Pictograms

These are often used in online and printed materials as they may:

  • be useful to convey key information in a simple, comprehensible pictorial format;
  • be used in mathematical and scientific subjects;
  • be part of the navigation structure of a Web site;
  • indicate the nature of content in materials (for example, a large ā€˜iā€™ symbol is often used to convey the fact that additional information is being provided).
Pictogram of Giffoni Film Festival Poster
Topic/issueActionComment
Using pictograms, icons and symbolsCheck the appropriateness of your symbols.Symbols should be appropriate, readily comprehensible and used sparingly.
ScalabilityCheck that you can enlarge your symbols without losing too much clarity.Users should be able to enlarge the symbols and they will still remain readable.
Colour and contrastEnsure that you are meeting accessibility requirements for colour and contrast.See section on colour and contrast.
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