Monday, December 15, 2008


DSC_2976, originally uploaded by gugs.

a special sign just to warn people to be careful and to take preventive measures to avoid back pain.

Monday, December 1, 2008

a few signs

D2x -4, originally uploaded by gugs.

seen in an open air shopping mall... classical symbols.... with one difference: the cross should be red on a white background, here it looks like the swiss flag.... and the sign for kids games is also new to me...

Sunday, November 23, 2008


TU3_2490, originally uploaded by gugs.

Here an interesting combination of symbols, seen in a resort in Turkey...
Same directions to get to the photographer, the night clujb, the circus and the massage room ;-)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Strange sign

DSC_2494, originally uploaded by gugs.

A slightly strange sign according to european norms. This one has been spotted in Mysuru, Karnataka, India. It means: no left turn, you have to stay on this road, while our interpretation could be: you are not allowed to either go ahead or turn left (which is impossible here, since there is no way to go to the right)


IN3_1912, originally uploaded by gugs.

Seen in the new Bengaluru International airport in India. The airport itself is just wonderful and state of the art.... a bit surprising in a chaotic country like India. Only small detail here, in a sea of perfection, the typo in one of the names (restro-bar).

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Smoking zone

AS3_1437, originally uploaded by gugs.

I love the instructions here... pretty difficult to comply with a large group of people

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Asia, originally uploaded by gugs.

strange world where smoking is prohibited... there is a park in Hong Kong where smoking is allowed, almost encouraged...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Montreal Underground

canada 022, originally uploaded by gugs.

don't try to open the doors - the fine is 150 Canadian dollars.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

no ice creams

canada 053, originally uploaded by gugs.

self explanatory but at the entrance of a museum building, why not forbid the other stuff (hamburgers, drinks etc...)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Waiting room

various 2008 06, originally uploaded by gugs.

the waiting room in a railway station... separate room for ladies. Seen in Bangalore, India

No Spitting

various 2008 05, originally uploaded by gugs.

a similar sign as in Hong Kong. This one however is less clear to me. I am not sure the pictogram is understood by everybody. Seen in Bangalore, India.

Friday, May 2, 2008


Nikkor 14-24 09, originally uploaded by gugs.

In a tourist location in Brussels, several things are forbidden: pets (that's how I would interpret the first one, skating, smoking and biking... and big brother is watching you.

Friday, April 25, 2008


sign 2, originally uploaded by gugs.

almost funny sign... a telephone room... there is nothing left behind the door, now that almost everybody has a mobile phone, there is no need anymore for a public phone inside buildings/hotels etc...

Instructions for use

Leuven 19-April 042, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is not exactly a sign but a detailed explanation on how to use "pong bong" sticks, something you use during sports events for instance (just to make noise)... I always liked those graphical instructions.

Monday, April 21, 2008


var 1, originally uploaded by gugs.

A funny one... the actual message is don't make noise, something like "quiet, please" and the symbol used is a radio playing music...
It depends of course on the kind of music, but I found interesting to associate noise with music.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


103_1307, originally uploaded by gugs.

this is a sign seen in Martinique (French island in the Antilles)... they are "controlling" your speed for your safety... hypocrisy at its best....

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Moose hunting

DSC_4583, originally uploaded by gugs.

Seen in the Quebec province, Canada... bullets impacts are visible...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


mart 2008 10, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is a funny sign spotted in Martinique. The text says: entrance reserved for public transportation

Sunday, March 2, 2008

High tech

mart 2008 11, originally uploaded by gugs.

spotted in a small village called St-Anne in Martinique, in the French Antilles

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Emergency instructions

103_0789, originally uploaded by gugs.

most of it is self-explanatory - interesting pictograms

Restaurant entrance

103_0829, originally uploaded by gugs.

seen at the entrance of the restaurant Les Boucaniers in the Martinique. Pictograms to tell you that you cannot enter with bare feet and that a minimum of clothing is required... logical since the restaurant is close to the swimming pool

below the sea

EUR_0705, originally uploaded by gugs.

a special one... seen in the Netherlands... part of the country is below sea level. This board is along the road to tell you that you are actually driving at sea level...

Dust bin

IMG_0502, originally uploaded by gugs.

very strange... seen in the Netherlands: detailed instructions on how to use the dustbin... clear enough of course, but was this absolutely necessary ?

Falling coconuts

103_0808, originally uploaded by gugs.

I found this one particularly funny... the pictogram, the message and the location. Seen in a resort in the Martinique in the French Antilles

No motor boats

103_1077, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is a sign I spotted on the beach on the Martinique Island...

Saturday, February 16, 2008


DSC_1120, originally uploaded by gugs.

self-explanatory... seen in a Boeing 777 - Singapore Airlines flight
first time I saw this displayed as a pictogram

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Singapore taxi

sgp 2008 14, originally uploaded by gugs.

interesting pictograms used in the taxi to show useful information (the printing receipt one is unique, according to me...)

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Don't sit here

DSC_1123, originally uploaded by gugs.

displayed on the door of an airplane

Toilet instructions

DSC_1119, originally uploaded by gugs.

instructions found in the toilet on a Singapore Airlines flight (Boeing 777)

Airport instructions

DSC_1134, originally uploaded by gugs.

how to use a trolley on an escalator in Schiphol (Amsterdam's airport)


sgp 2008 23, originally uploaded by gugs.

this is in Singapore, to indicate a construction site... (seen on Orchard road)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


sgp 2008 16, originally uploaded by gugs.

The image quality is terrible (I shot this from a taxi, and we were moving fast...) I really wonder what this is all about. Umbrella mandatory ? A place where you can find an umbrella ?

Anybody an idea ?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Singapore Clamp

sgp 2008 10, originally uploaded by gugs.

this is self-explanatory. The fine (release fee) is very reasonable looking at the typical fines in Singapore ($1000 and up). Those are Sing Dollars, approximately half a Euro.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

German dustbin

Aachen 09, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is a way to indicate a dustbin in Germany (in Aachen)


DSCN2121, originally uploaded by gugs.

an interesting combination... you can go to the rest room and to the bicycle parking lot (the parking lot is guarded). This is something you'll probably only find in the Netherlands, very popular for the bicycles.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


DSCN2130, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is a sign you'll find in the Netherlands to announce a radar (with camera) installed close to traffic lights. The funny thing here is that the camera symbol is an old reflex camera (looks like a Nikon F type) which was already obsolete for a long time when that radar has been installed.

No dogs no trolleys

DSCN2119, originally uploaded by gugs.

seen in a railway station. Self-explanatory. But the dog has a strange look. I have never seen a dog like that.


DSCN2117, originally uploaded by gugs.

A very serious one. This is used in the Netherlands for instance in railway stations to indicate the location of a defibrillator. This can save lives in case of a cardiac arrest. The symbol of the heart is clear enough.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

No smoking, no gum

Signs 10, originally uploaded by gugs.

seen in a movie theater in Belgium. Self-explanatory.

Toilet 2

Signs 04, originally uploaded by gugs.

Also see the previous post (hereunder). Seen in the same location. An explanation for non-French people. This type of toilet is just a hole with two places for the feet. You need to be half-standing to use this. Only used in France and considered completely archaic for like 50 years... still they have installed one brand new one in that building along the highway. This is something I really cannot understand. This could be a unique sign in the world...


Signs 03, originally uploaded by gugs.

Very interesting one. Found on the highway from Paris to Brussels. They identify the toilets with that sticker on the door. First and only time in my life I have seen this... this should be compared with the similar sticker found in the next post above.


Signs 02, originally uploaded by gugs.

Several steps instructions in case of evacuation in a French building (provided you have the time to read this or even to look at it).
1) keep calm when hearing the signal
2) follow instructions of the teams
3) go to the nearest exit
4) don't come back
5) don't use elevators
6) go to the meeting points

up to you to decide if you find the pictograms clear enough...

Don't clean

Signs 05, originally uploaded by gugs.

Don't use high pressure cleaning... in fact looking at the vehicle on which this sticker was applied, they seem to never clean it in any way :D

Surveillance camera

Signs 07, originally uploaded by gugs.

another funny one... the sign is there to warn you that there is a camera, just in case...

Hotel phone

Signs 12, originally uploaded by gugs.

An interesting pictogram on the left. The reception is being identified by two persons on each side of a desk, and a key... in this hotel, they never used keys for at least the last 15 years...

Loot removed

Signs 13, originally uploaded by gugs.

this sign can be found around parking lots in the Netherlands. I always found funny, that next to locking the doors, according to the pictogram, you are supposed to remove your reflex camera :-) !!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

One way - lights

Panneau phares, originally uploaded by gugs.

This picture has been shot in Namur, Belgium and proposed by Fran├žois Mertens, a fellow photographer from the Nikonpassion site. The sign says: "Switch on your headlights". This is amazing because 1) it is forbidden to enter the tunnel (one way road) and 2) the tunnel has been closed for the last 10 years.