For those moments when we are not quite sure what our counterpart actually means something, we have a “credibility test” developed over generations at our disposal. When in doubt, we fall back on the oldest, most proven signal system, body language, then on the voice and last but not least we trust in the content of what is being said.
Light and shadow are not particularly typical in the classic, dry technical illustration. And yet light and shadow are a means of visualizing three-dimensional relationships. Quite simply: If an object is directly on top of another, or is located at a distance above it and casts a shadow under the right lighting conditions.
Japan has redesigned its symbols for public information. Numerous symbols in train stations and airports have been adapted and others have been added. A commission of experts from the public and private sectors worked on this for over a year. The new symbols have been in force since July 2017 (JIS 8210). By 2019, i.e. in time for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, the changeover should be completed in public places.
Secretly, quietly and silently, messengers turn into true experts. Here even a function that really helps. Unfortunately we know this, new functions in apps are not always perfect from the beginning. I have tried the new function several times in the office … without success so far. Sure, I could also throw my garbage into the trash can myself.
The peace sign, a symbol known for the movement towards nuclear disarmament, may have more background than is generally thought to be possible. The matter seems quite clear at first. In the 1950s Gerald Holtom, British designer and graduate of the Royal College of Arts in London, developed a symbol for the nuclear disarmament movement based on the initials N and D for Nuclear Disarmament from the flag alphabet and a circle as a symbol for the world. Since 1958, the symbol has been seen in all actions of the “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament”, or CND for short, and not only there, but everywhere where a stand against war and for disarmament is to be taken.
Typische selektive Wahrnehmung, oder steckt da doch etwas mehr dahinter?
Während die Symbole der klassischen Warnzeichen vor einer eventuell eintretenden Möglichkeit warnen, sind die Folgen eines geringen Akkuladestandes überhaupt nicht konditional und nur durch ein Ladekabel zu vermeiden.
Also könnte man sagen, das Instruktionen, hier die Warnzeichen, mit höherer Wahrscheinlichkeit die beabsichtigte Handlung auslösen, wenn die Folgen erfahrungsgemäß mit hoher Wahrscheinlichkeit eintreten. Vielleicht könnte diese Überlegung als Anlass genutzt werden, um sich von überflüssigen Warnzeichen zu trennen.
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