Syntagms and Paradigms — Telling A Story With Signs

A single sign can communicate meaning on its own. Think of a stop sign. No matter what context you’re in when you see something that looks like a stop sign, you reflexively stop. However, signs can communicate more and more effectively when you consider the relationship between multiple signs.

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Denotation And Connotation — Literal And Implied Meaning

A sign is anything that represent something else. Signs create meaning, but what exactly do they mean? What do they communicate and will everyone who interprets the same sign take away the same meaning from it?

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Icon, Index, and Symbol — Three Categories of Signs

Signs can take many forms. They can be words, numbers, sounds, photographs, paintings and road signs among and more. However, while signs can be many things, they can be categorized as one of a few types.

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An Introduction To Semiotics — Signifier And Signified

The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture ‘This is a pipe’, I’d have been lying!
— René Magritte

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The Hamburger Icon Debate

Type “hamburger icon” into Google and once you scroll past the images of the icons, you’ll notice a few articles about the history of the icon and a lot of articles debating if it’s the solution for all our small screen navigation problems or if the hamburger icon will destroy humanity. You know the usual overreaction to every topic that involves designing websites.

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