Visible signs [electronic resource] : an introduction to semiotics in the visual arts / David Crow.

by Crow, David, 1962-Looking glass; Browns Books for Students [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Lausanne : AVA Academia, [2010]Edition: Second edition.Description: 192 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; stickers.ISBN: 9782940439805.Subject(s): Semiotics and artLooking glass | SemioticsLooking glass | Electronic booksLooking glassNote: Previous edition: 2003.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Access restrictions: University of the Arts London identification or other form of authentication may be required.Alternative form: Print version: 9782940411429 Visible signsOnline access: Read this e-book from VLeBooks
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Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts (second edition) is an update to the popular first edition, which introduces design students and practitioners to the fundamentals of semiotics.Basic semiotic theories are taught in most art schools as part of a contextual studies program, but many students find it difficult to understand how these ideas might impact on their own practice. This book explains semiotic terms and theories in relation to visual communication, with illustrative examples taken from contemporary art and design.Concepts such as signs and signifiers, language and speech are explored within the framework of graphic design and fine art.

Previous edition: 2003.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

University of the Arts London identification or other form of authentication may be required.

Electronic reproduction. Browns Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This is the third edition of Crow's book (which was first published in 2003), and that speaks to its popularity. For this edition, Crow (dean of the School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan Univ., UK) added more up-to-date illustrations and rewrote the captions. Those who own the first or second edition will not need this updated edition, but those who do not should acquire it because it is one of the few books to discuss various semiotics theories of design. (A comprehensive study of the Peircean semiotic theory of graphic design will be published by MIT in 2017, but until then Crow's is one of the more complete.) Crow does a fairly good job of explaining the differences between Peircean and Saussurian semiotic perspectives, but the really outstanding parts of this book are the excellent illustrations and the exercises. This book is aimed at undergraduate programs in graphic design, and it hits the mark. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. --Steven Skaggs, University of Louisville

Author notes provided by Syndetics

David Crow studied Communication Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. He subsequently worked as a designer in London for Assorted iMaGes and as Art Director for Island Records before running his own consultancy. As a freelance designer he worked for a range of clients in the cultural sector including Rolling Stones Records, Virgin Records, Phonogram and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Crow then moved into academia as Head of the Department of Graphic Arts at Liverpool John Moores University. He is currently Dean of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

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