The other day I came across some interesting-looking symbols that will be used to represent various sports at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. They are modelled on Chinese Seal Script characters and were designed jointly by the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University. Here are a few of the symbols:
You can find out which sports these represent and see more of them at: http://thierry.todayinchina.com
These are examples of what I like to call ‘modern hieroglyphs’. Such symbols are all around us in the form of signs, logos, icons. Their meaning isn’t always obvious, until it’s been explained to you.