Rockport Publishers, Beverly. 2009. 320 pages. Square 8vo (23 x 23 cm). Stiff laminated covers. Profusely illustrated, mainly in colour. New copy.
Pictorial symbols are, in some respects, superior to words as a form of communication. If well-designed, they can be understood by people of all different races and cultures and can be recognized by children literally years before they learn to read. Symbols can be identified more quickly than words, making them especially useful in situations where fast reactions are required (e.g., control panels in airplanes.) As a result, symbols are of the utmost importance to graphic designers and their ever-present challenge to create effective visual communication for their clients. This collection of designs provides a virtual catalogue of ideas for designers to look to for creative inspiration. No matter what type of job or client presents itself, designers can view the work of 1000 other talented designers to find unique and distinctive elements and influences.