A Visual Compendium
of Symbols and Icons

Some shapes and themes have been repeated throughout history, and they belong to a set of visual linguistics that span cultures, and time. When we design logos or artwork for brands, it’s important to think about basic building blocks like shape, form and colour and the meanings that they already convey as we build out a design. Whether you are wondering how to create a logo for a wellness clinic, or wondering what symbols will work best for your next tattoo – whatever your reason for peeking into symbology, I hope you enjoy this database of base shapes and and their meanings. It is by no means complete – it is a work in progress (started July 2014) and I imagine it will remain that way for many years.

Shape Categories Choose a shape category below to see shapes, and click on a shape to see its meaning
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