Web Portal for Archiving and Sharing of Pictograms
Iconnote is a web portal offering comprehensive services
for the archiving and sharing of pictograms.
Iconnote maintains a growing database of pictograms,
covering a wide field of applications and styles. Each pictogram
is analyzed following clearly laid out semantic, syntactic and pragmatic
criteria, pioneered by Jacques Bertin in his »Semiology of
Graphics« and further refined by Yuri Engelhardt in »Language
By subscribing to Iconnote, pictogram producer can
publish their work in a variety of schemes, ranging from freeware
offerings to customized licensing agreements.
Iconnote's system of certification, based on the scrutiny
of renowned experts, aims to become an internationally recognized
standard. Each pictogram or pictogram set is tagged with a rich
array of labels ranging from detailed visual attributes and application
specific characterizations to complete information on designer,
publisher and license-holder.
Through its unique interface of dynamically unfolding
complexity, Iconnote facilitates both, input and retrieval of pictograms.
It accommodates the simple request of the occasional lay-user as
well as the detailed demands of professionals.
A specific XML based Document Type Definition, DTD,
has been developed to safeguard the extendibility of Iconnote's
system to a range of foreseeable services, which could for example
integrate Iconnote's database features into in house brand-identity
The Iconnote Project is an attempt to classify pictograms
based on their visual attributes and meanings.
The goal of this project is to develop the theoretical
framework for a pictogram web portal. Such a web portal gives pictogram
developers the opportunity to publish their work to a large audience.
Designers and others who need pictograms find in this portal detailed
and competent resource.
Pictograms are graphic symbols that present information
such as instructions or warnings in a compact visual form; pictograms
may also include typographic elements. Despite many existing guidelines
for pictograms, it is often difficult to determine their exact meaning.
With the help of Semiotics, the science of signs and
symbols, it is possible to analyze pictograms and device classification
schemes for their handling in databases.
Iconnote Resarch for more
about the theoretical background of the Iconnote project.
The Iconnote project is not yet finished - it is only
in its beginning stage. I am planning to develop a prototype to
further evaluate the current proposals.
It would be great, if interested partners could be found to continue
developing it into a real service.
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