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Name  Martin Krampen

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Died  June 18, 2015, Ulm, Germany
Books  Meaning in the urban environment

Martin Krampen (March 9, 1928 in Siegen – June 18, 2015 in Ulm) was a leading German semiotician, semiotics Professor in Göttingen.


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The son of a protestant pastor, Krampen was born on March 9, 1928 in Siegen and was raised in Wuppertal. In 1953 Krampen began studying graphic design and visual communication at the Hochschule für Gestaltung. He went on to obtain his PhD in 1962 from Michigan State University where he studied design and psychology.

Krampen worked in the field of visual semiotics and environmental perception, also as a professional artist, but he became well known as the one who established the field of phytosemiotics (study of vegetative semiosis), later becoming an important branch of semiotic biology or biosemiotics. He was a co-editor of Zeitschrift für Semiotik.

Select publications

  • "Handedness as a Variable of Importance in Determining Apparent Movement Direction". The Journal of Psychology. 56 (1): 61–67. 1 July 1963. ISSN 0022-3980. doi:10.1080/00223980.1963.9923698. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  • "Signs and Symbols in Graphic Communication". Design Quarterly (62): 1. 1965. JSTOR 4047303. doi:10.2307/4047303. 
  • Classics of Semiotics. New York: Springer Science & Business Media. 1987. ISBN 9780306423215. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  • References

    Martin Krampen Wikipedia