Simple symbols to represent four words
February 1, 2017 4:47 PM   Subscribe

Over the past several months, "Improve, Appreciate, Connect, Protect," has come to have quite a bit of meaning for me. I try to do it every day. I'd like to come up with simple symbols to represent each of the four words, so that I could visually represent this mantra for myself. Think logo-level simplicity, or the kind of images that would work well as small tattoos. What images can represent these four words?
posted by ocherdraco to Grab Bag (12 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Those are really good. Interesting concept to think about. What about...
- Improve - a plus sign
- Appreciate - a heart or gem
- Connect - two c-shaped links
- Protect - a shield.
posted by amanda at 4:52 PM on February 1, 2017

↑ ♡ ↔ 🛡
posted by Paragon at 4:55 PM on February 1, 2017 [4 favorites]

Improve ⬆️
Appreciate 💙
Connect 🔀
Protect ⚕️

Could see incorporating the arrow motif into the heart and the Hippocratic symbol too.
posted by sockermom at 5:02 PM on February 1, 2017 [1 favorite]

Improve - stylised chart with bars on chart increasing
Appreciate - thumbs up
Connect - two hands giving a handshake
Protect- umbrella
posted by Jubey at 5:30 PM on February 1, 2017 [1 favorite]

This image came to me: A human heart with a flaming sword in front of it, with a blazing star at its upright tip, and two hands conjoined at the base of the sword to hold it. The crest of the House of Ocherdraco!
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:46 PM on February 1, 2017 [2 favorites]

^ <3 >< |
posted by DarlingBri at 6:07 PM on February 1, 2017 [1 favorite]


OK, the above is not very representative (how do we do images here??), but that was supposed (!) to be 4 arrows arranged in a circle (so all the stick-ends in, and the arrow-ends out):

Left-pointing arrow: Protect (what is aready here or what has come before)
Up-pointing arrow: Improve (upward improvement)
Right-pointing arrow: Connect (outward)
Down-pointing arrow: Appreciate (the here and now)
posted by Halo in reverse at 7:16 PM on February 1, 2017 [2 favorites]

Light bulb, hands clasped together/flower bouquet, wires, umbrella.
posted by furtive_jackanapes at 8:16 PM on February 1, 2017

Maybe something like these hands.
posted by BoscosMom at 8:42 PM on February 1, 2017

You may want to try running each term through the search tool at The Noun Project.
posted by lousywiththespirit at 10:12 AM on February 2, 2017 [2 favorites]

That is a fabulous website.
posted by ocherdraco at 10:22 AM on February 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

Improve ⬆️
Appreciate ↔️
Connect ➡️⬅️
Protect ↖️↗️

(the arrows should actually be crossing each other for Protect but I couldn't find an emoji for that...)
posted by WalkerWestridge at 12:18 PM on February 2, 2017

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