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Gros,J.: Pictoperanto

Pictograms, Icons, Pictorial Fonts

(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. iBook


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

Zum Stand der Entwicklung digitaler Bilderschrift. (Pictoram Meets Emoji)

German iBook


Advance notice: Gros, J.:

Visual Writing at the State-of-the-Art

in the Conference session:

Visual Languages: from sign to meaning.

2021 26nd HCI International Conference

Gros, J.: Entwicklung einer Icon-Sprache.

2005 in: Piktogramme und Icons,

(Hrsg) Rayan Abdullah und Roger Hübner, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz.

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



Gros, J.:

Digital Picture Fonts

Get the Rosetta Stone Rolling



Gros,J.: Piktogramme als Emoji

German iBook


Video, illustrating the HCII paper.


The EmojiPeranto Project combines pictograms, icons and signs with emojis, creating a hybrid visual writing system at the state of the art.


– 2001: This language project started with the website

2011: A comprehensive grammar and vocabulary 

   based on pictograms was published as Pictoperanto.

– After the rise of emojis, these new e-pictorial moji-characters

  could also be realized as a basic vocabulary of Emojiperanto.

– Now it seemed natural, to combine pictograms and emojis to

  take advantage of their respective benefits. After all, it's not

  only terms like "I", "you" and "we" that can be better

   represented by pictograms.

– This view leads to a hybrid visual writing system composed

   of relatively abstract pictorial characters, called pictomoji,

   and almost photorealistic characters, called emoji.

2021: Only one step beyond the current state of the art

  visual writing will be generally available and easy to use as

"emoji-typing". Whereas today, you can only choose between

  letters and emojis in the menu bar of your cell phone, after the

  next milestone on the road to visual writing, you'll be able to

  type, for example, "I love you" and immediately insert two self-

  evident pictograms and one familiar emoji.