The ancient Egyptians were one of many early civilizations to use images to express words and ideas. Although, written, printed, and eventually digital text became more dominant over time, these hieroglyphs still tell rich stories that cross millennia and language barriers.
In ancient times, it was true that a picture was “worth 1,000 words” and this has only become more evident in today’s digital world. As internet speeds have increased and more people carry around cameras in their pockets, it’s never been easier to send images to each other. We can share a baby picture with family via messaging apps. We can express our current mood with a selfie on Snapchat. We can even order a pizza by simply sending an emoji. These “new hieroglyphs” are more shareable globally and more digestible for our shorter attention spans. It helps that visuals are processed 60,000x faster in the brain than text.