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 Funny, Clever and Original signs, that with their portrayal of and often critique on human behavior garner the attention they deserve. 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).
Funny, clever, original signs
Strictly No Ninjas
All Roads lead to Rome
All Roads lead to Rome [ large preview ]
“Two signposts indicating the same place, but in opposite directions.” Photo taken by Clément Uster from France.
Tired Drivers Die
Tired Drivers Die [ large preview ]
“There is a lot of these funny signs all over the south part of New Zealand. Took this photo with a Poloroid OneStep camera.” Photo taken by Anders Goberg from Norway.
Smoking Fish [ large preview ]
“It seems to mean that smoking is forbidden if you are a fish. But this is only possible in Japan!” License: GNU. Photo taken by Antonia Guerra Bravo from Spain.
Un Dressed Dog
Un Dressed Dog [ large preview ]
“You have to go properly dressed to take a walk for this place, including the dog. Please dress your dog!.” License: GNU. Photo taken by Antonia Guerra Bravo from Spain.
On Display at the Zoo
Where is Cognac?
Where is Cognac? [ large preview ]
“Cognac’s direction sign in both way. Don’t Seems to be quite obvious? Should be alcool….” Licensed: All copyrights: Vincent Zaugg. Photo taken by Vincent Zaugg from Switzerland.
Where open? [ large preview ]
“It was my first time going to Boracay last year, so me and my friends strolled around when I saw this signage and thought of it to be funny so I took a picture.” Photo taken by Sonny Gabutero from Philippines.
Not my mother
Not my mother [ large preview ]
“On the way to interlaken, switzerland, In the picture boy is saying “for my mother” and the girl is shouting “not my mother”, its in german.” Photo taken by Tuhin Barua from India.
Smile [ large preview ]
“Happy people only.” Photo taken by Melissa Henry from USA.
Stockholm optometrist signage
Do NOT Forget Your Wife
Do NOT Forget Your Wife [ large preview ]
“This was taken somewhere in Colorado at an RV Park.” Photo taken by Devin Clark from USA.
Parking for dogs
Parking for dogs [ large preview ]
“This sign, written in Romanian, is on a pub’s wall, next to the entrance. Clients with 4-paws friends can “park” their dogs outside, in this special place, with water supplies and a hanger, to attach the dog’s leash. The picture is taken in Cluj-Napoca, Romania..” Photo taken by Catrinel Gheorghiu from Romania.
This is a door
Don’t Be Ugly
Don’t Be Ugly [ large preview ]
“It was captured in my city on our local garbage bin… I thought the words/meaning were awesome!” Photo taken by Christine Lobsinger from Canada.
Buy One, Second Free
Buy One, Second Free [ large preview ]
“Photo taken at cemetery the morning of my mother’s funeral. She would have laughed.” Photo taken by William Ferrall from USA.
Wyatt’s Confusion [ large preview ]
“SCCC 2010 graphic design student, Wyatt stands amongst many directional signs, slightly puzzled.” Photo taken by Chelsey Scheffe from USA.
Lonesome Cow Boy
Can gift signage
Can gift signage [ large preview ]
“Another creative idea about gift wrapping in a can–for a change!” Photo taken by Febrina Tanghal from Philippines.
Box [ large preview ]
“The photo was taken in the home box to receive an enconmenta that came in a box!” Photo taken by Francielle Rodrigues Carvalho from Brazil.
Exit sign on window
Dental Darwin [ large preview ]
“Dentist advertising sign in Chuy (border city between Uruguay and Brazil, brazilian side).” Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives. Photo taken by Gabriela Costoya from Uruguay.
Devoid Context [ large preview ]
“Found on a corner of a street populated by out-of-business shacks, this remaining sign acts as a graphic enigma.” Licensed: © Tatsuma Watson. Photo taken by Tatsuma Watson from USA.
Sounds strong ?
Sounds strong ? [ large preview ]
“In Lisboa (PT), in a small cafe, this sign was very interesting, because it’s shows not only the message of the alert but the sounds that you can have if you push on the button.” Licensed: License (Attribution) free but if it used just notified by Thomas Nicot. Photo taken by nicot from France.
No One Yet
No One Yet [ large preview ]
“I found this unique sign in the small town of Clinton, we were going to drive right through but couldn’t help but stop for photos. There were so many amazing sights there, each with a ton of personality.” Photo taken by Megan Leppington from Canada.
Special Water [ large preview ]
“This funny sign was attached to an old withered palace of sorts. It was labelled as Bucking Ham Palace. Really neat place, I just loved it!” Photo taken by Megan Leppington from Canada.
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