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 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).
Sign in the mountains [ large preview ]
"This is a traditional sign wich you’ll fin in the bavarian mountains in Germany so you can find your way." Licensed: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Helmuth Kraus M. from Colombia.
Chitradurga-Fort [ large preview ]
"This photo was taken at Chitradurga Fort located in Karnataka,India, describing the direction to Temples inside the fort." Created by Vivek Kabra from India.
Signal in corner [ large preview ]
"Hiden signals in a corner." Created by Carla Tomé from Spain.
Grunge Typo Costa Rica 2 [ large preview ]
"Typically costa rican reggae typography. The signage matches great with the beach at the background. I’ve made this photograph in Cahuita, Costa Rica." Photo taken by Rick van Amersfoort from Netherlands.
Grunge Typo Costa Rica 3 [ large preview ]
"Typically costa rican reggae typography. Not only the style of the text is grungy/reggae, but the whole sign and the place where it stands too. I’ve made this photograph in Cahuita, Costa Rica." Photo taken by Rick van Amersfoort from Netherlands.
Malcom X blvd [ large preview ]
"Malcom X Blvd. Entering Harlem, ei yo!." Licensed: No commercial use. Designed by Nacho San Nicolás López from Spain.
Exit expo shanghai [ large preview ]
"Exit Expo Shanghai 2010." Photo taken by Vasovic from France.
Dubai Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Walk Buildings signage [ large preview ]
"In JBR each block of buildings signage has a unique signage design, and each design consists of two elements color and symbol, were violet represents Seashells (Sadaf in arabic), red represents Coral (Murjan), Blue for Sea (Bahar) and Orange for Sands (Rimal)." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Anas Marwan from UAE.
Escaping Flatland in Japan [ large preview ]
"This is a photo taken at the UDX Akihabara building in Tokyo, Japan. It is a marvelous visual representation of communicating 3-Dimensional directions to a user on a 2-Dimensional Surface. The sign gives 3 different views of information, with the 3-Dimensional view flanked on either-side by two different 2-dimensional perspectives to help users interpret the information." Licensed: Open-License. Photo taken by David Issa from Japan.
Media Centre for JARF 2010 at Leuweunggede [ large preview ]
"A signage to guide artists involved in the Jatiwangi Artist Residency 2010 to its Media Centre in Leuweunggede Village at Jatiwangi, Indonesia." Licensed: All rights reserved. Designed by Haidar Afandi from Singapore.
Mountain Distance Indicator [ large preview ]
"Mountain Distance Indicator in Bandarban, Bangladesh." Created by Md. Akhlas Uddin from Bangladesh.
Sing on the sidewalk [ large preview ]
"This is a sign on the side woalk indicating the locations of such places." Photo taken by Carmen Sosia from USA.
Multi directional bus stop [ large preview ]
"This is an example of a downtown bus-stop, with GPS-based bus-arrival times and different signs, so it is readable from any angle." Photo taken by Danny Wood from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Hard rock cafe [ large preview ]
"Heading to Hard Rock cafe in Catania Italy." Created by Bogdan Attila from Romania.
Walk the Southampton walls [ large preview ]
"This is a sign post inviting tourists to visit the historical walls of Southampton, UK." Created by Catrinel Gheorghiu from Romania.
The Drop To Indonesia [ large preview ]
"It is an interesting photo taken in Borneo Highland, Kuching, Malaysia. The noticeboard points out the border between Malaysian-Borneo with Indonesian-Kalimantan, which is a 600m cliff-drop, with a casual arrow DOWN. If you so much as try to step to to the edge to look down as the arrow shows, you might just fall to the catch of gorgeous Indonesian tropical rainforest, and there is no one to save/bring you up!" Licensed: Bernard Yong. Designed by Bernard Yong from Australia.
Contemporary Stone Age Signage [ large preview ]
"This sign is placed along a hiking route. I can imagine the residents of the farm to the right (prive means private in dutch) got a bit annoyed of having people wander about their house all the time. Their solution is very elegant design-wise in my opinion." Photo taken by Pim van den Berg from The Netherlands.
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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