Couple weeks ago we did a lot of talking about semiotics. Signs are everywhere, and most of us just go day my day not paying much attention to how much of an influence signs have on our lives.
There are many signs out there that we see on a daily basis that we probably don’t interpret as a sign, but we interpret their meaning. As we also discussed in class, a sign doesn’t have to be a “sign” to be a sign. There is some play on words, eh!
Now, I’m going to show you a couple signs, and I’m almost certain most of you will know what they are. The catch here though, is that none of the signs have any form of literary expression, but you’ll still know what they represent.
What is the first thing that comes to you when you see the white and red, upside down triangle sign? Yield.
What is the first thing that comes to you when you see the yellow and black sign triangle sign? Caution.
My point here is, signs are everywhere, whether we recognize them or not. For example, anytime we see like a biohazard logo, radioactive logo, or a skull logo on a yellow triangle, we know that we need to caution because of xyz. It’s interesting to note how these signs don’t need words though, because we just know, based on the societies we live in, what they mean. The signifier or the sign signifies to us what they mean, because we’ve learned how to interpret certain signs.
Anyway, just a thought.