Icons are a bit of an untapped passion for me. I would love spending my time churning out icons. In fact, building whole pictographic languages would be great fun. And what do we find, doctors in France developing an iconic language for biomedical applications.
I think our use of iconic languages are much too limited and our reliance on text still too high. Text can be included as part of a visual cue, however the icon is the element that will promote communication, retention and recognition more easily and more quickly.
I am going to be examining this language and I am going to be seriously looking into less general icon families for expert applications.