Street and Wayfinding 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 Street and Wayfinding signs, signs which intention, in a clear and effective way, is to assist locals and travelers alike in their wayfinding. 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).

Street wayfinding signs

Casa Manila Museum

Casa Manila Museum [ large preview2 ]
"I just love the rustic signage." By Patrick Rivera3 from Manila, Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - casa-manila-museum4

Small Japanesse House

Small Japanesse House [ large preview5 ]
"A small sign we don’t know where you go to, but it’s perfectly protected against the weather." License: GNU. By Antonia Guerra Bravo6 from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - small-japanesse-house7

Lost in Translation (Quite Often)

Lost in Translation (Quite Often) [ large preview8 ]
"Tourist guide sign along Nanjing City Wall near Yangtze River, Nanjing, Jiangsu." By Taylor Mcconnell9 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lost-in-translation-(quite-often)10

Paris street signs

Paris street signs [ large preview11 ]
"Street signs like these are rare in Paris. The street numbers are very rarely shown." License: CC NC BY SA. By Adrian12 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - paris-street-signs13

Glowing signs

Glowing signs [ large preview14 ]
"Photo taken with diana mini lomo camera – cross processed." By Svenja Peters15 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - glowing-signs16

Church Cottages

Church Cottages [ large preview17 ]
"Street signage is a very interesting feature on the streets of the UK. During my visit to Guildford, Farnham and London, I documented all the road signs that I came across. I have compiled them together to form an interesting series. I have used monotones to focus on the similarity between the architectural style, signage and type of streets and remove the distinguishing factors. All shots have been taken using a Hasselblad, a medium format camera. All photographs have been named after the streets they represent." Licensed: Copyright Ankita Asthana. By Ankita Asthana242118 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - church-cottages19

Middle Church Lane

Middle Church Lane [ large preview20 ]
"Street signage is a very interesting feature on the streets of the UK. During my visit to Guildford, Farnham and London, I documented all the road signs that I came across. I have compiled them together to form an interesting series. I have used monotones to focus on the similarity between the architectural style, signage and type of streets and remove the distinguishing factors. All shots have been taken using a Hasselblad, a medium format camera.All photographs have been named after the streets they represent." Licensed: Copyright Ankita Asthana. By Ankita Asthana242118 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - middle-church-lane22

St. George’s Road

St. George’s Road [ large preview23 ]
"Street signage is a very interesting feature on the streets of the UK. During my visit to Guildford, Farnham and London, I documented all the road signs that I came across. I have compiled them together to form an interesting series. I have used monotones to focus on the similarity between the architectural style, signage and type of streets and remove the distinguishing factors. All shots have been taken using a Hasselblad, a medium format camera. All photographs have been named after the streets they represent." Licensed: Copyright Ankita Asthana. By Ankita Asthana242118 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - st-georges-road25

Lost in Vermont

Lost in Vermont [ large preview26 ]
"I headed to Vermont for a weekend with bunch of friends couple of weeks ago. These arrows were on a tree that we stumbled upon while we were trailing. I loved the juxtaposition of the vastness of the forrest and the vague directions that these arrows were pointing. Oh and hipstamatic added a wonderful effect to the overall eeriness of the picture." By Ahmet Zehir from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lost-in-vermont27

Marco Polo

Marco Polo [ large preview28 ]
"Marco Polo wall sign." By Olariu Ionel4329 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - marco-polo30

Village and Road Work Signs

Village and Road Work Signs [ large preview31 ]
"Village Sign Post and Roadwork sign, Shackleford, Surrey.." By Marcus Kalantarian from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - village-and-road-work-signs32

Snow Country Accomodation Signage Japan

Snow Country Accomodation Signage Japan [ large preview33 ]
"Short description of the photo." Licensed: SmashingMag Comp Use Only. By Anthony Edge34 from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan35

The way to Rumuruti

The way to Rumuruti [ large preview36 ]
"Roadsign in Kenya." Licensed: All rights reserved. By Paul van Roekel37 from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-way-to-rumuruti38

Three Signs In A Row

Three Signs In A Row [ large preview39 ]
"I liked the three layers of the signs. One on the glas window, one behind on the wall, and the reflection of one sign on the oppsite side of the glas window.." By Andris Linz40 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - three-signs-in-a-rowl41

Port Sign Boote

Port Sign Boote [ large preview42 ]
"Simple port sign photo in Austria." By Olariu Ionel4329 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - port-sign-boote44

London directional signpost

London directional signpost [ large preview45 ]
"A signpost in London to help you find your way." By Will Parker from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-directional-signpost46

Everywhichway

Everywhichway [ large preview47 ]
"California Science Center." By Enrico Santana from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - everywhichway48

Valley of the kings

Valley of the kings [ large preview49 ]
"Valley of the kings tombs Egypt." By Kristina Ivandic from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - valley-of-the-kings50

Hallstatt boats

Hallstatt boats [ large preview51 ]
"Sign at a boat rental service, Hallstatt, Austria." Photo taken by Dieter Veverka52 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hallstatt-boats53

Sign board showing village with in Kadavoor Basin

Sign board showing village with in Kadavoor Basin [ large preview54 ]
"The photograph location is on of the cart path among three paths reaching three village from out side of the basin." Photo taken by Balan.P from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sign-board-showing-village-with--in-kadavoor-basin55

Heygate

Heygate [ large preview56 ]
"This was taken on the notorious and soon to be demolished Heygate estate in London. I liked the simplicity, but also the sense of decay and abandonment embodied by the crooked sign." Photo taken by Lewis Bush57 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - heygate58

New York Tourism

New York Tourism [ large preview59 ]
"A directional sign located in Battery Park, New York, USA." Photo taken by Tracey L. Warner from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - new-york-tourism60

Manufaktura garbage

Manufaktura garbage [ large preview61 ]
"Creative way to use typography in dust-bin design." Photo taken by Wojciech Jachowicz62 from Poland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - manufaktura-garbage63

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca Alexandrina [ large preview64 ]
"Signage from Bibliotheca-Alexandrina." Licensed: All rights reserved. By Marwa Elchazly65 from Egypt.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bibliotheca-alexandrina66

Mapa turístico de Minas

Mapa turístico de Minas [ large preview67 ]
"Touristic map of the city of Minas (Uruguay) and its surroundings." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives. By Martín Batallés68 from Uruguay.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mapa-turistico-de-minas69

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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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/casa-manila-museum/full_casa-manila-museum.jpg
  3. 3 http://madaxz.vox.com/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/casa-manila-museum/full_casa-manila-museum.jpg
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/small-japanesse-house/full_small-japanesse-house.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.antoniaguerra.es
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/small-japanesse-house/full_small-japanesse-house.jpg
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lost-in-translation-(quite-often)/full_nanjing-city-wall-tower.jpg
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/taylormcconnell
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lost-in-translation-(quite-often)/full_nanjing-city-wall-tower.jpg
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/paris-street-signs/full_paris-street-signs.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.fotopedia.com/users/adrian
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/paris-street-signs/full_paris-street-signs.jpg
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/glowing-signs/full_glowing-signs.jpg
  15. 15 http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000262160427&ref=ts
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/glowing-signs/full_glowing-signs.jpg
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/church-cottages/full_church-cottages.jpg
  18. 18 http://www.ankitaphotography.co.cc
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/church-cottages/full_church-cottages.jpg
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/middle-church-lane/full_middle-church-lane.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.ankitaphotography.co.cc
  22. 22 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/middle-church-lane/full_middle-church-lane.jpg
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/st-georges-road/full_st-georges-road.jpg
  24. 24 http://www.ankitaphotography.co.cc
  25. 25 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/st-georges-road/full_st-georges-road.jpg
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lost-in-vermont/full_vermont-trail-signage.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lost-in-vermont/full_vermont-trail-signage.jpg
  28. 28 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/marco-polo/full_stop-deep-water-ahead.jpg
  29. 29 http://www.inotes.ro/
  30. 30 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/marco-polo/full_stop-deep-water-ahead.jpg
  31. 31 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/village-and-road-work-signs/full_village-and-road-work-signs.jpg
  32. 32 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/village-and-road-work-signs/full_village-and-road-work-signs.jpg
  33. 33 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan/full_snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan.jpg
  34. 34 http://mredge.com
  35. 35 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan/full_snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan.jpg
  36. 36 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-way-to-rumuruti/full_the-way-to-rumuruti.jpg
  37. 37 http://www.paulvanroekel.nl
  38. 38 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-way-to-rumuruti/full_the-way-to-rumuruti.jpg
  39. 39 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/three-signs-in-a-rowl/full_three_signs_in_a_row.jpg
  40. 40 http://www.andrislinz.ch
  41. 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/three-signs-in-a-rowl/full_three_signs_in_a_row.jpg
  42. 42 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/port-sign-boote/full_a_boote_austria.jpg
  43. 43 http://www.inotes.ro/
  44. 44 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/port-sign-boote/full_a_boote_austria.jpg
  45. 45 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/london-directional-signpost/full_london-directional-signpost.jpg
  46. 46 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/london-directional-signpost/full_london-directional-signpost.jpg
  47. 47 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/everywhichway/full_everywhichway.jpg
  48. 48 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/everywhichway/full_everywhichway.jpg
  49. 49 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/valley-of-the-kings/full_valley-of-the-kings-tombs-egypt.jpg
  50. 50 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/valley-of-the-kings/full_valley-of-the-kings-tombs-egypt.jpg
  51. 51 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hallstatt-boats/full_hallstatt-boats.jpg
  52. 52 http://www.pixelworx.cc
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  54. 54 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sign-board-showing-village-with--in-kadavoor-basin/full_easy-to-reach.jpg
  55. 55 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sign-board-showing-village-with--in-kadavoor-basin/full_easy-to-reach.jpg
  56. 56 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/heygate/full_heygate.jpg
  57. 57 http://www.lkbush.com
  58. 58 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/heygate/full_heygate.jpg
  59. 59 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/new-york-tourism/full_new-york-tourism.jpg
  60. 60 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/new-york-tourism/full_new-york-tourism.jpg
  61. 61 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/manufaktura-garbage/full_manufaktura---garbage.jpg
  62. 62 http://www.jachowi.cz
  63. 63 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/manufaktura-garbage/full_manufaktura---garbage.jpg
  64. 64 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bibliotheca-alexandrina/full_01bibliotheca-alexandrina.jpg
  65. 65 http://www.marwastudio.com
  66. 66 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bibliotheca-alexandrina/full_01bibliotheca-alexandrina.jpg
  67. 67 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mapa-turistico-de-minas/full_mapa-turistico-minas.jpg
  68. 68 http://www.martinbatalles.com
  69. 69 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mapa-turistico-de-minas/full_mapa-turistico-minas.jpg
  70. 70 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  71. 71 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  72. 72 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  73. 73 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  74. 74 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  75. 75 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  76. 76 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  77. 77 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  78. 78 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  79. 79 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  80. 80 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  81. 81 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  82. 82 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  83. 83 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  84. 84 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  85. 85 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  86. 86 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  87. 87 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  88. 88 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  89. 89 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  90. 90 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  91. 91 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  93. 93 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  94. 94 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  95. 95 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  96. 96 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  97. 97 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  98. 98 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  99. 99 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  100. 100 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  101. 101 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  102. 102 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  105. 105 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  106. 106 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  107. 107 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  108. 108 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  109. 109 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  110. 110 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  111. 111 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  112. 112 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
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  115. 115 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
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  119. 119 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  120. 120 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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