THE WORLD OF IMAGERY

Images are no longer just representations or interpreters of human actions. They have become central to every action that connects humans to each other…as much reference points for information and knowledge as visualizations of human creativity.

RON BURNETT/Design educator and author; from How Images Think, The MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, 1993

IN THIS CHAPTER:

THE NATURE OF IMAGES

Pictures have enthralled people for 50,000 years. And no wonder: they capture complex experiences (empirical, conceptual, spiritual) in flat, two-dimensional form. This section illuminates how that happens, for both pictorial and abstract images, in a discussion of semiotics—the study of visual signs.

MEDIA AND METHODS

Whatever the subject an image ...

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