I'm learning a heap of things these days so bear with me as I enlighten you on a few of them.
Semiotics is the study of signs. For some reason, this book on graphic design that I have is telling me that horses rearing up in the air are signs.
If a horse statue is rearing up, it means that the rider was killed in battle while if one hoof is off the ground, it means the rider died in office. If it has all four hooves on the ground, it means that the rider died after leaving office.
This is a statue in Stuttgart, Germany.
My question is, will we ever put up a statue of a person on a horse while the person is alive? What will that lucky horse be doing…floating in mid air?
Can anyone give me an example of a visual paradigm?
A paradigm is basically a bunch of stereotypes about something that links to what you are trying to communicate. That's not the actual definition but the actual definition is a bit boring.
If one day the time comes and I need a horse to let people know that I am dead, I hope I get upgraded to being immortalized on a unicorn instead of a horse. Horses are so old hat!