Friday, 17 August 2012

The Semiotics of Embodied Interaction… The Phenomenology of Signification

O’Neill, S. (2008) Interactive Media: The Semiotics of Embodied Interaction. London: Springer-Verlag.

“From the Peircean perspective, the focus is on the phenomenology of signification, i.e. signs as they are experienced. This is very useful as a starting point for understanding how users might experience interactive media signs.” (p81)


Drawing on work by Peirce, O’Neill conjures up a term that connects my research areas together. The phenomenology of signification looks at how semiotic signs are experienced. Although no more than a term at present, like aesthetics of interaction it presents a way of synthesising pragmatics, semiotics and phenomenology together to explore how visual communication can influence interaction design.

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