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FireSigns : a semiotic theory for graphic design

Author: Steven Skaggs
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
Series: Design thinking, design theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Graphic design has been an academic discipline since the post-World War II era, but it has yet to develop a coherent theoretical foundation. Instead, it proceeds through styles, genres, and imitation, drawing on sources that range from the Bauhaus to deconstructionism. In FireSigns, Steven Skaggs offers the foundation for a semiotic theory of graphic design, exploring semiotic concepts from design and studio art  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Skaggs
ISBN: 9780262035439 026203543X
OCLC Number: 950611476
Description: xv, 275 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: The view from outside sign action. Visual perception models ; The visent --
The view from within sign action. The world of signs ; Sign classes ; Syntax and semantics --
Conceptual tools. Semantic profiles and display-assertion strategies ; The functional matrix ; The visual gamut --
Analysis and implications. The graphic spectrum ; Typography ; Motif, style, genre.
Series Title: Design thinking, design theory.
Other Titles: Fire signs :
Responsibility: Steven Skaggs.

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Graphic design has been an academic discipline since the post-World War II era, but it has yet to develop a coherent theoretical foundation. Instead, it proceeds through styles, genres, and imitation, drawing on sources that range from the Bauhaus to deconstructionism. In FireSigns, Steven Skaggs offers the foundation for a semiotic theory of graphic design, exploring semiotic concepts from design and studio art perspectives and offering useful conceptual tools for practicing designers. Semiotics is the study of signs and significations; graphic design creates visual signs meant to create a certain effect in the mind (a "FireSign"). Skaggs provides a network of explicit concepts and terminology for a practice that has made implicit use of semiotics without knowing it. He offers an overview of the metaphysics of visual perception and the notion of visual entities, and, drawing on the pragmatic semiotics of the philosopher Charles Sanders Perice, looks at visual experience as a product of the action of signs. He introduces three conceptual tools for analyzing works of graphic design - semantic profiles, the functional metric, and the visual gamut - that allow visual "personality types" to emerge and enable a greater understanding of the range of possibilities for visual elements. Finally, he applies these tools to specific analyses of typography. -- from dust jacket.

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