Ids are art. They expand one’s linguistic mind into the creatively graphic. They are personal aesthetic expression. Artists should prefer drawing their language creatively to writing it with dead phonetic scratches. As I write in ids I spontaneously create and play and improve.
Ids are philosophy. In order to represent an idea graphically, you must confront and struggle with what the idea really means.
Ids are scholarship. They teach what the roots of words are and the relationships among words. They clear away a fog of unknowingness about our own language.
Ids are clearer than ordinary language. They are more specific.
Ids are easy. As much as possible, I’ve tried to make them self-evidently pictorial. Beyond that I’ve striven to make them logical and efficient.
Ids are self-improvement. Because they involve more of the mind, they improve the mind. Pictorial images are stickier than phonetic symbols.
Ids increase intelligence. I have no data to offer on this claim, but I know from experience that ids facilitate thought. They are like little mental enzymes allowing increased reactions and flow, little prisms directing, focusing, and stabilizing mental light.
Ids are personal. Make your own! We each have our own takes on ideas. What graphic representations of ideas work for you?
In The Body in the Mind “cognitive science” thinker Mark Johnson says that categorization (roughly equivalent to conceptualization) uses “image schemas”. Well, what is an “image schema” but a rudimentary ideogram functioning at a subconscious level? With ideograms you work with these “image schemas,” bringing them under creative conscious control, reaching down into your subconscious and altering its elements. This is a sea change.