I’ve always found using pictures, diagrams and models an effective way of describing and communicating ideas. I was fortunate enough to be visiting Minsk, Belarus recently and it struck me how useful pictures and diagrams really are. Being in a foreign country, with a completely different language and even a different alphabet means that it’s difficult to find a frame of reference.
However, pictures transcend language.
Take the example below. Even if you can’t speak Russian, I’d hazard a guess you can make an educated assumption about what this sign is trying to convey: