Did you know that design plays an important part in everyday life and is often overlooked?

The fact is, we rely on it so much, it isn’t even thought of as “graphic design”.What in the world am I referring to? Transportation signage.

I just took a trip out of DFW and as I was going to check my baggage, go through security and find a trash can, I noticed how important the icons are around the airport to help direct passengers. This would be especially important if I were visiting from another country and wasn’t able to understand the signage.

In 1974, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop this system of symbols to be used worldwide to clearly communicate messages to all cultures and ages, that would be legible even at a distance.

Comment below about designs you’ve noticed that helps to communication universally.

-Amber Caldwell