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The Pictogram system includes several classes of words. The emphasis is on nouns and verbs, but the system also accommodates pronouns, adjectives, numerals, conjunctions, prepositions, interjections and adverbs.

Consistent design helps comprehension. Pictogram users must intuitively experience a formal structure in the system. The Picto images for various parts of the body are examples of this.

Sample form structure

The days in Pictogram have their own color. The colors are according to an accepted system used in Sweden. The pictogram image for the word "day" is a sun with a wave below. Each day have their own corresponding color of the wave.

Why black & white and simple?

We prefer reading letters that are ordinary, black and simple to letters that are Why? Well, ordinary letters make the text easier to read. Pictogram is a quick-to-read visual language.

Pictogram was designed to cater for the difficulties that can be caused by cognitive disorders. So Picto images are black & white and highly stylised – only information-bearing pictorial elements are included.

Picto images comprise two elements: drawn images and text. The drawn image always has a differentiating shape and a "hook" – a clue to the meaning. The text states which word the Picto image represents and is positioned at the top.

But pictures can be ambiguous – the meaning is not always obvious. A degree of learning is thus required in order to get started and begin using the Picto images, i.e. writing so other people understand it and being able to read what others have written.

You can start with how to learn new words - how do you teach a young child to say "light"? Some picto images are simple and directly readable while others must be linked to situations or known concepts. Often the picto image needs to be displayed and used in many different situations while learning.

Pictogram is one of many written languages – not as nuanced and rich in vocabulary, but for its users it can open up new worlds. You gain a linguistic community.

The design of the images has developed over the years. The degree of stylisation has increased and the number of pictorial elements has decreased. This gives certain Picto images a more general meaning. For example, "pour" now stands for more than pouring into a glass.

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