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Forbidden Signs Part 1

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signange 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 Forbidden signs, i.e. signs that detail all manner of do´s and don´ts and advise against various activities using numerous interesting depictions. 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).

“Something is forbidden” signs

iDidPhoto

iDidPhoto [ large preview2 ]
"iDidPhoto on the Signage." Photo taken by Fredy Tjhin3 from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ididphoto4

Do Not Drink

Do Not Drink [ large preview5 ]
"University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Public safety sign in Building." Photo taken by Navaneethan Shan from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-drink6

No Smoking

No Smoking [ large preview247 ]
"University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Public safety sign in Building." Photo taken by Navaneethan Shan from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking8

Gozo Church

Gozo Church [ large preview9 ]
"Do’s and dont’s at a church in Gozo/Malta." Photo taken by Lisa Veverka10 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - gozo-church11

ShinyNoSmokingSign

ShinyNoSmokingSign [ large preview12 ]
"No Smoking Sign on Elevator." Photo taken by Zvi Vaxman from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - shinynosmokingsign13

Dog park dos and donts

Dog park dos and donts [ large preview14 ]
"No touching, jumping, stepping or throwing poo but okay to take pictures of it?" Photo taken by Franco from Malaysia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dog-park-dos-and-donts15

No littering and pick up your dog poo sign

No littering and pick up your dog poo sign [ large preview16 ]
"A sign reminding folks not to litter and to pick up their dog’s poo." Photo taken by Jenny So from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign17

Old no smoking sign

Old no smoking sign [ large preview18 ]
"Floyd Bennett Field old hungar." Photo taken by Anna Shumakova19 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - old-no-smoking-sign20

No peeing

No peeing [ large preview21 ]
"Sign for dogs/dog holders in a neighborhood in Baar, Switzerland." Licensed: Rights granted for use on Smashing Magazine website as part of “The World of Signage Photo Contest”. Photo taken by Doug Going22 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-peeing23

No Smoking

No Smoking [ large preview247 ]
"It is a patrol pump. The sign indicates that no smoking please. There are four buckets with sand for protecting fire immediately." Photo taken by Samar Chowdhury from Bangladesh.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking25

No Entry

No Entry [ large preview26 ]
"Taken at Bodhgaya." Photo taken by Hayavadhan27 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-entry28

No smoking

No smoking [ large preview29 ]
"This is the sign which shows smoking is prohibitted in this area , mumbai." Photo taken by Kaustubh Deshpande from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-smoking30

Walking Smoke

Walking Smoke [ large preview31 ]
"No smoking pavement sign from Tokyo." Licensed: cc by-nc-sa. Photo taken by Maria Manoura from Greece.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - walking-smoke32

No nukes allowed

No nukes allowed [ large preview33 ]
"No Nukes Allowed at an apparel outlet in Nassau, Bahamas." Licensed: Private Image for this contest only. Photo taken by Collin DMello from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-nukes-allowed34

No Vindor’s, Bonefire, Standbye

No Vindor’s, Bonefire, Standbye [ large preview35 ]
"Taken at a remote beach cove in the Northern province of the Philippines (Anawangin Cove, Zambales), this signage caught our attention. Fittingly, “Attention” was the only word spelled correctly in this signage. It was supposed to be a stern reminder of the island’s restrictions: “No vendors, No bonfires, No standby” (or loitering). Instead, it became a source of amusement for the guests." Photo taken by Sheila Espanol36 from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-vindors-bonefire-standbye37

No bikes

No bikes [ large preview38 ]
"Homemade sign in London." Photo taken by Emma Bayly from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-bikes39

No scribbles sign japan

No scribbles sign japan [ large preview40 ]
"A sign in Japan for what not to do in a building." Licensed: I took the photo in Japan. Photo taken by Marianne Kroutchkevitch from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-scribbles-sign-japan41

No Burning Enter

No Burning Enter [ large preview42 ]
"Humorous Chinese translated sign." Photo taken by Rik Verhagen43 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-burning-enter44

No jumping be careful the safe

No jumping be careful the safe [ large preview45 ]
"Picture taken during my trip to Huashan Mountain in China in 2007." License: Free. Photo taken by Yann Lorber46 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe47

No Gambling

No Gambling [ large preview48 ]
"Sign in a public bus in Puerto Rico, beside the obvious also gambling is forbidden." Photo taken by Fabian Rauch49 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-gambling50

Cuba No Donkeys

Cuba No Donkeys [ large preview51 ]
"Shot in Camguey, Cuba. No donkey carts." License: CC-SA. Photo taken by Jeroen Roos52 from the Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cuba-no-donkeys53

Robot Dog Poo

Robot Dog Poo [ large preview54 ]
"This photo was taken in Tokyo, Japan. It advises people to pick up their robot dog’s poo." Photo taken by Lucas Krull5855 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - robot-dog-poo56

Cool Cigarette

Cool Cigarette [ large preview57 ]
"This photo was taken in Tokyo, Japan. It advises people not to smoke while walking. The cigarette looks cool in baggy trousers and a hand in the pocket." Photo taken by Lucas Krull5855 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cool-cigarette59

Do not feed animals!

Do not feed animals! [ large preview60 ]
"Signs at Iguazu Falls in Argentina!" Photo taken by Mariana Marzoratti61 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-feed-animals62

Presque Isle

Presque Isle [ large preview63 ]
"Presque Isle State Park Sign Erie, PA." Photo taken by Edward Wieczorek64 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - presque-isle65

Bicycle sign

Bicycle sign [ large preview66 ]
"Forbidden leaving bicycles." Photo taken by Sofija Knezevic67 from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bicycle-sign68

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/ididphoto/full_ididphoto.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.facebook.com/people/Fredy-Didi-Antonius/693933283
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/ididphoto/full_ididphoto.jpg
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-not-drink/full_do-not-drink.jpg
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-not-drink/full_do-not-drink.jpg
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking.jpg
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking.jpg
  9. 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/gozo-church/full_gozo-church.jpg
  10. 10 http://www.kamchatka.cc
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/gozo-church/full_gozo-church.jpg
  12. 12 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/shinynosmokingsign/full_shinynosmokingsign.jpg
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/shinynosmokingsign/full_shinynosmokingsign.jpg
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dog-park-dos-and-donts/full_dog-park-dos-and-donts.jpg
  15. 15 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dog-park-dos-and-donts/full_dog-park-dos-and-donts.jpg
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign/full_no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign.jpg
  17. 17 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign/full_no-littering-and-pick-up-your-dog-poo-sign.jpg
  18. 18 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/old-no-smoking-sign/full_old-no-smoking-sign.jpg
  19. 19 http://flic.kr/p/8sSoJY
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/old-no-smoking-sign/full_old-no-smoking-sign.jpg
  21. 21 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-peeing/full_no-peeing.jpg
  22. 22 http://www.douggoing.com
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-peeing/full_no-peeing.jpg
  24. 24 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking.jpg
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking.jpg
  26. 26 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-entry/full_no-entry.jpg
  27. 27 http://twitter.com/hayavadhan
  28. 28 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-entry/full_no-entry.jpg
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking-sign.jpg
  30. 30 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-smoking/full_no-smoking-sign.jpg
  31. 31 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/walking-smoke/full_walking-smoke.jpg
  32. 32 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/walking-smoke/full_walking-smoke.jpg
  33. 33 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-nukes-allowed/full_no-nukes-allowed.jpg
  34. 34 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-nukes-allowed/full_no-nukes-allowed.jpg
  35. 35 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-vindors-bonefire-standbye/full_no_vindors_bonefire_standbye.jpg
  36. 36 http://www.facebook.com/sheila.espanol
  37. 37 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-vindors-bonefire-standbye/full_no_vindors_bonefire_standbye.jpg
  38. 38 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-bikes/full_no-bikes.jpg
  39. 39 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-bikes/full_no-bikes.jpg
  40. 40 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-scribbles-sign-japan/full_no-scribbles-sign-japan.jpg
  41. 41 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-scribbles-sign-japan/full_no-scribbles-sign-japan.jpg
  42. 42 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-burning-enter/full_no-burning-enter.jpg
  43. 43 http://www.productengineer.nl
  44. 44 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-burning-enter/full_no-burning-enter.jpg
  45. 45 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe/full_no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe.jpg
  46. 46 http://www.yannlorber.fr
  47. 47 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe/full_no-jumping-be-careful-the-safe.jpg
  48. 48 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-gambling/full_no-gambling.jpg
  49. 49 http://www.onloom.com
  50. 50 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-gambling/full_no-gambling.jpg
  51. 51 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/cuba-no-donkeys/full_cuba-no-donkeys.jpg
  52. 52 http://www.zoph.org
  53. 53 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/cuba-no-donkeys/full_cuba-no-donkeys.jpg
  54. 54 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/robot-dog-poo/full_robot-dog-poo.jpg
  55. 55 http://kabe243.com
  56. 56 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/robot-dog-poo/full_robot-dog-poo.jpg
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/cool-cigarette/full_cool-cigarette.jpg
  58. 58 http://kabe243.com
  59. 59 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/cool-cigarette/full_cool-cigarette.jpg
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-not-feed-animals/full_do_not_feed_animals.jpg
  61. 61 http://www.marianamarzoratti.blogspot.com
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-not-feed-animals/full_do_not_feed_animals.jpg
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/presque-isle/full_pi-wildlife-signage.jpg
  64. 64 http://www.wibudesign.com
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/presque-isle/full_pi-wildlife-signage.jpg
  66. 66 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bicycle-sign/full_bicycle-sign.jpg
  67. 67 http://www.sofijaknezevic.com
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bicycle-sign/full_bicycle-sign.jpg
  69. 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  77. 77 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  78. 78 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  79. 79 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  85. 85 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  86. 86 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  87. 87 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  88. 88 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  91. 91 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  93. 93 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  94. 94 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  95. 95 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  96. 96 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  97. 97 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  98. 98 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  99. 99 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  100. 100 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  103. 103 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  104. 104 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  105. 105 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  106. 106 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  107. 107 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  108. 108 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  109. 109 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  110. 110 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  111. 111 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  112. 112 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  113. 113 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  114. 114 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  115. 115 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  116. 116 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  117. 117 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  118. 118 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  119. 119 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/

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  1. 1

    Nice collection of signs, I really like the number 14

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