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 Underground signs. A multitude of signs found in and around subway and metro stations designed to convey an assortment of information in compact and crowded areas. 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).
One station two direction [ large preview ]
"One station, two direction, old and new design – metro station on Deák square Budapest – metro station on Deák square Budapest." Licensed: cc by-nc. Photo taken by Kristóf Jakab from Hungary.
Chicago Metro Station2 [ large preview ]
"Simple yet intricately elegant work for the metro sign simulating Paris Art Nouveau metal work at the stations in the 1920s." Photo taken by Maiss Razem from Jordan.
Metro sign in paris [ large preview ]
"A public subway entrance sign somewhere in Paris." Designed by V.D. Photo from Romania.
Handrail signage for blind person [ large preview ]
"Staircases’ handrails provide information label for blind people in one of the Nagoya’s (Japan) underground. As easy to notice there are braille characters on the left side of the handrail." Licensed: Photo was taken by myself. Photo taken by Piotr Domowicz from Poland.
Underground mortuary [ large preview ]
"Taken in a German underground military hospital in Guernsey. I loved the really sinister look to it!" Designed by Henrik Cullen from UK.
Inspired by the underground [ large preview ]
"People walk by the musician. He drums with his eyes closed completely immersed in the music of the city – the rumble of the trams, the stream of cars freed by the green traffic light like the breaking of a dam and the moments of silence between them. People are pale shadows, that vibrate with the rhythm of the city. The beats of his hands synchronize the beating of the heart with the pulse of the city." Designed by Vladimir Rizov from Bulgaria.
Food on the go
Street Kensigton Subway Station, London [ large preview ]
"The repressive metal net above the subway station’s sign is so typical of Britain." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution License. Photo taken by Dimitar Nikolov from Bulgaria.
No Begging [ large preview ]
"This photo was taken at Leytonstone tube station in August 2010. My baby daughter and I have cycled past this sign on numerous occasions. It made me laugh every time I saw it and I was waiting for the moment to do something with it. This competition gave me the opportunity to show the ridiculous contradiction of those words. My friend Jesica helped me for that." Photo taken by Claire Guilloton from UK.
The High Numbers [ large preview ]
"Pricing in gas station." Designed by Ruben Manuel M Moreno from Portugal.
Railway Officer’s Parking Space [ large preview ]
"A railway station that is about to close down and the space infront of the station is for the officers." Licensed: Royalty Free (RF) images. Photo taken by Ellson Yap from Singapore.
Which level ? [ large preview ]
"In the beautiful brussel’s station, the sign of elevator is very huge and beautiful lighting inside, very integrate with modern architecture of the station." Licensed: License (Attribution) free but if it used just notified by Thomas Nicot. Photo taken by nicot from France.
Traditional Signage [ large preview ]
"A collection of signs in Victoria Tube Station." Photo taken by Charlotte Simpson from UK.
Blue Line of Chicago [ large preview ]
"The signage that help you not to lost the way in CTA Blue Line." Created by Miss Tanida Pupatarapong from Thailand.
Melbourne subway station [ large preview ]
"The sign for a subway station in Melbourne, Australia." Created by Brooke Pitson from Australia.
Signal [ large preview ]
"Signal-sign-Brussels-Underground." Created by David Marquie from Belgium.
Fire [ large preview ]
"Fire hose nozzle sign Brussels Underground." Created by David Marquie from Belgium.
Alarm [ large preview ]
"SOS sign and device Brussels Underground." Created by David Marquie from Belgium.
Italian Style [ large preview ]
"New tunnel in Milan where the construction workers didn’t realize that the signs have different distances to the exits. Therefore some smart/lazy guy, just taped new numbers over the orignial ones, italian style." Photo taken by Fabian Rauch from Austria.
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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