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Petroglyph
There are about 25,000 pictograms at Albuquerque, New Mexico's
West Mesa in the Petroglyph National Monument.

Word Picture
A lot of Chinese characters began as word pictures.
This pictograph for fire was drawn
to look like flames.

Hieroglyph
It took thousands of years for an ancient Egyptian owl hieroglyph to change into the letter "M" found in today's alphabet.

Diagram
From waxing to waning, the eight phases of the moon are represented
in this pictograph.

   

What's a pictogram?

 

As defined by Webster's Third New International Dictionary, pictogram is a variant of the word pictograph. While pictogram can be substituted for pictograph, the word pictogram itself has no real meaning—unless, of course, you are referring to our studio! So, what's a pictograph? Webster's defines
a pictograph as:

 

1) an ancient or prehistoric drawing or painting on a rock wall
[Like you might spy in a cave or cliff: a petroglyph]

 

2) a pictorial representation of some object used to symbolize that object in pictography or a writing system that includes elements of pictography
[Like you might read if you are fluent in Chinese: a word picture]

 

3) one of the symbols belonging to any graphic system the characters
of which are to considerable extent pictorial in appearance regardless of whether the symbols serve a pictographic, ideographic or phonetic function
[Like you might spot on the walls of ancient pyramids: a hieroglyph]

 

4) a diagram representing statistical data by pictorial forms which can be
varied in color, size, or number to indicate change.
[Like you might find in a science book: a diagram]

 

 

 

 

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Pictogram Studio

10708 Shelley Court

Box 556

Garrett Park MD 20896-0556

 

301–962–9630

 

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