Iconography is arguably the Esperanto of the digital world. Icons cannot replace the written word, yet they serve as cognitive waypoints for areas of interest and/or interaction. Iconography can also be an efficient way to communicate a concept in a small amount of space, which is increasingly important in the era of the shrinking screen. At its most basic, icon design is an exercise in illustration; at its most complex, the creation of a communication system. If understanding how to design icons wasn't enough, the way they are produced and displayed on a screen can have immeasurable impact on a person's experience.
The purpose of this lesson is to share some thinking behind creating signs and iconography as well as to focus on ways to create and display them.