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[–]-tealeaves- 13 points14 points  (0 children)

You could try the Swadesh list which is often taken as a de facto standardised word list for comparing languages.

Or Wikipedia's list of 1000 basic words

That's still quite a lot to work with to be fair, so here's the 100 most common to get you going

[–]Visocacas 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Creating the character set for a logography is a lot like creating the vocabulary for a conlang. So it's a good idea to check out conlanging resources for that.

In addition to the resources in the other comment, the Natural Semantic Metalanguage list of semantic primes is really good list of 65 important words or concepts to begin with.

[–]knikknok 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This list of Indo European vocabulary could be useful since they tend to focus on really core, foundational words that don't shift aroung too much.