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Abstract and Weird Signs Part 2

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 Abstract and Weird signs, i.e. signs that attract attention with their atypical look. 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).

Abstract and Weird Photos / Signs

Putovanie Sign (?!)

Putovanie Sign (?!) [ large preview2 ]
"Unknow sign to unknown location." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos63 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - putovanie-sign-()4

Grand Dubrovnik

Grand Dubrovnik [ large preview5 ]
"Gradn Dubrovnik sign." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos63 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - grand-dubrovnik7

Beach marker Texel

Beach marker Texel [ large preview8 ]
"Beachhouse and marker on the Beach of texel, The Netherlands." Photo taken by Martijn Verwer9 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beach-marker-texel10

Close up Broken Signage

Close up Broken Signage [ large preview11 ]
"Close up of Signage graphics." Photo taken by Charlotte Simpson from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - close-up-broken-signage12

Backwards Sign

Backwards Sign [ large preview13 ]
"A photo from the other side of the entrance door into Wagamama." Photo taken by Charlotte Simpson from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - backwards-sign14

Everything Will Be Ok

Everything Will Be Ok [ large preview15 ]
"Photo of a randomly-placed positive message sticker. And, what do you know? Everything DID turn out OK." Licensed: Non-Commercial. Photo taken by Josh Riggs from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - everything-will-be-ok16

Hey! Over here

Hey! Over here [ large preview17 ]
"Button of to call the stewardess." Photo taken by Carlos Prioglio18 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hey-over-here19

Creative Student Flyers

Creative Student Flyers [ large preview20 ]
"A flyer of high educational cost protest from Indonesian student, taken from University of Padjadjaran Bandung." Photo taken by Panji Firman Rahadi from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - creative-student-flyers21

Kamchatka ski baze

Kamchatka ski baze [ large preview22 ]
"Sign at a devastated Ski Base, Kamchatka, Russia." Photo taken by Dieter Veverka23 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - kamchatka-ski-baze-24

Drain circle

Drain circle [ large preview25 ]
"Drain-circle." Photo taken by Mikkel Schebye Johnsen from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - drain-circle26

Burned Memories

Burned Memories [ large preview27 ]
"This was taken when I was using my friend (talis.dk)’s macro lens, it’s a burned down piece of newspaper I found in an empty fireplace." Photo taken by Philip Jensen28 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - burned-memories29

Retired on Broadway

Retired on Broadway [ large preview30 ]
"Old letter B from Broadway Theatre signage displayed in a window (San Diego)." Photo taken by Eduardo Garcia31 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - retired-on-broadway32

Power in the park

Power in the park [ large preview33 ]
"A rusted Pole transmits electricy to Butler Park, Austin, TX." Photo taken by Cristal Garcia from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - power-in-the-park34

Going up together

Going up together [ large preview35 ]
"End of the story. The best way to ride out hard time is friends’ help." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Mauro Bennici36 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - going-up-together37

43

43 [ large preview38 ]
"Number on an old wooden door. hdr shot." Photo taken by Jonas Ginter39 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 4340

London Eye logo

London Eye logo [ large preview41 ]
"London Eye logo from inside the cabin." Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Lajos Dioszegi42 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-eye-logo43

Play with size

Play with size [ large preview44 ]
"Design Center in Copenhagen, brilliantly played with sizing." Photo taken by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - play-with-size45

Toast word wall

Toast word wall [ large preview46 ]
"A decorated wall in a kitchen, bringing some CHEERS atmosphere inside the place." Photo taken by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - toast-word-wall47

Sea Girt Lifeguard Stands

Sea Girt Lifeguard Stands [ large preview48 ]
"The signage on Sea Girt, NJ lifeguard stands." Photo taken by Cary Liao49 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sea-girt-lifeguard-stands50

Imagination

Imagination [ large preview51 ]
"Polaroid taken of a sign Saying “Imagination” in Dutch." License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons. Photo taken by Jeroen Panjer52 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - imagination53

Dad

Dad [ large preview54 ]
"I love you” really means “I’m thinking about you." Photo taken by Clint Turcotte55 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dad56

Typewriter

Typewriter [ large preview57 ]
"My beloved old typewriter." License: Creative Common Attribution License. Photo taken by Robert Hoppe58 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - typewriter59

Communications

Communications [ large preview60 ]
"As seen on a steel door on a Seattle sidewalk." Photo taken by Stephen Harrison from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - communications61

Land

Land [ large preview62 ]
"The Hollywood Sign used to read HOLLYWOODLAND until a storm tore the end down. CHinatown had a similar sign on a smaller scale, this is the tail end of that sign.." License: ©2010 Konstantin Golovchinsky, all rights reserved. Photo taken by Konstantin Golovchinsky from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - land63

Design

Design [ large preview64 ]
"Looking up at cantilevered sign at New School for Design in NYC." License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Photo taken by Chris Hiester65 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - design66

Rotterdam container terminal detail

Rotterdam container terminal detail [ large preview67 ]
"A quick detail shot of the side of a straddle-carrier at the APM Terminal complex at Rotterdam port." Photo taken by Tobias Lassen from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rotterdam-container-terminal-detail68

Over Five Trillion Galaxies

Over Five Trillion Galaxies [ large preview69 ]
"Frank Chu campaigning to reclaim the money owed him for intergalactic broadcast rights to his childhood." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. Photo taken by M. Quinn Sweeney70 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - over-five-trillion-galaxies71

Mirrored letters

Mirrored letters [ large preview72 ]
"Mirrored Letters." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Alexander Snusmumric73 from Russia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mirrored-letters74

I am the bin Barselona

I am the bin Barselona [ large preview75 ]
"A helpful rubbish bin at the North Barcelona bus station." Licensed: Free use, just give me credit. Photo taken by John Mertens76 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - i-am-the-bin77

Haus signage

Haus signage [ large preview78 ]
"Detail of lettering on the Bauhaus Building facade in Dessau." Licensed: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Roberto Saba79 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - haus-signage80

Mures

Mures [ large preview81 ]
"Chipped UR on a heavily textured wall." Licensed: Copyright Steven Clark with permission granted to Smashing Magazine to use in relation to this competition. Photo taken by Steven Clark from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mures82

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:

Footnotes

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/16/the-world-of-signage-photo-contest-join-in-and-win-an-slr-camera/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/putovanie-sign-()/full_a_putovanie.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/wwwdragos
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/putovanie-sign-()/full_a_putovanie.jpg
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/grand-dubrovnik/full_b_grand_dubrovnik.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/wwwdragos
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/grand-dubrovnik/full_b_grand_dubrovnik.jpg
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/beach-marker-texel/full_sign-beach-texel-thenetherlands.jpg
  9. 9 http://www.famili.nl
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/beach-marker-texel/full_sign-beach-texel-thenetherlands.jpg
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/close-up-broken-signage/full_close-up-broken-signage.jpg
  12. 12 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/close-up-broken-signage/full_close-up-broken-signage.jpg
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/backwards-sign/full_backwards-sign.jpg
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/backwards-sign/full_backwards-sign.jpg
  15. 15 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/everything-will-be-ok/full_everything-will-be-ok.jpg
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/everything-will-be-ok/full_everything-will-be-ok.jpg
  17. 17 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hey-over-here/full_hey-over-here.jpg
  18. 18 http://wwww.facebook.com/charlitoss
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hey-over-here/full_hey-over-here.jpg
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/creative-student-flyers/full_creative-student-flyers.jpg
  21. 21 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/creative-student-flyers/full_creative-student-flyers.jpg
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/kamchatka-ski-baze-/full_kamchatka-ski-baze-camel.jpg
  23. 23 http://www.pixelworx.cc
  24. 24 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/kamchatka-ski-baze-/full_kamchatka-ski-baze-camel.jpg
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/drain-circle/full_drain-circle.jpg
  26. 26 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/drain-circle/full_drain-circle.jpg
  27. 27 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/burned-memories/full_burned-memories.jpg
  28. 28 http://www.juicylight.com
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/burned-memories/full_burned-memories.jpg
  30. 30 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/retired-on-broadway/full_retired-on-broadway.jpg
  31. 31 http://eddeezy.com
  32. 32 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/retired-on-broadway/full_retired-on-broadway.jpg
  33. 33 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/power-in-the-park/full_power-in-the-park.jpg
  34. 34 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/power-in-the-park/full_power-in-the-park.jpg
  35. 35 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/going-up-together/full_03-going-up-together.jpg
  36. 36 http://365photopaths.blogspot.com
  37. 37 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/going-up-together/full_03-going-up-together.jpg
  38. 38 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/43/full_number-43-on-wooden-door.jpg
  39. 39 http://www.jonasginter.de
  40. 40 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/43/full_number-43-on-wooden-door.jpg
  41. 41 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/london-eye-logo/full_london-eye-london.jpg
  42. 42 http://www.dixiworld.com
  43. 43 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/london-eye-logo/full_london-eye-london.jpg
  44. 44 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/play-with-size/full_play-with-size.jpg
  45. 45 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/play-with-size/full_play-with-size.jpg
  46. 46 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/toast-word-wall/full_toast-word-wall.jpg
  47. 47 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/toast-word-wall/full_toast-word-wall.jpg
  48. 48 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sea-girt-lifeguard-stands/full_sea-girt-lifeguard-stands.jpg
  49. 49 http://caryliao.com
  50. 50 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sea-girt-lifeguard-stands/full_sea-girt-lifeguard-stands.jpg
  51. 51 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/imagination/full_imagination.jpg
  52. 52 http://www.jeroenpanjer.nl
  53. 53 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/imagination/full_imagination.jpg
  54. 54 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dad/full_dad.jpg
  55. 55 http://cuedesign.ca
  56. 56 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dad/full_dad.jpg
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/typewriter/full_typewriter.jpg
  58. 58 http://www.katado.com
  59. 59 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/typewriter/full_typewriter.jpg
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/communications/full_communications.jpg
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/communications/full_communications.jpg
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/land/full_chinatown-land.jpg
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/land/full_chinatown-land.jpg
  64. 64 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/design/full_new-school-for-design-newyork.jpg
  65. 65 http://tinpanvalley.com
  66. 66 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/design/full_new-school-for-design-newyork.jpg
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rotterdam-container-terminal-detail/full_rotterdam-container-terminal-detail.jpg
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rotterdam-container-terminal-detail/full_rotterdam-container-terminal-detail.jpg
  69. 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/over-five-trillion-galaxies/full_over-five-trillion-galaxies.jpg
  70. 70 http://nermo.com
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/over-five-trillion-galaxies/full_over-five-trillion-galaxies.jpg
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mirrored-letters/full_mirrored-letters.jpg
  73. 73 http://home.hmurr.ru
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mirrored-letters/full_mirrored-letters.jpg
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-am-the-bin/full_i-am-the-bin-barcelona.jpg
  76. 76 http://mertonium.com
  77. 77 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-am-the-bin/full_i-am-the-bin-barcelona.jpg
  78. 78 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/haus-signage/full_haus-signage.jpg
  79. 79 http://www.fotothing.com/Ro73
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/haus-signage/full_haus-signage.jpg
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mures/full_chipped_mures.jpg
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mures/full_chipped_mures.jpg
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  85. 85 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  86. 86 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  87. 87 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  88. 88 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  91. 91 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  93. 93 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  94. 94 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  95. 95 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  96. 96 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  97. 97 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  98. 98 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  99. 99 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  100. 100 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  103. 103 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  104. 104 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  105. 105 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  106. 106 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  107. 107 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  108. 108 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  109. 109 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  110. 110 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  111. 111 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  112. 112 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  113. 113 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  114. 114 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  115. 115 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  116. 116 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  117. 117 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  118. 118 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  119. 119 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  120. 120 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  121. 121 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  122. 122 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  123. 123 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  124. 124 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  125. 125 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  126. 126 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  127. 127 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  128. 128 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  129. 129 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  130. 130 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  131. 131 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  132. 132 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  133. 133 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/

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