Hand Symbols

Palm (P) and Finger (F) Orientation

Orientations are differentiated by the shape and color of the palm. Orientations in which the palm is facing directly toward or away from an onlooker (palm forward and palm body) are represented by circles, while other orientations, in which the fingers, wrist, or side of the hand face the onlooker (palm in, out, up, or down), are represented by ovals. White represents the palm and black represents the back of the hand. The dominant and non-dominant hand are mirror images. The chart below shows the images for a 01234s shape (all fingers extended and spread) on both hands in every orientation.


Finger Positions

The following chart gives examples of the symbols used for different finger configurations. Though each option is shown on all fingers here, each finger can be changed independently. Some features, such as ‘spread’ and ‘contact’ affect the relative positions of the symbols rather than their standalone appearance.

finger position table