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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (16 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500286353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500286357
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 0.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rayan Abdullah is Professor of Design and Typography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Between 1993 and 2000 he was Senior Designer at MetaDesign, Germany's largest design and branding company, where he was responsible for major projects for the Berlin Transport Authority, Volkswagen, Bugatti and the German Government (for whom he re-vamped the German Eagle, symbol of the Federal Government). Roger Hubner is professor of semiotics and design at the Mediadesign University in Berlin. He is the co-author, with Rayan Abdullah, of Corporate Design.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KM on 25 Feb. 2011
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If, like me, you find the subject of semiotics obscure and difficult to understand, then maybe this is the book for you. It is a large book, full of illustrations and examples. It starts with a summary of theories and schools of thought. This is the part of the subject that I find difficult to digest, but the book lays out the information in a way that makes it a pleasure to read. No densely packed text here.

There are also practical sections, including how to go about designing your own pictograms and icons. This is very useful and practical information, even including information on using grids in Adobe Illustrator. A small selection of subjects covered in the practical section are size, lighting, position and colours of signage.

Another very good thing about this book is the amount of examples and pages of actual pictograms and signage.
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By getandym on 18 Nov. 2014
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fab! on time, as advertised, great value. will use again
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Excellent practical resource and inspiring collection 1 Sept. 2008
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I teach interaction design at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam). I found this book to be a perfect introduction, collection and practical starting point for icon and pictogram design. This topic is hugely important within the discipline of interaction design, and it is difficult to find broadly-oriented resources. I found this to be one of the best, along with the work of Paul Mijksenaar. Especially useful is section 2, about the nuts and bolts of pictogram concept and design, including grid, format, cultural conventions, abstraction, and environment (where the pictogram will be used).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A very practical review of pictograms 8 Feb. 2008
By Frank Metdown - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives us the exact amount of information to understand the importance of the proper use of pictogrmas in daily life.
It also reproduces the pictograms of the Olympc Games since Berlin 1936 , that gives the reader the chance to compare the evolution of the graphic design of the visual systems used during the history of these games.
I recommend this book to all designers and architects who are concerned with the construction of a better urban space, in which communication graphics play a relevant role.
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Terrific resource 15 Jan. 2009
By Graphic Designer - Published on Amazon.com
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Useful book. Good addition to a design library.
Solid examples. Simplifies semiotics in accessible way.
Wish there was an American equivalent with US examples.
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Useful but Lacking 29 Jan. 2012
By schlimmerkerl - Published on Amazon.com
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There should be an accompanying CD with the images included as vector art. As is, it's merely visually interesting, but fairly useless as a production tool.
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