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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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Lance Wyman's seminal 1968 Olympics Graphic Identity
1968 Mexico City Olympics

Read Time: 10 minutes

In anticipation of our SEGD 2021 Wayfinding+Placemaking event next week, we are honored to have SEGD Fellow Lance Wyman present on Thursday June 24th at 10:15am ET about the evolution of his work in Mexico City, beginning a half-century ago at the 1968 Olympics and continuing today, collaborating with the Mexico City Government for their Integrated Mobility project.

Beyond the Binary: Setting the Wayfinding Standard for Inclusive Restrooms
Beyond the Binary: Setting the Wayfinding Standard for Inclusive Restrooms
Design Manual for the Swiss Federal Railways
Design Manual for the Swiss Federal Railways

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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

Mijksenaar Published All-Gender Restroom Symbols
Mijksenaar Publishes All-Gender Restroom Symbols

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Mijksenaar published a set of all-gender symbols to address inclusive design in restrooms.

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

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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.