Thought Signs: The Semiotics of Symbols-- Western Non-pictorial Ideograms

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IOS Press, 1995 - 698 pages
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The book is the first comprehensive encyclopedia of Western ideograms ever published, unique in its search systems, that allows the reader to locate a symbol by defining just four of its visual characteristics. It is about our graphic cultural heritage as expressed in subway graffiti, fighter jets' signs and emergency exit symbols. It contains 2,300 symbols, 1,600 articles and streamlined reference functions. Ideogram scarved in mammoth teeth by Cro-Magnon men 25,000 years ago, put on modern household appliances by their manufacturers or sprayed on walls by political activists, are all presented in dictionary form for easy reference. Symbols cover current designs used in advertising, logotyping, architecture, design, decoration, religion, politics and astrology.
 

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Table des matières

easy
6
precision
47
Ideographic Dictionary
550
The polarity of meanings of elementary graphs
558
The relations between visual perception thought and graphic form
566
Ancient American ideograms
576
The symbolism of the astrological ages
590
The sign of the cross in Western ideography
597
Esoteric alchemy
606
The ideographic struggle in Europe during the 1930s
622
Crop circles
628
Modern ideographic systems
634
An annotated bibliography
641
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