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Pictograms, International Communication and Cultural Diversity (Part 4)

Pictogram Examples Continued Thankfully, very little is uniform from country to country. In his book World Without Words, Michael Evamy states that it is a great misconception to assume that graphic information becomes magically accessible to everyone, everywhere when you … Continue reading

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Pictograms, International Communication and Cultural Diversity (Part 3)

The history of pictograms illustrated the problems and criticisms faced in the past and explained how pictograms work. It did not demonstrate how pictograms can have personality, or vary in style from culture to culture. By using examples I hope to demonstrate a variety of ways in which pictogram designs are influenced. This includes looking at a period in time, culture, surroundings, art & design and even laws and regulations. Continue reading

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Pictograms, International Communication and Cultural Diversity (Part 2)

Background History Continued… The notion of an international language fascinated many, but often entailed creating new spoken or written languages. Examples of this include Esperanto, Ido, and Interlingua, but it was not until the 1930’s and the workings of Austrian … Continue reading

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Pictograms, International Communication and Cultural Diversity (Part 1)

The world increasingly seems a smaller place, now more than ever there is a need for forms of communication that will cross all language and cultural barriers, but does this mean that signs that cater for international users cannot have … Continue reading

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