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Originally published in French in 1967,Semiology of Graphicsholds a significant place in the theory of information design. Founded on Jacques Bertinrs"s practical experience as a cartographer, Part One of this work is an unprecedented attempt to synthesize principles of graphic communication with the logic of standard rules applied to writing and topography. Part Two brings Bertinrs"s theory to life, presenting a close study of graphic techniques including shape, orientation, color, texture, volume, and size in an array of more than 1,000 maps and diagrams.
Jacques Bertin is a French cartographer and theorist. In 1954 he founded the Cartographic Laboratory of the +cole pratique des hautes Ttudes and in 1957 he was named director of education. In 1967, Bertin became a professor at the Sorbonne, and in 1974 he was appointed director of education and director of the Geographical Laboratory of the +cole des hautes Ttudes en sciences sociales which is part of the +cole pratique des hautes etudes. In the late 1970s he became head of research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. Bertin is an internationally recognized authority on the analytic study of graphics.