Pictography

This page from ‘The information design handbook’ explains what is being shown on the Pioneer plaques from 1972, showing how pictography is used when the intended audience isn’t human.

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Image from ‘The Information Design Handbook’ by Jenn and Ken Visocky O Grady

Pictogram: is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept that conveys it’s meaning through it’s pictoral resemblance to a physical object (ideogram). Pictography is a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings. Some of the earliest written symbols were based on pictographs (pictures which represent what they signify) and ideograms (symbols which represent ideas). Some ancient cultures that used pictography include the Chinese, Egyptian, and ancient Sumerians.

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Examples of Egyptian pictograms – image from http://www.xtimeline.com/evt/view.aspx?id=56566

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Image from ‘The Information Design Handbook’ by Jenn and Ken Visocky O Grady

I’m going to research iconography, maps, and the symbolism that is associated with maps, as these are to be used in my final idea. I feel a map will be the most appropriate way to display the systems idea as it branches out onto different areas, a map is easy to follow and to understand.

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