Although modern syllabic languages are far more complex than the hieroglyphic languages of the ancients, a well-placed pictogram (or icon) can still come in handy when you need to communicate a complex concept in a small space. The problem is that finding good icons — images that don’t look like cheap clip art — can seem daunting.
An icon is a simplified picture used to represent a concept or object. They can be a single color or multiple colors, but it’s important to keep icons as simple as possible. They are often a single flat color, but can become increasingly complex, even photos in some cases.