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Gros,J.: Pictoperanto

Pictograms, Icons, Pictorial Fonts

Extensive Grammar and Vocabulary

2011 ISBN 978-3-8423-7864-3

German / English, BoD Norderstedt.


Gros,J.: Digitale BilderFonts bringen den Stein von Rosetta ins Rollen.



Gros, J.: Icon-Typing

Pictograms and Icons in OpenType

(Typing sentences)

2006 ISBN 3-8334-3261-6

German / English , BoD Norderstedt.

Gros, J.: Bilderschrift / Pictorial Script

in: Ditial Fictional, Exhibition Catalog,

Publisher: Hermann Schmidt, Mainz

1993 ISBN 3-87439-264-3

25 Grammar Rules 

German/English Visual Grammar.pdf (8 MB)


Gros,J.: Piktogramm trifft Emoji (Pictogram Meets Emoji)

Zum Stand der Entwicklung digitaler Bilderschrift.

German iBook


2021 Design, User Experience, and Usability, Research and Design, 10th International Conference, DUXU 2021, Held as Part of the 23rd HCI International Conference, HCII 2021, Human Computer Interaction International.


Visual Languages: from Sign to Meaning.

Paper Gros, J.

Visual Writing at the State-of-the-Art

Gros, J.: Entwicklung einer Icon-Sprache.

2005 in: Piktogramme und Icons, Rayan Abdullah und Roger Hübner (Hrsg), Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz 2005.

Gros, J.: A Language of Icons,

2006 In: Pictograms Icons & Signs A Guide to Information Graphics. Abdullah, R., Hübner, R. (eds.). Thames & Hudson, New York, London.

Japanese and Chinese Edition


Gros, J.:

Digital Picture Fonts

Get the Rosetta Stone Rolling



Gros,J.: Piktogramme als Emoji

German iBook


Presentation  YouTube  

ON the Digital Road to Visual Writing

Emoji-Language Kickoff  2021

Combine emojis to create new concepts

and messages



If we think of emojis as an initial vocabulary, what is really missing are pronouns, so that an emoji language can gradually develop in our everyday chats. This problem, its makeshift solution with today's emojis, and some next steps to emoji-writing are illustrated here to get you started.