Iconic โ€“ The Universal Emoji Language

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Card: Hello World! - Programmer's Greeting
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Card: Everything flows. - Heraklit of Ephesis
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Card: A storm in a teacup. - English Proverb
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Card: Hurry slowly! - Ancient Greek Proverb
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Card: Time is money. - English Proverb
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Card: Humans are wolves to humans. - Latin Proverb
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Card: My home is my castle. - English Proverb
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Card: A sound mind in a sound body. - Ancient Greek Proverb
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Card: Fortune comes to the door that laughs. - Japanese Proverb
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Card: Make love, not war! - Hippie Slogan
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Card: We are all in the same boat. - English Proverb
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Card: A frog in a well does not know the ocean. - Japanese Proverb
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Card: Better to reign in hell than to serve in heave. - English Proverb
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Card: The night hides a world but reveals a universe. - Persian Proverb

Welcome to Iconic!

Iconic is a constructed language exploring the power of symbolism: it uses almost only emoji and there is no fixed pronunciation.

What might seem strange at first has some unique advantages: โ˜€๏ธ is the sun, โ›ฐ๏ธ is a mountain and ๐ŸŒŠ is a wave โ€“ no matter how you pronounce it or where you come from. This allows Iconic to be a truly international language, accessible to almost anyone!

Also โ€“ why think in words if you can think in pictures? The oldest civilizations in the world used pictures in their writing for thousands of years: think of Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Cuneiform, Chinese characters or Maya Writing. Even prehistoric cave paintings show repeating symbols. Clearly, there is some magic in the directness of images. Most importantly though, expressing onself with pictures is pretty fun!

There are drawbacks, of course: some nuances are lost in translation and some symbols are more intuitive than others. However, over the course of this website I would like to convince you that one can, in principle, express anything with readily available emoji icons.

If you want to give it a try, head to the Language Guide, which explains the rules of the language. This allows you to approach the Material, which among other things contains a number of interesting proverbs from around the world tranlated into Iconic. As a bonus, there are also some Comics.

To create your own phrases and texts, use the Online Converter on Lingojam or the AutoHotkey Script on Windows to automatically transform English words into emoji. So far, the vocabulary contains more than 3000 common English words.

Iconic aspires to be a useful tool for art and communication, allowing anyone to express anything symbolically. Let us embark together on a journey to discover a new way of language! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tiemo Benedikt Schrรถder

P.S.: for news and discussion join the group on Reddit and Discord!

Please donโ€™t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Feedback about what you like and do not like and what might be confusing is also always welcome. If you like, you can also share your experiments and creations with Iconic!


Updates (2023)

Latest vocabulary update: 08-12๐Ÿ“†