Translated from the Swedish version, explains the functions, meanings, history, and systems of about graphic symbols known in western culture. In this unique dictionary, Carl G. Liungman puts approximately 2, Western graphic symbols at your fingertips. Each entry includes the sign’s history. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

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Dictionary of Symbols

Giulietta rated it really liked it Nov 15, Published February 17th by W. El mito de la inteligencia: The symbols are grouped by various descriptions, i. Designing logos, I use this dictionary a lot. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Account Options Sign in.

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Aug 13, Derrick Ferree added it. These and many other questions of similar nature are symbops and enjoyably explored in this very impressive book. Dictionarg organization is eclectic and arbitrary by certain characteristics of the shapeand it’s funny to see hobo signs next to zodiacal symbols next to electrical diagram elements next to nautical map symbols.

For example, you will found various kinds of crosses scattered through many categories. Each symbolw in this index was paired with its dictionary page number, as well as page numbers from the introduction or for related symbols elsewhere in the dictionary. In this way you can match your four descriptive characteristics with the headings for a row, sub-row, sub-sub-row, and column combination, and thus learn the group number.

The third index, the Graphic Search Index, begins with a one-page glossary of the descriptive terms, with examples. Dictionary of Symbols serves both as a valuable reference on Western cultural history and as a professional tool for those working in design and the arts. Smbols try again later.


The Word Index specifies signs with a given name or meaning, along with subject headings. As an indexer and information architect, I am intrigued by these choices and feel better prepared to face such a daunting task should one ever come my way.

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It is a great taxonomy of signs, ideograms, and some symbols, all presented in the same style, and has some value as a dictionary. The second index was my best friend in writing this review: Anyone who decides to read the Dictionary of G.liungnan should be about as dubious when reading it as when one reads wikipedia. Locating an entry is as easy as looking up a word in a dictionary, due to a system that classifies each sign on the basis of three of its structural features.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I found it very informative. What can I say Dictionary of Symbols serves both as a valuable reference on Western cultural history and as a professional tool for those working in design and the arts. You name it, you’ll find it! This is a rich sourcebook of information about graphic symbols from around the world. Finally, similar to a short appendix, the author concludes with seven short helpful hints to the reader who is still unable to crack the book’s code.

The problem arises from the fact that there’s no table of contents.

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Then if you were trying to decode a stained glass window, for example, you could turn to the “medieval Christian symbols” section and just look down the list. It’s possible that this has something to do with my eighteen year old edition, dicrionary a quick perusal of this book’s online counterpart, symbols. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. James Sass rated it really liked it Oct 20, April Iadarola rated dictionnary it was amazing Nov 08, Liungman puts approximately 2, Western graphic symbols at your fingertips.


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See all 37 reviews. Enhancing the dictionary is a series of fascinating discussions of various aspects of ideograms. The book would be greatly improved in usefulness by a few tables in the back that would list symbols by topic area, rather than by shape.

For instance, I have yet to hear an alternative pronunciation for the glyph popularly known as “the artist formerly known as Prince”! The visual overview chart is a good idea for finding a symbol by its looks, although I found the groupings confusing to use. Jenny Finley rated it it was amazing Oct 23, Symbols range from the typographical to the abstract, from the iconographic to the metaphorical, from the simple to the complicated.

The organization takes a little getting used to, but does get down to business once you give it a little attention. This index served as an easy way to browse all the symbols in the book.