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The American Institute of Graphic Arts offer a selection of useful symbols in eps and gif formats for free download. Are there any other sites offering similar symbols?
posted by ecvgi (15 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Hrm. I think the 'woman' logo they used is still culturaly based. Women don't ware dresses everywhere, and in some places men where kilts and stuff like that.

Perhaps they should use a female 'body', with curves in apropriate places.
posted by delmoi at 6:04 AM on September 10, 2001


I've searched the web for downloadable standard symbols like these before, but without success, so thanks for the link. On a related note, IBM do provide a set of standard icons for computer interfaces.
posted by snarfois at 6:09 AM on September 10, 2001



I woke up in a dirty hotel room. I had no idea who or what the other lump under the sheets was. All I knew was that my head was going to explode.


I fell out of bed, then ran for the sink on the wall. So that's what I ate last night. Pizza. Maybe.


Without checking to see who I'd shared the bedbugs with, I pulled on my clothes and stumbled down the stairs.


When I hit the street, I lit a smoke and tried to think,


but all I could come up with was the dim memory of a bar around the corner that used to open early.
posted by pracowity at 6:16 AM on September 10, 2001


"Perhaps they should use a female 'body', with curves in apropriate places"



yeah. cause that won't start any trouble.
posted by bliss322 at 6:27 AM on September 10, 2001


These symbols are Japanese. Why is it all the best stuff is from Japan?
posted by fellorwaspushed at 6:59 AM on September 10, 2001


Hrm. I think the 'woman' logo they used is still culturaly based. Women don't ware dresses everywhere, and in some places men where kilts and stuff like that.

That may have been true when they were first developed, but I've been in airports and hotels and used public transportation all over the world, and these symbols are pervasive. Where these types of signs are likely to be found, women are jsut as likely to either dress in a Western fashion or be familiar with that type of dress, so I'd wouldn't expect there to be much misunderstanding.
posted by m.polo at 7:18 AM on September 10, 2001


International symbol for mad cows.
posted by kindall at 7:22 AM on September 10, 2001


> Why is it all the best stuff is from Japan?

Like that "nose-picking permitted" symbol?


> I've been in airports and hotels and used public
> transportation all over the world, and these symbols
> are pervasive

In Poland, most public toilet doors have either a simple circle (women) or an equilateral triangle pointing down (men). Woman as all curves? As sun, moon, and eternity? Or just a hole? And man as angular, broad-shouldered? The holy trinity? Or just a bit of descending flesh? They really don't mean anything unless you see them side by side and know that one must be for men and the other for women.
posted by pracowity at 7:42 AM on September 10, 2001


pracowity has got some real symbols-related talents, that's for sure ;-)
posted by ecvgi at 8:00 AM on September 10, 2001





The internationally recognized sign for "no superpowers allowed..." no, wait, that's "no line jumping."
posted by dagnyscott at 8:03 AM on September 10, 2001


the people in that, no queue jumping pic look like they know there about to get some bad news... so why's he jumping to the front....?

what does he know that the others dont.. hmm!
posted by monkeyJuice at 9:38 AM on September 10, 2001


These symbols are Japanese. Why is it all the best stuff is from Japan?

I guess the Japanese iconography is so good because that's what comes from a language that was traditionally pictorial? *shrug*
posted by SiW at 10:10 AM on September 10, 2001


not exactly symbols, but Logotype is a good resource nontheless. of course, most of the logos there are copyrighted... dolby, sony, espn, adidas, 3com, etc, etc, etc. about 30,000 logos.
posted by pup at 10:57 AM on September 10, 2001



posted by skallas at 12:12 PM on September 10, 2001




No stepping on people's heads.

I saw some of my favorite iconic illustration in a textbook for a first-aid course. All the sections, whether for poisoning or spilling entrails, had a beatiful little cartoon that depicted horror in a friendly fashion.
posted by D at 5:23 PM on September 10, 2001


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