When talking about Iconography and the power symbols hold, my mind immediately jumps to traveling. When traveling, especially to a place where the native language is not your own, the thought of getting around can be extremely daunting.

This past summer, my husband and I took a trip to Thailand; it was my first time visiting a country of a completely different culture and language, and while I was excited, I was also nervous about how we would find our way. My husband, a seasoned traveler, assured me that there would be signs everywhere that we would understand. And he was right! Icons and symbols have the power to bypass language in order to communicate and convey meaning, and we had no problems getting around.

For DesignLab’s UX Academy, we were given the task of searching out icons in our everyday lives. While I know that I could have easily stepped outside my office and found hundreds of icons, I was inspired to take a closer look at my pictures from Thailand. I wanted to see if any of the icons that had helped me navigate the foreign country, were hidden in the background of my pictures.

As I had imagined, I found tons of icons hidden in the background of my pictures. Most of the icons I found were ones I hadn’t even noticed before. Below you can see a picture of the some of the icons I found, my sketches, and vector renderings of them.

Reading and understand icons can take seconds, making them almost unnoticeable; they just blend into the background. But, it’s crazy to think how something unnoticeable can have such a big impact!

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