A pictogram, also called a pictogramme or pictograph, is an ideogram that conveys its meaning through its pictorial resemblance to a physical object. Pictographs are often used in writing and graphic systems in which the characters are to a considerable extent pictorial in appearance.

Symbols.com

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Symbols.com is a unique online encyclopedia that contains everything about symbols, signs, flags and glyphs arranged by categories such as culture, country, religion, and more. Explore our world of symbols by category, alphabetically or simply search by keywords. Our huge collection of symbols range from ancient alchemical signs, ashanti adinkra and anarchism to modern currency signs and awareness ribbons.

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METACOM

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METACOM is a professionally designed symbol system especially developed for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), whose continuous development I still enjoy doing. The need for better means of communication for my daughter Meta, but also the positive responses and suggestions from users, parents, teachers, therapists, etc. made METACOM possible.

Beta Symbols

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The idea of using graphic symbols as a means of or support for communication or in more general terms as a picture word processor, appears to be on the increase. The designers initially started out to create an effective picture system and a handy aid to call up pictures quickly and efficiently. The nature and the build-up of the system has thus come from the objective. The Beta system was developed as a visual, communication-supportive system, from the conviction that there existed a void in the variety of systems that in general were found to be too abstract or to systematic.

Openclipart

Examples of clip art from the Openclipart

The project started in early 2004 by Inkscape developers Jon Phillips and Bryce Harrington to collect designs of flags from all around the world, having been inspired by the efforts started by Christian Schaller (Uraeus) at the 26. Oct 2003 to create a collection of flags created by users of vector graphics software Sodipodi. It progressed very well and the project goals were extended to generic clipart.

Open Clip Art Library

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The project started in early 2004 by Inkscape developers Jon Phillips and Bryce Harrington to collect designs of flags from all around the world, having been inspired by the efforts started by Christian Schaller (Uraeus) at the 26. Oct 2003 to create a collection of flags created by users of vector graphics software Sodipodi. It progressed very well and the project goals were extended to generic clipart.

Pictograms, symbols and icons to assist users of the telephone and telefax services

The purpose of this Recommendation is to identify pictograms, symbols and icons that could be used to aid users in the identification of services available and then in the use of such services. The revisions to this Recommendation include new symbols and pictograms, developed in close collaboration with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Information technology -- Guidelines for the design of icons and symbols accessible to all users, including the elderly and persons with disabilities

ISO/IEC TR 19766:2007 provides recommendations relating to the design of icons to support accessibility by the elderly and people with disabilities. These recommendations assist accessible implementation of all icons for users. While these recommendations were developed to meet the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities, they can also provide greater accessibility to a wider range of users in a variety of different contexts.

Information technology -- User interface icons -- Part 10: Framework and general guidance

ISO/IEC 11581-10:2010 recognizes that icons are more than just symbols used on computer screens. Icons are interaction objects used by computer interfaces to accomplish various purposes. Icons can be rendered in various forms, including graphics, gesture, audio, tactile/haptics, or any combination thereof. This versatility in rendition can provide greater accessibility to their underlying functionalities.

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