Digging through some of my old paper work the other day, I rediscovered a printout of “A Word Wrapped in Light” by John Marstall (Firewheel Design – Sparkplug). Images make you stupid? from Feb 2005.
Tentative or not, though, the third example suggests another consideration — that ideographs can be composed of multiple “idea parts.” If ideography is a visual language, than a multi-part ideograph is that language’s phrase or sentence. The relationships between the parts become important in deciphering the whole graphic. Is one element larger than the others? More central? Does an element fall behind another part, seeming to act as a basis for it? Does one part seem to “possess” some other part?