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Public and State Building 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 Public and State Building signs, i.e. signs demostrating and facilitating access to an assortment of public and government buildings. 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).

Public buildings (Museum signs, Library signs, Court signs…)

Dundee Sheriff Court

Dundee Sheriff Court [ large preview2 ]
"The sign outside Dundee Sheriff Court." Photo taken by Aled Evans from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dundee-sheriff-court3

Art Deco Elevators

Art Deco Elevators [ large preview4 ]
"Elevator Signs at Empire State Building in New York City." Photo taken by Sylvain Martel5 from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - art-deco-elevators6

18th century traffic sign

18th century traffic sign [ large preview7 ]
"Vintage traffic sign on a Wall in town of Glarus (Switzerland)." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Hansjoerg Schneider8 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 18th-century-traffic-sign9

One Way Do Not Enter

One Way Do Not Enter [ large preview10 ]
"Directional Signage." Photo taken by James Willney11 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - one-way-do-not-enter12

Air Filling

Air Filling [ large preview13 ]
"The photo was taken at the docks in Aalborg near some abandoned factories." Photo taken by Peter Steen Høgenhaug201714 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - air-filling15

Attention

Attention [ large preview16 ]
"The photo was taken at the docks in Aalborg near some abandoned factories." Photo taken by Peter Steen Høgenhaug201714 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - attention18

Melasse

Melasse [ large preview19 ]
"The photo was taken at the docks in Aalborg near some abandoned factories." Photo taken by Peter Steen Høgenhaug201714 from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - melasse21

Post office

Post office [ large preview22 ]
"Hand painted post office signage on brick." Licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic. Photo taken by Justin D Goring from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - post-office23

Accsessible Payphone

Accsessible Payphone [ large preview24 ]
"World’s friendliest payphone in Santorini, Greece." Licensed: Not Applicable. Photo taken by SuAnne Hall from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - accsessible-payphone25

Boda Boda

Boda Boda [ large preview26 ]
"Boda Boda Motocycle Taxi Stop, Kampala, Uganda." Licensed: cc by-nd. Photo taken by Daniel Izod27 from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - boda-boda28

MG road

MG road [ large preview29 ]
"A very old road sign, created during Britain’s reign over India." Licensed: Copyright. Photo taken by Aamir Kapasi from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mg-road30

Sign at Outside of Al Husain Shrine

Sign at Outside of Al Husain Shrine [ large preview31 ]
"This photo has been taken from the outside area of Al Husain Shrine located at the middle of Cairo City in Egypt. The funny thing is in the sign is spelling mistake: ‘ No LADES in the DOOR. instead of writing “Ladies are Not Allowed in From this Door”. Usually Egyptians are wel-known for making funny errors in English." Licensed: (C) Common. Photo taken by Murtaza Patel from Egypt.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sign-at-outside-of-al-husain-shrine32

Learn gothic calligraphy you suckers

Learn gothic calligraphy you suckers [ large preview33 ]
"Border between 1st and 9th District (Bezirk) of Vienna." Photo taken by Miodrag Kojadinovic34 from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers35

Straight outta compton

Straight outta compton [ large preview36 ]
"Lettering outside a residential home." Photo taken by Sonia Sanassy from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - straight-outta-compton37

House Number One

House Number One [ large preview38 ]
"Signage of house number 1 at Kapitan Moy Street, Marikina City." Photo taken by Erick Cusi from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - house-number-one39

Beirut street

Beirut street [ large preview40 ]
"Vintage street signage." Photo taken by Ramy Sader4441 from Lebanon.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beirut-street42

Building number

Building number [ large preview43 ]
"The number of a building shot at night with no flash, no tripod." Photo taken by Ramy Sader4441 from Lebanon.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - building-number45

Reichstag Building

Reichstag Building [ large preview46 ]
"A cool garden signage looking down in the Reichstag in Berlin Germany." Photo taken by Adam Eggert47 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - reichstag-building48

Under the Highway

Under the Highway [ large preview49 ]
"A sign, placed under a Highway-bridge. It contains the number of the Highway." Photo taken by Roman Dachsberger50 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - under-the-highway51

Portland Modern Development

Portland Modern Development [ large preview52 ]
"Developing modern textures and buildings in a city full of history." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported. Photo taken by Scott Richardson53 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - portland-modern-development54

Berlin Mauer Wall

Berlin Mauer Wall [ large preview55 ]
"Berlin Mauer Wall." Photo taken by Olariu Dragos56 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - berlin-mauer-wall57

I am Within

I am Within [ large preview58 ]
"An urban ruin in Genova, Italy." Photo taken by Jelena Porovic from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - i-am-within59

HighPaving

HighPaving [ large preview60 ]
"Which came first? The street sign or the pavement?" Photo taken by Mark Holland61 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - highpaving62

The Core

The Core [ large preview63 ]
"Taken in my first visit to NYC in January 2009." Photo taken by Maria Florencia Carrera64 from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-core65

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/dundee-sheriff-court/full_dundee-sheriff-court.jpg
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dundee-sheriff-court/full_dundee-sheriff-court.jpg
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/art-deco-elevators/full_art_deco_elevators_empirestate_nyc.jpg
  5. 5 http://moskoo.com
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/art-deco-elevators/full_art_deco_elevators_empirestate_nyc.jpg
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/18th-century-traffic-sign/full_18th-century-traffic-sign.jpg
  8. 8 http://www.tajloro.com
  9. 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/18th-century-traffic-sign/full_18th-century-traffic-sign.jpg
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/one-way-do-not-enter/full_dsc_0008.jpg
  11. 11 http://www.jameswillney.wordpress.com
  12. 12 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/one-way-do-not-enter/full_dsc_0008.jpg
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/air-filling/full_airfilling.jpg
  14. 14 http://hoegenhaug.com
  15. 15 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/air-filling/full_airfilling.jpg
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/attention/full_attention.jpg
  17. 17 http://hoegenhaug.com
  18. 18 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/attention/full_attention.jpg
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/melasse/full_melasse.jpg
  20. 20 http://hoegenhaug.com
  21. 21 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/melasse/full_melasse.jpg
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post-office/full_post-office.jpg
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/post-office/full_post-office.jpg
  24. 24 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/accsessible-payphone/full_santorini_accessiblepayphone.jpg
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/accsessible-payphone/full_santorini_accessiblepayphone.jpg
  26. 26 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/boda-boda/full_boda_boda.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielizod/
  28. 28 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/boda-boda/full_boda_boda.jpg
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mg-road/full_mg-rd.jpg
  30. 30 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mg-road/full_mg-rd.jpg
  31. 31 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sign-at-outside-of-al-husain-shrine/full_signatalhusainshrine-cairo.jpg
  32. 32 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sign-at-outside-of-al-husain-shrine/full_signatalhusainshrine-cairo.jpg
  33. 33 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers/full_learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers.jpg
  34. 34 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miodrag_Kojadinovi%C4%87
  35. 35 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers/full_learn-gothic-calligraphy-you-suckers.jpg
  36. 36 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/straight-outta-compton/full_straight-outta-compton.jpg
  37. 37 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/straight-outta-compton/full_straight-outta-compton.jpg
  38. 38 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/house-number-one/full_house-number-one.jpg
  39. 39 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/house-number-one/full_house-number-one.jpg
  40. 40 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/beirut-street/full_beirut_street.jpg
  41. 41 http://www.bizaroob.com
  42. 42 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/beirut-street/full_beirut_street.jpg
  43. 43 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/building-number/full_building_number.jpg
  44. 44 http://www.bizaroob.com
  45. 45 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/building-number/full_building_number.jpg
  46. 46 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/reichstag-building/full_2_reichstagbuilding_berlin_germany_gardenbelow.jpg
  47. 47 http://www.eggartdesign.com
  48. 48 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/reichstag-building/full_2_reichstagbuilding_berlin_germany_gardenbelow.jpg
  49. 49 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/under-the-highway/full_highway-sign-on-stone.jpg
  50. 50 http://www.leerzeichen.at
  51. 51 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/under-the-highway/full_highway-sign-on-stone.jpg
  52. 52 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/portland-modern-development/full_portland-moderndevelopment.jpg
  53. 53 http://www.AlcyonDesign.com
  54. 54 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/portland-modern-development/full_portland-moderndevelopment.jpg
  55. 55 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/berlin-mauer-wall/full_c_berliner_mauer.jpg
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/wwwdragos
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/berlin-mauer-wall/full_c_berliner_mauer.jpg
  58. 58 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-am-within/full_i-am-within.jpg
  59. 59 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/i-am-within/full_i-am-within.jpg
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/highpaving/full_highpaving.jpg
  61. 61 http://www.littlemark.co.uk
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/highpaving/full_highpaving.jpg
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-core/full_the-core.jpg
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/florc32
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-core/full_the-core.jpg
  66. 66 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  69. 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  77. 77 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  78. 78 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  79. 79 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  85. 85 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  86. 86 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  87. 87 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  88. 88 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  91. 91 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  93. 93 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  94. 94 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  95. 95 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  96. 96 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  97. 97 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  98. 98 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  99. 99 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  100. 100 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  103. 103 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  104. 104 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  105. 105 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  106. 106 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  107. 107 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  108. 108 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  109. 109 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  110. 110 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  111. 111 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  112. 112 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  113. 113 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  114. 114 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  115. 115 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  116. 116 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/
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