I hate hate hate the international symbol for the library:
The reason that I care
is that I am a librarian.
It's a pretty lame logo, although at least it does accurately depict what the library building looks like. It's much more difficult to give a symbol to what is housed within.
What's housed inside is information and the symbol for information is also lame. It looks like this:
To you, you think:
But you, my friend are wrong. At least to those responsible for symbols.com
I'm working on it.
And I think the computer deserves a symbol too. I haven't found the appropriate representation of a computer at symbols.com and so I have a couple of suggestions.
While this is reasonable pictogram of what a personal computer looks like now (at least to me, but that's because I drew it) it does not convey the nature of a computer. As well, it does not convey that what constitutes a computer can embedded into appliances, phones, and the like or can be distributed over an area.
This is the symbol for the Philosopher's Stone.
"The alchemists believed that a simple substance could be transmuted into a more precious one through the addition of an enzyme-like substance known as the lapis philosophorum, the stone of the wise, an elixir. This substance could transform other substances without itself being changed."
I like the idea of the computer as the Philosopher's Stone : something that transforms information into a more precious form without being changed itself.
But I don't like the symbol itself. And besides, Americans have some supposed bias against the philosopher stone.
I took this image from the alchemy symbol for amalgam.
An amalgam is :
Nelson has referred to the web as an amalgam of media and I think it's a very good name for it. And, to boot, the symbol looks like what could be seen as a chip or a network.
Lobby your member of parliament today.