Train and Airport 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 Train and Airport signs, i.e. signs that depict the various typographic styles and letterforms visible in all manner of transit stations. 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).

Train / Airport Signs

Airport Transfer Desk

Airport Transfer Desk [ large preview ]
"Transfers betweeen Terminals." Photo taken by Anbazhagan from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - airport-transfer-desk

At the Airport

At the Airport [ large preview ]
"A few Services available at the airport." Photo taken by Anbazhagan from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - at-the-airport

Airport Shower

Airport Shower [ large preview ]
"A dayroom and shower shop at the Narita Airport in Japan." License: NC. Photo taken by Alex Ho from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - airport-shower

On the way to the airport

On the way to the airport [ large preview ]
"The window of the airport bus on the way back from Melbourne to Sydney." Photo taken by Matias Causa from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - on-the-way-to-the-airport

Mainz roemisches theater bahnhof

Mainz roemisches theater bahnhof [ large preview ]
"Warning sign at Mainz Römisches Theater Bahnhof, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz." Photo taken by Taylor Mcconnell from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mainz-roemisches-theater-bahnhof

Union Station – Go By Train

Union Station – Go By Train [ large preview ]
"Sign for Union Station train station in Portland, Oregon USA." License: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Ed Wheeler from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - union-station---go-by-train

Exiting

Exiting [ large preview ]
"Lost in the ever similair train stations of the world." Photo taken by Andrew May from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exiting

Munich bound

Munich bound [ large preview ]
"Sign on a train trip to Munich." Photo taken by Jeremiah Shaw from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - munich-bound

Way to Shin Osaka, Nagoya

Way to Shin Osaka, Nagoya [ large preview ]
"The Direction to go to Nagoya and also to let us know when the train will come." Photo taken by Puspita Sekarsari from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - way-to-shin-osaka-nagoya

Washington Train

Washington Train [ large preview ]
"Close up of an antique train in Snoqualmie, Washington." Photo taken by Bonnie Jones from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - washington-train

Scenic Route Train

Scenic Route Train [ large preview ]
"Close up of an antique train in Snoqualmie, Washington." Photo taken by Bonnie Jones from US.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - scenic-route-train

Train 529

Train 529 [ large preview ]
"Close up of an antique train in Snoqualmie, Washington." Photo taken by Bonnie Jones from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - train-529

Notice on escalator

Notice on escalator [ large preview ]
"Simple yet effective visuals that cuts across language barriers. (Found in one of the train stations in Korea.)." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Photo taken by Yestine Goh from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - notice-on-escalator

Don’t Break a Leg

Don’t Break a Leg [ large preview ]
"This sign warns people from running across the train tracks when a train is coming. The logo succeeds in communicating what NOT to do." Designed by Priscilla Barcellos from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-break-a-leg

American Express Rewards Card

American Express Rewards Card [ large preview ]
"American Express Rewards Card advertisement at train station. The floor is written with “Points” while the walls have other information about the product." Licensed: Please seek approval from me before using this image. Designed by Thivy from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - american-express-rewards-card

Train

Train [ large preview ]
"Train Signs." Photo taken by Anselm Christophersen from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - train

Skövde Central Station Sign

Skövde Central Station Sign [ large preview ]
"A really beautiful, accessible and easy to understand sign on a Central Station in Skövde. The sign illustrates bus station, taxi and train platforms. Note that everything is also written in Braille code." Photo taken by Igor Jovic from Sweden.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - skovde--central-station-sign

Falköping, Meeting Point sign on a Train Station

Falkoping, Meeting Point sign on a Train Station [ large preview ]
"A meeting point sign on a train station in Falköping, a really small town in Sweden. Note that it’s also written in Braille code." Photo taken by Igor Jovic from Sweden.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - falkoping-meeting-point-sign-on-a-train-station

SIR

SIR [ large preview ]
"Staten Island Rail Train Sign." Photo taken by Erecia Williams from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sir

F1 Train Advertisement

F1 Train Advertisement [ large preview ]
"Singapore F1 Night Race Advertisement at a train station." Licensed: Please contact me for any use other than exclusively for the contest and reproducing it on the contest page. Designed by Vathani from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - f1-train-advertisement

Visa Train Advertisement

Visa Train Advertisement [ large preview ]
"Visa Advertisement along the escalator down to the train station." Licensed: Please contact me for any use other than exclusively for the contest and reproducing it on the contest page. Designed by Vathani from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - visa-train-advertisement

Train station sing

Train station sing [ large preview ]
"This is a sign in the subway in orange indicating inforamtion about the station." Designed by Carmen Sosia from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - train-station-sing

Tunnel

Tunnel [ large preview ]
"Signals for the train in a railway tunnel." Designed by Sergio Oraa Alcalá from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tunnel

Fashion Police

Fashion Police [ large preview ]
"Posted near the train station exit in Monaco. I actually witnessed an office ask a gentleman to button up his shirt." Photo taken by Stephen Harrison from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - fashion-police

Way to Shin Osaka, Nagoya

Way to Shin Osaka, Nagoya [ large preview ]
"The Direction to go to Nagoya and also to let us know when the train will come." Photo taken by Puspita Sekarsari from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - way-to-shin-osaka-nagoya

Queretaro airport arrivals

Queretaro airport arrivals [ large preview ]
"International, National, and bathroom signs at a small Mexican airport (Queretaro)." Photo taken by Alicia Ramirez from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - queretaro-airport-arrivals

Queretaro airport bar

Queretaro airport bar [ large preview ]
"Bar sign at a small Mexican airport (Queretaro)." Photo taken by Alicia Ramirez from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - queretaro-airport-bar

Queretaro airport customs

Queretaro airport customs [ large preview ]
"Customs and Immigration signs at a small Mexican airport (Queretaro)." Photo taken by Alicia Ramirez from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - queretaro-airport-customs

Cphan Please Wait Airport Bangkok

Cphan Please Wait Airport Bangkok [ large preview ]
"The signs that I shot during my travel." Photo taken by Christina Phan from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cphan-please-wait-airport-bangkok

Cphan Wayout Airport Bangkok

Cphan Wayout Airport Bangkok [ large preview ]
"The signs that I shot during my travel." Photo taken by Christina Phan from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cphan-wayout-airport-bangkok

Typography in Frankfurt

Typography in Frankfurt [ large preview ]
"Signage in the Frankfurt Airport. Very good application of typography to perspective view." Licensed: Free for non commercial use. Photo taken by Luis Palolo from Portugal.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - typography-in-frankfurt

Indian visa and plane ticket

Indian visa and plane ticket [ large preview ]
"I took this one just before leaving from Buenos Aires to Mumbai, while I was waiting at the Ezeiza Airport in Argentina." Photo taken by Nicolás Montecchiari from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - indian-visa-and-plane-ticket

Dubai International Airport No Smoking

Dubai International Airport No Smoking [ large preview ]
"No smoking signage placed on a security camera in dubai international airport." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Anas Marwan from UAE.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dubai-international-airport---no-smoking

Exit sign

Exit sign [ large preview ]
"Exit sign Airport Kuala Lumpur." Designed by Kristina Ivandic from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit-sign

Caution

Caution [ large preview ]
"A sign of ‘not to use escalators with luggage’ in KKI Airport, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)." Photo taken by Waseef Akhtar from Saudi Arabia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - caution

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

You may want to take a look at other contest galleries, too:

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

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    Yayy… my SIR was shown :). thanks guys. that “F1 Train Advertisement” & “American Express Rewards Card” is really hot as well.

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