Street and Wayfinding Signs Part 4

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).

Street wayfinding signs

Natural and simple

Natural and simple [ large preview ]
"Hiking path at the entrance of the Sierra Nevada in Merida Venezuela." Photo taken by Ana Yunilda Sayago Morales from Merida, Venezuela.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - natural-and-simple

Copper Park

Copper Park [ large preview ]
"Wooden signpost for hikers at trail crossing in the Philmont Ranch." Licensed: cc-by. Photo taken by Miles Elliott from United States of America.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - copper-park

Machupicchu

Machupicchu [ large preview ]
"On the way to the Machu Picchu, Peru, February 2009." Licensed: Attribution. Photo taken by Cedric Solichon from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - machupicchu

Sign in the mountains

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sign-in-the-mountains

Make your choice

Make your choice [ large preview ]
"Chesterfield (UK): Where do we go?." License: All right reserved. Photo taken by Matteo Palazzani from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - make-your-choice

Havre Fecamp

Havre Fecamp [ large preview ]
"Public signage near Havre and Fecamp cities." Photo taken by NUnub from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - havre-fecamp

Oulu university signage

Oulu university signage [ large preview ]
"University way-finding signage in Oulu University, Finland." License: License (Creative Commons). Photo taken by Julia Birks from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - oulu-university-signage

Chitradurga-Fort

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chitradurga-fort

Signal in corner

Signal in corner [ large preview ]
"Hiden signals in a corner." Created by Carla Tomé from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signal-in-corner

Canadian Weather Sineage

Canadian Weather Sineage [ large preview ]
"Taken in Ottawa, ON on the way to church after an ice storm." Photo taken by Allan Descheneau from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - canadian-weather-sineage

Grunge Typo Costa Rica 2

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - grunge-typo-costa-rica-2

Grunge Typo Costa Rica 3

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - grunge-typo-costa-rica-3

Tuscany directions

Tuscany directions [ large preview ]
"Taken in Italy in 2007 when I couldn’t figure out where I was." Photo taken by Mindi Leggett from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tuscany-directions

London eye

London eye [ large preview ]
"Information board London eye." Photo taken by Preben from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-eye

London NewYork

London NewYork [ large preview ]
"Cycle from London to New York." Photo taken by Preben from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-newyork

Malcom X blvd

Malcom X blvd [ large preview ]
"Malcom X Blvd. Entering Harlem, ei yo!." Licensed: No commercial use. Designed by Nacho San Nicolás López from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - malcom-x-blvd

Silence is all

Silence is all [ large preview ]
"Taken the day before Obama’s Inauguration in January 2009." Photo taken by Maria Florencia Carrera from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - silence-is-all

Signpost

Signpost [ large preview ]
"Signpost bungalowpark in Germany." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Cleiren from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signpost

Trail sign

Trail sign [ large preview ]
"Trial Sign Germany." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Cleiren from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - trail-sign

Factory sign

Factory sign [ large preview ]
"In food factory sign – wash hands, properly dressed, with gloves and snood." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Vahid Smajlagic from BiH.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - factory-sign

Exit expo shanghai

Exit expo shanghai [ large preview ]
"Exit Expo Shanghai 2010." Photo taken by Vasovic from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit-expo-shanghai

Dubai Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Walk Buildings signage

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dubai-jumeirah-beach-residence-(jbr)-walk---buildings-signage

Escaping Flatland in Japan

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - escaping-flatland-in-japan

From Here…

From Here… [ large preview ]
"A wooden directional sign in Haleiwa, HI." Photo taken by Freddy Debebar from Hawaii, USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - from-here

Media Centre for JARF 2010 at Leuweunggede

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - media-centre-for-jarf-2010-at-leuweunggede

Saadabaad palace

Saadabaad palace [ large preview ]
"Taken from a Sign in SaadAbaad Kakh[palace] in north of terhran." Photo taken by Arash Haji Vaziri from Iran.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - saadabaad-palace

Manufaktura guideposts

Manufaktura guideposts [ large preview ]
"Interesting design of guideposts inside Manufaktura’s square." Photo taken by Wojciech Jachowicz from Poland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - manufaktura-guideposts

Decisons, Decisions

Decisons, Decisions [ large preview ]
"Signage in Chicago, IL." Licensed: Lisa and Camera. Photo taken by Lisa Finholm from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - decisons-decisions

Mountain Distance Indicator

Mountain Distance Indicator [ large preview ]
"Mountain Distance Indicator in Bandarban, Bangladesh." Created by Md. Akhlas Uddin from Bangladesh.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mountain-distance-indicator

BPTGJDP

BPTGJDP [ large preview ]
"Large name for an avenue (one of the ex-presidents of the country)." Photo taken by Luis M. Braganza B. from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bptgjdp

Protesta Peatonal

Protesta Peatonal [ large preview ]
"Added text for a name of a street." Photo taken by Luis M. Braganza B. from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - protesta-peatonal

Sing on the sidewalk

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sing-on-the-sidewalk

Multi directional bus stop

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - multi-directional-bus-stop

International Tree of Direction

International Tree of Direction [ large preview ]
"A sign Showing San Diego’s sister cities." Photo taken by Steven Boepple from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - international-tree-of-direction

Puta

Puta [ large preview ]
"Puta (Bitch) signal in Denia (Spain)." Photo taken by Pablo Martinez from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - puta

Wacky Huka Prawn Park Signboard

Wacky Huka Prawn Park Signboard [ large preview ]
"Direction board at Huka Prawn Park, New Zealand with sense of humour." Photo taken by Donna Harapan from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wacky-huka-prawn-park-signboard

Hard rock cafe

Hard rock cafe [ large preview ]
"Heading to Hard Rock cafe in Catania Italy." Created by Bogdan Attila from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hard-rock-cafe

Walk the Southampton walls

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - walk-the-southampton-walls

You are here signage

You are here signage [ large preview ]
"Photo of a ‘You are here’ location map from a street in Tokyo, Japan." Photo taken by Paul Thompson from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - you-are-here-signage

The Drop To Indonesia

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-drop-to-indonesia

Contemporary Stone Age Signage

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.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - contemporary-stone-age-signage

Information

Information [ large preview ]
"Signage in Chicago, IL." Licensed: Lisa and Camera. Photo taken by Lisa Finholm from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - information

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

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

  1. 1

    Great post! Thank you for all the different examples.

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