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Branding as Communication


Susan B. Barnes

Once only a sign, technologies have helped to transform brands into symbols that we constantly encounter in our natural and mediated environments. Moreover, the branding of culture marks a commercialization of society. Almost everywhere we look, a brand name or logo appears.
By combining a scholarly approach with case studies and examples, this text bridges the worlds of communication and business by providing a single vocabulary in which to discuss branding. It brings these ideas together into a coherent framework to enable discussions on the topic to occur in a variety of disciplines. A number of perspectives are also provided, including brands as signs and symbols, brand personality, history, communication, cognitive factors, loyalty, personal branding, community, and social issues.
Providing a comprehensive overview of the branding process – from the creation of brands to analysis of their messages – readers will begin to understand the communicative impact of branding.
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About the author


Susan B. Barnes (Ph.D., NYU) is a communication professor. She has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Fordham University, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the author of eight books including: An Introduction to Visual Communication: From Cave Art to Second Life (Peter Lang, 2011) and Social Networks: From Text to Video (Peter Lang, 2013). Prior to joining academia, Susan was a professional graphic designer. Currently, she runs an art gallery in Cassadaga, New York, where she teaches classes.

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