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Funny, Clever, Original Signs Part 3

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This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage 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 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

End of cyclepath juist 2010

End of cyclepath juist 2010 [ large preview2 ]
"Handmade sign for end of cyclepath, wrecked, photographed on juist, april 2010." Photo taken by Christoph Ellermann from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - end-of-cyclepath-juist-20103

Mr spock was here

Mr spock was here [ large preview4 ]
"A page from the public guestbook at a tourist attraction in Brasov, Romania. Mr Spock was there." Photo taken by V.D. Photo from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mr-spock-was-here5

Smile if You overspeed

Smile if You overspeed [ large preview6 ]
"This signage stands about 300m from my home in peak district and the first time i saw it with the grafitti in it made me smile and click straight away." Photo taken by Anoop Menon7 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - smile-if-you-overspeed8

…on duck molestation charges

…on duck molestation charges [ large preview9 ]
"One of these two forbidden man-duck interactions should be slightly more emphasized than the other." Licensed: license www.artsytouch.com. Photo taken by Joe Z. from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - on-duck-molestation-charges10

We sell signs

We sell signs [ large preview11 ]
"A small kiosk selling customized signboards on Freemont Street, Las Vegas." Photo taken by Wajiha Said12 from UAE.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - we-sell-signs13

TurkishHonesty

TurkishHonesty [ large preview14 ]
"A bizarre sign at a bazaar in Turkey, near Ephaseus, where honesty is the best policy." Photo taken by Phil Kay from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - turkishhonesty15

Post

Post [ large preview3016 ]
"A rather contradictory postbox found in Birmingham." Photo taken by Daniel Gray17 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - post18

SPECIFIED WALL – “photography DENIED!”

SPECIFIED WALL – “photography DENIED!” [ large preview19 ]
"Kind of sign witch does not tell us anythig – what to do,or where to go.It is pausing our mind, because the sign without any specific object or situation has not useable meaning." Photo taken by Lucia Flendrovska from Slovakia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - specified-wall-photography-denied20

SPECIFIED WALL – “Voltage tension”

SPECIFIED WALL – “Voltage tension” [ large preview21 ]
"Voltage tension is the word, which describe this wall.Voltage on this picture. Voltage on the label. Tension in the wall. Tension is absent from the lamp." Photo taken by Lucia Flendrovska from Slovakia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - specified-wall-voltage-tension22

Rolling stones fountain

Rolling stones fountain [ large preview23 ]
"Are you harvest? Drink from the fountain but pay attention to the rolling stones!" Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Cosimo Liquori from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rolling-stones-fountain24

Walking in a japanese park

Walking in a japanese park [ large preview25 ]
"Please do not disturb deer during your walk, they become nervous.." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Cosimo Liquori from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - walking-in-a-japanese-park26

Center of the Universe

Center of the Universe [ large preview27 ]
"Monheim, Germany." Photo taken by Benjamin Brandt28 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - center-of-the-universe29

Post

Post [ large preview3016 ]
"Temporary post slot in London." Photo taken by Emma Bayly from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - post31

Word can be more humor

Word can be more humor [ large preview32 ]
"Sometimes feel boring, find one unquie signage, your life will be more colorful." Photo taken by Hala Princess33 from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - word-can-be-more-humor34

Funny school signage A

Funny school signage A [ large preview35 ]
"Is all Staff pretty? – photo at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity." Photo taken by Leo Lam from Hong Kong.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - funny-school-signage-a36

Funny school signage B

Funny school signage B [ large preview37 ]
"Dance need dressing. – photo at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity." Photo taken by Leo Lam from Hong Kong.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - funny-school-signage-b38

Funny school signage C

Funny school signage C [ large preview39 ]
"So cute in each floor. – photo at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity." Photo taken by Leo Lam from Hong Kong.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - funny-school-signage-c40

Big Foot Watch Zone

Big Foot Watch Zone [ large preview41 ]
"This was taken on the way up to the summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado." Photo taken by Devin Clark42 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - big-foot-watch-zone43

Boiter provisoire

Boiter provisoire [ large preview44 ]
"Out of order on a post box in Brussels." Photo taken by Michael Komm45 from Czech republic.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - boiter-provisoire46

Camden signs

Camden signs [ large preview47 ]
"A mix of signs." Photo taken by Rossella Sferlazzo48 from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - camden-signs49

Please take me

Please take me [ large preview50 ]
"Hard Rubbish collection day in inner west Sydney." Photo taken by Andrew May51 from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - please-take-me52

We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome [ large preview53 ]
"Taken at the abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit, MI. Someone had hung this sign on the gate, but the owners removed it about a week later." Licensed: All rights reserved, but Smashing Magazine may use with credit in connection with the World Signage contest of 8/2010. Photo taken by Chris Horner54 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - we-shall-overcome55

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/end-of-cyclepath-juist-2010/full_end-of-cyclepath-juist-2010.jpg
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/end-of-cyclepath-juist-2010/full_end-of-cyclepath-juist-2010.jpg
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mr-spock-was-here/full_mr-spock-was-here.jpg
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mr-spock-was-here/full_mr-spock-was-here.jpg
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/smile-if-you-overspeed/full_smile-if-u-overspeed.jpg
  7. 7 http://kattankaapi.wordpress.com/
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/smile-if-you-overspeed/full_smile-if-u-overspeed.jpg
  9. 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/on-duck-molestation-charges/full_on-duck-molestation-charges.jpg
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/on-duck-molestation-charges/full_on-duck-molestation-charges.jpg
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/we-sell-signs/full_we-sell-signs.jpg
  12. 12 http://picasaweb.google.com/wajiha.said
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/we-sell-signs/full_we-sell-signs.jpg
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/turkishhonesty/full_turkishhonesty.jpg
  15. 15 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/turkishhonesty/full_turkishhonesty.jpg
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post/full_post.jpg
  17. 17 http://www.swisscheeseandbullets.com
  18. 18 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post/full_post.jpg
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/specified-wall-photography-denied/full_specified_wall_photography_denied.jpg
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/specified-wall-photography-denied/full_specified_wall_photography_denied.jpg
  21. 21 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/specified-wall-voltage-tension/full_specified_wall-_voltage_tension.jpg
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/specified-wall-voltage-tension/full_specified_wall-_voltage_tension.jpg
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rolling-stones-fountain/full_rolling-stones-fountain.jpg
  24. 24 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rolling-stones-fountain/full_rolling-stones-fountain.jpg
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/walking-in-a-japanese-park/full_walking-in-a-japanese-park.jpg
  26. 26 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/walking-in-a-japanese-park/full_walking-in-a-japanese-park.jpg
  27. 27 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/center-of-the-universe/full_cetnter.jpg
  28. 28 http://www.extrabrandt.de
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/center-of-the-universe/full_cetnter.jpg
  30. 30 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post/full_post.jpg
  31. 31 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post/full_post.jpg
  32. 32 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/word-can-be-more-humor/full_word-can-be-more-humor.jpg
  33. 33 http://blog.xuite.net/christina610/entertainment
  34. 34 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/word-can-be-more-humor/full_word-can-be-more-humor.jpg
  35. 35 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-a/full_funny-school-signage-a.jpg
  36. 36 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-a/full_funny-school-signage-a.jpg
  37. 37 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-b/full_funny-school-signage-b.jpg
  38. 38 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-b/full_funny-school-signage-b.jpg
  39. 39 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-c/full_funny-school-signage-c.jpg
  40. 40 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/funny-school-signage-c/full_funny-school-signage-c.jpg
  41. 41 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/big-foot-watch-zone/full_big-foot-watch-zone.jpg
  42. 42 http://www.25thingsdesign.com
  43. 43 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/big-foot-watch-zone/full_big-foot-watch-zone.jpg
  44. 44 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/boiter-provisoire/full_boitier-provisoire.jpg
  45. 45 http://photo.rdx.cz
  46. 46 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/boiter-provisoire/full_boitier-provisoire.jpg
  47. 47 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/camden-signs/full_camdensigns.jpg
  48. 48 http://www.sferlazzorossella.wordpress.com
  49. 49 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/camden-signs/full_camdensigns.jpg
  50. 50 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/please-take-me/full_please-take-me.jpg
  51. 51 http://www.jpgmag.com
  52. 52 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/please-take-me/full_please-take-me.jpg
  53. 53 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/we-shall-overcome/full_mcs-overcome.jpg
  54. 54 http://www.LensArtwork.com
  55. 55 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/we-shall-overcome/full_mcs-overcome.jpg
  56. 56 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  58. 58 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  59. 59 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  64. 64 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  66. 66 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  69. 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  77. 77 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  78. 78 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  79. 79 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  85. 85 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  86. 86 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  87. 87 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  88. 88 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  91. 91 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  93. 93 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  94. 94 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  95. 95 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  96. 96 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  97. 97 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  98. 98 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  99. 99 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  100. 100 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  103. 103 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  104. 104 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  105. 105 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  106. 106 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/
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