Symbol Sourcebook: An Authoritative Guide to International Graphic Symbols (Paperback)

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"A ready reference aid and an inspiration to designers . All in all the best book now available on symbols." --Library Journal This unparalleled reference represents a major achievement in the field of graphic design. Famed industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss recognized the importance of symbols in communicating more quickly and effectively; for many years he and his staff collected and codified graphic symbols as they are used in all walks of life throughout the world. The result is this "dictionary" of universally used graphic symbols. Henry Dreyfuss designed this sourcebook to be as practical and easy to use as possible by arranging the symbol information within ingeniously devised sections: Basic Symbols represents a concise and highly selective grouping of symbols common to all disciplines (on-off, up-down, etc.). Disciplines provides symbols used in accommodations and travel, agriculture, architecture, business, communications, engineering, photography, sports, safety, traffic controls, and many other areas. Color lists the meanings of each of the colors in various worldwide applications and cultures. Graphic Form displays symbols from all disciplines grouped according to form (squares, circles, arrows, human figures, etc.) creating a unique way to identify a symbol out of context, as well as giving designers a frame of reference for developing new symbols. To make the sourcebook truly universal, the Table of Contents contains translations of each of the section titles and discipline areas into 17 languages in addition to English.

About the Author

Henry Dreyfuss won worldwide acclaim for his pioneering role in shaping industrial design in the United States, opening his first industrial design office in 1929 in New York. His influential designs set the basic styles in their fields, running the gamut of American industry--Polaroid cameras, Hoover vacuum cleaners, the Bankers Trust building, layout designs for Time, and many more projects, large and small. In 1969 he devoted himself to a new career as corporate advisor to such clients as American Airlines, AT&T, Deere & Company, Hallmark Cards, and the Polaroid Corporation. His other books include Designing for People and Measure of Man.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780471288725
ISBN-10: 0471288721
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: January 16th, 1991
Pages: 288
Language: English