We came across this eight minute animated documentary titled “The History of the Internet” by Mehil Bilgil that touches on the innovations that have made our interconnected online lives possible. The video uses voiceover accompanied by PICOL icons, a pictorial communication language created by Bilgil for his university thesis. The project is in the early stages of developing a simplistic and universal sign system to enable easier electronic communication that is free from the constraints of written language. While the current library of icons available for download is small, the open source system invites more designers to get involved. We’ll be interested to see if it will grow into the more sophisticated sibling of the emoticon or remain a niche form of discourse for a select few.
History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo