Language of Tomorrow

Towards a Transcultural Visual Communication System in a Posthuman Condition

Haytham Nawar

Language of Tomorrow

Haytham Nawar

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202 pages | 24 color plates, 73 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781789381832 Published March 2021 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Language of Tomorrow is a comprehensive guide to the history, evolution, and current forms of pictographic communication, charting its course from ancient Egyptian writing systems to modern-day emojis. The book is a culmination of research combining visual communication, semiotic theory, cultural studies, linguistics, artificial intelligence, and new media.

Haytham Nawar presents a cohesive and comprehensive historical framework—covering pictographic, logographic, and ideographic writing systems and scripts—through which we can discuss the future of communication. In his analysis, he explores the possibility of developing a standardized universal pictographic communication system that fosters mutual understanding and bridges diverse cultures. Weaving practice and theory across disciplines and bringing together language, culture, art, and design, Language of Tomorrow aims to locate the direction for the research and development of a transcultural visual communication system for the posthuman era.



Pictographic, logographic, ideographic writing systems and languages

Methods of constructed pictographic communication systems

Linguistic signs in visual communication

Trans-culturalism and posthumanism


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