Signs (Ad Edition)

As someone interested in design and usability, signs fascinate me. In the US, I often ignore them because I’m so used to seeing them. But when I travel. I find myself inexplicably drawn to all types of signage, from ads to street signs to store names. And so, with a brand new camera in tow, I take pictures, which I then share with you. These are all pictures from my summer trip to Europe.

So here are pictures of ads and storefronts. It is a long post, but hopefully it will be interesting.

Giant reindeer head museum. I can only imagine that inside the museum there are loads of reindeer heads.

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Strawberry, raspberry, and mango popsicles. I WANT.

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I have no clue what this is an ad for. Mika appears to not be a Finnish word, but it is a European pop singer. I don’t know what this means or why there is a question mark after it.

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A moving ad in the tram in Helsinki. DOCTAGON. Yeah!

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Red bull has mini trucks even in Finland.

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Dude in a jacket, bow tie and crow bar. Woman in a dress and paint roller. Weird.

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This struck me as sounding like Cook Pot. Which would be a funny name for a kitchen store.

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I want to buy things from the brand Your Face.

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TexMex is popular food in Finland. I guess so are girls with shot glasses and blonde hair.

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Here’s a TexMex restaurant called Gringos Locos. The crazy white people restaurant.

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Here is a art gallery with a show called Lorem ipsum. I thought it was a typo at first, then I saw the art. It’s a show about fonts and things like that.

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Harry Potter in Finland. Kaikki Päättyy.

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Dog parking at the local grocery store.

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Why take the time to mix Jack and Coke when you can buy it combined together in a can?

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Outlet mall in Estonia.

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I am so sad I didn’t try that soup.

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Everything’s store. Oh Estonia!

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I really want to go see Jäääär in concert.

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Shopping mall in Estonia. They have Marks and Sparks and everything!

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Captain America and Cars 2 in Estonia.

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This sign just cracked me up. I’m not sure why. Chicken Restaurant in Tallinn.

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These next two pictures are two side by side coffee shops in Helsinki. Robert’s Coffee.

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And Wayne’s Coffee.

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I’d never actually seen an actual Gone Fishing sign before this one in Helsinki.

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I think this is a maternity store in Malmö. I don’t know why there is a Japanese maternity clothes store in Sweden.

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I I really wanted to go to Burger King in Sweden in order to eat a BKool Sundae 🙂

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No clue what this ad is for. Slurp. In Copenhagen.

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Nun advertising Sister Act and praying in Germany.

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I know you’ve been wanting to see the Starlight Express, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s roller skate musical, right?

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I don’t love you. I love ice cream.

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I like that the gambling halls are associated with cherries.

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Just as rubber ducks are associated with glasses.

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Mini truck with big kegs of beer.

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A coffee shop that sells bras and underwear.

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Capri-Sun Cola Mix. Very odd. Uncarbonated, lemon flavored, uncaffenated, coke drink.

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I think this was an ad for the psychiatric museum art museum. Not that you can tell from the banner.

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Christ Jewelers. Seems like an odd choice of names…

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Home of Shirts. Whatever do you think they sell in this store?

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This is a chocolate shop in Heidelburg that has a bench out front reserved for Forrest Gump.

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The Backfactory. I don’t remember what they sell, but it’s some sort of food.

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Snowballs of ALL flavors.

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In Germany, Bridesmaids was known as Braut Alarm!

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Big Fries! The restaurant!

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Marc O’Polo clothing store. Not, amusingly enough, Marco Polo.

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There is a men’s clothing shop called Macho. Their logo is a shirtless man-chest.

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Bison. A bizarre name for a clothing store.

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I kindof want to work at a place called CyklopStudio.

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nü by staff-woman in Copenhagen. I think this was a clothing store. For women. Or woman as the case may be.

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Change. I don’t know if they just want you to change your bra or what.

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Back to Helsinki. There is a whole Sauna shop in downtown.

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Bright and Shiny Hippies in Helsinki means BEN AND JERRY’S. No, I didn’t eat there.

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TINTIN. If you don’t know who Tintin is than I’m ashamed of you.

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That is all for today. Do you want to come and see Jäääär with me sometime?

2 Responses to Signs (Ad Edition)

  1. Simon says:

    Strangely fascinating! My landlord would really like that Jack & Coke in a can, alarmingly enough.

  2. Lori says:

    Katie, I love these pics. I have an epic collection of the same kind of thing as well, mostly from my trips over to Scandinavian countries. They seem to have the best, and weirdest, signs.

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