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This Means This, This Means That: A User's Guide to Semiotics 2nd Edition

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; 2 edition (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697354
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. S. Lloyd on August 29, 2015
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I have several books on the subject and this is one of the better ones. I am always suspicious when philosophy and critical theory is written in a manner that seems more bent upon obfuscation than clarity. This publication goes out of its way to help the reader understand its many 'squishy' ideas and examples. It is likely that the readers will still have many questions after finishing this book, but they will certainly have a much stronger foundation as well.
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This is the 4th book I read after deciding I wanted to look into social movements like Post Modernism, Modernity, Modernism in general and the 2nd book I've read on Semiotics and I found the chapters in this book lacking depth on the topics its trying to cover, you'd be better off reading Wikipedia.

There are a list of ideas/topics the book attempts to talk about but there is no actual discussion, each chapter defines a topic, gives an example and moves on to the next one. No context is given, nothing is tied together with each other or to a greater concept, its not that this book is necessarily a 'simple introduction' to these ideas for people new to the concepts, its just a list of definitions.
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This is a very clear, accessible and well-designed guide to semiotics.
Would recommend this book for entry to mid-level design students.
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The first part which is the theory approach of the book it's a little short. But the examples are illustrative and very good. I think is a great book for those who try to understand visual semiotics without all the boring intellectual and sociological part.
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By christian on February 14, 2015
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Very good product
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