Semiotics: Research

Below is a body of research I have done into the various ways in which designers have approached the language of body language. With each image I have analysed the work that has been created and noted what direction I believe my project could take if inspiration by that image.

The Nonverbal Dictionary of Brazilian Bars by Nei Valente. Catalogue of Boteco language, which is the signal and gestures used when drinking in bars in Brazil. Inspiration to catalogue english gestures from bars, or even personal gestures.

A Series of Visual Signifiers by Femke Campbell. A body of work collecting visual signifiers of the word violence. For my own work I could collect a series of visual signifiers for an aspect of body language.

Hands On Zine by Josh Harrison. Uses collected imagery to create a dictionary of hand gestures, mainly contemporary. Could produce my own dictionary with contemporary gestures as new gestures are constantly being created in the media and on the internet.

Decoding the V Sign by Giulia Valeria Jolk. Collection of found imagery looking at the significance of the V sign. I could focus on one particular gesture of interest, collect imagery and information about it and then analyse it.

Female Body by Calia Lima. Female body language from pornography is contrasted with female body language in classical art, making an interesting comment on what female body language is appropriate in what contexts. In my work I could explore how the same gesture or body language changes depending on context.

The Glamorous Fist by Myriam Waldbillig. Demonstrates the manipulative power of words and image, she questions how meaning is formed and manipulate our thinking. There is the possibility for me explore imagery and warping it’s meaning through the use of accompanying text. It may be interesting to research how this is done in advertising and propaganda. 

The Art of Nonverbal Communication by Umer Ahmed. Publication exploring forms of nonverbal communication. The above image is looking at proxemics, which the study of the amount of space people feel is necessary to set between themselves and others. This study is interesting to me as I had never considered the psychology behind why we position ourselves at certain distances from others, furthermore this varies between cultures which is also of interest to me.

The Art of Nonverbal Communication by Umer Ahmed. Above is an analysis of body language in existing imagery. My project could focus on analysis existing imagery and presenting it to the audience.


About Me

I am a BA(Hons) Graphic Design student currently studying at the University of Brighton. In my work I like to explore design, type, photography and print, and do not like to limit myself to purely traditional or digital techniques.

Outside of art and design my interests include social and environmental issues, music, film and technology.

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New Years

For 2017 my new years resolution is to develop a greater presence online in regards to my design work. I have previously attempted to do this in past years however constantly fell behind on updating my online accounts and therefore gave up. However due to maintaining this blog as part of my course I have now got into the habit of constantly photographing and uploading work so I am eager to start transferring this work onto other websites. By posting work online I hope it will motivate me even more to achieve great final outcomes for project, as I want to make them worthy of showing the world, also I hope this will help to publicise my work.

The sites I intend to upload my work to are; Behance (a website for creative professionals to share their portfolios), Tumblr (a microblogging and social networking platform), Facebook (a multimedia social media platform), Twitter (a multimedia social media platform) and Instagram (a social media platform focusing on photography and videos.) I have been quite ambitious with this list in order to motivate myself, the sites however I will prioritise are Behance as it is focusing specifically on professional in design, and Facebook and Tumblr as they are multimedia platforms so are flexible in the types of work I can upload.