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Image, Music, Text by Roland Barthes
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Dec 24, 08


This is a classic work of critical theory by the French writer Roland Barthes. It is by turn illuminating, bewildering, infuriating, contradictory, and revelatory. For graphic designes, the most relevant essays are "The Rhetoric of the Image," about the signification of commercial photography, and "The Death of the Author" and "From Work to Text," about new models of reading and writing. The last two piece in particular had a big impact on experimental design in the late 80s and early 90s. Those were some inventive times.
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