Picture Communication Symbols

Picture Communication Symbols

Over 40,000 Symbols and Growing

For more than 30 years, Tobii Dynavox Picture Communication Symbols® (PCS) have been used by millions of students and adults to understand and structure the world around them, communicate their thoughts, and learn to read and write. Symbol-based visual supports have been proven to help people with communication, behavior and learning challenges succeed in school and life and amaze their peers, families, therapists and teachers.

With a history supporting learners with unique education needs, PCS has been used in thousands of settings across the world to assist with access to information and augment communication. From our very own Tobii Dynavox communication software, to labeling items in nursery settings, and supporting daily schedules of adult with learning disabilities, PCS symbols have long been the standard in supporting the success of your students and clients.

picture communication symbols

PCS® Classic

The Classic style has been maintained for over 30 years. We continue to add more to this set as many of our customers have used this version since childhood and are now adults with additional symbol needs! Classic style PCS symbols offer flexibility and simplicity for our customers by providing basic color palates, thick black lines and options for gender neutral avatars.  

  • Clear and concise: thick lines, no shading    
  • Most popular style for over 30 years
  • Wide range of vocabulary coverage
  • Available in color and black and white
  • Available in 40 languages
  • Formats: PNG, SWF, WMF, EMF
PCS classic

PCS® ThinLine

The ThinLine style was developed to provide a more modern look to our symbol sets. The added realism, while maintaining a clean, uncluttered style is what makes the ThinLine symbols so popular.


  • Realistic: thinner lines, shading and natural colors
  • Appealing to teens and adults
  • Curricular and communication coverage
  • Available in color and black and white
  • Available in 15 languages
  • Formats: PNG, SWF, WMF, EMF
PCS thinline

PCS® High Contrast

People experiencing cortical visual impairment often require simple symbols with dark backgrounds to see the symbols clearly. PCS High Contrast symbols are designed to support this need.


  • Easily visible: bright colors and minimal details
  • Designed for individuals with cortical vision impairments
  • Based on popular PCS Classic style
  • Ready-made with black backgrounds
  • Available in 40 languages
  • Formats: PNG, SWF, WMF, EMF
PCS high contrast

PCS® In-Context

These symbols are designed specifically to allow mature adults who struggle with language to communicate about daily living situations. These rich, realistic illustrations can be used as single meaning icons or visual scenes.


  • Context-Specific: many common daily living situations
  • Designed for communication in adult contexts
  • Based on PCS Thinline style  
  • Available in US English
  • Formats: PNG, SWF, WMF, EMF
PCS in context