Wayfinding In Buildings 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 Wayfinding in Buildings signs, i.e. signs that use the least amount of text and images to convey their meaning in the most efficient way. 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).

Wayfinding In Buildings Signs

Burn Calories, Not Electricity

Burn Calories, Not Electricity [ large preview ]
“Taken in New York, NY near Ground Zero.” Photo taken by Dan Taylor from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - burn-calories-not-electricity

Office suite directory

Office suite directory [ large preview ]
“Interesting choice of sans-serif for an office building. Note the ampersand.” Licensed: Public Domain (optional). Photo taken by Nate Listrom from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - office-suite-directory

Entrance gate polres bogor

Entrance gate polres bogor [ large preview ]
“This is a morning sign for entrance gate in one of Police Station in Bogor, Indonesia.” Licensed: Licensed by Ihsan Rama. Photo taken by Ihsan Rama from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - entrance-gate-polres-bogor

Pull door sign

Pull door sign [ large preview ]
“Sign on a door in the Reykjav?k Univeristy saying that you need to pull to open the door.” Photo taken by Werner Clemm from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - pull-door-sign

Swimming pool sign

Swimming pool sign [ large preview ]
“Sign in front of a swimming pool.” Photo taken by Helga Oddrún Sævarsdóttir from Iceland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - swimming-pool-sign


Emergency [ large preview ]
“The photo with Saida, Emergency was taken at the Mall.” Photo taken by Francielle Rodrigues Carvalho from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - emergency


Stairs [ large preview ]
“Small tour boat in Wushan, China. Thankfully the sign was there or else I never would have known those were stairs. And I was thrilled to see they drew a picture of what to do on stairs as well.” Photo taken by Liz Megill from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - stairs

Hostpital Floor Sign

Hostpital Floor Sign [ large preview ]
“Oldschool signs on a hospital floor shot in 2008.” License: Creative Commons by-nc. Photo taken by Misel Radosavac from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hostpital-floor-sign


Signal [ large preview ]
“Signal-sign-Brussels-Underground.” Created by David Marquie from Belgium.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - signal

Escape Plan

Escape Plan [ large preview ]
“Fire exit sign at Ace Hotel (Palm Springs).” Photo taken by Eduardo Garcia from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - escape-plan

Push / Automatic Door

Push / Automatic Door [ large preview ]
“They say PUSH, but you can never reach them because the automatic door slides open.” Photo taken by Rich Bernstein from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - push-automatic-door

Exit Stairway

Exit Stairway [ large preview ]
“Stairway in NYC.” Licensed: © 2009. Designed by Florence Schmid from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit-stairway

Salida de Emergencia

Salida de Emergencia [ large preview ]
“Emergency exit sign in spanish.” Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Pablo Perez from Argentina.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - salida-de-emergencia

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: