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
Jesus News [ large preview ]
“LA Newspaper Machine with Jesus Plaster.” Photo taken by Matthew Tarran from UK.
Bad Luck at the Cross Walk
Talking Tree Sign
Talking Tree Sign [ large preview ]
“tree saying “I LOVE THIS STREET” :).” Photo taken by Dario Meniss from Croatia.
Burn Calories, Not Electricity
Burn Calories, Not Electricity [ large preview ]
“Save Energy :) Photo was taken in 2010 in NYC.” Photo taken by Stefan Vogel from Germany.
Beach Talk [ large preview ]
“Shot at Barceloneta beach, Barcelona, Spain. Instead of saying “don’t throw cigarettes in the sand” it says “I’m a beach, not a big ashtray, ok?”: much more friendly and straight to the point..” License: Common Creative. Photo taken by Francesca Silvestri from Austria.
Better Be Careful
Better Be Careful [ large preview ]
“This Photo was taken at the entry of a shopping department in Milan, Italy. It shows a funny image that every client should respect.” Photo taken by David Vera from Colombia.
Beware, polar bears !
Beware, polar bears ! [ large preview ]
“Photo taken near Longyearbyen in Svalbard (or Spitzbergen), Norway, in October 2009. This photo shows the non attention paid to the sign, as the lady runs towards the land, where the bears are, as the sign says to beware of polar bears “In the entire Svalbard”.” Photo taken by Brian MathÈ from France.
Heart-shaped Signboard [ large preview ]
“Heart-shaped signboard at Luhuitou Park, Sanya Hainan (China). The heart-shaped signboard complements with the love story behind the park.” Photo taken by Vandra Png from Singapore.
Match making [ large preview ]
”“Good excuse to light someone’s fire? Strike a conversation now and it might be a match made in heaven.” A match box in Palate Palette Bar KL.” Photo taken by Ashley Hau from Singapore.
Push Button [ large preview ]
"Pushing the button, waiting for the signal, crossing the street - somewhere in america." Licensed: © 2009. Photo taken by Florence Schmidfrom Austria.
Boys not ok
Boys not ok [ large preview ]
“Taken at the sticker photo booths parlour in Tokyo. It’s ok for a guy accompanied by a girl to go in, but not ok when it’s just guys.” Photo taken by Yi Chen from Japan.
Breast enlargement by kids
End of cyclepath juist 2005
End of cyclepath juist 2005 [ large preview ]
“Handmade sign for end of cyclepath, photographed on juist, october 2005.” Photo taken by Christoph Ellermann 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