Pictograms, icons & signs : a guide to information graphics /
Rayan Abdullah, Roger Hübner ; [translated from the German by David H. Wilson].
London : Thames & Hudson, 2006.
243 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
0500286353 (pbk.), 9780500286357 (pbk.)
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London : Thames & Hudson, 2006.
0500286353 (pbk.)
9780500286357 (pbk.)
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Translated from the German.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 240).
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
Many people take traffic, directional, and informational signs for granted, but Abdullah (Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig) and Hubner (Mediadesign Univ., Berlin) illustrate the modern-day development of and design considerations for pictograms, icons, and signs. After a brief history of iconic imagery, they show how designers analyze an environment to develop better informational icons and pictograms; this informational signage communicates how to safely and easily traverse complex environments. The authors, as would be expected, have used a wealth of illustrations to reinforce the textual content in the book. Thus it is especially useful for graphic artists and designers who must cope with the demands of modern industrial design signage. Iconic image designers for an ever-expanding line of computers and electronic technologies will also find many helpful hints for better design. This heavily illustrated book gives excellent examples of "bad signage," which confuses and frustrates the intended audience. Graphic designers will find this book a gold mine of information on what to do and what not to do when designing pictograms, icons, and signs. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. J. M. King emeritus, University of Georgia
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Table of Contents
Preface and Forewordp. 6
The Pictogramp. 9
Definitionsp. 10
Semiotics: The Study of Signsp. 12
The History of Pictogramsp. 18
A Summaryp. 24
Building Pictogramsp. 29
Conceptionp. 30
Designp. 31
Using the Pictogramp. 40
General Tipsp. 44
Creating Pictogram Fontsp. 48
Legal Protectionp. 52
Pictogram Pioneersp. 55
Traffic Signsp. 56
The Olympic Gamesp. 64
Association of German Airportsp. 88
Professor Herbert W. Kapitzkip. 92
Commercial Pictogramsp. 101
ERCOp. 102
Deutsche Bahn AGp. 110
Berlin Transport Servicesp. 116
Cologne/Bonn Airportp. 124
Dusseldorf Airportp. 130
A Design for Telecommunicationsp. 136
Pacific Bell-Yellow Pages 1p. 140
Pacific Bell-Yellow Pages 2p. 144
Bombardier 'Driver's Cab'p. 152
Berlin Swimming Bathsp. 154
Zurich Airportp. 156
Swiss Postp. 162
Sto AGp. 168
New Uses for Pictogramsp. 175
Zurich Waste Disposalp. 176
Park in Chambordp. 180
EXPO 2002p. 84
Typebox, San Franciscop. 192
Pippo Lionni, Parisp. 194
The Natural History Museum, Berlinp. 200
Icon Variationsp. 205
Iconsp. 206
Susan Kare Design, San Franciscop. 208
Meta Design, San Franciscop. 214
eBoy, Berlin/New Yorkp. 218
Ascom, Bernp. 222
Kame Design, San Franciscop. 224
A Language of Iconsp. 227
Development of an Icon Languagep. 228
Appendicesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 240
Acknowledgmentsp. 241
About the Authorsp. 242
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