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Ron Cobb's Semiotic Standard (ALIEN) by JonathanBluestone Ron Cobb's Semiotic Standard (ALIEN) by JonathanBluestone
Although sets of Ron Cobb's excellent shipboard identification icons already exist on the Internet and although some nicely re-drawn versions do exist I wanted to do a set for my own amusement and this was the result. When the movie ALIEN (05/1979) was in pre-production, Cobb was called in to produce labels which could be stuck all over the movie sets to provide information to the crew at a glance as to what was off in any given direction or what was beyond a hatch. On Cobb's original sheets, hand drawn on 5x5mm graph paper is inscribed the commentary "For all commercial trans-stellar utility lifter and heavy element transport spacecraft" (as of April 16th 2078) which certainly dates ALIEN. For the curious among you with higher than usual IQ's, the word Semiotic literally means to produce signage which conveys information without resorting to verbal or written language. In actuality, if there was really a spaceship and the signage used was in this form, all a crew need so is memorize what the signs meant. It is evident from the movie ALIEN that the NOSTROMO utilized at least English and French (the destruct system was in both languages).

A big thank you to EKA (Sentinalysis: sentinalysis.deviantart.com) for pointing out that some of my colors were wrong - those have now been fixed!

Please note that the original designs remain the intellectual property of Ron Cobb and of Brandywine Productions, I'm claiming ownership over this set of images and request that if you decide to use them elsewhere that you at least credit my work. This is produced as fan artwork and as such I have no claim to the original material.
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Ex-Pendable Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! An accepted universal set of icons transcends the language barrier, although I have to admit Coffee threw me for a moment. I will have to create a set of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!
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JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you as well! I was watching ALIEN for what must be the 2000th time and thinking to myself, love these icons ... they obviously have meaning, wonder what it is? and an hour later was looking at a site about the small details in the set which in turn led me to the Semiotic Standard set which is posted on the web (hand-drawn in soft pen on grid paper), and which was used to design the icons for usage for the visual fx dept. That in turn led me to re-draw them, although Cobb used a 18x18 square to draw his, I decided to use a 19x19 square so I could create a 'center' to guestimate everything around and it seems to have worked.
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Centurion030 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Neat!!!
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JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Truth is, I used the original artwork as my inspiration and then after I posted this here at dA, went looking for other peoples work. Although these are not exact replicas of Cobb's work, they are pretty close to the original artwork as that was my intention. This said, the best set of re-designed labels based on Cobb's work on the net look completely different and do not (in my opinion) resemble the original art as it appears on the set. Drawing these also led to my sketching out a whole bunch of icons for my own projects, so expect those at some point!
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Centurion030 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Very nice-looking forward to it.
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