About Pasigraphy

I don’t know how to pronounce “pasigraphy”.
It’s puh-‘si-gruffy. With the emphasis on the middle syllable. (Similar to biography [bi-‘o-gruffy]).

Ok, but what does pasigraphy mean?
Pasigraphy is a conceptual, universal language where a series of symbols express ideas that can be understood by all nations. It was advocated by, amongst others, the great polymath, Leibniz, during the Enlightenment period.

Mathematical symbols are a sort of pasigraphy. So are emojis: most users understand what a happy face symbol represents without the need for any further explanation in words.

The name derives from the Greek roots pasi=all, graph=write.

And you called your company pasigraphy because…?
Pasigraphy is a husband and wife team, Philip and Su O’Brien. Take a look at our pages to see more about what we do as individuals.

We realised early on that, whilst we have different skill sets, we have a common aim, which is to make our work as clear and clean as we can make it.

As we’ve both worked in multi-national organisations, we particularly appreciate the need for clarity in cross-border transactions where shared cultural or linguistic understanding can’t be taken for granted.

Since pasigraphy embodies the idea of communication irrespective of national or cultural borders, we felt it represented what we want to achieve. All written systems are about using a set of agreed symbols – such as alphabets, scientific or mathematical symbols – to express particular meaning.

Also, we just really love obscure words. Try not to hold it against us.