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Street and Wayfinding Signs Part 2

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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 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

Ancient or now?

Ancient or now? [ large preview2 ]
"Photo shotted on Athens. In portuguese, “Agora” means “now”, “Ancient” or “Agora”." Licensed: If you want to use this picture, be my guest, just warning me, thanks. By Luiz Fernando de Souza Pinto from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ancient-or-now3

Restaurants

Restaurants [ large preview4 ]
"Plenty of restaurants to choose from." Photo taken by Bogdan Judit from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - restaurants5

Werkschau spinnerei leipzig

Werkschau spinnerei leipzig [ large preview6 ]
"A marker on a wall at the “Spinnerei”, an old factory and today on of the creative hotspots in Leipzig." Licensed: cc by-sa. By Martin Gamnitzer7 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - werkschau-spinnerei-leipzig8

Rock and roll is here

Rock and roll is here [ large preview9 ]
"Just ran into an interesting scene, which is about a sign of a livehouse in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan." Photo taken by Terry Lai from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rock-and-roll-is-here10

Antwerp city information pole

Antwerp city information pole [ large preview11 ]
"Antwerp City Information Pole." Photo taken by Richard Buhn12 from BELGIUM.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - antwerp-city-information-pole13

Alborzmountain

Alborzmountain [ large preview14 ]
"A part of Alborz Mountain with above 4100m height." Licensed: © Payam Hamzei. Photo taken by Payam Hamzei15 from Iran.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - alborzmountain16

Symbols At The Park

Symbols At The Park [ large preview17 ]
"Various symbols used in denoting the areas at Istana Park, Singapore." Photo taken by Henry Soon2118 from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - symbols-at-the-park19

Places Of Interest

Places Of Interest [ large preview20 ]
"Denoting various places of interest in Chinatown, Singapore." Photo taken by Henry Soon2118 from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - places-of-interest22

The funky city area map

The funky city area map [ large preview23 ]
"There are many such area maps around the city." Photo taken by Mayur Mutha24 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-funky-city-area-map25

Signage arrows Zurich

Signage arrows Zurich [ large preview26 ]
"Big red sign with two white arrows showing the direction to leave beneath a ramp in Zurich." Licensed: © Sebastian Schöndorfer 2008. Photo taken by Sebastian Schöndorfer27 from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signage-arrows-zurich28

Dolores Street

Dolores Street [ large preview29 ]
"Dolores Street with Dolores Hight School in the Banckground San Francisco. In the Background is Dolores High School." Photo taken by Boris Henriot30 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dolores-street31

Chinatown San Fran

Chinatown San Fran [ large preview4132 ]
"The main street that runs through Chinatown in San Francisco is Grant Street. Here the local color can be seen in the background of the sign." Photo taken by Jen Mabe from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chinatown-san-fran4233

Parroquia San Pantalon, Venezia

Parroquia San Pantalon, Venezia [ large preview34 ]
"View of one little street with an Art Gallery." Photo taken by Rafael Camarenna35 from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - parroquia-san-pantalon-venezia36

Dev prayag

Dev prayag [ large preview37 ]
"Dev Prayag, Dev means God and Prayag means Union, a place near Haridwar, India where river Ganges and Alaknand unites. The sign board says the Dev-Prayag is at 580 meters. See, God is not that far away." Photo taken by Shravan Singh from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dev-prayag38

Stained glass

Stained glass [ large preview39 ]
"Walton Church Street Somerset amazing stained glass text." Photo taken by Gareth Stamp from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - stained-glass40

Chinatown San Fran

Chinatown San Fran [ large preview4132 ]
"The main street that runs through Chinatown in San Francisco is Grant Street. Here the local color can be seen in the background of the sign." Photo taken by Jen Mabe from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chinatown-san-fran4233

Life at cross roads

Life at cross roads [ large preview43 ]
"Shot at Tamilnadu, India." Photo taken by Subinkrishna Gopi44 from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - life-at-cross-roads45

Luodai ancient town guide map

Luodai ancient town guide map [ large preview46 ]
"That’s a guide map in Cheng Du ,China." Photo taken by Caicai Feng47 from China.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - luodai-ancient-town-guide-map48

Guidepost Sign

Guidepost Sign [ large preview49 ]
"Guidepost – helps tourists to find their way…" Photo taken by Dario Meniss from Croatia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - guidepost-sign50

Camping

Camping [ large preview51 ]
"Signing on camping area." Photo taken by Aquiles Leon5552 from México.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - camping53

Prado

Prado [ large preview54 ]
"Street signs in prado’s avenue the color indicates the type of information, blue – routes, green – parks, magenta – cultural, yellow – parking and info." Photo taken by Aquiles Leon5552 from México.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - prado56

From here you can go anywhere

From here you can go anywhere [ large preview57 ]
"Should i see Skadarlija, Skopje, Moscow, maybe Moon? I think I’ll go for a drink at “Sesir Moj 2”." License: CC BY-NC-ND. Photo taken by Marko Rosic58 from Serbia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - from-here-you-can-go-anywhere59

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/ancient-or-now/full_ancientornow.jpg
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/ancient-or-now/full_ancientornow.jpg
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/restaurants/full_restaurants.jpg
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/restaurants/full_restaurants.jpg
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/werkschau-spinnerei-leipzig/full_werkschau_spinnerei_leipzig.jpg
  7. 7 http://martin-gamnitzer.de
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/werkschau-spinnerei-leipzig/full_werkschau_spinnerei_leipzig.jpg
  9. 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rock-and-roll-is-here/full_rock-and-roll-is-here.jpg
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/rock-and-roll-is-here/full_rock-and-roll-is-here.jpg
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/antwerp-city-information-pole/full_antwerp-city-information-pole.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/45282251@N03/
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/antwerp-city-information-pole/full_antwerp-city-information-pole.jpg
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/alborzmountain/full_alborzmountain.jpg
  15. 15 http://www.payampicture.blogspot.com
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/alborzmountain/full_alborzmountain.jpg
  17. 17 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/symbols-at-the-park/full_symbol-istanapart-signage.jpg
  18. 18 http://www.mujiri.com
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/symbols-at-the-park/full_symbol-istanapart-signage.jpg
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/places-of-interest/full_placesofinterest-signage.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.mujiri.com
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/places-of-interest/full_placesofinterest-signage.jpg
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-funky-city-area-map/full_the-funky-city-area-map.jpg
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mayurmutha
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/the-funky-city-area-map/full_the-funky-city-area-map.jpg
  26. 26 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/signage-arrows-zurich/full_signage_arrows_zurich.jpg
  27. 27 http://www.sebastianschoendorfer.com
  28. 28 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/signage-arrows-zurich/full_signage_arrows_zurich.jpg
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dolores-street/full_dolores-street.jpg
  30. 30 http://www.meandfrenchie.com
  31. 31 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dolores-street/full_dolores-street.jpg
  32. 32 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/chinatown-san-fran/full_chinatown_san_fran.jpg
  33. 33 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/chinatown-san-fran/full_chinatown_san_fran.jpg
  34. 34 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/parroquia-san-pantalon-venezia/full_parroquia-san-pantalon-venezia.jpg
  35. 35 http://www.camarenna.com
  36. 36 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/parroquia-san-pantalon-venezia/full_parroquia-san-pantalon-venezia.jpg
  37. 37 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dev-prayag/full_dev-prayag.jpg
  38. 38 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/dev-prayag/full_dev-prayag.jpg
  39. 39 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/stained-glass/full_stained-glass.jpg
  40. 40 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/stained-glass/full_stained-glass.jpg
  41. 41 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/chinatown-san-fran/full_chinatown_san_fran.jpg
  42. 42 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/chinatown-san-fran/full_chinatown_san_fran.jpg
  43. 43 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/life-at-cross-roads/full_life-at-cross-roads.jpg
  44. 44 http://www.subin.co.in
  45. 45 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/life-at-cross-roads/full_life-at-cross-roads.jpg
  46. 46 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/luodai-ancient-town-guide-map/full_luodai-ancient-town-guide-map.jpg
  47. 47 http://345811279.qzone.qq.com
  48. 48 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/luodai-ancient-town-guide-map/full_luodai-ancient-town-guide-map.jpg
  49. 49 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/guidepost-sign/full_guidepost-sign.jpg
  50. 50 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/guidepost-sign/full_guidepost-sign.jpg
  51. 51 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/camping/full_camping.jpg
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/aquiles_zero/
  53. 53 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/camping/full_camping.jpg
  54. 54 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/prado/full_prado.jpg
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/aquiles_zero/
  56. 56 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/prado/full_prado.jpg
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/from-here-you-can-go-anywhere/full_from-here-you-can-go-anywhere.jpg
  58. 58 http://blog.rosic.net
  59. 59 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/signs/from-here-you-can-go-anywhere/full_from-here-you-can-go-anywhere.jpg
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-1/
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/abstract-and-weird-signs-part-2/
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-and-promotional-signs-part-1/
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/advertising-branding-and-promotional-signs-part-2/
  64. 64 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/corporate-logos-and-brand-signs/
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-1/
  66. 66 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/forbidden-signs-part-2/
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-1/
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-2/
  69. 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/funny-clever-original-signs-part-3/
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-1/
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/graffiti-and-hand-written-signs-part-2/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-1/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-2/
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/hotel-and-restaurant-signs-part-3/
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-1/
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/information-and-instructional-signs-part-2/
  77. 77 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/library-signs/
  78. 78 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/monument-and-memorial-signs/
  79. 79 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-1/
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/museum-signs-part-2/
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-1/
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/public-and-state-building-signs-part-2/
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-1/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-2/
  85. 85 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-3/
  86. 86 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-4/
  87. 87 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/road-and-street-signs-part-5/
  88. 88 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/school-and-park-signs/
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-1/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-2/
  91. 91 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/shop-and-store-signs-part-3/
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-1/
  93. 93 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-2/
  94. 94 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-3/
  95. 95 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/street-and-wayfinding-signs-part-4/
  96. 96 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-1/
  97. 97 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/train-and-airport-signs-part-2/
  98. 98 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/underground-signs/
  99. 99 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-1/
  100. 100 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-2/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-3/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-4/
  103. 103 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/warning-and-danger-signs-part-5/
  104. 104 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-1/
  105. 105 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wayfinding-in-buildings-signs-part-2/
  106. 106 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-1/
  107. 107 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wc-and-restroom-signs-part-2/
  108. 108 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/welcome-signs/
  109. 109 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-1/
  110. 110 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/other-signs-part-2/
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