I'm designing an esoteric symbol to use in a story.

I have zero experience with this but can use drawing/CAD softwares. Where can I find some resources on how to design a symbol?

I guess a good list of existing ones with references to meanings, associated concepts and cultures would also help.

I'm talking about a symbol specifically, not a logo or trademark etc.

  • $\begingroup$ Are you looking for graphical design resources? $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica Apr 3 '18 at 8:21
  • $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch not sure what you mean but I guess they could help as well $\endgroup$ – SilverCookies Apr 3 '18 at 9:27
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    $\begingroup$ You are using the word "symbol" in a very non-standard way, so readers cannot guess the intended meaning. For example, a frakking logo is a symbol - it symbolizes the organization to which it belongs. A trademark is any kind of mark (symbolic or not) which identifies a manufacturer. In general, a symbol is any character, glyph, object or word which represents an idea, concept or object in a conventional way. For example, the character $ is a symbol for "dollar"; Marianne is a symbol of France; ... $\endgroup$ – AlexP Apr 3 '18 at 10:12
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    $\begingroup$ And to be helpful: the general field of study of symbols and meanings is called semiotics. Start with the Wikipedia article and follow the links. Occasionally, you may find online copies of famous books, such as Man and His Symbols, Carl Jung, ed., 1964. $\endgroup$ – AlexP Apr 3 '18 at 11:58
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    $\begingroup$ I think it would be a mistake to use any tools to develop a symbol which would not be normally available in your target world culture. For example, there are no wiggly runes (or wiggly cuneiform characters, for much the same reason). $\endgroup$ – Lee Leon Apr 3 '18 at 13:43