Just Follow the Arrow

Admit it, without arrows you are lost! Arrows are probably the single most used symbol ever; they are omnipresent: The cursor on your computer, the exit sign on the highway, the ‘back’ or ‘play’ buttons on your phone. How come? Is this another phenomenon of globalization? 

No, in fact, arrows point to a much more distant past. One leading explanation is that the arrow’s popularity is owed to our hunting ancestors, especially the archers among them. The arrow was the perfect sign to show a fellow hunter the way or to point out danger. Over time, it became the universal symbol for direction and movement. 

Photo by Pablo Garcia Saldaña

Photo by Pablo Garcia Saldaña