Signs and symbols explores the meaning and origins of some of the world’s most familiar graphic forms in a wide-ranging study that covers images from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary graffiti, along with everything in between. The book identifies in four key sections some of the most prevalent symbols in historical and modern usage. It opens with a look at the early signs that embody humankind’s first attempts to communicate, commemorate events, and understand the universe. The second section explores symbols of identity and membership: representing religious belief, political alignment, and cultural and personal identity. The book then looks at the vast array of themes and moods that are communicated through signs and symbols: from war and peace to science and space, sport and activity to food and drink. Finally, it examines the functional signs and symbols that convey information, taking in musical notation, wayfinding icons, sign language, and health and safety. The result is an overview of current sign and symbol usage across the creative disciplines, including art, architecture, communication design,
and contemporary print and pattern.
Packed with stunning images, Signs and symbols is an unrivalled source of creative inspiration and an exciting sourcebook of pattern ideas for designers across disciplines.
|Author||Mark Hampshire, Keith Stephenson|
|Collection||Elementi di grafica|