Street and Wayfinding Signs Part 4

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

Natural and simple

Natural and simple [ large preview2 ]
"Hiking path at the entrance of the Sierra Nevada in Merida Venezuela." Photo taken by Ana Yunilda Sayago Morales3 from Merida, Venezuela.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - natural-and-simple4

Copper Park

Copper Park [ large preview5 ]
"Wooden signpost for hikers at trail crossing in the Philmont Ranch." Licensed: cc-by. Photo taken by Miles Elliott6 from United States of America.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - copper-park7

Machupicchu

Machupicchu [ large preview8 ]
"On the way to the Machu Picchu, Peru, February 2009." Licensed: Attribution. Photo taken by Cedric Solichon9 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - machupicchu10

Sign in the mountains

Sign in the mountains [ large preview11 ]
"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.12 from Colombia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sign-in-the-mountains13

Make your choice

Make your choice [ large preview14 ]
"Chesterfield (UK): Where do we go?." License: All right reserved. Photo taken by Matteo Palazzani15 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - make-your-choice16

Havre Fecamp

Havre Fecamp [ large preview17 ]
"Public signage near Havre and Fecamp cities." Photo taken by NUnub18 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - havre-fecamp19

Oulu university signage

Oulu university signage [ large preview20 ]
"University way-finding signage in Oulu University, Finland." License: License (Creative Commons). Photo taken by Julia Birks21 from Australia.

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Chitradurga-Fort

Chitradurga-Fort [ large preview23 ]
"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-fort24

Signal in corner

Signal in corner [ large preview25 ]
"Hiden signals in a corner." Created by Carla Tomé from Spain.

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Canadian Weather Sineage

Canadian Weather Sineage [ large preview27 ]
"Taken in Ottawa, ON on the way to church after an ice storm." Photo taken by Allan Descheneau28 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - canadian-weather-sineage29

Grunge Typo Costa Rica 2

Grunge Typo Costa Rica 2 [ large preview30 ]
"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 Amersfoort3431 from Netherlands.

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Grunge Typo Costa Rica 3

Grunge Typo Costa Rica 3 [ large preview33 ]
"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 Amersfoort3431 from Netherlands.

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Tuscany directions

Tuscany directions [ large preview36 ]
"Taken in Italy in 2007 when I couldn’t figure out where I was." Photo taken by Mindi Leggett37 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tuscany-directions38

London eye

London eye [ large preview39 ]
"Information board London eye." Photo taken by Preben40 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-eye41

London NewYork

London NewYork [ large preview42 ]
"Cycle from London to New York." Photo taken by Preben43 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-newyork44

Malcom X blvd

Malcom X blvd [ large preview45 ]
"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-blvd46

Silence is all

Silence is all [ large preview47 ]
"Taken the day before Obama’s Inauguration in January 2009." Photo taken by Maria Florencia Carrera48 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - silence-is-all49

Signpost

Signpost [ large preview50 ]
"Signpost bungalowpark in Germany." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Cleiren5451 from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signpost52

Trail sign

Trail sign [ large preview53 ]
"Trial Sign Germany." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Cleiren5451 from Netherlands.

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Factory sign

Factory sign [ large preview56 ]
"In food factory sign – wash hands, properly dressed, with gloves and snood." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Vahid Smajlagic57 from BiH.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - factory-sign58

Exit expo shanghai

Exit expo shanghai [ large preview59 ]
"Exit Expo Shanghai 2010." Photo taken by Vasovic from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit-expo-shanghai60

Dubai Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Walk Buildings signage

Dubai Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Walk Buildings signage [ large preview61 ]
"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 Marwan62 from UAE.

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Escaping Flatland in Japan

Escaping Flatland in Japan [ large preview64 ]
"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 Issa65 from Japan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - escaping-flatland-in-japan66

From Here…

From Here… [ large preview67 ]
"A wooden directional sign in Haleiwa, HI." Photo taken by Freddy Debebar68 from Hawaii, USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - from-here69

Media Centre for JARF 2010 at Leuweunggede

Media Centre for JARF 2010 at Leuweunggede [ large preview70 ]
"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-leuweunggede71

Saadabaad palace

Saadabaad palace [ large preview72 ]
"Taken from a Sign in SaadAbaad Kakh[palace] in north of terhran." Photo taken by Arash Haji Vaziri73 from Iran.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - saadabaad-palace74

Manufaktura guideposts

Manufaktura guideposts [ large preview75 ]
"Interesting design of guideposts inside Manufaktura’s square." Photo taken by Wojciech Jachowicz76 from Poland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - manufaktura-guideposts77

Decisons, Decisions

Decisons, Decisions [ large preview78 ]
"Signage in Chicago, IL." Licensed: Lisa and Camera. Photo taken by Lisa Finholm11679 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - decisons-decisions80

Mountain Distance Indicator

Mountain Distance Indicator [ large preview81 ]
"Mountain Distance Indicator in Bandarban, Bangladesh." Created by Md. Akhlas Uddin from Bangladesh.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mountain-distance-indicator82

BPTGJDP

BPTGJDP [ large preview83 ]
"Large name for an avenue (one of the ex-presidents of the country)." Photo taken by Luis M. Braganza B.8784 from Argentina.

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Protesta Peatonal

Protesta Peatonal [ large preview86 ]
"Added text for a name of a street." Photo taken by Luis M. Braganza B.8784 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - protesta-peatonal88

Sing on the sidewalk

Sing on the sidewalk [ large preview89 ]
"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-sidewalk90

Multi directional bus stop

Multi directional bus stop [ large preview91 ]
"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 Wood92 from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - multi-directional-bus-stop93

International Tree of Direction

International Tree of Direction [ large preview94 ]
"A sign Showing San Diego’s sister cities." Photo taken by Steven Boepple95 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - international-tree-of-direction96

Puta

Puta [ large preview97 ]
"Puta (Bitch) signal in Denia (Spain)." Photo taken by Pablo Martinez98 from Spain.

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Wacky Huka Prawn Park Signboard

Wacky Huka Prawn Park Signboard [ large preview100 ]
"Direction board at Huka Prawn Park, New Zealand with sense of humour." Photo taken by Donna Harapan101 from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wacky-huka-prawn-park-signboard102

Hard rock cafe

Hard rock cafe [ large preview103 ]
"Heading to Hard Rock cafe in Catania Italy." Created by Bogdan Attila from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hard-rock-cafe104

Walk the Southampton walls

Walk the Southampton walls [ large preview105 ]
"This is a sign post inviting tourists to visit the historical walls of Southampton, UK." Created by Catrinel Gheorghiu from Romania.

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You are here signage

You are here signage [ large preview107 ]
"Photo of a ‘You are here’ location map from a street in Tokyo, Japan." Photo taken by Paul Thompson108 from USA.

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The Drop To Indonesia

The Drop To Indonesia [ large preview110 ]
"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-indonesia111

Contemporary Stone Age Signage

Contemporary Stone Age Signage [ large preview112 ]
"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 Berg113 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - contemporary-stone-age-signage114

Information

Information [ large preview115 ]
"Signage in Chicago, IL." Licensed: Lisa and Camera. Photo taken by Lisa Finholm11679 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - information117

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.

  1. 1

    Great post! Thank you for all the different examples.

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