Public and State Building Signs Part 1

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage 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 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 preview ]
"The sign outside Dundee Sheriff Court." Photo taken by Aled Evans from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dundee-sheriff-court

Art Deco Elevators

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - art-deco-elevators

18th century traffic sign

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

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

One Way Do Not Enter

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

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

Air Filling

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - air-filling

Attention

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - attention

Melasse

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - melasse

Post office

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - post-office

Accsessible Payphone

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - accsessible-payphone

Boda Boda

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - boda-boda

MG road

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mg-road

Sign at Outside of Al Husain Shrine

Sign at Outside of Al Husain Shrine [ large preview ]
"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-shrine

Learn gothic calligraphy you suckers

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

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

Straight outta compton

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - straight-outta-compton

House Number One

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - house-number-one

Beirut street

Beirut street [ large preview ]
"Vintage street signage." Photo taken by Ramy Sader from Lebanon.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beirut-street

Building number

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - building-number

Reichstag Building

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - reichstag-building

Under the Highway

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - under-the-highway

Portland Modern Development

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - portland-modern-development

Berlin Mauer Wall

Berlin Mauer Wall [ large preview ]
"Berlin Mauer Wall." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - berlin-mauer-wall

I am Within

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - i-am-within

HighPaving

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - highpaving

The Core

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-core

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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