Signs, Symbols and Ciphers

Today in Darren’s seminar, we were assigned to analyse a book to later blog. My book was, “Signs, Symbols and Ciphers” by Georges Jean.

Signs symbols Ciphers

Signs and symbols represent abstract ideas and concrete objects, providing a sense of number, danger, value, distances in time and space, and even love. Over time, these marks and gestures have multiplied into an immense and complex network of images, figures and emblems- pictographs and logographs, maps and charts, letterforms, colours and patterns. How do we come to understand the meaning of a written symbol? What happens when a sign crosses international borders of language and culture? Can clothes constitute a sign? Can colours? Can sounds? Signs, Symbols and Ciphers takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the intriguing universe of symbols.

“The symbol always has an important part to play in all societies. Its function remains uncharged; it is to transform a thing or an action into something other than the thing or action appears to be in the yes of profane experience”.

Patterns in Comparative Religion: Miranda Eliade 

When first getting this book, I thought it would be very theoretical, and although that is the case- it is still a pleasure to view. This is because it uses numerous images to represent the subject, providing the viewer with a stronger understanding of the meaning of signs symbols and ciphers and how they have evolved. Although interesting, I have decided not to focus on Semiotics or Iconology for my essay as I did so last year. In addition to this, I would like to choose a subject that is going to benefit or compliment my Huddersfield Rebranding project.

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