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 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 (?!)
Beach marker Texel
Close up Broken Signage
Close up Broken Signage [ large preview ]
“Close up of Signage graphics.” Photo taken by Charlotte Simpson from UK.
Backwards Sign [ large preview ]
“A photo from the other side of the entrance door into Wagamama.” Photo taken by Charlotte Simpson from UK.
Everything Will Be Ok
Everything Will Be Ok [ large preview ]
“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.
Hey! Over here
Creative Student Flyers
Creative Student Flyers [ large preview ]
“A flyer of high educational cost protest from Indonesian student, taken from University of Padjadjaran Bandung.” Photo taken by Panji Firman Rahadi from Indonesia.
Kamchatka ski baze
Drain circle [ large preview ]
“Drain-circle.” Photo taken by Mikkel Schebye Johnsen from Denmark.
Burned Memories [ large preview ]
“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 Jensen from Denmark.
Retired on Broadway
Power in the park
Power in the park [ large preview ]
“A rusted Pole transmits electricy to Butler Park, Austin, TX.” Photo taken by Cristal Garcia from USA.
Going up together
London Eye logo
Play with size
Play with size [ large preview ]
“Design Center in Copenhagen, brilliantly played with sizing.” Photo taken by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.
Toast word wall
Toast word wall [ large preview ]
“A decorated wall in a kitchen, bringing some CHEERS atmosphere inside the place.” Photo taken by Pitipat Srichairat from Thailand.
Sea Girt Lifeguard Stands
Communications [ large preview ]
"As seen on a steel door on a Seattle sidewalk." Photo taken by Stephen Harrison from USA.
Land [ large preview ]
"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.
Design [ large preview ]
"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 Hiester from USA.
Rotterdam container terminal detail
Rotterdam container terminal detail [ large preview ]
"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.
Over Five Trillion Galaxies
Over Five Trillion Galaxies [ large preview ]
"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 Sweeney from USA.
I am the bin Barselona
Mures [ large preview ]
"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.
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!
You may want to take a look at other contest galleries, too:
- Abstract and Weird Signs 1
- Abstract and Weird Signs 2
- Advertising and Promotional Signs 1
- Advertising and Promotional Signs 2
- Corporate Logos and Branding Signs
- "Forbidden" Signs 1
- "Forbidden" Signs 2
- Funny, Clever and Original Signs 1
- Funny, Clever and Original Signs 2
- Funny, Clever and Original Signs 3
- Graffiti and Hand-Written Signs 1
- Graffiti and Hand-Written Signs 2
- Hotel, Restaurant and Diner Signs 1
- Hotel, Restaurant and Diner Signs 2
- Hotel, Restaurant and Diner Signs 3
- Information and Instructional Signs 1
- Information and Instructional Signs 2
- Library Signs
- Monument and Memorial Signs
- Museum Signs 1
- Museum Signs 2
- Public and State Building Signs 1
- Public and State Building Signs 2
- Road and Street Signs 1
- Road and Street Signs 2
- Road and Street Signs 3
- Road and Street Signs 4
- Road and Street Signs 5
- School and Park Signs
- Shop and Store Signs 1
- Shop and Store Signs 2
- Shop and Store Signs 3
- Street Wayfinding Signs 1
- Street Wayfinding Signs 2
- Street Wayfinding Signs 3
- Street Wayfinding Signs 4
- Train and Airport Signs 1
- Train and Airport Signs 2
- Underground and Metro Signs
- Warning and Danger Signs 1
- Warning and Danger Signs 2
- Warning and Danger Signs 3
- Warning and Danger Signs 4
- Warning and Danger Signs 5
- Wayfinding in Buildings Signs 1
- Wayfinding in Buildings Signs 2
- WC and Restroom Signs 1
- WC and Restroom Signs 2
- Welcome Signs
- Other photos 1
- Other photos 2