International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Power symbol. 2002
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The earliest binary switches were marked with an (I and an O to denote, respectively, a closed electrical circuit (device on) and an open circuit (device off).(In 1973, these two symbols were combined into one now-familiar icon, the official definition of which was, initially, “standby setting.” Thirty years later, an international committee of scientists and engineers undertook a three-year research project, ultimately recommending in 2002 that this combined symbol should henceforth denote its more commonly accepted understanding: “power.”

Gallery label from This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, February 14, 2015–January 31, 2016.
Medium
digital file
Object number
138.2015
Department
Architecture and Design

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