Warning and Danger Signs Part 1

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

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest 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 Warning and Danger signs, signs that grab the attention of bystanders and alert them to any dangers ahead with their explicit content. 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).

Warning / Danger signs

Big Sur Warning

Big Sur Warning [ large preview ]
“A warning sign in Big Sur, California.” Photo taken by Aled Evans from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - big-sur-warning

Bad Dog

Bad Dog [ large preview ]
“Watch Out! Bad Dog! - sign on the fence.” Created by Magdalena Kuczaba from Poland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bad-dog

Exclamation Point

Exclamation Point [ large preview ]
“Sign in Beijing warning people to beware of what’s ahead.” Photo taken by Andy Phillips from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exclamation-point

High voltage

High voltage [ large preview ]
“A warning sign in an Indian train.” Photo taken by Harald Krefting from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - high-voltage

Warning no drugs

Warning no drugs [ large preview ]
“An public service notice in a popular party district.” License: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Gareth Shapiro from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - warning-no-drugs

Wireless warning

Wireless warning [ large preview ]
“Warning sign close to the microwave transmition experiment in Juelich, Germany.” Photo taken by Michael Komm from Czech republic.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wireless-warning

Piso Molhado

Piso Molhado [ large preview ]
“A signage to warn people about dry floor.” Photo taken by Dinara Lima from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - piso-molhado

Do not climb

Do not climb [ large preview ]
“Taken in Taiwan. A sign to warn people to not climb the walls of the cave.” Photo taken by Soh Hui Shian Sandy from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-climb

Danger stairs

Danger stairs [ large preview ]
“Signs for a hidden, and dangerous, stairs (! in the same angle).” Photo taken by Rik Verhagen from The Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - danger-stairs

Belgian Danger

Belgian Danger [ large preview ]
“Shot near Brussels, Belgium. “Gevaar” means “danger”, although it’s unclear what’s so dangerous and the sign is so small that it’s more likely to cause danger than to avert it.” License: CC-SA. Photo taken by Jeroen Roos from the Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - belgian-danger

De preferencia vivo

De preferencia vivo [ large preview ]
“Little picture taked in a dangerous cross of 4 streets in mexico city, the angry car talks by itself.” Photo taken by Erick Gabriel Aguilar LÛpez from México.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - de-preferencia-vivo

Steep Hahnenkamm

Steep Hahnenkamm [ large preview ]
“Hahnenkamm Ski Slope in Kitzbuhel, Austria.” Photo taken by Gary Toriello from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - steep-hahnenkamm


Achtung [ large preview ]
“Rendl Ski Slope in Zermatt, Switzerland.” Photo taken by Gary Toriello from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - achtung

Car danger

Car danger [ large preview ]
“Car danger information sign in front of the sea. Seems to be quite obvious?.” Licensed: All copyrights: Vincent Zaugg. Photo taken by Vincent Zaugg from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - car-danger

Danger Fragile Roof

Danger Fragile Roof [ large preview ]
"University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Public safety sign in Building.." Designed by Navaneethan Shanfrom UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - danger-fragile-roof

Danger men working

Danger men working [ large preview ]
“You better watch out! Photo was taken in 2010 in NYC.” Photo taken by Stefan Vogel from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - danger-men-working


Danger [ large preview ]
Photo taken by Prathamesh Parab from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - danger

Dangerous surfing

Dangerous surfing [ large preview ]
“Surfers in action behind a warning sign.” Designed by Julien Soubrier from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dangerous-surfing

Danger keep out

Danger keep out [ large preview ]
“Floyd Bennett Field old hungar.” Photo taken by Anna Shumakova from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - danger-keep-out

High Voltage warning

High Voltage warning [ large preview ]
“High Voltage warning on electric wire.” Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Vahid Smajlagic from BiH.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - high-voltage-warning

Spanish exit indication

Spanish exit indication [ large preview ]
“First photo of a short story. It is a Spanish sign that indicates a dangerous exit to the reader.” Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Mauro Bennici from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - spanish-exit-indication


Dangerman [ large preview ]
“This is a danger sign found on truck carrying inflammable material in Mumbai. Danger comes in all sizes and flavors :).” Photo taken by Charvi Mohan Sarfare from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dangerman

Danger Ladder

Danger Ladder [ large preview ]
“Warning sign on a ladder.” Photo taken by David Alvarez from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - danger-ladder

Danger Peligro

Danger Peligro [ large preview ]
“Warning sign on a power box.” Photo taken by David Alvarez from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - danger-peligro

Flood Free Signage

Flood Free Signage [ large preview ]
“An on-going construction of condominium/office building with a sign of flood free with danger deep on the side with detailed sea level measurement.” Photo taken by Rocky B Gonzales from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - flood-free-signage


Danger [ large preview ]
“This was located right beside a cliff. this hand-painted signage captured my eye, this was obviously not done by the authorities, the locals might have found it extrememly important for this signage to be present. for me this represents the lack of information at indian tourist spots, and how even the locals try hard to educate the tourists.” Designed by Parimala Venkatesh from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - danger

Heat stroke

Heat stroke [ large preview ]
“In Buenos Aires, Argentina in the summer, the government warn us about the danger of the “Golpe de Calor”, in english “Heat stroke”.” Photo taken by Bernardo Cople from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - heat-stroke

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: