What is the universal icon for the Internet?

Posted on March 29, 2011  /  1 Comments

TVE Asia Pacific is looking for an answer to this question:

What’s the first image that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Internet’?

If you’re a techie or geek, you’ll probably come up with a detailed answer that is technically accurate or precise. But most of the 2 billion plus people who use the Internet worldwide are not techies. They don’t know – or care – about the back-end technicalities.

A good icon is simple, language-neutral, and can be understood across different cultures and by people with very different educational backgrounds. For example, telephones – both fixed and mobile – have established symbols or icons. Sure, the devices have evolved beyond the well known imagery, but everybody recognises these.

So what’s the equivalent for the Internet, never mind its multitudinous applications and delivery methods?

If anyone has a good candidate, please post on either blog. We have a stake in this; they want to use it in a short video they are doing for us.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for this post and link. Some interesting comments are coming in at my blog -check out: http://movingimages.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/whats-the-universal-icon-for-internet-is-there-one/