Category Archives: Pictograms

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Olympic Fever On a recent walk from Clerkenwell to Kings Cross I came across a number of Olympic themed graphics ranging from banners to floor graphics. They seem to be everywhere I look at the moment. If anyone has pictures … Continue reading

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Pictograms, International Communication and Cultural Diversity (Lance Wyman Case Study – continued)

Case Study – The Work of Lance Wyman continued… The 1970 World Cup was also held in Mexico. Design principles that were adopted for the 68 Olympics were applied to the World Cup. Not only was the same typography used, … Continue reading

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Pictograms, International Communication and Cultural Diversity (Lance Wyman Case Study – Mexico 68)

Case Study – The Work of Lance Wyman It is arguable that the set of Mexico 68 Olympic pictograms are one of the best there has ever been. Created by Lance Wyman along with Manuel Villazón and Matthias Goeritz, these … Continue reading

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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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