Pictograms are universally recognizable pictorial symbols that communicate daily essentials like directions, the location of bathrooms and which is male and female. But what would pictograms look like if they were applied to more complex idioms and sayings? That was the question that led Akihiro Mizuuchi and his art students at Tokoha Gakuen University to create “Designing symbols sayings.” The web designer, illustrator and educator worked with his students to turn words into shapes.
A lot of the idioms were Japanese, making their equivalent pictogram slightly confusing for those unfamiliar with the language. But here are a few that seemed to work.
As a fun bonus, Mizuuchi and his class also created a few pictograms for classic movies.