Icon and Symbol

September 16, 2008 at 9:20 pm (Virtual Idea Notebook)

I believe that “icon” and “symbol” can be considered opposites in some situations. In the text, it describes the relationship between an icon and the message being portrayed. “An icon is a graphic device that represents some object or action, the graphic device being ascribed symbolic meaning(s) beyond the object represented. A symbol has only the meanings ascribed to itself, representing only a concept and not recognizable as a particular object.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iconic) I have given an example of icon with the picture of the Piggly Wiggly sign. This picture of a pig is connected with the chain grocery store. Other than just being the store icon it has no direct meaning. If someone were not familiar with this particular grocery store, the sign would mean nothing to them. I have also given an example of a symbol with a picture of a “no parking” sign. The sign itself does not say “no parking” on it, but it is a universal symbol that is recognized by everyone. When someone sees a sign with the letter “P” and a line through it, they automatically know that they are not supposed to park their car in that area. They have learned in their lifetime that it is an accepted sign and everyone knows what it is.



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