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 Advertising and Promotional signs and displays a few examples of promos and ads people around the world encounter in their everyday life. 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).
Advertising / Promo signs
Small Town Pride
Small Town Pride [ large preview ]
“I.wander.photography.” Photo taken by Tracey L. Warner from An abandoned bed & breakfast at Valley of the Gods, Utah.
Green Bull [ large preview ]
“Ladders Brand.” Photo taken by David Alvarez from USA.
One pesito olny
Food Station New YorkMarathon
Food Station New YorkMarathon [ large preview ]
“This photo was taken in the start zone of the New York Marathon 2006 while volunteering in the early morning. Balloons were used to indicate different areas within the start zone, such as food, first aid or storage and allowed participants quick navigation throughout the entire area.” Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons. Designed by Thomas R. Stegelmann from Germany.
Nature VS Signage
The Spirit of Mobility
I love slovenia signage
I love slovenia signage [ large preview ]
“It’s more of a Logo on a public map in Ptuj, Slovenia.” Photo taken by Lisa Schilhan from Austria.
Sex Machine [ large preview ]
“Near Dotonbori in Japan. A bar?” Photo taken by John Lang from USA.
Meet me here
Meet me here [ large preview ]
“Streets of Vancouver.” License: All rights reserved. Created by Goga Bayat from Canada.
Looking Up at McDonalds Pylon
Uneeda Biscuit [ large preview ]
“Mural on side of building in Roanoke, VA.” License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. Created by Chris Raymond from USA.
The mega mall
Magic laundry [ large preview ]
“Services available in Sumatra.” Photo taken by Ronan McKenna from Ireland.
Jatiwangi Artist Residency Sign
Jatiwangi Artist Residency Sign [ large preview ]
"A signage to guide artists involved in the Jatiwangi Artist Residency 2010 to its headquarters at the T-junction in Jatiwangi, Indonesia." Licensed: All rights reserved. Designed by Haidar Afandifrom Singapore.
Singapore2010 yog countdown timer
Singapore2010 yog countdown timer [ large preview ]
“Countdown timer for Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.” Photo taken by Joel Chua Dy from Singapore.
Flippers [ large preview ]
“Flipper’s fish punt at 8.55pm.” Licensed: Copyright Steven Clark with permission granted to Smashing Magazine to use in relation to this competition. Designed by Steven Clark from Australia.
Milk [ large preview ]
“International Milk Packaging.” Licensed: Attribution License. Designed by Maren Graser from Ireland.
Sunnyside Squares 03
Fudge before veggies
BileBeans [ large preview ]
“A legendary sign in good old York.” Photo taken by Daniel Gray from UK.
Vodka [ large preview ]
“Cheap booze in Paceville - Malta’s nightlife district. (The currency is Maltese Liri - 95c = Euro 2.20. Taken the summer before the currency changeover to Euro).” Photo taken by Andrew Vincent Fernandez from Malta.
Graduation Bag [ large preview ]
“Bag presented at graduation ceremony.” Licensed: You can use this image only during the contest. Designed by Puvan from Singapore.
Chichen Itza2 [ large preview ]
“In the wall of Chichen-Itza pyramid there are signs used to communicate the ancient Mayas. first advertisements in a wall.” Photo taken by Gerardo Chaves from Colombia.
Desert meat sign
Rust night club sign
Rust night club sign [ large preview ]
“This is a nightclub for dancing and alternative music. I like the typeface because it raw and heavy and because of the black tiled background makes the place stand out.” Licensed: © Attribution-NonCommercial License. Photo taken Nanette Gaborit from Denmark.
Real black music in Tokyo
Real black music in Tokyo [ large preview ]
“People in Tokyo are always looking for authentic hip hop and rap music. Sometimes clubs would employ a Nigerian to stand outside just to lure passers-by. Nevertheless, this club says it straight up with a sign.” Photo taken Yi Chen from Japan.
Clubbing At Sunset
Clubbing At Sunset [ large preview ]
“This is a square glowing “lightbox” sign shot at an angle. Notice the highlights on the edges of the metal faceplate. And the color is great at night.” Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Stephanie King from USA.
Internet members only
Internet members only [ large preview ]
“Sign hanging outside a social club in Berlin Wedding.” License: GPL nc by. Photo taken by Sabine Reichel from Germany.
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