Warning and Danger Signs Part 4

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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

Surfs up

Surfs up [ large preview ]
“Surfer waiting for waves at Bondi Beach, Sydney.” Licensed: Full Copyright. Photo taken by Arthur Heng from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - surfs-up


Avalanches [ large preview ]
“Mind your own skiing, Isola’s slopes, France, February 2010.” Licensed: Attribution. Photo taken by Cedric Solichon from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - avalanches


Rotten [ large preview ]
“Rusted sign on a beach in Kiten, Bulgaria.” Photo taken by Michael Komm from Czech republic.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - rotten

Yes You Can Ski in Morocco

Yes You Can Ski in Morocco [ large preview ]
“The arabic text in the sign, roughly translated, means “forbidden for people who don’t skid/slide” - bearing in mind that the word ski is used almost universally as a transliterated phonetic equivalent in European languages; but here, they don’t transliterate the sound ski..” License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/. Photo taken by Simon White from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - yes-you-can-ski-in-morocco

Cphan Caution Hongkong

Cphan Caution Hongkong [ large preview ]
“The signs that I shot during my travel.” Photo taken by Christina Phan from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cphan-caution-hongkong

Safety vintage glasses

Safety vintage glasses [ large preview ]
“I bought this sign from Abrud, Romania.” Photo taken by Ioan Ginsca from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - safety-vintage-glasses

Pickpockets in Thailand

Pickpockets in Thailand [ large preview ]
“A clean chit given to the Thai pickpockets!” Photo taken by Ashish Balsawer from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - pickpockets-in-thailand

Suicide signage

Suicide signage [ large preview ]
“Photo taken in the tube in Paris.” Photo taken by Julian Salaun from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - suicide-signage

Mind the gap

Mind the gap [ large preview ]
“The right type at the right place.” Photo taken by Matteo Cristini from Italy.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - mind-the-gap

Beware of Falling Coconuts

Beware of Falling Coconuts [ large preview ]
“Heard about ‘Beware of dogs but coconuts?’.” Photo taken by Kisan Bhat from India.

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

French Pool Sign

French Pool Sign [ large preview ]
“I’ve always loved translations into English that end up being funny, this was one of my favourites from a trip to France. You have to be wary of those slippery people!” Photo taken by Lee Crutchley from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - french-pool-sign

Ride At Your Own Risk

Ride At Your Own Risk [ large preview ]
“Parents, keep your children safe from moving parts.” Photo taken by Steven Boepple from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ride-at-your-own-risk

Beware of rattlesnakes

Beware of rattlesnakes [ large preview ]
“The detail of the illustration catches the eye. Sign at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.” Photo taken by Wajiha Said from UAE.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - beware-of-rattlesnakes

Let’s Start the Fire

Let’s Start the Fire [ large preview ]
“This photo was taken on our client’s wedding.” Photo taken by Lexer Win D.C Alinsod from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lets-start-the-fire


Moher [ large preview ]
“Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.” Photo taken by Mary Lemcke from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - moher

Emergency Exit sign

Emergency Exit sign [ large preview ]
“Emergency exit sign was taken on an old boat at Harbour front downtown Toronto.” License: Right Managed. Photo taken by Frederic Sune from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - emergency-exit-sign

Faded Do Not Jump Chairlift Sign Japan

Faded Do Not Jump Chairlift Sign Japan [ large preview ]
“Short description of the photo.” Licensed: SmashingMag Comp Use Only. Photo taken by Anthony Edge from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - faded-do-not-jump-chairlift-sign-japan

Look under your seat

Look under your seat [ large preview ]
“The image was taken on a bus ride during a visit in New Delhi, India.” Licensed: copyright Christina Schäfer. Photo taken by Christina Schäfer from Germany / Scotland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - look-under-your-seat

Werribee open range zoo

Werribee open range zoo [ large preview ]
“Path sign at Werribee Zoo, Melbourne, Australia.” Licensed: Copyright Felicity Adams. Photo taken by Felicity Adams from Australia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - werribee-open-range-zoo

Emergency Exit

Emergency Exit [ large preview ]
“Airplane Exit Signs on Windows.” Photo taken by Bryan Sia from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - emergency-exit

Exit and Exit Again Signs

Exit and Exit Again Signs [ large preview ]
“An exit door way of condominium that flooded with Exit signs pointed to the same door, the funny is that we already get it that’s the exit door.” Photo taken by Rocky B Gonzales from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit-and-exit-again-signs

Life Ring

Life Ring [ large preview ]
“Life Ring and a boat in Baltimore.” Photo taken by Scott Joyce from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - life-ring

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: