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Symbols (pictograms) are the universal vocabulary that can transcend words, languages, locations, and cultures. Symbol design is a critical component of graphic design because symbols can often communicate information more concisely than words.

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Design Manual for the Swiss Federal Railways
Design Manual for the Swiss Federal Railways

Read Time: 12 minutes

Published in 1992 and reprinted in 2019 by Lars Müller Publishers, Josef Müller-Brockmann's "Passenger Information System: Design Manual for the Swiss Federal Railways" stands as an important contribution in the world of multilingual visual identity guides for transportation wayfinding and signage systems.

 20 Questions with Lance Wyman, "Navigating Life" (image: portrait of Lance Wyman)
20 Questions with Lance Wyman, "Navigating Life"
Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute
Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute

Thoughts and Opinions

The SEGD/Hablamos Juntos Healthcare Symbols - Will They Work?

In October 2010, SEGD proudly introduced a universal set of healthcare symbols, developed in collaboration with Hablamos Juntos (Spanish for “let’s talk together”). It is obvious that it was an enormously complex project and quite an achievement, for which we want to compliment all the many people involved. Also, it is obviously too late for us to “talk together,” about it, so let's review the results.

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Oxford Brookes University Wayfinding
Oxford Brookes University Wayfinding
Tongji University Signage
Tongji University Signage

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The Sustainable Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Graphic Design

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SEGD Symbol Design Podcasts

The ideal way to learn from your desk. These courses consist of podcast recordings of webinar and workshop materials delivered by the top professionals in EGD in the SEGD community.
$10 for individual Podcasts and $30 for the Podcast collections (best value) for members. Click for content details.

2018 Podcast | The Universal Language of Symbols, Signs & Icons

Symbol Design News

New "Any Disability" Symbol Gets Resounding Westminster Support
New "Any Disability" Symbol Gets Resounding Westminster Support

Read Time: <1 minute

Building on the campaign by Grace Warnock, StudioLR as funded by Life Changes Trust (Edinburgh, Scotland) has designed a new "Any Disability" symbol to encourage awareness of people with invisible disabilities. Last week, Martin Whitfield, MP for East Lothian, led a Commons debate on invisible disabilities. Receiving full cross-party support, the new Any Disability symbol represents the full range of people who need to use accessible toilets and other facilities.

Ultimate Symbol Works with Airport Innovation Accelerator on New Rideshare Icon
Ultimate Symbol Works with Airport Innovation Accelerator on New Rideshare Icon

Passengers are increasingly opting for use of rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, over traditional transportation options to travel to and from airports around the world, yet consistency is lacking at airports with regard to the wayfinding and passenger experience. In December 2017 the American Association of Airport Executives held a Solution Summit through its Airport Innovation Accelerator on the topic of ridesharing.