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The Beauty Of Public Signage: Photo Contest Results

In August we announced the World Of Signage Photo Contest1, in which we encouraged designers, artists and photographers to go out with their cameras, shoot attractive typography and public signage and send us the results. The more obvious subjects we received were street signs, building facades, highway markers and road signs, as well as wayfinding graphics (i.e. directional signage) in public venues, subway signs, hotel and office signs and signs in shops, too.

And The Winner Is… Link

Suicide signage [ large preview2 ]
"Photo taken in the tube in Paris." Photo taken by Julian Salaun53 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - suicide-signage4

The winner of the digital SLR camera, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS (EOS 1000D) is Julian Salaun53 for his photo “Suicide Signage”, taken in the underground tube in Paris. That’s a sign you wouldn’t normally notice; the unconventional perspective is attention-grabbing and makes the photo stand out with its almost ironic placement. Very unique, very original shot. Congratulations to you! (You should have been contacted by now.)

2,500+ submissions, 51 categories Link

We received almost everything one could think of. The response was overwhelming and truly smashing: overall, we received over 2,500 photos, some of which, though, didn’t pass our automated processing or didn’t fit our guidelines.

Overall, almost 1,500 photos are presented in 51 galleries below. With so many emails from so many people across the world, sorting the submissions manually was a daunting task. But that’s what we had to do. It took a lot of time, even with every member of our team spending a significant amount of time reviewing and grouping the photos. Interestingly, the most popular kinds of photos were road and street signs6 and warning and danger signs7, followed by train and airport signs8, venue signs9 and, of course, WC (restroom) signs10. We noticed that some photographers shot the same places at different times — what curious coincidences those were!

Showcase Link

Now, finally, the results are online. Initially, we planned to add personal comments to each one, but that would have taken months. Out of sympathy for our media servers, we have split the submissions across several pages, all linked below. Please check out the pages and comment on the photos you like best. We also hope we have achieved the goal of the contest: to provide our readers with useful and creative ideas on how designers worldwide combine type, visual design and pictograms in public signage.

Showcase Of Most Interesting Submissions Link

Some of the most interesting, creative and original submissions are presented below. Please note: each photo comes with a license, noted in the description of the photo. Before using the images for personal or commercial projects, make sure the license allows you to do so. Also, you can click on the photos for larger versions.

Station Shop Link

Station Shop [ large preview62 ]
"Please use other door – Station Shop." Created by John Kilpatrick from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - station-shop63

Subway Scratch Off Link

Subway Scratch Off [ large preview64 ]
"Subway sign for center city Philly @ Market East Station." Created by Carissa Katz10765 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - subway-scratch-off66

Beware of Falling Coconuts Link

Beware of Falling Coconuts [ large preview67 ]
"Heard about ‘Beware of dogs but coconuts?’." Created by Kisan Bhat68 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beware-of-falling-coconuts69

From here you can go anywhere Link

From here you can go anywhere [ large preview70 ]
"Should i see Skadarlija, Skopje, Moscow, maybe Moon? I think I’ll go for a drink at “Sesir Moj 2”." License: CC BY-NC-ND. Created by Marko Rosic from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - from-here-you-can-go-anywhere71

Don’t even think of parking here Link

Don’t even think of parking here [ large preview72 ]
"The picture was taken in NYC in 2009." Designed by Stefan Vogel73 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-even-think-of-parking-here74

Chinatown San Fran Link

Chinatown San Fran [ large preview75 ]
"The main street that runs through Chinatown in San Francisco is Grant Street. Here the local color can be seen in the background of the sign." Created by Jen Mabe from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chinatown-san-fran76

Caixa Forum Pictograms Link

Caixa Forum Pictograms [ large preview77 ]
"Signage from Caixa Forum museum in Barcelona, minimalistic & neat: Pictograms." Created by Ivana Vasilj78 from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - caixa-forum-pictograms79

Name temple signage Link

Name temple signage [ large preview80 ]
"Name of temple." Photo taken by Bob Soo Kar Shun from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - name-temple-signage81

Train Link

Train [ large preview82 ]
"Train Signs." Designed by Anselm Christophersen17683 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - train84

Skövde Central Station Sign Link

Skövde Central Station Sign [ large preview85 ]
"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." Designed by Igor Jovic86 from Sweden.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - skovde--central-station-sign87

FLine Up Link

Line Up [ large preview88 ]
"Lining up at Incheon International Airport in South Korea." Licensed: Copyright. Designed by Aurus Sy89 from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - line-up90

Number 2 Is Open Link

Number 2 Is Open [ large preview91 ]
"These are personal FedEx Kinkos Booths open to the public. Notice how the signs are slightly angled so they attract attention from down the hall instead of being flat on the surface of the doors… and aren’t the colors just wonderful." Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Designed by Stephanie King92 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - number-2-is-open93

Wyatt’s Confusion Link

Wyatt’s Confusion [ large preview94 ]
"SCCC 2010 graphic design student, Wyatt stands amongst many directional signs, slightly puzzled." Photo taken by Chelsey Scheffe from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wyatts-confusion95

Architect’s Gateway Link

Architect’s Gateway [ large preview96 ]
"3 doors from the side of a building with signage of what an Architect does." Licensed: Royalty Free (RF) images. Designed by Ellson Yap97 from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - architects-gateway98

Beware, polar bears ! Link

Beware, polar bears ! [ large preview99 ]
"Photo taken near Longyearbyen in Svalbard (or Spitzbergen), Norway, in October 2009. This photo shows the non attention paid to the sign, as the lady runs towards the land, where the bears are, as the sign says to beware of polar bears “In the entire Svalbard”." Created by Brian MathÈ100 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beware,-polar-bears-!101

Vacancy Link

Vacancy [ large preview102 ]
"Lake Wales – roadside signs: Permanent Vacancy." Created by Angela Wilson from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vacancy103

1833 Salamanca Link

1833 Salamanca [ large preview104 ]
"Metal shelled sign filled with original convict mined sandstone blocks." Licensed: Copyright Steven Clark with permission granted to Smashing Magazine to use in relation to this competition. Designed by Steven Clark from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 1833-salamanca105

Udderly Tall Link

Udderly Tall [ large preview106 ]
"Best place in town for sweet iced tea & your weekly 2%." Created by Carissa Katz10765 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - udderly-tall108

Mixed Signals Link

Mixed Signals [ large preview109 ]
"Open, closed, I’m there…?" Photo taken by Kent Downer110 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mixed-signals111

Welcome to Salt Lake City Link

Welcome to Salt Lake City [ large preview112 ]
"A sign that pretty much sums of living in the city of salt." Created by Shauna Ehninger113 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - welcome-to-salt-lake-city114

Up the 101 Link

Up the 101 [ large preview115 ]
"This photo was taken at the famous Taipei 101 building. What amazed me is that each floor you went they would write the height of the building. Clear fonts with an inviting graphics." Photo taken by Michelle Pei Ting Huang116 from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - up-the-101117

Magic numbers Link

Magic numbers [ large preview118 ]
"House numbers in brass in the evening." Photo taken by Jaina119 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - magic-numbers120

The Room Number Link

The Room Number [ large preview121 ]
"A Picture of a hostel room in thailand." License: Creative Common Attribution License. Created by Robert Hoppe122 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-room-number123

Zetland House Type Link

Zetland House Type [ large preview124 ]
"My work is in this building with really great giant type for the floor markings." Photo taken by Rachel Lipsitz125 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - zetland-house-type126

High voltage Link

High voltage [ large preview127 ]
"A warning sign in an Indian train." Created by Harald Krefting128 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - high-voltage129

Steep Hahnenkamm Link

Steep Hahnenkamm [ large preview130 ]
"Hahnenkamm Ski Slope in Kitzbuhel, Austria." Photo taken by Gary Toriello131 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - steep-hahnenkamm132

Dangerman Link

Dangerman [ large preview133 ]
"This is a danger sign found on truck carrying inflammable material in Mumbai. Danger comes in all sizes and flavors :)." Designed by Charvi Mohan Sarfare134 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dangerman135

End Link

End [ large preview136 ]
"A nice looking warning in Hong Kong about the end of a pedestrian zone." Licensed: Free use, just give me credit. Designed by John Mertens137 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - end138

Monsoon Morning Link

Monsoon Morning [ large preview139 ]
"Taken today around 8am from tube station." Licensed: Free. Designed by Yatrik Vyas140 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - monsoon-morning141

No jumping be careful the safe Link

No jumping be careful the safe [ large preview142 ]
"Picture taken during my trip to Huashan Mountain in China in 2007." License: Free. Created by Yann Lorber143 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe144

The Exclusion Zone Link

The Exclusion Zone [ large preview145 ]
"The Exclusion Zone of Novosibirsk Hydropower Station." Photo taken by Maria Demina from Russia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-exclusion-zone146

Tehran metro exit Link

Tehran metro exit [ large preview147 ]
"Tehran Metro Bi-Language Exit Sign." Designed by Arash Haji Vaziri from Iran.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tehran-metro-exit148

Handrail signage for blind person Link

Handrail signage for blind person [ large preview149 ]
"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. Designed by Piotr Domowicz from Poland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - handrail-signage-for-blind-person150

Vienna Subway Map Link

Vienna Subway Map [ large preview151 ]
"Vienna Subway Map. I really love the use of Helvetica" Created by Alex Buga152 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vienna-subway-map153

Waiting at Gate #3 Link

Waiting at Gate #3 [ large preview154 ]
"Photo was taken while waiting for a flight connection to Brazil in Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay." Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike License. Designed by Fernando Maclen161155 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - waiting-at-gate-3156

Signage dock E zurich 1 Link

Signage dock E zurich 1 [ large preview157 ]
"Zurich Airport Dock E, main walls in the (Sky) Metro station." Licensed: Sascha Török – Wirksame Gestaltung. Designed by Sascha Török158 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signage-dock-e-zurich-1159

Pit Stop Link

Pit Stop [ large preview160 ]
"Photo was taken while waiting for a flight connection to Brazil in Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay." Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike License. Designed by Fernando Maclen161155 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - pit-stop162

Texturized wall Link

Texturized wall [ large preview163 ]
"A wall in Hamburg airport, literally texturize with text." Designed by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - texturized-wall164

Cphan Look Right Hongkong Link

Cphan Look Right Hongkong [ large preview165 ]
"The sign in Air Asia Airplane that I shot during my travel." Designed by Christina Phan166 from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cphan-look-right-hongkong167

Filling The White Space Link

Filling The White Space [ large preview168 ]
"Landing Site on Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong." Licensed: cc by-nc. Designed by Andrea Surwillo from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - filling-the-white-space169

Indian Railway reservation chart table Link

Indian Railway reservation chart table [ large preview170 ]
"Indian’s Railway reservation chart table." License: Copyrighted. Created by Sroan Sergei Graovac from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - indian-railway-reservation-chart-table171

Airport Security Check Link

Airport Security Check [ large preview172 ]
"Security at airport." Created by balajee173 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - airport-security-check174

Bike sign Link

Bike sign [ large preview175 ]
"Bike Sign." Photo taken by Anselm Christophersen17683 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bike-sign177

Three Signs In A Row Link

Three Signs In A Row [ large preview178 ]
"I liked the three layers of the signs. One on the glas window, one behind on the wall, and the reflection of one sign on the oppsite side of the glas window.." Designed by Andris Linz179 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - three-signs-in-a-rowl180

Port Sign Boote Link

Port Sign Boote [ large preview181 ]
"Simple port sign photo in Austria." Designed by Olariu Ionel182 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - port-sign-boote183

Everywhichway Link

Everywhichway [ large preview184 ]
"California Science Center." Designed by Enrico Santana from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - everywhichway185

Valley of the kings Link

Valley of the kings [ large preview186 ]
"Valley of the kings tombs Egypt." Designed by Kristina Ivandic from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - valley-of-the-kings187

New York Tourism Link

New York Tourism [ large preview188 ]
"A directional sign located in Battery Park, New York, USA." Photo taken by Tracey L. Warner from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - new-york-tourism189

Rock and roll is here Link

Rock and roll is here [ large preview190 ]
"Just ran into an interesting scene, which is about a sign of a livehouse in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan." Photo taken by Terry Lai from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rock-and-roll-is-here191

Life at cross roads Link

Life at cross roads [ large preview192 ]
"Shot at Tamilnadu, India." Created by Subinkrishna Gopi193 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - life-at-cross-roads194

Signs to far destinations Link

Signs to far destinations [ large preview195 ]
"Signs to destinations all over the world in Gran Canaria." License: Creative Commons by-nc. Created by Misel Radosavac from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signs-to-far-destinations196

Right Way Link

Right Way [ large preview197 ]
"Boracay island Philippines alleyway." Created by David Coates from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - right-way198

ParkInside Link

ParkInside [ large preview199 ]
"Beautiful vintage, grunge sign found in St. Louis. Taken with iPhone." Photo taken by Phil Franks from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - parkinside200

Main road signage Link

Main road signage [ large preview201 ]
"Hand painted on a block of a pointed shaped stone indicating that this road is the 1st main road." Photo taken by Heya Basu202 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - main-road-signage203

Look Link

Look [ large preview204 ]
"Whimsical, typographic message with a hint of pictogram via the small dots in the O’s, creating a subtle pair of eyes." Photo taken by Jason Bequette205 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - look206

Exnersvej Link

Exnersvej [ large preview207 ]
"My street sign." Created by Achille Marotta from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exnersvej208

Bump Link

Bump [ large preview209 ]
"Sometime a little bump on the road can save you." Designed by Md. Zabir Hasan from Bangladesh.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bump210

Play with size Link

Play with size [ large preview211 ]
"Design Center in Copenhagen, brilliantly played with sizing." Photo taken by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - play-with-size212

Choosing the right way Link

Choosing the right way [ large preview213 ]
"First photo of a short story. You have to choose your way to the divinity." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Designed by Ester Liquori214 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - choosing-the-right-way215

Bike parking sign Link

Bike parking sign [ large preview216 ]
"A bike parking sign in the city of Heraklion, watch for the city’s sign up and left." Licensed: Royalty Free. Designed by Miljkovic Milos217 from Greece.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bike-parking-sign218

Cryptic writings Link

Cryptic writings [ large preview219 ]
"Letters in a parking garace in Helsinki. Not very informative." Created by Erkki Punttila from Finland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cryptic-writings220

No parking Link

No parking [ large preview221 ]
"Hand painted sign." Designed by Travers Smyth222 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-parking223

Which Way Link

Which Way [ large preview224 ]
"The traffic light tree (London) here could repesent the confusion we face in our lives deciding which way to go." Designed by Hazem Lashin from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - which-way225

Corner in Primary Link

Corner in Primary [ large preview226 ]
"A highway billboard in New Mexico getting a fresh coat of primary colors." Licensed: Copyright. Designed by Gavin Todes227 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - corner-in-primary228

Don’t go right Link

Don’t go right [ large preview229 ]
"Signs on a freeway in Lima Peru." Photo taken by Rodrigo Apolaya230 from Peru.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-go-right231

Tandem signage Link

Tandem signage [ large preview232 ]
"Strange tandem signage in Spain." Photo taken by Jonas Ginter233 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tandem-signage234

Ballyvaughan Link

Ballyvaughan [ large preview ]
"Ballyvaughan, Ireland." Created by Mary Lemcke235 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ballyvaughan

Ecuador Sign, Ecuador Link

Ecuador Sign, Ecuador [ large preview236 ]
"This photo shows both the coordinates of the location, as well as the actual line passing below the sign to mark the equator, or “The Middle of the World” as they call it in Ecuador." Photo taken by Tessa K. Marmion from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ecuador-sign-ecuador237

Mount Maido’s direction Link

Mount Maido’s direction [ large preview238 ]
"Mount Maïdo’s handwriting direction on a rock." Created by Cédric Albrecht239 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mount-maidos-direction240

Berlin Street Signs Link

Berlin Street Signs [ large preview241 ]
"Street signs in Berlin-Kreuzberg, with the characteristic German ‘eszett’ and several ‘tz’ ligatures." License: Created by Florian Hardwig242 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - berlin-street-signs243

Last Click Link

Good Morning Sunshine Link

Good Morning Sunshine [ large preview244 ]
"One of the morning sun shines in Glasgow at Tchai Ovna." Photo taken by Shalmali Patkar245 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - good-morning-sunshine246

Alborzmountain Link

Alborzmountain [ large preview247 ]
"A part of Alborz Mountain with above 4100m height." Licensed: © Payam Hamzei. Designed by Payam Hamzei248 from Iran.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - alborzmountain249

Thanks! Link

Thanks to all participants for taking the time to prepare and submit their photos for this contest and for contributing to the unique and diverse gallery presented here. We truly appreciate and respect your effort and time, folks. And please stay tuned for our next contest! Let us know what kind of contest you would like it to be; we look forward to your comments in this post!

Further Galleries Link

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


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    So many great shots! I am SO surprised by the photo you chose as the winner though; one of the most boring ones on the page IMO.

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      Vitaly Friedman

      September 16, 2010 7:16 am

      mike i, thank you for your opinion. We are always glad to receive constructive criticism. Could you please describe photos from this page that you think should win the contest? Can you please be more concrete?

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        Sure thing. It’s just that the photo you chose has no emotion to it. You said you wouldn’t notice it, which isn’t true. If it’s a double track than there are people standing on the other side of the tracks, that’s who this sign is faced at. So everybody sees it. It’s not ironic to put a sign saying not to jump on the tracks right next to the tracks, it wouldn’t do much good in the bathroom.

        As for better choices: polar bears, 1833 salamanca, end, no jumping be careful the safe.

        But my choice would be “Corner in Primary”. To me this is a perfect example of good photography. It’s stopping a moment in time that will never be seen again. The sign looked different yesterday, and it will look different tomorrow. And it’s cool how the sign can still be read even though it’s being worked on.

        Just my opinion :)

        • 4

          I must say I completely agree with Mike, I was so surprised (and disapointed) when I saw the winning picture. I guess you didn’t know that the sign was put there so that people standing on the other side could see it.
          My favorites : No jumping be careful the safe, Texturized wall and Which Way

          • 5

            First: Congratulations to Julian Salaun.

            I have to agree with the above. The sign is on the opposite side of a platform – so anyone standing on the actual platform can see it. Making your reasoning for the win … well … it was a free competition and great work looking through all those photos.

          • 6

            I too agree with mike…..

            And Voting system could be a better idea to select finalists…..
            just a suggestion….

  2. 7

    Um, not to be rude to another fellow artist, but this picture is just not that great. if he took in on the tracks, that would have been better (risk for a great shot counts for something, no?)…even the composition is wonky. The sign itself is neither unique nor otherwise captivating.

    Essentially, i’m wondering how this managed to win. It just doesn’t deserve it compared to the many, many better submissions. The judges must have been smoking that really good stuff :P

    • 8

      Vitaly Friedman

      September 16, 2010 7:16 am

      We are always glad to receive constructive criticism. The idea mattered more than the execution in this contest. Could you please describe photos that you think should win the contest? Can you please be more concrete?

  3. 9

    Congratulations to winner and to Smashingmagazine, really great job.
    I wish more creative contest like this one on SM.

  4. 11

    Some fantastic photos here, I should have got round to taking one too. Particularly love the Salt Lake City and Battery park sign.

    I can see why you chose the winner but I’m not all that convinced myself.

  5. 12

    Congrats to the winner! And thanks for this contest! Loads of really nice, funny etc etc pics. I wouldn’t like to choose one myself…

    I would like if I may… any chance to see participants to vote for their best photos?

    ps: there is no accounting for taste.

  6. 13

    Congratulations to Julian Salaun. Thanks to Smashing Magazine.
    How about a contest like this for every month ? :)
    How about readers can vote too ?

  7. 14

    Well done Smashing Magazine!
    Very great job!

  8. 15

    Wow what great submissions. Many congrats to Julian, really nice photo. and yes thank you Smashing Mag for a fun contest.


  9. 16

    huhu, I am not selected,
    but I am happy coz my photos wan’t that much good :)

  10. 17

    Congratulations, appreciate the idea, and hope seeing over here.

    I regard the opinion about the poorest choice that was made. I can find plenty of others photos which better fill the accuracy asked by the contest. I may understand your criteria because on some originality of the sign. Not being disrespectful to the winner, but I absolutely can find better ones following the typography concepts and also originality.

    Particularly, really like the “Bike parking sign”, for example.


  11. 18


    I love this website, and all its ressources, so thanks a lot for sharing your passion, and making us able to improve our skills.

    As I saw only one picture in the snow, I thought this could have been part of your selection.
    Maybe I’m wrong, mabybe it’s not worth the share, but anyway, take a look:

    Greetings from France,


  12. 21

    Congratulation Julian! Your picture is quite interesting indeed.

  13. 22

    Thanks for the contest and the great diversity, Vitaly. My favorites, in order:
    1. Mixed signals (funny on so many levels, but being a State Farm Insurance office sends it over the top)
    2. Rock and roll (commentary by the dog makes it)
    3. No jumping (I wonder what the fine is for jumping. Oh.)
    4. Caixa pictograms (Good signage, great juxtaposition)
    5. Don’t even THINK (so New York)

  14. 23

    Looking forward to see similar contest in the future.

  15. 24

    No words!!!
    Simply a complete world tour!
    Congratulations for the idea.

  16. 25

    Aah I’m glad you chose my picture for the showcase (polar bears), I knew there were some potential lovers of this one ! I didn’t win the SLR though, but that makes you all know the website I designed for the round the world cycling adventure we prepared during 2 years with friends :)

    Like many others, I’m a bit disappointed by the winner. But great submissions everyone ! Can’t wait to see other contests like that !

  17. 26

    Thanks for this Vitaly. Its lovely to see different signage and get ideas from all over the planet. Im sure it took alot of your time. Its much appreciated.

  18. 27

    Personally I love the winning entry! Beautiful signage can often be the most subtle of things; it’s those little warnings that always attract my interest. Way to go!

  19. 28

    Great collection! Really cool to see that Smashing Magazine has moved so many people all over the world in taking pictures of all kinds of signs!

    I like the No Jumping Sign, Polar Beers and the Falling Coconuts.

    I also think that the winning picture is not the best. However I do like the photo after all he risked his life to take the picture! :D

  20. 29

    What a fantastic competition! Well done to everyone involved. I’m sure it was very hard to narrow down a winner. Wish I was in time to submit some of my signage photos I just got in France.


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