The Meaning of Shapes - Develop Visual Communication

To boost your communication visually, choose the appropriate forms of visual communication according to your information, audience and presentation equipment. Understand the meaning of some basic shapes. Develop better visual communication.

Overview of Shapes

Some shapes carry commonly acknowledged meaning. When words cannot reach the purpose of communication, let shapes play that role. See some commonly used shapes and their meaning in visual thinking.

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Meaning of Heart Shapes - Love

Use a heart shape to represent love is globally accepted. It symbolizes a romantic feeling concept. Various heart shapes are widely used in graphic design such as Valentine's Day greeting card, fashion design and so on.

Heart Shapes

See some sample application of heart shapes below.

Wedding Anniversary Invitation
Love Saying Image
Marriage Tips Template
Wedding Anniversary
Invitation Card
Love Quote Image
Marriage Tips

Meaning of Cross Shapes - Spirituality and Healing

Cross shapes stand for spirituality and healing. They are seen at the meeting place of divine energies. The 4 points of a cross represent self, nature, wisdom, and higher power or being. The Cross means the one on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

Cross Shapes

Meaning of Circles - Whole, Unity, the Sun, the Earth and the Moon

Circle is a representative of whole and completeness. Circles' features to protect, endure, restrict, confine what's within and keep things out suggest the infinite, unity, and harmony.

Circle Shapes

Meaning of Flags

Different colors of flags indicate different meanings. See the following list.

  1. Red flag is a symbol of warning of danger or problem.
  2. White flag is universally recognized as a symbol of surrender.
  3. Black flag is a pirate's ensign, typically thought to feature a white skull and crossbones on a black background.
Flag Shapes

Meaning of Stars

The significance of star is knowledge, good and truth. It is often used to signify heavenly bodies, purity and good luck. In education field, teachers often give or draw a star shape for the student who has performed well.

Star Shapes

Pre-drawn Shapes

Edraw offers a group of pre-drawn shapes in vector format. Users just need to drag and drop them to use. And with the advanced diagram tool, users can edit the shape quite easily to suit different styles. See more available shapes below.

Basic ShapesBasic Shapes


If used properly, a shape is worth dozens of words. To develop your visual communication, apply some simple or colorful shapes.

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