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