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This Means This, This Means That: A User's Guide to Semiotics Paperback – October 4, 2007

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About the Author

Sean Hall is Deputy Head of Department and Leader in Contextual Studies in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was formerly a lecturer in Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford. As a practicing artist, he has exhibited at the V&A, the Royal Academy and the Whitechapel Gallery, all London.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (October 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856695212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695213
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Haynes on October 8, 2009
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Sean Hall did a good job of choosing images for the book's content. Every other page has a good quality image on it & I was very surprised at how well made this book is. The pages are thick and sturdy, with a nice finish. There are new vocab words to learn nearly every other page. It's full of useful information, especially for anyone writing about semiotics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Neelands on January 9, 2014
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This was a fun book to read. Some of the subject matter I havd seen before, but there was new material too. Very informative.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Orloff on February 8, 2010
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great book-very helpful through examples and simple, logical layout.
great for information design introduction & fosters exploration.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By GUSTAVO PRADO RGUEZ on June 22, 2008
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I live in a photographic world: teach photography in the main art school in my city, work as a photo curator since God knows when, etc. And I have seen with horror how semiotics have become, starting from being a sistem of analisis to be the object of study instead of what it was analyzing in the begining.
When that happens in photo, the ones first fascinated by the laws and the names -triad, Pearce- ended totally alienated incapable of producing just one single image... equivalent to blind, imagination and freedom totally out of the equation.
Yes I declare myself 'anti-semiotic'.And then I found this surprising book. It si fun to read, with just the exact level of semiotic a creative, a student of comunication or a young artist would want: how we represent and read, how the meaning is constructed.... but always keeping in mind that the important part is the message not is structure, what we see, not empty laws about the sign...
Really a must in the classroom, it is far from the semiotic dogma, and close to !creativity!!!!
Far form a text made of full academic notes, it is one page image and a question, the next the explanation and more examples, more image than any other thing.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TUTubaGirl on October 9, 2008
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So far this book has not helped me in my semiotics class other than give me definitions to words I already knew or could find a better explanation of on the internet.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Antunovic on January 22, 2009
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The main point is no matter what we think when facing a number of blueprints here - every example somehow leads us to a fine conclusion. The author dares us to think before seeing his opinion, conclude and then compare our vision of things to his own - at its worst we challenge ourselves; are we smart or are we dumb? How deep do we really get into specific subject matters, especially when questions in this book somehow insist on our momentary impressions? Or are we just passively accepting others' ways of seeing things?

Everything means something, and this book makes it a fine study on visual culture, also focusing on a certain problem of how much this visual culture is actually neglected these days. Simple to read, fun to analyze, visual lessons that help directing individual choices towards proper perspective of things.
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