Road and Street 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 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 preview ]
"Road painted speed advice." Photo taken by Dylan Williams from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - slow-down

Look Right

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - look-right

Stop Coke Sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - stop-coke-sign

Sliding Signage

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sliding-signage

Keep Right on No Entry

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - keep-right-on-no-entry

Road Sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - road-sign

Red Street Sign

Red Street Sign [ large preview ]
Photo taken by Sofija Knezevic from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - red-street-sign

Don’t Drop or Drive

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

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

All Boxed Up

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - all-boxed-up

Air Con

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - air-con

Lost in Ireland

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lost-in-ireland

Lost in Buffalo New York

Lost in Buffalo New York [ large preview ]
"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-york

Railroad Crossing Sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - railroad-crossing-sign

Laundromap

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - laundromap

Wait here

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wait-here

Shanghai, China

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - shanghai-china

Indian road sign

Indian road sign [ large preview ]
"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 Montecchiari from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - indian-road-sign

Road Kiev

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - road-kiev

Idaho road sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - idaho-road-sign

CrossRoads

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - crossroads

Salt Water Marsh Sign

Salt Water Marsh Sign [ large preview ]
"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-sign

Private road on glacier

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

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

Santander 6 leguas y media

Santander 6 leguas y media [ large preview ]
"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 Arce from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - santander-6-leguas-y-media

Roadwork sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - roadwork-sign

Main road signage

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - main-road-signage

Signage children rhodeisland

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signage-children-rhodeisland

Life at cross roads

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

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

Hungarian Street Sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hungarian-street-sign

Coloured signs in black and white

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - coloured-signs-in-black-and-white

Red street sign

Red street sign [ large preview ]
"Street sign." Photo taken by Sofija Knezevic from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - red-street-sign

No carts

No carts [ large preview ]
"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 Going from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-carts

Crossing the street sign

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

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

Use Crosswalk

Use Crosswalk [ large preview ]
"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 Adler from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - use-crosswalk

Look

Look [ large preview ]
"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 Bequette from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - look

No, No, No

No, No, No [ large preview ]
"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 Bequette from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-no-no

No smoking street

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking-street

One Way

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - one-way

Street Notice Board

Street Notice Board [ large preview ]
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-board

Cuba Libre?

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cuba-libre

Facultad de Ciencias

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - facultad-de-ciencias

Street sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - street-sign

Seventh avenue

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - seventh-avenue

Exnersvej

Exnersvej [ large preview ]
"My street sign." Photo taken by Achille Marotta from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exnersvej

Exit

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit

Vrtna ulica-sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vrtna-ulica-sign

Parkin

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - parkin

View from the street

View from the street [ large preview ]
"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 birkenkamp from USA.

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

No kill fish

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-kill-fish

No trespassing

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-trespassing

No more walk

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-more-walk

Sacre coeur Paris, France

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

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

No Parking

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-parking

Park Restricted Activities Sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - park-restricted-activities-sign

Dog – no dogs – doggy doo

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

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

Stop Sign

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

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - stop-sign

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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Katrín Svana Eyþórsdóttir is a media artist and designer from Iceland. You can follow her on twitter.

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