Pictograms were among the earliest forms of visual art, practiced by humans thousands of years ago, much earlier than writing and traditional painting techniques appeared. At that time small images on the stones or wooden panels carried sacral meaning. For the previous decades after introduction of computers and world wide web the art of pictograms changed greatly and gave the beginning to multiple associated graphical designing trends, such as icons developing, web smileys, navigation signs, etc. However, the primary nature of pictograms, whatever you call them today, remains the same – to convey the meaning through simplified yet easily recognizable graphical representation of the physical object.
From traffic signs to informative signs in the nearest supermarket – you can hardly spend a day without noticing and making use of at least one example of the pictogram. Even taking your TV set remote control into your hand, you see many of them. Furthermore, once you open your browser and start surfing the web – the pictograms are scattered in abundance all around the virtual world of WWW. Some of the them are instructive and informative, others – warning, and some are just pure masterpieces of art and evidences of fathomless human imagination, healthy (ok, sometimes doubtful;) sense of humor, and inexhaustible wit of pictogram creators. We have a handful of interesting pictograms, representing the modern stage of this particular form of graphics, below in the gallery. Enjoy and have fun!