Warning and Danger Signs Part 3

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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

Iceland hot spring area

Iceland hot spring area [ large preview ]
“Warning sign that you are entering a geothermal area in Hveragerthi in Icleand.” Photo taken by Caroline Baumann from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - iceland-hot-spring-area

Icelandic sign hot water

Icelandic sign hot water [ large preview ]
“A warning sign showing the temperature of the subterranean water.” Photo taken by Alexander Clemm from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - icelandic-sign-hot-water

Safety First Signage

Safety First Signage [ large preview ]
“A contruction site ad posing with couple on the pool with safety first warning on the side and foot bridge above, the humor is as if the sign pertains to something that safety first should observed.” Photo taken by Rocky B Gonzales from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - safety-first-signage

Beware of Falling Durian

Beware of Falling Durian [ large preview ]
“Durian is an exotic fruit that is known for their strong foul smell but delicious meat. It is grown in abundance in the Southern provinces of the Philippines. This signage was snapped during a trip at a Durian garden in Polomolok, South Cotabato. It’s not often that you’ll see such an unusual warning.” Photo taken by Sheila Espanol from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beware-of-falling-durian


End [ large preview ]
“A nice looking warning in Hong Kong about the end of a pedestrian zone.” Licensed: Free use, just give me credit. Photo taken by John Mertens from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - end

No Durians! We Are Watching You.

No Durians! We Are Watching You. [ large preview ]
“Various warning signs inside Singapore’s train stations.” Photo taken by Henry Soon from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-durians-we-are-watching-you

Jersey Harbour warning

Jersey Harbour warning [ large preview ]
“Jersey Corbiere Lighthouse causeway warning.” Photo taken by Greg Bray from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - jersey-harbour-warning

Signage poison NYC

Signage poison NYC [ large preview ]
“Warning sign in a back alley in NYC, I think somewhere in Williamsburg.” Licensed: © Sebastian Schöndorfer 2009. Photo taken by Sebastian Schöndorfer from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signage-poison-nyc

Deadly sea creatures

Deadly sea creatures [ large preview ]
“The “street” signs warning against deadly sea creatures can be found along the Okinawan’s (Japan) coastline. Obviously there is no swimming zone.” Licensed: Photo was taken by myself. Photo taken by Piotr Domowicz from Poland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - deadly-sea-creatures

Vorsicht steilkante

Vorsicht steilkante [ large preview ]
“Handmade warning sign, photographed on juist, october 2005.” Photo taken by Christoph Ellermann from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - vorsicht-steilkante

Warning Signage

Warning Signage [ large preview ]
“Machinery warning sign.” Photo taken by Kenneth Gerson from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - warning-signage

Do Not Block

Do Not Block [ large preview ]
“Warning sign on a garage door in The Netherlands.” Photo taken by Tammi Floccare from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - do-not-block


Trippin [ large preview ]
“Look at that amazingly dynamic figure. It gets your attention more than most other warning signs.” Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Stephanie King from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - trippin

No Escape

No Escape [ large preview ]
“University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Public safety sign in Building.” Photo taken by Navaneethan Shan from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-escape

Risk of Drowning in Spaghetti

Risk of Drowning in Spaghetti [ large preview ]
“Risk of Drowning, River Thames, London.” Licensed: cc by-nd. Photo taken by Daniel Izod from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - risk-of-drowning-in-spaghetti

Stop! Deep water ahead

Stop! Deep water ahead [ large preview ]
“The signage on the left advise visitors to use a proper entrance to access the reservoir. The signage on the right inform visitors about activities that are not permitted at the reservoir.” Licensed: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Mo Zhuang Ze from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - stop-deep-water-ahead


FIRE!! [ large preview ]
“On the way towards ending our trip to Croatia the drive took us through a great deal of valleys and hills, all prone to drought and fire in the summer months, this sign just before a beautiful bay opening up to the adriatic caught my eye, almost as much as the sea itself.” Photo taken by Mike Drummond from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - fire

Monsoon Morning

Monsoon Morning [ large preview ]
“Taken today around 8am from tube station.” Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Yatrik Vyas from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - monsoon-morning

No Racing By Horse Drawn Vehicles

No Racing By Horse Drawn Vehicles [ large preview ]
“An unusual and confusing road sign near Worthing, UK on the A27 duel carriageway.” Photo taken by Rebecca Harris from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - no-racing-by-horse-drawn-vehicles

Mind your step signage

Mind your step signage [ large preview ]
“Instead of watch yoour step, it says to mind it.” Photo taken by Heya Basu from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mind-your-step-signage

Bike sign

Bike sign [ large preview ]
“Bike Sign.” Photo taken by Anselm Christophersen from Denmark.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - bike-sign

Dizin slope

Dizin slope [ large preview ]
“Dizin Slope of ski in the spring.” Licensed: © Payam Hamzei. Photo taken by Payam Hamzei from Iran.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dizin-slope

Maxima 40

Maxima 40 [ large preview ]
“Max speed sign covered by snow.” Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Pablo Perez from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - maxima-40

Winter Memories

Winter Memories [ large preview ]
“I just thought the sign of awinter ice sign on a day that was over 30C made you think of the coming winter.” Photo taken by Walter E Pfefferle from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - winter-memories

Mine field hrvatska

Mine field hrvatska [ large preview ]
“Driving by a mine field in 2006 in hrvatska.” Photo taken by Albert Augustin from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mine-field-hrvatska

I bite

I bite [ large preview ]
“Taken at the shark tank exhibit in the Sydney Aquarium.” Licensed: Full Copyright. Photo taken by Arthur Heng from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - i-bite

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: