5 of the most famous signs in the world

selection of famous signs from around the world

5 of the most famous signs in the world

Want to create a memorable bespoke sign for your business? First things first, you’ve got to nail the design. Yes, the sign may need to serve a purpose – but it should also catch the eye and intrigue your target audience, and it’s important to think carefully about its colours, artwork and shape.

For a little inspiration, why not check out some of the world’s most famous signs? These are iconic and instantly-recognisable symbols – which have become synonymous with huge landmarks and points of interest across the globe – and here we explore why they work so well.

  1. Hollywood

a famous sign

This famous sign was originally installed in 1923 to advertise a real estate development firm in Southern California. However, it remained up in the hills for many, many years – and, as the film industry grew, it soon became associated with the fame and stardom of the district.

It’s big, bold and eye-catching. The 45ft white letters provide a stark contrast against the mountain backdrop and it’s now a much-loved worldwide symbol of the entertainment industry. So much so that, over the years, it has been renovated several times to keep it in good condition.

  1. London underground

famous bespoke signage

Bespoke signage at its finest. This red and blue sign has been used for the London Underground since 1908. It may be simple, but in our opinion, that’s why it’s such a success. The name of the station sits in the middle, easy to read, and it’s circular ‘tunnel’ shape is unique and draws the eye of commuters.

Recognised all over the world, this famous sign has been adopted to make a wide range of souvenirs and pop culture products. If you wish, it’s even possible to buy your own London Underground Lightbox, from the Transport of London online shop.

  1. Kangaroo warning sign

a famous bespoke sign in Australia

It may have started as a functional road sign for Australians. But, over the years, it has become symbolic of the country and the mark of a true ‘outback experience’ amongst tourists.

Once again, its simplicity is the key. Just the silhouette of a kangaroo on a bright yellow background. It does the job it’s intended to do. But for people all around the world, this famous sign represents travel and is a reminder of the wonderful wildlife you may get to see if you’re lucky enough to visit.

  1. Penny Lane

a famous sign in Liverpool

This one isn’t known for its unique or eye-catching design. It’s just a street name, after all – but its location is very important. It’s found in the area where John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up. And as such, it has become a symbol of their success and is one of the most photographed signs in the world.

  1. Welcome to Las Vegas

example of a famous bespoke sign

Welcome signs can be found in cities all over the world – but Las Vegas is, by far, the most iconic. Installed in 1959, it stands 7.6 metres tall and features bright flashing lights and gaudy colours. Not only does this catch the eye of visitors as they enter ‘sin city’, but it also reflects the excitement and extravagance that lies ahead.

As a result, it has become incredibly famous across the globe and is now on the list of registered historic places in the state of Nevada.

Start creating your own ‘famous signs’ today

If you’re feeling inspired and have a fantastic idea for bespoke signage, why not get in touch? Our team of experts are on hand and ready to help. Just tell us what you have in mind and we will make your dream custom sign a reality. Alternatively, if you’re still struggling to come up with a design, you can work hand-in-hand with our graphic designers to create something eye-catching and unique.

Here at Vinyline Graphics, we’re specialists in this area. We know what works and what doesn’t and we can help to create a bespoke sign – worthy of being added to the list above. To get started, either give us a call on 01744 756644 or send an email to sales@vinyline.co.uk and we get back to you.

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