Wayfinding In Buildings Signs Part 2

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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

Exit? This way

Exit? This way [ large preview ]
“An exit signage at SMX Convention Center indicating which way is the exit.” Photo taken by Drexel Dennis Sineneng from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit-this-way


Admin [ large preview ]
“Throughout the New 42nd Street Studio Building text runs up walls and around corners to make sure you know exactly where you are.” Photo taken by Alexis Buatti-Ramos from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - admin

Fire Extinguisher Signage

Fire Extinguisher Signage [ large preview ]
Licensed: This photo describes Fire Extinguisher signage, near fire protection device is there, it control small fires.. Designed by Ramkumar B from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - fire-extinguisher-signage


Exit [ large preview ]
“This shows a emergency exit way if fire is on in building its at 7th floor of my office , Mumbai.” Photo taken by Kaustubh Deshpande from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit

Up the 101

Up the 101 [ large preview ]
“This photo was taken at the famous Taipei 101 building. What amazed me is that each floor you went they would write the height of the building. Clear fonts with an inviting graphics.” Photo taken by Michelle Pei Ting Huang from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - up-the-101

Going to Hakata or Tokyo??

Going to Hakata or Tokyo?? [ large preview ]
“Taken inside Japan Shinkansen, very useful information.” Photo taken by Puspita Sekarsari from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - going-to-hakata-or-tokyo

Magic numbers

Magic numbers [ large preview ]
“House numbers in brass in the evening.” Photo taken by Jaina from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - magic-numbers

Where am I?

Where am I? [ large preview ]
“This map shows you where you are located inside the mall.” Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Omar Padilla Bonett from Colombia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - where-am-i

Number 2 Is Open

Number 2 Is Open [ large preview ]
“These are personal FedEx Kinkos Booths open to the public. Notice how the signs are slightly angled so they attract attention from down the hall instead of being flat on the surface of the doors… and aren’t the colors just wonderful.” Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Stephanie King from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - number-2-is-open

The Room Number

The Room Number [ large preview ]
“A Picture of a hostel room in thailand.” License: Creative Common Attribution License. Photo taken by Robert Hoppe from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-room-number

Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy [ large preview ]
“Exit Sign in cupola at vatican.” Photo taken by Tuhin Barua from India.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - exit-strategy

Service station signage

Service station signage [ large preview ]
“Official service station for car in Jakarta, Indonesia.” Licensed: ©Nanto Mago. Designed by Nanto Mago from Indonesia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - service-station-signage


Enquire [ large preview ]
“An old sign in Winnipeg’s Grain Exchange District, now in use for directions in a loft-condominium building.” Photo taken by Joralyn Zaballero from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - enquire

Large Type

Large Type [ large preview ]
“The large type books section.” Photo taken by Kent Downer from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - large-type


Refuge [ large preview ]
“5th floor stairwell.” Photo taken by Kent Downer from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - refuge

Zetland House Type

Zetland House Type [ large preview ]
“My work is in this building with really great giant type for the floor markings.” Photo taken by Rachel Lipsitz from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - zetland-house-type

Lighthouse Museum Sign Figures

Lighthouse Museum Sign Figures [ large preview ]
“Photo of the sign in the Lighthouse Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.” License: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Tatiana Dorochina from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lighthouse-museum-sign-figures

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: