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Graffiti and Hand-Written Signs Part 2

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

Enter the Cafe

Enter the Cafe [ large preview2 ]
"Cute hand made sign pointing to the entrance of a cosy cute cafe in Melbourne." Licensed: Copyright Mary Pho 2010. Photo taken by Mary Pho from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - enter-the-cafe3

Grunge Numbers

Grunge Numbers [ large preview4 ]
"Weathered poster showcasing numbers in various sizes and fonts, Seattle, WA." Photo taken by Derek Hollister from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - grunge-numbers5

68, Zibo, Shandong, China

68, Zibo, Shandong, China [ large preview6 ]
"The number 68 painted on the side of a building in China." Photo taken by Shelby Karns7 from Mexico.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 68-zibo-shandong-china8

Bar wall showing offers

Bar wall showing offers [ large preview9 ]
"Instead of putting a floor display up in front of the Icelandic cafe, it decided to paint its own wall." Photo taken by Caroline Baumann10 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bar-wall-showing-offers11


EL CHE [ large preview12 ]
"”EL CHE” ama su pose-ESPERA-Que lo pase no bien más bien VIP." Photo taken by Dulce Mariana Ayala Bárcenas from Querétaro, México.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - el-che13


Scaffolders [ large preview14 ]
"Dali Street China." Photo taken by Nama Saya Manu15 from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - scaffolders16

Jailed if caught urinating

Jailed if caught urinating [ large preview17 ]
"I took this photo of a sign just outside a mall in Iloilo. The sign also says that only dogs urinate there." Photo taken by Febrina Tanghal from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - jailed-if-caught-urinating18

Lucky paint

Lucky paint [ large preview19 ]
"An advert for a painter called Lucky." License: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Gareth Shapiro20 from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lucky-paint21


Basura [ large preview22 ]
"Hand-painted littering sign at Chicano Park (San Diego)." Photo taken by Eduardo Garcia23 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - basura24

Be an ASSFOAMer now!

Be an ASSFOAMer now! [ large preview25 ]
"Mattress-reseller’s building facade in Ghana." Licensed: Creative Commons (by-nc-nd 3.0). Photo taken by Olli Toivonen26 from Finland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - be-an-assfoamer-now27

Leave Lane Alane

Leave Lane Alane [ large preview28 ]
"Say no to development on Ottago lane." Photo taken by Shalmali Patkar29 from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - leave-lane-alane30

Tacos on a Hot Day

Tacos on a Hot Day [ large preview31 ]
"Texture is too often an unconsidered element in typography. The was a great sign that had character, as well as characterized the atmosphere of the tacoria." Licensed: © Tatsuma Watson. Photo taken by Tatsuma Watson from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tacos-on-a-hot-day32

The heart

The heart [ large preview33 ]
"Photo taken in The Exclusion Zone of Novosibirsk Hydropower Station." Photo taken by Maria Demina from Russia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-heart34

Excellent question

Excellent question [ large preview35 ]
"Taken in quincy illinois on a january morning." Photo taken by kymberlie birkenkamp36 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - excellent-question37


Calligraphy [ large preview38 ]
"My mom had this sign made of my Vietnamese name at the Lunar New Year festival." Photo taken by Diane Hua from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - calligraphy39

I’m on Vacation

I’m on Vacation [ large preview40 ]
"Notice to everyone on the beach that I was on vacation." Photo taken by Kat Harris41 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - im-on-vacation42

Lasciare Libero Il Wendeplatz

Lasciare Libero Il Wendeplatz [ large preview43 ]
"A funny picture shot near Imperia, Italy." License: GPL. Photo taken by Christoph Martens from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lasciare-libero-il-wendeplatz44


AllBathers [ large preview45 ]
"A 40+ year old hand painted sign in the change room at our pool. Perfectly crafted and executed." Photo taken by Clint Turcotte46 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - allbathers47

Opposing Type

Opposing Type [ large preview48 ]
"A rare opportunity where I found a juxtaposition of tranquil typography and exciting graffiti." Licensed: ©Tatsuma Watson. Photo taken by Tatsuma Watson from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - opposing-type49

Pear danish street sticker

Pear danish street sticker [ large preview50 ]
"The text in the picture – translated directly to english says ‘pear(as the fruit) danish’ it is a slangword we use in danish when we are 100 percent danish – it’s about racism and intregration and how racist’s want’s newcomer’s to adapt danish culture, religion and society. Squeeze a muslim in a pear – and you get a dane out of him." Licensed: © Attribution-NonCommercial License. Photo taken by Nanette Gaborit from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - pear-danish-street-sticker51

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:


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