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Information and Instructional 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 Information and Instructional signs, i.e. signs that offer valuable knowledge about accessibility and services or effortlessly express wishes for or command certain behaviour. 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).

Information and Instructional Signs

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair access [ large preview2 ]
"A picture is worth a thousand words in any language." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Pat Cullen3 from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wheelchair-access4

Disability Senior Signs

Disability Senior Signs [ large preview5 ]
"Sign of priority for disabilities and seniors." Licensed: CC-BY-SA 3.0. Photo taken by Luya Tshimbalanga6 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - disability-senior-signs7

Medic

Medic [ large preview8 ]
"Medic station sign on a beach in Kiten, Bulgaria." Photo taken by Michael Komm9 from Czech republic.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - medic10

Fire Alarm Sign

Fire Alarm Sign [ large preview11 ]
"We are currently renovating a new office and this made me chuckle, not so much focus on the sign (which is clear if slightly redundant) as the whole scene." Photo taken by Samuel Vince-Lane12 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - fire-alarm-sign13

Push to go on

Push to go on [ large preview14 ]
"Push and use your strength to go to a new door. Every person should use their strength to archive a new life." Photo taken by Suriafur-Ken from Japan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - push-to-go-on15

The Russian fire extinguisher

The Russian fire extinguisher [ large preview16 ]
"Aboard a speedboat in St. Petersburg, Russia." Licensed: (c) 2008 by Max Pfetscher. Photo taken by Max Pfetscher from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-russian-fire-extinguisher17

Going to Hakata or Tokyo??

Going to Hakata or Tokyo?? [ large preview18 ]
"Taken inside Japan Shinkansen, very useful information." Photo taken by Puspita Sekarsari from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - going-to-hakata-or-tokyo19

No way out

No way out [ large preview20 ]
"No exit sign in a London tube stop." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Steven Mileham21 from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-way-out22

Bus sign

Bus sign [ large preview23 ]
"This bus was out of service at the time and the drver, very politely, put Pause on the sign instead of the traditional “no service”." Licensed: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Helmuth Kraus M.24 from Colombia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bus-sign25

Tobogganing instruction icons

Tobogganing instruction icons [ large preview26 ]
"Instruction icons for tobogganing." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Cleiren27 from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tobogganing-instruction-icons28

Don’t Jump

Don’t Jump [ large preview29 ]
"Sign on the Golden Gate Bridge – there is a phone below the sign that connects you to crisis counseling." Photo taken by Jeremy Brann30 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dont-jump31

The Wine Sign

The Wine Sign [ large preview32 ]
"Whilst driving through the long and winding roads in croatia, vineyards litter the hillsides and plains, this sign i saw coming up pretty much summed up the whole landscape in front of us." Photo taken by Mike Drummond from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-wine-sign33

Ich Warte Hier!

Ich Warte Hier! [ large preview34 ]
"Waiting area for dogs at a local shopping mall. The sign says: I’m waiting here." Photo taken by Andris Linz35 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ich-warte-hier!36

Gandhi’s Room

Gandhi’s Room [ large preview37 ]
"This sign appears on the door of Gandhi’s room at Ahmedabad, India." License: Its a public property, hence license not needed. Photo taken by Bhaskar Dutta38 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - gandhis-room39

Swimming zone

Swimming zone [ large preview40 ]
"Boracay island Philippines Beach." Photo taken by David Coates from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - swimming-zone41

Impounded motorcycles

Impounded motorcycles [ large preview42 ]
"Boracay island Philippines impounded motorcycles." Photo taken by David Coates from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - impounded-motorcycles43

Bridge sign

Bridge sign [ large preview44 ]
"Name of a bridge in Amsterdam." Photo taken by Anastasia Fedorenkova from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bridge-sign45

Buhay na karagatan (the living ocean)

Buhay na karagatan (the living ocean) [ large preview46 ]
"The living ocean signage on manila ocean park." Photo taken by Patricia Recto from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - buhay-na-karagatan-(the-living-ocean)47

Animal Spirits

Animal Spirits [ large preview48 ]
"This was taken at Disneyland California Adventures in the Brother Bear camp. My animal spirit was a bear!" Photo taken by Diane Hua from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - animal-spirits49

A forest brings limitless vitality

A forest brings limitless vitality [ large preview50 ]
"Picture taken during my trip to Huashan Mountain in China in 2007." License: Free. Photo taken by Yann Lorber5451 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - a-forest-brings-limitless-vitality52

Devote your love to every green leaf

Devote your love to every green leaf [ large preview53 ]
"Picture taken during my trip to Huashan Mountain in China in 2007." License: Free. Photo taken by Yann Lorber5451 from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - devote-your-love-to-every-green-leaf55

Manly Beach Surf Rescue

Manly Beach Surf Rescue [ large preview56 ]
"Short Photo of Surf Rescue Signage on Surf Board at Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia." Photo taken by Pierre Von Schmytt from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - manly-beach-surf-rescue57

Hard to Breathe

Hard to Breathe [ large preview58 ]
"An AIR pump all crackled and dirty." Photo taken by Patty Tuggle59 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hard-to-breathe60

Tiger territory 1

Tiger territory 1 [ large preview61 ]
"At the entrance of pench tiger reserve, india." Photo taken by Pradiptamohan Basu from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - tiger-territory-162

Chichen Itza1

Chichen Itza1 [ large preview63 ]
"This sign information shows to see the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico. the text is in Spanish and Mayan language." Photo taken by Gerardo Chaves from Colombia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chichen-itza164

Hochwasser Marz 1988

Hochwasser Marz 1988 [ large preview65 ]
"Classic sign, photo taken on a trip to Germany." License: Jan Gudiksen. Photo taken by Jan Gudiksen66 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hochwasser-marz-198867

Do you know water…

Do you know water… [ large preview68 ]
"Taken at the Marina Barrage in Singapore." Photo taken by Dan Taylor69 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-you-know-water70

General vs recyclable wastes

General vs recyclable wastes [ large preview71 ]
"Taken in MacDonalds in Taiwan. Signs to show the different bins for the different kind of wastes." Photo taken by Soh Hui Shian Sandy from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - general-vs-recyclable-wastes72

Another Ship sign

Another Ship sign [ large preview73 ]
"Picture made on a ship, that travels from Riga to Stockholm." Photo taken by Gatis Strods from Latvia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - another-ship-sign74

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/wheelchair-access/full_wheelchair-access.jpg
  3. 3 http://flickr.com/photos/patcullen
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/wheelchair-access/full_wheelchair-access.jpg
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/disability-senior-signs/full_disability-senior-sign.jpg
  6. 6 http://blog.thefinalzone.net
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/disability-senior-signs/full_disability-senior-sign.jpg
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/medic/full_medic.jpg
  9. 9 http://photo.rdx.cz
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/medic/full_medic.jpg
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/fire-alarm-sign/full_fire-alarm-sign.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.ecotricity.co.uk
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/fire-alarm-sign/full_fire-alarm-sign.jpg
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/push-to-go-on/full_push-to-go-on.jpg
  15. 15 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/push-to-go-on/full_push-to-go-on.jpg
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-russian-fire-extinguisher/full_the-russian-fire-extinguisher.jpg
  17. 17 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-russian-fire-extinguisher/full_the-russian-fire-extinguisher.jpg
  18. 18 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/going-to-hakata-or-tokyo/full_img01349-20100331-1424.jpg
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/going-to-hakata-or-tokyo/full_img01349-20100331-1424.jpg
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-way-out/full_no-way-out.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.smileham.co.uk
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/no-way-out/full_no-way-out.jpg
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bus-sign/full_bus-sign.jpg
  24. 24 http://www.flikr.com/helkramu
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bus-sign/full_bus-sign.jpg
  26. 26 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/tobogganing-instruction-icons/full_tobogganing-instruction-icons.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.cleiren.nl
  28. 28 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/tobogganing-instruction-icons/full_tobogganing-instruction-icons.jpg
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dont-jump/full_sign_on_a_bridge.jpg
  30. 30 http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/jeremy.brann
  31. 31 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dont-jump/full_sign_on_a_bridge.jpg
  32. 32 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-wine-sign/full_the-wine-sign.jpg
  33. 33 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-wine-sign/full_the-wine-sign.jpg
  34. 34 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/ich-warte-hier/full_ich_warte_hier.jpg
  35. 35 http://www.andrislinz.ch
  36. 36 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/ich-warte-hier/full_ich_warte_hier.jpg
  37. 37 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/gandhis-room/full_bhaskardutta-gandhi-signage.jpg
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhaskardutta/
  39. 39 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/gandhis-room/full_bhaskardutta-gandhi-signage.jpg
  40. 40 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/swimming-zone/full_swimming_zone.jpg
  41. 41 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/swimming-zone/full_swimming_zone.jpg
  42. 42 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/impounded-motorcycles/full_impounded_motorcycles.jpg
  43. 43 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/impounded-motorcycles/full_impounded_motorcycles.jpg
  44. 44 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bridge-sign/full_bridge_sign.jpg
  45. 45 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bridge-sign/full_bridge_sign.jpg
  46. 46 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/buhay-na-karagatan-(the-living-ocean)/full_the-living-ocean.jpg
  47. 47 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/buhay-na-karagatan-(the-living-ocean)/full_the-living-ocean.jpg
  48. 48 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/animal-spirits/full_animal-spirits.jpg
  49. 49 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/animal-spirits/full_animal-spirits.jpg
  50. 50 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/a-forest-brings-limitless-vitality/full_a-forest-brings-limitless-vitality.jpg
  51. 51 http://www.yannlorber.fr
  52. 52 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/a-forest-brings-limitless-vitality/full_a-forest-brings-limitless-vitality.jpg
  53. 53 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/devote-your-love-to-every-green-leaf/full_devote-your-love-to-every-green-leaf.jpg
  54. 54 http://www.yannlorber.fr
  55. 55 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/devote-your-love-to-every-green-leaf/full_devote-your-love-to-every-green-leaf.jpg
  56. 56 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/manly-beach-surf-rescue/full_manly-beach-pierre-von-schmytt.jpg
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/manly-beach-surf-rescue/full_manly-beach-pierre-von-schmytt.jpg
  58. 58 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hard-to-breathe/full_hard-to-breathe.jpg
  59. 59 http://pattytuggle.zenfolio.com/
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hard-to-breathe/full_hard-to-breathe.jpg
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/tiger-territory-1/full_tiger-territory-1.jpg
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/tiger-territory-1/full_tiger-territory-1.jpg
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/chichen-itza1/full_chichen-itza1.jpg
  64. 64 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/chichen-itza1/full_chichen-itza1.jpg
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hochwasser-marz-1988/full_classic-sign-hochwasser-marz-1988.jpg
  66. 66 http://www.gudi.dk
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hochwasser-marz-1988/full_classic-sign-hochwasser-marz-1988.jpg
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-you-know-water/full_do_you_know_water.jpg
  69. 69 http://www.danthecreator.com
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/do-you-know-water/full_do_you_know_water.jpg
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/general-vs-recyclable-wastes/full_general-vs-recyclable-wastes.jpg
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/general-vs-recyclable-wastes/full_general-vs-recyclable-wastes.jpg
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/another-ship-sign/full_another_ship_sign.jpg
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/another-ship-sign/full_another_ship_sign.jpg
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  77. 77 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  78. 78 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  79. 79 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  85. 85 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  86. 86 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  87. 87 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  88. 88 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  91. 91 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  93. 93 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  94. 94 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  95. 95 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  96. 96 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  97. 97 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  98. 98 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  99. 99 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  100. 100 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  103. 103 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  104. 104 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  105. 105 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  106. 106 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  107. 107 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  108. 108 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  109. 109 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  110. 110 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  111. 111 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  112. 112 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  113. 113 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  114. 114 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  115. 115 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  116. 116 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  117. 117 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  118. 118 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  119. 119 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  120. 120 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  121. 121 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  122. 122 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  123. 123 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  124. 124 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  125. 125 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/
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    Are the photos not categorize in the above categories unsuccessful?
    What was the criteria for choosing photos?
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