When everyday symbols become art – IEC power symbol

It’s not every day that the work of the IEC enters the realms of visual art. The IEC 60417-5009 power symbol is an exception. It is being exhibited at MOMA in New York as part of the ‘This is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good’ exhibition.

The power symbol, or more correctly the standby button, is one of the most popular graphic symbols for use on equipment, enjoying global renown. As of March 2015, there are now 1272 standardised graphical symbols from the IEC and ISO, which form a multilingual Dictionary of graphical symbols, in English, French, and Japanese.

Graphical symbols on equipment

IEC subcommittee 3C, Graphical symbols for use on equipment, prepares standards for methods and rules graphical symbols for the human interaction with equipment. These standards cover basic design rules for graphical symbols and the design of graphical symbols for particular applications.

Related standard: IEC 60417-DB-12M Ed. 1.0 b(2002) Graphical symbols for use on equipment - 12-month subscription to online database comprising all graphical symbols published in IEC 60417

Summarised from IEC’s e-tech.

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