Iconography: A language of symbols
I was given an exercise to take a closer look at the iconography around me and to sketch what I see, so today I decided to go to a favorite coffee shop of mine and on the way take pictures of all the icons I see. Below is a documentation of my journey with a quick sketch and analysis of each picture.
Consistent and Universal
Having grown up in the US and now living in Taiwan, there are signs that are consistent and universal no matter where you are like the handicapped parking and the no right-turn sign.
Local but Learned
Then there are local signs that pertain to Taiwan only that need to be learned like the universal health care symbol, and other street signs.
Signal to Action
Icons on street signs convey information, but some icons like those found on buttons signal instructions.
Other icons may serve as complementary images that amplify descriptions or meaning that make them more memorable to people
Regardless of the kinds of icons that are out there, whether its for information or instruction, their symbols all have a context and serve a purpose intended to communicate with people they come in contact with.