In this series of posts I will be exploring the concept of an iconic language built upon the vocabulary I have been incrementally creating as part of the Systema Framework.
I have worked with icons before and this is a revisit of some of those ideas as well as modifications.
Apport Icon Set
The Apport icon set defines the entities that can exist in a system:
Accord Icon Set
The Accord Icon set defines the relationships that can exist in a system:
Below is a cross product of the Apport and Accord Icon sets:
Record Icon Set
I am sure that the icon set below is familiar if you have followed my blog.
Note that the cross product below is only for the entities themselves and not for their relationships.
Properly utilized, an iconic language would allow you to build sentences out of the individual icons interactively.
I plan to continue to think about this subject further and will update as I go along.
Below are links to web pages and pdf documents I have read so far on the topic:
- A Methodology and Interactive Environment for Iconic Language Design
- Iconic Language for Mobile Communication
- New Frontiers in Visual and Iconic Languages (PDF)
- Beware of Style in Icon Design
- Iconic Programming, where to go?
- Graphical Encoding for Information Visualization: Using Icon Color, Shape, and Size To Convey Nominal and Quantitative Data (PDF)