Happy New Year to all! 2017 is taking shape, and we’re back with our monthly round-up of key stories & semiotic insights we’ve been reading in the signs over the last month…
- From minimalism to innovative materials, Dezeen takes a worthy look back at the 10 biggest design trends that shaped 2016.
- There’s a new coding of cleanliness in Japan, with the introduction of toilet paper for smartphones.
- BBC Culture investigates pseudo-anglicanisms; words and phrases that sound English, but aren’t.
- The passing of seminal semiotic thinker, art critic and aritst John Berger gives us reason to revisit his pioneering book & TV series Ways of Seeing.
- And finally, R.I.P. Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani. The New York Times profiles an icon who reminded us that fashion is a conduit of socio-cultural change with her provocative, political approach to styling the future.