Public and State Building 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 Public and State Building signs, i.e. signs demostrating and facilitating access to an assortment of public and government buildings. 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).

Public buildings (Museum signs, Library signs, Court signs…)

Dundee Sheriff Court

Dundee Sheriff Court [ large preview2 ]
"The sign outside Dundee Sheriff Court." Photo taken by Aled Evans3 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dundee-sheriff-court4

Art Deco Elevators

Art Deco Elevators [ large preview5 ]
"Elevator Signs at Empire State Building in New York City." Photo taken by Sylvain Martel6 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - art-deco-elevators7

18th century traffic sign

18th century traffic sign [ large preview8 ]
"Vintage traffic sign on a Wall in town of Glarus (Switzerland)." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Hansjoerg Schneider9 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 18th-century-traffic-sign10

One Way Do Not Enter

One Way Do Not Enter [ large preview11 ]
"Directional Signage." Photo taken by James Willney12 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - one-way-do-not-enter13

Air Filling

Air Filling [ large preview14 ]
"The photo was taken at the docks in Aalborg near some abandoned factories." Photo taken by Peter Steen Høgenhaug211815 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - air-filling16

Attention

Attention [ large preview17 ]
"The photo was taken at the docks in Aalborg near some abandoned factories." Photo taken by Peter Steen Høgenhaug211815 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - attention19

Melasse

Melasse [ large preview20 ]
"The photo was taken at the docks in Aalborg near some abandoned factories." Photo taken by Peter Steen Høgenhaug211815 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - melasse22

Post office

Post office [ large preview23 ]
"Hand painted post office signage on brick." Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic. Photo taken by Justin D Goring24 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - post-office25

Accsessible Payphone

Accsessible Payphone [ large preview26 ]
"World’s friendliest payphone in Santorini, Greece." Licensed: Not Applicable. Photo taken by SuAnne Hall27 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - accsessible-payphone28

Boda Boda

Boda Boda [ large preview29 ]
"Boda Boda Motocycle Taxi Stop, Kampala, Uganda." Licensed: cc by-nd. Photo taken by Daniel Izod30 from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - boda-boda31

MG road

MG road [ large preview32 ]
"A very old road sign, created during Britain’s reign over India." Licensed: Copyright. Photo taken by Aamir Kapasi33 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mg-road34

Sign at Outside of Al Husain Shrine

Sign at Outside of Al Husain Shrine [ large preview35 ]
"This photo has been taken from the outside area of Al Husain Shrine located at the middle of Cairo City in Egypt. The funny thing is in the sign is spelling mistake: ‘ No LADES in the DOOR. instead of writing “Ladies are Not Allowed in From this Door”. Usually Egyptians are wel-known for making funny errors in English." Licensed: (C) Common. Photo taken by Murtaza Patel from Egypt.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sign-at-outside-of-al-husain-shrine36

Learn gothic calligraphy you suckers

Learn gothic calligraphy you suckers [ large preview37 ]
"Border between 1st and 9th District (Bezirk) of Vienna." Photo taken by Miodrag Kojadinovic38 from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers39

Straight outta compton

Straight outta compton [ large preview40 ]
"Lettering outside a residential home." Photo taken by Sonia Sanassy41 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - straight-outta-compton42

House Number One

House Number One [ large preview43 ]
"Signage of house number 1 at Kapitan Moy Street, Marikina City." Photo taken by Erick Cusi from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - house-number-one44

Beirut street

Beirut street [ large preview45 ]
"Vintage street signage." Photo taken by Ramy Sader4946 from Lebanon.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beirut-street47

Building number

Building number [ large preview48 ]
"The number of a building shot at night with no flash, no tripod." Photo taken by Ramy Sader4946 from Lebanon.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - building-number50

Reichstag Building

Reichstag Building [ large preview51 ]
"A cool garden signage looking down in the Reichstag in Berlin Germany." Photo taken by Adam Eggert52 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - reichstag-building53

Under the Highway

Under the Highway [ large preview54 ]
"A sign, placed under a Highway-bridge. It contains the number of the Highway." Photo taken by Roman Dachsberger55 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - under-the-highway56

Portland Modern Development

Portland Modern Development [ large preview57 ]
"Developing modern textures and buildings in a city full of history." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported. Photo taken by Scott Richardson58 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - portland-modern-development59

Berlin Mauer Wall

Berlin Mauer Wall [ large preview60 ]
"Berlin Mauer Wall." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos61 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - berlin-mauer-wall62

I am Within

I am Within [ large preview63 ]
"An urban ruin in Genova, Italy." Photo taken by Jelena Porovic from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - i-am-within64

HighPaving

HighPaving [ large preview65 ]
"Which came first? The street sign or the pavement?" Photo taken by Mark Holland66 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - highpaving67

The Core

The Core [ large preview68 ]
"Taken in my first visit to NYC in January 2009." Photo taken by Maria Florencia Carrera69 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-core70

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/dundee-sheriff-court/full_dundee-sheriff-court.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/aledcoe
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dundee-sheriff-court/full_dundee-sheriff-court.jpg
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/art-deco-elevators/full_art_deco_elevators_empirestate_nyc.jpg
  6. 6 http://moskoo.com
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/art-deco-elevators/full_art_deco_elevators_empirestate_nyc.jpg
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/18th-century-traffic-sign/full_18th-century-traffic-sign.jpg
  9. 9 http://www.tajloro.com
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/18th-century-traffic-sign/full_18th-century-traffic-sign.jpg
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/one-way-do-not-enter/full_dsc_0008.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.jameswillney.wordpress.com
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/one-way-do-not-enter/full_dsc_0008.jpg
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/air-filling/full_airfilling.jpg
  15. 15 http://hoegenhaug.com
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/air-filling/full_airfilling.jpg
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/attention/full_attention.jpg
  18. 18 http://hoegenhaug.com
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/attention/full_attention.jpg
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/melasse/full_melasse.jpg
  21. 21 http://hoegenhaug.com
  22. 22 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/melasse/full_melasse.jpg
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post-office/full_post-office.jpg
  24. 24 http://justingoring.net
  25. 25 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post-office/full_post-office.jpg
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/accsessible-payphone/full_santorini_accessiblepayphone.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.swanhall.com
  28. 28 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/accsessible-payphone/full_santorini_accessiblepayphone.jpg
  29. 29 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/boda-boda/full_boda_boda.jpg
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielizod/
  31. 31 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/boda-boda/full_boda_boda.jpg
  32. 32 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mg-road/full_mg-rd.jpg
  33. 33 http://www.renegadeorange.com
  34. 34 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mg-road/full_mg-rd.jpg
  35. 35 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sign-at-outside-of-al-husain-shrine/full_signatalhusainshrine-cairo.jpg
  36. 36 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sign-at-outside-of-al-husain-shrine/full_signatalhusainshrine-cairo.jpg
  37. 37 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers/full_learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers.jpg
  38. 38 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miodrag_Kojadinovi%C4%87
  39. 39 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers/full_learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers.jpg
  40. 40 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/straight-outta-compton/full_straight-outta-compton.jpg
  41. 41 http://www,sanassy.co.uk
  42. 42 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/straight-outta-compton/full_straight-outta-compton.jpg
  43. 43 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/house-number-one/full_house-number-one.jpg
  44. 44 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/house-number-one/full_house-number-one.jpg
  45. 45 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/beirut-street/full_beirut_street.jpg
  46. 46 http://www.bizaroob.com
  47. 47 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/beirut-street/full_beirut_street.jpg
  48. 48 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/building-number/full_building_number.jpg
  49. 49 http://www.bizaroob.com
  50. 50 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/building-number/full_building_number.jpg
  51. 51 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/reichstag-building/full_2_reichstagbuilding_berlin_germany_gardenbelow.jpg
  52. 52 http://www.eggartdesign.com
  53. 53 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/reichstag-building/full_2_reichstagbuilding_berlin_germany_gardenbelow.jpg
  54. 54 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/under-the-highway/full_highway-sign-on-stone.jpg
  55. 55 http://www.leerzeichen.at
  56. 56 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/under-the-highway/full_highway-sign-on-stone.jpg
  57. 57 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/portland-modern-development/full_portland-moderndevelopment.jpg
  58. 58 http://www.AlcyonDesign.com
  59. 59 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/portland-modern-development/full_portland-moderndevelopment.jpg
  60. 60 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/berlin-mauer-wall/full_c_berliner_mauer.jpg
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/wwwdragos
  62. 62 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/berlin-mauer-wall/full_c_berliner_mauer.jpg
  63. 63 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-am-within/full_i-am-within.jpg
  64. 64 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-am-within/full_i-am-within.jpg
  65. 65 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/highpaving/full_highpaving.jpg
  66. 66 http://www.littlemark.co.uk
  67. 67 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/highpaving/full_highpaving.jpg
  68. 68 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-core/full_the-core.jpg
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/florc32
  70. 70 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-core/full_the-core.jpg
  71. 71 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  72. 72 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  73. 73 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  74. 74 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  75. 75 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  76. 76 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  77. 77 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  78. 78 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  79. 79 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  80. 80 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  81. 81 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  82. 82 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  83. 83 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  84. 84 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  85. 85 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  86. 86 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  87. 87 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  88. 88 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  89. 89 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  90. 90 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  91. 91 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  93. 93 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  94. 94 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  95. 95 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  96. 96 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  97. 97 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  98. 98 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  99. 99 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  100. 100 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  101. 101 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  102. 102 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  105. 105 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  106. 106 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  107. 107 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  108. 108 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  109. 109 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  110. 110 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  111. 111 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  112. 112 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  114. 114 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  115. 115 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  117. 117 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  118. 118 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  119. 119 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  120. 120 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  121. 121 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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