Icons/Symbols and More: Visible Languages to Facilitate Communication

  • Aaron Marcus
Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


Graphical user-interfaces rely on visual signs, that is, icons and symbols, to speed communication, take up less visual space, and provide a distinctive visual style for products and services. Are icons/symbols being used effectively? Can they help improve human communication? Some proposed systems, like LoCoS, seek to develop additional forms of universal communication, like a visual Esperanto. What is the future for icons and symbols? Read on…


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  • Aaron Marcus
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  1. 1.Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc.BerkeleyUSA

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