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Graffiti and Hand-Written Signs Part 1

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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 Graffiti and Hand-Written signs, i.e. signs that incorporates unique, individual artistic expression to communicate the meaning and the purpose of the sign. 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).

Graffiti and Hand-Written Signs

I dont know pink

I dont know pink [ large preview2 ]
"Graffiti on sign." Photo taken by Dixon Hamby47443 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - i-dont-know-pink4

Graffiti art

Graffiti art [ large preview5 ]
"Graffiti on parking lot wall." Photo taken by Hjörvar Þór Sævarsson from Iceland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - graffiti-art6

Recycle that

Recycle that [ large preview7 ]
"Graffiti art promotes recycling on East 4th Street buidings in Austin, TX." Photo taken by Cristal Garcia from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - recycle-that8

Lisbon Cats

Lisbon Cats [ large preview9 ]
"Graffiti in Lisbon." Photo taken by Tammi Floccare from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lisbon-cats10

Mount Maido’s direction

Mount Maido’s direction [ large preview11 ]
"Mount Maïdo’s handwriting direction on a rock." Photo taken by Cédric Albrecht12 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mount-maidos-direction13

Escuella-Taller

Escuella-Taller [ large preview14 ]
"A handwritten sign in Havana, Cuba." Photo taken by Harald Krefting15 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - escuella-taller16

Fuck the police

Fuck the police [ large preview17 ]
"Grafitti tag." Photo taken by Christian van Elten18 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - fuck-the-police19

Bakery

Bakery [ large preview20 ]
"A hand-painted sign to a bakery in Kefalonia, Greece." License: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Ted Winder21 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bakery22

Authorised hand painted

Authorised hand painted [ large preview23 ]
"The dying art of hand painted signage." Licensed: Copyright © All rights reserved. Photo taken by Alison Hogg24 from New Zealand.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - authorised-hand-painted25

Raspado Menu

Raspado Menu [ large preview26 ]
"Typical “rotulo,” or hand-painted sign, advertising different flavors of raspados (snow cones made with flavored syrups)." Photo taken by Shelby Karns27 from México.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - raspado-menu28

Hand made

Hand made [ large preview29 ]
"Hand made signage in a building." Photo taken by Ramy Sader30 from Lebanon.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hand-made31

My past, my dreams

My past, my dreams [ large preview32 ]
"Stencil on pavement." Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic. Photo taken by Justin D Goring from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - my-past-my-dreams33

Vernacular Typography Polaroids 1

Vernacular Typography Polaroids 1 [ large preview34 ]
"Polaroids of vernacular and hand-painted signage." Photo taken by Doug Wilson413835 from United States of America.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vernacular-typography-polaroids-136

Vernacular Typography Polaroids 2

Vernacular Typography Polaroids 2 [ large preview37 ]
"Polaroids of vernacular and hand-painted signage." Photo taken by Doug Wilson413835 from United States of America.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vernacular-typography-polaroids-239

Vernacular Typography Polaroids 3

Vernacular Typography Polaroids 3 [ large preview40 ]
"Polaroids of vernacular and hand-painted signage." Photo taken by Doug Wilson413835 from United States of America.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vernacular-typography-polaroids-342

Upside down five

Upside down five [ large preview43 ]
"5 painted on pavement." Photo taken by Dixon Hamby47443 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - upside-down-five45

C on pink

C on pink [ large preview46 ]
"white C painted on pink wall." Photo taken by Dixon Hamby47443 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - c-on-pink48

Q Mart Water Tower

Q Mart Water Tower [ large preview49 ]
"Repainting the Q on a water tower in Quakertown, Pennsylvania." Licensed: License. Photo taken by Horatio Baltz50 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - q-mart-water-tower51

Watch your step

Watch your step [ large preview52 ]
"Old town scottsdale walking tour." Photo taken by Karina Downer53 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - watch-your-step54

Pacas Message

Pacas Message [ large preview55 ]
"The sign were both found in Belize, Central America at the Best Little Zoo in the World…" Photo taken by Christine Lobsinger from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - pacas-message56

What about the Kids

What about the Kids [ large preview57 ]
"My first thought, for the one that says ‘This Way to the Outhouse’ with the arrow for adults made me laugh and think, I guess the kids have to go in the bush." Photo taken by Christine Lobsinger from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - what-about-the-kids58

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/i-dont-know-pink/full_img_0427.jpg
  3. 3 http://dixonhamby.com
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-dont-know-pink/full_img_0427.jpg
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/graffiti-art/full_graffiti-art.jpg
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/graffiti-art/full_graffiti-art.jpg
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/recycle-that/full_recycle-that.jpg
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/recycle-that/full_recycle-that.jpg
  9. 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lisbon-cats/full_lisbon-cats.jpg
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lisbon-cats/full_lisbon-cats.jpg
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mount-maidos-direction/full_mount-maido-direction-on-a-rock.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.webla.fr
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mount-maidos-direction/full_mount-maido-direction-on-a-rock.jpg
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/escuella-taller/full_escuella-taller.jpg
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/harald/
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/escuella-taller/full_escuella-taller.jpg
  17. 17 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/fuck-the-police/full_fuck-the-police.jpg
  18. 18 http://interaktionsgestaltung.de
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/fuck-the-police/full_fuck-the-police.jpg
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bakery/full_bakery.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.tedwinder.co.uk
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bakery/full_bakery.jpg
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/authorised-hand-painted/full_authorised-hand-painted.jpg
  24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/alikat2k
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/authorised-hand-painted/full_authorised-hand-painted.jpg
  26. 26 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/raspado-menu/full_hand-painted-mexican-raspado-menu.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.shelbykarns.com
  28. 28 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/raspado-menu/full_hand-painted-mexican-raspado-menu.jpg
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hand-made/full_hand_made.jpg
  30. 30 http://www.bizaroob.com
  31. 31 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hand-made/full_hand_made.jpg
  32. 32 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/my-past-my-dreams/full_my-past-my-dreams.jpg
  33. 33 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/my-past-my-dreams/full_my-past-my-dreams.jpg
  34. 34 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/vernacular-typography-polaroids-1/full_doug-wilson-polaroids1.jpg
  35. 35 http://www.onpaperwings.com
  36. 36 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/vernacular-typography-polaroids-1/full_doug-wilson-polaroids1.jpg
  37. 37 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/vernacular-typography-polaroids-2/full_doug-wilson-polaroids2.jpg
  38. 38 http://www.onpaperwings.com
  39. 39 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/vernacular-typography-polaroids-2/full_doug-wilson-polaroids2.jpg
  40. 40 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/vernacular-typography-polaroids-3/full_doug-wilson-polaroids3.jpg
  41. 41 http://www.onpaperwings.com
  42. 42 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/vernacular-typography-polaroids-3/full_doug-wilson-polaroids3.jpg
  43. 43 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/upside-down-five/full_1used19.jpg
  44. 44 http://dixonhamby.com
  45. 45 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/upside-down-five/full_1used19.jpg
  46. 46 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/c-on-pink/full_img_0303.jpg
  47. 47 http://dixonhamby.com
  48. 48 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/c-on-pink/full_img_0303.jpg
  49. 49 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/q-mart-water-tower/full_qmartsignpainting.jpg
  50. 50 http://www.mynameishoratiobaltz.com
  51. 51 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/q-mart-water-tower/full_qmartsignpainting.jpg
  52. 52 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/watch-your-step/full_watch-your-step.jpg
  53. 53 http://www.capturingdelight.com/
  54. 54 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/watch-your-step/full_watch-your-step.jpg
  55. 55 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/pacas-message/full_pacas-message.jpg
  56. 56 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/pacas-message/full_pacas-message.jpg
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/what-about-the-kids/full_what-about-the-kids.jpg
  58. 58 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/what-about-the-kids/full_what-about-the-kids.jpg
  59. 59 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  64. 64 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  66. 66 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  69. 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  77. 77 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  78. 78 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  79. 79 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  85. 85 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  86. 86 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  87. 87 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  88. 88 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  91. 91 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  93. 93 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  94. 94 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  95. 95 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  96. 96 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  97. 97 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  98. 98 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  99. 99 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  100. 100 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  103. 103 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  104. 104 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  105. 105 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  106. 106 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  107. 107 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  108. 108 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  109. 109 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/
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