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Pick just a gram

I wanted to add something about pictograms and ships. Firstly: There are good pictograms and bad pictograms. The ships are good. As I already said. And as he did.

Troubled Waters
Source: Wall Street Journal, 2010-08-17, page 3.

Secondly: Why? Because they are well drawn. Look closely.

That is a cargo ship. For real.

That is still a cargo ship. But without the trimmings.

Still a cargo ship.

And still a cargo ship. Not a paper ship. Not a ferry. Not a sailing boat. As much cargo ship as necessary. As small as possible. As authentic as necessary. As simple as possible. That’s how to pick just a gram successfully.