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Title: Eye-tracking the semiotic effects of layout on viewing print advertisements
Authors: Damaskinidis, George 
Kourdis, Evangelos 
Zantides, Evripides 
Sykioti, Eleni 
Keywords: Eye-tracking technology;Graphic design;Multimodal text;Page layout;Polysemiotic text;Print advertisements;Semiotic elements
Category: Arts
Field: Humanities
Issue Date: 13-Feb-2018
Publisher: Victoria University
Source: Public Journal of Semiotics, Volume 8, Number 1, Pages 46-66
Journal: Public Journal of Semiotics 
Abstract: The print advertisement produces meaning for its readers through the interaction of a complex system of semiotic elements. Understanding this meaning is based on readers’ ability to follow the established reading conventions of their culture.The article describes a study that uses eye-tracking technology to examine readers’ interaction with the semiotic elements of two print advertisements. The relation between print advertisements and semiotics is informed by intersemiotic analysis and the reading pathconcept. The advertisements’ layout is rearranged to form two sets of texts:oneoriginal advertisement and a modified version. We havecalculated the time sequence in which visual and verbal areas attract attention, the amount of time spent on them and the depth of attention paid to the areas read. The results show how layout re-arrangement affectsreading behaviour, such as reading the smallest visual first and the target text sequentially without visual elementsinterrupting the reading,or having thesamepoint of entry in both the original and the modified advertisements.
ISSN: 1918-9907
Type: Article
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