Road and Street 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 Road and Street signs. A big group of signs that direct and inform the flow of people passing by on the roads of the world. 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).

Road / Street Signs

Slow Down

Slow Down [ large preview2 ]
"Road painted speed advice." Photo taken by Dylan Williams63 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - slow-down4

Look Right

Look Right [ large preview5 ]
"Zebra crossing traffic awareness pointer." Photo taken by Dylan Williams63 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - look-right7

Stop Coke Sign

Stop Coke Sign [ large preview8 ]
"Stop Coke" License: Copyright Akshay Sawhney. Photo taken by Akshay Sawhney9 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - stop-coke-sign10

Sliding Signage

Sliding Signage [ large preview11 ]
"A tilted signage outside Lednice-Czech Republic representing sliperry road." Photo taken by Jaipratap1512 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sliding-signage13

Keep Right on No Entry

Keep Right on No Entry [ large preview14 ]
"A roadside sign for keep right on a no entry road-Czech Republic representing." Photo taken by Jaipratap1512 from India.

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Road Sign

Road Sign [ large preview17 ]
"Falling into wather sign." License: Free. Photo taken by Amelia Cotta18 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - road-sign19

Red Street Sign

Red Street Sign [ large preview20 ]
Photo taken by Sofija Knezevic838021 from Serbia.

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Don’t Drop or Drive

Don’t Drop or Drive [ large preview23 ]
"Sign reminding pet owners to clean up waste/motorcycles and cars prohibited, Ilsfeld (rural), Baden-Württemburg." Photo taken by Taylor Mcconnell24 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-drop-or-drive25

All Boxed Up

All Boxed Up [ large preview26 ]
"Display at the taxi stand at Gang Hui mall, Shanghai." Photo taken by Michelle Darmawan from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - all-boxed-up27

Air Con

Air Con [ large preview28 ]
"Repairs on electrical cables in Toronto, Canada." Photo taken by Jelena Porovic from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - air-con29

Lost in Ireland

Lost in Ireland [ large preview30 ]
"Confusing road signs crammed together in Western Ireland." Photo taken by Eddie Wong31 from Ireland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lost-in-ireland32

Lost in Buffalo New York

Lost in Buffalo New York [ large preview33 ]
"I took this picture with my cell phone so it’s a bit grainy. I was in Buffalo New York recently and couldn’t resist taking a picture. It’s funny enough to have two streets with the same name, but actually have them cross. Too funny." Photo taken by Jeffrey Glucksman from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lost-in-buffalo-new-york34

Railroad Crossing Sign

Railroad Crossing Sign [ large preview35 ]
"Photograph of one of the railroad crossing sign right off the square in Prairie City, IA." Photo taken by Joshua Sorenson15436 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - railroad-crossing-sign37

Laundromap

Laundromap [ large preview38 ]
"Street signage in downtown New York at the crossroad of Washington St and Leroy St." Photo taken by Flip Flap Man39 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - laundromap40

Wait here

Wait here [ large preview41 ]
"road sign for pedestrian crossing." Photo taken by melvin soe42 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wait-here43

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China [ large preview44 ]
"Directional arrows on road in Shanghai, China." Photo taken by Gary Koutsoubis45 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - shanghai-china46

Indian road sign

Indian road sign [ large preview47 ]
"This photo was taken in Mumbai, India, near a hotel used as a location in the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, in the Juhu District." Photo taken by Nicolás Montecchiari48 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - indian-road-sign49

Road Kiev

Road Kiev [ large preview50 ]
"Road in Kiev. Modern life of the historical part of the city." Photo taken by Margarita Savchenko51 from Ukraine.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - road-kiev52

Idaho road sign

Idaho road sign [ large preview53 ]
"Road sign along the side of the highway in Idaho,USA." Photo taken by Michelle Murphy from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - idaho-road-sign54

CrossRoads

CrossRoads [ large preview55 ]
"Road signs." Photo taken by Ludovic RENAUD from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - crossroads56

Salt Water Marsh Sign

Salt Water Marsh Sign [ large preview57 ]
"One way sign in the middle of salt water Marsh Cape May NJ The road to Nowhere." Photo taken by dddundus from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - salt-water-marsh-sign58

Private road on glacier

Private road on glacier [ large preview59 ]
"This sign is placed on an Icelandic glacier forbidding you to use this road if it’s not yours." Photo taken by Werner Clemm60 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - private-road-on-glacier61

Santander 6 leguas y media

Santander 6 leguas y media [ large preview62 ]
"An old road sign: “A Santander seis leguas y media”. A “legua” (league) is a unit of length, about 4.2 km, used in Spain until 1568." Licensed: Copyrighted. Photo taken by Jorge Arce63 from Spain.

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Roadwork sign

Roadwork sign [ large preview65 ]
"A sign left on the sidewalk." Photo taken by Bogdan Judit from Italy.

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Main road signage

Main road signage [ large preview67 ]
"Hand painted on a block of a pointed shaped stone indicating that this road is the 1st main road." Photo taken by Heya Basu68 from India.

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Signage children rhodeisland

Signage children rhodeisland [ large preview70 ]
"Signage seen on a road trip through Rhode Island paying attention to street crossing children." Licensed: © Sebastian Schöndorfer 2009. Photo taken by Sebastian Schöndorfer71 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signage-children-rhodeisland72

Life at cross roads

Life at cross roads [ large preview73 ]
"Shot at Tamilnadu, India." Photo taken by Subinkrishna Gopi74 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - life-at-cross-roads75

Hungarian Street Sign

Hungarian Street Sign [ large preview76 ]
"Hungary street sign." Photo taken by Pedro Sanoja77 from Spain.

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Coloured signs in black and white

Coloured signs in black and white [ large preview79 ]
"Different street signs." Photo taken by Sofija Knezevic838021 from Serbia.

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Red street sign

Red street sign [ large preview82 ]
"Street sign." Photo taken by Sofija Knezevic838021 from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - red-street-sign84

No carts

No carts [ large preview85 ]
"Street sign at the beginning of a bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam." Licensed: Rights granted for use on Smashing Magazine website as part of “The World of Signage Photo Contest”. Photo taken by Doug Going86 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-carts87

Crossing the street sign

Crossing the street sign [ large preview88 ]
"This sign encourages folks to properly cross the street." Photo taken by Marlon So from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - crossing-the-street-sign89

Use Crosswalk

Use Crosswalk [ large preview90 ]
"This picture was taken in LA and was a total buckshot. The guy drove in my view, just when i pressed the trigger to take a shot of the sign." Photo taken by Jesse Adler91 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - use-crosswalk92

Look

Look [ large preview93 ]
"Whimsical, typographic message with a hint of pictogram via the small dots in the O’s, creating a subtle pair of eyes." Photo taken by Jason Bequette9794 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - look95

No, No, No

No, No, No [ large preview96 ]
"While the signage is rudimentary, the placement of all three on one post seemed quite totalitarian, along with the location- Lombard Street, “America’s Crookedest Street”." Photo taken by Jason Bequette9794 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-no-no98

No smoking street

No smoking street [ large preview99 ]
"A funny no smoking Japanese signage." Photo taken by Luca100 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking-street101

One Way

One Way [ large preview102 ]
"A One Way sign found at the intersection of North Street, adjacent to the Gleaner Company." Photo taken by Gabre Cameron103 from Jamaica.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - one-way104

Street Notice Board

Street Notice Board [ large preview105 ]
Licensed: This photo describes street notice board, in that board says this is 10th cross street .. Photo taken by Ramkumar B from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - street-notice-board106

Cuba Libre?

Cuba Libre? [ large preview107 ]
"Street sign in Havanna, Cuba." Photo taken by Lisa Veverka108 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cuba-libre109

Facultad de Ciencias

Facultad de Ciencias [ large preview110 ]
"Street sign indicating the way to the Science Faculty." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives. Photo taken by Martín Batallés111 from Uruguay.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - facultad-de-ciencias112

Street sign

Street sign [ large preview113 ]
"A street sign set in stone. It says “College Ave” at the top, “Elmwood Park” below." Photo taken by Hannah Hu114 from USA.

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Seventh avenue

Seventh avenue [ large preview116 ]
"The busy streets of New york and its famous 7th avenue, the only way to go there." Photo taken by Sandra Salvert117 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - seventh-avenue118

Exnersvej

Exnersvej [ large preview119 ]
"My street sign." Photo taken by Achille Marotta120 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exnersvej121

Exit

Exit [ large preview122 ]
"A part of my street photography portfolio." Photo taken by Filip Lind123 from Australia / Born in Norway.

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Vrtna ulica-sign

Vrtna ulica-sign [ large preview125 ]
"Vrtna ulica (Garden street), three signs at once." License: License CC. Photo taken by Janez Cadez from Slovenia.

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Parkin

Parkin [ large preview127 ]
"Indication to a car park in a very narrow street." Photo taken by Sergio Oraa Alcalá from Spain.

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View from the street

View from the street [ large preview129 ]
"Taken in front of sun studios, memphis, tn. there were 5 or 6 people all standing in the street taking photos." Photo taken by kymberlie birkenkamp130 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - view-from-the-street131

No kill fish

No kill fish [ large preview132 ]
"Not kill the fish caught." Photo taken by Massimo Fabrizio133 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-kill-fish134

No trespassing

No trespassing [ large preview135 ]
"I found this sign on a fallow industrial area near Friedrichshafen, Germany." Licensed: CC-BY-NC-SA. Photo taken by Cedric Kastner136 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-trespassing137

No more walk

No more walk [ large preview138 ]
"No more walk sign in front of the sea. Seems to be quite obvious?." Licensed: All copyrights: Vincent Zaugg. Photo taken by Vincent Zaugg139 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-more-walk140

Sacre coeur Paris, France

Sacre coeur Paris, France [ large preview141 ]
"The no parking sign beautifully merges with Sacre Coeur’s white awesomeness." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution License. Photo taken by Dimitar Nikolov142 from Bulgaria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sacre-coeur-paris-france143

No Parking

No Parking [ large preview144 ]
"A simple photo of something we see every day." Photo taken by Stratton Campbell145 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-parking146

Park Restricted Activities Sign

Park Restricted Activities Sign [ large preview147 ]
"A sign found in Vojanovy Sady Park, Prague." Photo taken by Jason Clark148 from UK.

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Dog – no dogs – doggy doo

Dog – no dogs – doggy doo [ large preview150 ]
"Lomo LCA expired black and white film. South London. A tryptich." Photo taken by Edward Olive151 from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dog---no-dogs---doggy-doo152

Stop Sign

Stop Sign [ large preview153 ]
"Photograph of one of the stop signs right off the square in Prairie City, IA." Photo taken by Joshua Sorenson15436 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - stop-sign155

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!

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