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Street and Wayfinding Signs Part 1

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 Street and Wayfinding signs, signs which intention, in a clear and effective way, is to assist locals and travelers alike in their wayfinding. 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).

Street wayfinding signs

Casa Manila Museum

Casa Manila Museum [ large preview2 ]
"I just love the rustic signage." By Patrick Rivera3 from Manila, Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - casa-manila-museum4

Small Japanesse House

Small Japanesse House [ large preview5 ]
"A small sign we don’t know where you go to, but it’s perfectly protected against the weather." License: GNU. By Antonia Guerra Bravo from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - small-japanesse-house6

Lost in Translation (Quite Often)

Lost in Translation (Quite Often) [ large preview7 ]
"Tourist guide sign along Nanjing City Wall near Yangtze River, Nanjing, Jiangsu." By Taylor Mcconnell8 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lost-in-translation-(quite-often)9

Paris street signs

Paris street signs [ large preview10 ]
"Street signs like these are rare in Paris. The street numbers are very rarely shown." License: CC NC BY SA. By Adrian from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - paris-street-signs11

Glowing signs

Glowing signs [ large preview12 ]
"Photo taken with diana mini lomo camera – cross processed." By Svenja Peters from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - glowing-signs13

Church Cottages

Church Cottages [ large preview14 ]
"Street signage is a very interesting feature on the streets of the UK. During my visit to Guildford, Farnham and London, I documented all the road signs that I came across. I have compiled them together to form an interesting series. I have used monotones to focus on the similarity between the architectural style, signage and type of streets and remove the distinguishing factors. All shots have been taken using a Hasselblad, a medium format camera. All photographs have been named after the streets they represent." Licensed: Copyright Ankita Asthana. By Ankita Asthana211815 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - church-cottages16

Middle Church Lane

Middle Church Lane [ large preview17 ]
"Street signage is a very interesting feature on the streets of the UK. During my visit to Guildford, Farnham and London, I documented all the road signs that I came across. I have compiled them together to form an interesting series. I have used monotones to focus on the similarity between the architectural style, signage and type of streets and remove the distinguishing factors. All shots have been taken using a Hasselblad, a medium format camera.All photographs have been named after the streets they represent." Licensed: Copyright Ankita Asthana. By Ankita Asthana211815 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - middle-church-lane19

St. George’s Road

St. George’s Road [ large preview20 ]
"Street signage is a very interesting feature on the streets of the UK. During my visit to Guildford, Farnham and London, I documented all the road signs that I came across. I have compiled them together to form an interesting series. I have used monotones to focus on the similarity between the architectural style, signage and type of streets and remove the distinguishing factors. All shots have been taken using a Hasselblad, a medium format camera. All photographs have been named after the streets they represent." Licensed: Copyright Ankita Asthana. By Ankita Asthana211815 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - st-georges-road22

Lost in Vermont

Lost in Vermont [ large preview23 ]
"I headed to Vermont for a weekend with bunch of friends couple of weeks ago. These arrows were on a tree that we stumbled upon while we were trailing. I loved the juxtaposition of the vastness of the forrest and the vague directions that these arrows were pointing. Oh and hipstamatic added a wonderful effect to the overall eeriness of the picture." By Ahmet Zehir from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lost-in-vermont24

Marco Polo

Marco Polo [ large preview25 ]
"Marco Polo wall sign." By Olariu Ionel4026 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - marco-polo27

Village and Road Work Signs

Village and Road Work Signs [ large preview28 ]
"Village Sign Post and Roadwork sign, Shackleford, Surrey.." By Marcus Kalantarian from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - village-and-road-work-signs29

Snow Country Accomodation Signage Japan

Snow Country Accomodation Signage Japan [ large preview30 ]
"Short description of the photo." Licensed: SmashingMag Comp Use Only. By Anthony Edge31 from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan32

The way to Rumuruti

The way to Rumuruti [ large preview33 ]
"Roadsign in Kenya." Licensed: All rights reserved. By Paul van Roekel34 from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-way-to-rumuruti35

Three Signs In A Row

Three Signs In A Row [ large preview36 ]
"I liked the three layers of the signs. One on the glas window, one behind on the wall, and the reflection of one sign on the oppsite side of the glas window.." By Andris Linz37 from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - three-signs-in-a-rowl38

Port Sign Boote

Port Sign Boote [ large preview39 ]
"Simple port sign photo in Austria." By Olariu Ionel4026 from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - port-sign-boote41

London directional signpost

London directional signpost [ large preview42 ]
"A signpost in London to help you find your way." By Will Parker from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - london-directional-signpost43

Everywhichway

Everywhichway [ large preview44 ]
"California Science Center." By Enrico Santana from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - everywhichway45

Valley of the kings

Valley of the kings [ large preview46 ]
"Valley of the kings tombs Egypt." By Kristina Ivandic from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - valley-of-the-kings47

Hallstatt boats

Hallstatt boats [ large preview48 ]
"Sign at a boat rental service, Hallstatt, Austria." Photo taken by Dieter Veverka49 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hallstatt-boats50

Sign board showing village with in Kadavoor Basin

Sign board showing village with in Kadavoor Basin [ large preview51 ]
"The photograph location is on of the cart path among three paths reaching three village from out side of the basin." Photo taken by Balan.P from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - sign-board-showing-village-with--in-kadavoor-basin52

Heygate

Heygate [ large preview53 ]
"This was taken on the notorious and soon to be demolished Heygate estate in London. I liked the simplicity, but also the sense of decay and abandonment embodied by the crooked sign." Photo taken by Lewis Bush from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - heygate54

New York Tourism

New York Tourism [ large preview55 ]
"A directional sign located in Battery Park, New York, USA." Photo taken by Tracey L. Warner from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - new-york-tourism56

Manufaktura garbage

Manufaktura garbage [ large preview57 ]
"Creative way to use typography in dust-bin design." Photo taken by Wojciech Jachowicz from Poland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - manufaktura-garbage58

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca Alexandrina [ large preview59 ]
"Signage from Bibliotheca-Alexandrina." Licensed: All rights reserved. By Marwa Elchazly60 from Egypt.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bibliotheca-alexandrina61

Mapa turístico de Minas

Mapa turístico de Minas [ large preview62 ]
"Touristic map of the city of Minas (Uruguay) and its surroundings." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives. By Martín Batallés63 from Uruguay.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mapa-turistico-de-minas64

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/casa-manila-museum/full_casa-manila-museum.jpg
  3. 3 http://madaxz.vox.com/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/casa-manila-museum/full_casa-manila-museum.jpg
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/small-japanesse-house/full_small-japanesse-house.jpg
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/small-japanesse-house/full_small-japanesse-house.jpg
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lost-in-translation-(quite-often)/full_nanjing-city-wall-tower.jpg
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/taylormcconnell
  9. 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lost-in-translation-(quite-often)/full_nanjing-city-wall-tower.jpg
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/paris-street-signs/full_paris-street-signs.jpg
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/paris-street-signs/full_paris-street-signs.jpg
  12. 12 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/glowing-signs/full_glowing-signs.jpg
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/glowing-signs/full_glowing-signs.jpg
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/church-cottages/full_church-cottages.jpg
  15. 15 http://www.ankitaphotography.co.cc
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/church-cottages/full_church-cottages.jpg
  17. 17 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/middle-church-lane/full_middle-church-lane.jpg
  18. 18 http://www.ankitaphotography.co.cc
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/middle-church-lane/full_middle-church-lane.jpg
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/st-georges-road/full_st-georges-road.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.ankitaphotography.co.cc
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/st-georges-road/full_st-georges-road.jpg
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lost-in-vermont/full_vermont-trail-signage.jpg
  24. 24 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/lost-in-vermont/full_vermont-trail-signage.jpg
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/marco-polo/full_stop-deep-water-ahead.jpg
  26. 26 http://www.inotes.ro/
  27. 27 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/marco-polo/full_stop-deep-water-ahead.jpg
  28. 28 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/village-and-road-work-signs/full_village-and-road-work-signs.jpg
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/village-and-road-work-signs/full_village-and-road-work-signs.jpg
  30. 30 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan/full_snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan.jpg
  31. 31 http://mredge.com
  32. 32 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan/full_snow-country-accomodation-signage-japan.jpg
  33. 33 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-way-to-rumuruti/full_the-way-to-rumuruti.jpg
  34. 34 http://www.paulvanroekel.nl
  35. 35 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-way-to-rumuruti/full_the-way-to-rumuruti.jpg
  36. 36 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/three-signs-in-a-rowl/full_three_signs_in_a_row.jpg
  37. 37 http://www.andrislinz.ch
  38. 38 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/three-signs-in-a-rowl/full_three_signs_in_a_row.jpg
  39. 39 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/port-sign-boote/full_a_boote_austria.jpg
  40. 40 http://www.inotes.ro/
  41. 41 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/port-sign-boote/full_a_boote_austria.jpg
  42. 42 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/london-directional-signpost/full_london-directional-signpost.jpg
  43. 43 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/london-directional-signpost/full_london-directional-signpost.jpg
  44. 44 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/everywhichway/full_everywhichway.jpg
  45. 45 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/everywhichway/full_everywhichway.jpg
  46. 46 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/valley-of-the-kings/full_valley-of-the-kings-tombs-egypt.jpg
  47. 47 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/valley-of-the-kings/full_valley-of-the-kings-tombs-egypt.jpg
  48. 48 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hallstatt-boats/full_hallstatt-boats.jpg
  49. 49 http://www.pixelworx.cc
  50. 50 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/hallstatt-boats/full_hallstatt-boats.jpg
  51. 51 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sign-board-showing-village-with--in-kadavoor-basin/full_easy-to-reach.jpg
  52. 52 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/sign-board-showing-village-with--in-kadavoor-basin/full_easy-to-reach.jpg
  53. 53 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/heygate/full_heygate.jpg
  54. 54 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/heygate/full_heygate.jpg
  55. 55 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/new-york-tourism/full_new-york-tourism.jpg
  56. 56 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/new-york-tourism/full_new-york-tourism.jpg
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/manufaktura-garbage/full_manufaktura---garbage.jpg
  58. 58 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/manufaktura-garbage/full_manufaktura---garbage.jpg
  59. 59 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bibliotheca-alexandrina/full_01bibliotheca-alexandrina.jpg
  60. 60 http://www.marwastudio.com
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/bibliotheca-alexandrina/full_01bibliotheca-alexandrina.jpg
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mapa-turistico-de-minas/full_mapa-turistico-minas.jpg
  63. 63 http://www.martinbatalles.com
  64. 64 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/mapa-turistico-de-minas/full_mapa-turistico-minas.jpg
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  66. 66 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  69. 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  77. 77 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  78. 78 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  79. 79 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  85. 85 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  86. 86 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  87. 87 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  88. 88 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  91. 91 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  93. 93 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  94. 94 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  95. 95 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  96. 96 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  97. 97 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  98. 98 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  99. 99 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  100. 100 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  103. 103 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  104. 104 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  105. 105 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  106. 106 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  107. 107 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  108. 108 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  109. 109 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  110. 110 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  111. 111 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  112. 112 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  113. 113 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  114. 114 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  115. 115 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/

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Katrín Svana Eyþórsdóttir is a media artist and designer from Iceland. You can follow her on twitter.

  1. 1

    Ankita Asthana

    November 8, 2010 6:38 am

    So who won the contest?

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