Visual Languages

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Universal Picture Language
A pictographic language that is very powerful, yet very easy to learn. You can become fluent in UPL with only a few hours of study. Most UPL symbols use simple pictures.

High Strangeness: The "Language of Space"
Probably the most bizarre artificial "universal" language of recent times is aUI (pronounced "a-OO-ee"), the "Language of Space." aUI, meaning "space-spirit-sound" or "space-language," and advertised as the "Pentecostal Logos of Love and Peace.

Visual Architecture - The Rule of Three
Visual architecture is applied to the new media design context and defined as the use of a particular method of building visual information and balancing communication between images and words.

Earth Language
A new multi-method auxiliary language for global communication.

Pictogram -
A pictogram or pictograph is a symbol representing an object or concept by illustration. Pictography is a form of writing whereby ideas are transmitted through drawing.
Visual language    aUI (artificial language)   

aUI, The Language of Space
The official web site of the Auxlang: aUI, the Language of Space. Introduction and background, symbol description, word formulation, grammatical guide, and more!

International Auxiliary Languages
International Auxiliary Languages (IALs) are languages constructed with the aim of facilitating communication between people who would otherwise have no other language in common. They are usually designed to be significantly simpler, and thus more easily learnt, than national or "natural" languages.

Kwikpoint International Translator
Kwikpoint is a colorful, laminated picture card that lets you communicate with anyone, regardless of language, simply by pointing to pictures.

Phonetic Picture - Writing
A phonetic picture-writing is a picture writing, which also can be read phonetically. For its ideograms are composed of specially designed letters so that a thing or idea (e.g. "face") is shown. When reading these ideograms phonetically, the result is an artificial language with clear phonetics.
More Here    Pictosounds   


A potentially rapidly evolving glyph language derived from the original Bliss but not to be confused with it. will continue to strive to publish only officially approved symbols as determined by BCI. SuttonGlyphs was inspired by conference conferences during the summer of 2007 revealing a need for adaptations of visual language for today's warfighters.

If we took all the common graphic symbols floating around nowadays, would we have enough to make a viable hieroglyphic language?

Picture Languages
Links to sites about: Bliss, Universal Picture Language, Vedo-Vedi, Minspeak, The Elephant's Memory, Sound signs, Theory, Delasoni, Visual & Logo like languages, and more.

Richard Kennaway's Constructed Languages List
An index of more than 300 constructed (artificial) languages on the web. No longer maintained so there are some broken links.


VaIL - Visual and Iconic Language

VaIL 2007 - The University of New Mexico
Two day conference on the theory, use, misuse, history, and emergence of visual language.
Video at Google    Video at YouTube   

Forms, Fields and Flows - Dave Gray
Basic principles of visual language: Forms, fields and flows. A kind of “alphabet” of visual language. This set of principles is the primary set of marks you need in order to create visual meaning.

Emaki Productions - The website of Neil Cohn
Visual language: Exploring structure, usage, and production of the linguistic structure of comics.

Visuwords™ Online Graphical Dictionary and Thesaurus
Look up words in the Visuwords online graphical dictionary and thesaurus to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

XPLANE - The Visual Thinking Company
Using Visualization to convey complex ideas, processes and services, and know the discipline of visual thinking is a key enabler to improved clarity of thought, better decisions and faster action.

M.I.T. Digital Drawing Board

Designs for a Global Community
Symbol Designs on T-Shirts, Cups, Cards, Bags and More.