Everywhere a Sign: A Brief History of International Symbols
Olympic symbols! Article on International symbol history: "ISOTYPE" was originally for making statistics palatable via pictures. Governments then caught on to their success to help language barriers! Interesting.
What Noises Do Animals Make In Other Languages? Here Is An Important Guide
Bird sounds as descriptive language words are used in these nine other languages. The sound from the bird is the same but the language, letters, and such are different. What an interesting concept, especially for an interpreter for The Deaf to interpret! Similar comparison can be seen in foreign words for "woof" (of the dog) and "meow" (of the cat). Google it!
Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts: From Darth Vader to Jesus
From Milan-based creative agency H-57 comes this brilliant series of minimalist pictogram posters for the life-and-times of famous characters, both fictional and historical, from Darth Vader to Marie Antoinette to Jesus — part Isotype, part Everything Explained Through Flowcharts, part something entirely and ingeniously its own.
‘ New Graphical Symbols for Many More: Graphical Symbols for Public Information' (2008) As part of a collection of pictograms designed for 'public Information here we see various symbols representing medical environments. I am drawn to these as they are graphically informative, yet contemporary with varying shapes, strokes and compositions. Yet there is an element of uniformity and these pictograms are fully functional in monochrome which is something I need to consider in my work.