By Deane Barker

This is a drawing where simplified images are meant to symbolize real-world things to tell a message.

The most common example are street signs – like the green “walking man” symbol on traffic lights. This is a simplified rendition of a human walking, used to convey the message that now is the moment you should walk across the street.

Why I Looked It Up

Someone was giving a presentation and they had some diagrams showing an application flow. They kept referring to this as a “pictogram.”

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