Board at Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia." Photo taken by Pierre Von Schmytt from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - manly-beach-surf-rescue61

Hard to Breathe

Hard to Breathe [ large preview62 ]
"An AIR pump all crackled and dirty." Photo taken by Patty Tuggle63 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hard-to-breathe64

Tiger territory 1

Tiger territory 1 [ large preview65 ]
"At the entrance of pench tiger reserve, india." Photo taken by Pradiptamohan Basu from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tiger-territory-166

Chichen Itza1

Chichen Itza1 [ large preview67 ]
"This sign information shows to see the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico. the text is in Spanish and Mayan language." Photo taken by Gerardo Chaves from Colombia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chichen-itza168

Hochwasser Marz 1988

Hochwasser Marz 1988 [ large preview69 ]
"Classic sign, photo taken on a trip to Germany." License: Jan Gudiksen. Photo taken by Jan Gudiksen70 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hochwasser-marz-198871

Do you know water…

Do you know water… [ large preview72 ]
"Taken at the Marina Barrage in Singapore." Photo taken by Dan Taylor73 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-you-know-water74

General vs recyclable wastes

General vs recyclable wastes [ large preview75 ]
"Taken in MacDonalds in Taiwan. Signs to show the different bins for the different kind of wastes." Photo taken by Soh Hui Shian Sandy from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - general-vs-recyclable-wastes76

Another Ship sign

Another Ship sign [ large preview77 ]
"Picture made on a ship, that travels from Riga to Stockholm." Photo taken by Gatis Strods78 from Latvia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - another-ship-sign79

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.

  1. 1

    Hi
    Are the photos not categorize in the above categories unsuccessful?
    What was the criteria for choosing photos?
    Thanks.

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