Icon, Index, and Symbol — Three Categories of Signs

Signs can take many forms. They can be words, numbers, sounds, photographs, paintings and road signs among and more. However, while signs can be many things, they can be categorized as one of a few types.

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An Introduction To Semiotics — Signifier And Signified

The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture ‘This is a pipe’, I’d have been lying!
— René Magritte

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The Hamburger Icon Debate

Type “hamburger icon” into Google and once you scroll past the images of the icons, you’ll notice a few articles about the history of the icon and a lot of articles debating if it’s the solution for all our small screen navigation problems or if the hamburger icon will destroy humanity. You know the usual overreaction to every topic that involves designing websites.

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Why You Should Start Learning More About Icons

One of the challenges in designing websites for smartphones is the small screen size. It can be difficult to fit even basic things like navigation labels on smaller screens and when you do fit them all in there’s often a lack of space between links leading you to click one you didn’t intend.

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SVG Text On Path—Part 2

Creating SVG text along a path opens up some interesting and creative possibilities. Last week I showed you the <textPath> element and how to add a reference to a path you define. I also showed you the startOffset attribute so you can position the text somewhere along the path other than the start.

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