Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Do this, don't do that.

Pictography is a form of writing in which drawings or symbols are used to convey information. The DOT pictograms created in the 1970's by the US Department of Transportation may be the most familiar,successfully directing the public to the nearest telephone, restroom, and elevator, while also preventing fires, traffic infractions and littering.

The pictogram is especially useful to the traveler in a foreign locale, navigating an airport or city when language/communication is an obstacle.

Still, some pictograms are less than clear:

Yield for loose women?

Yield for sprinters?

Smash and grab HERE?

No gleeking* (*spitting while talking)?

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