2021 Widgit Symbol Update:
Introducing the new symbols
Hints and tips for a smooth transition to the updated symbols
To support self-expression and vocabulary comprehension for our users, we have released a major update to the Widgit Symbols to better represent the culture and technology of the world we live in.
We want our customers to have a smooth transition to using the updated symbols, so we have prepared some tips to help with the change. The 2021 updated symbols are now live but, for a limited time, users can to continue with the old symbols in SymWriter 2, InPrint 3 and Widgit Online.
Tips for a smooth transition to the updated symbols
Although our designers have looked at and redrawn the majority of our symbols, the differences are very subtle in a large number of cases (e.g. a change in the font used or the thickness of a line) and will not really be that noticeable. For those symbols which have changed more substantially, introducing the new symbols all at once may prove challenging for some learners.
A few top tips to get you started with this process are outlined below:
Planning for the update
Announcing the update
Introducing the update
This could include a discussion around why technology, for example, is constantly being updated (televisions, mobile phones etc) and that the symbols need to reflect this.
Using the old symbols
You may want to continue using the old symbols until your users are ready to start using the new symbols.
We've made a lot of technical changes and improvements during the symbol update that mean we won't be able to support the old symbols forever, but we understand and appreciate that users may not want the change to happen overnight and that some users may not want to change at all.
For a limited period, we're adding an extra option to InPrint 3, SymWriter 2 and Widgit Online that will enable you to switch between the new and old symbols. Find out how here.