Marketing Code-X

Long View

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The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.

The object of study in semiotics is not the signs but rather a general theory of signification; the goal of each “audit” is to build a model demonstrating how meaning is produced and received within a category or cultural territory. Signs on their own, therefore, only become truly revelatory and useful once we’ve sorted them into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.

OUTSIDE Magazine feature

LONG VIEW” NORM: Adventure provides opportunities to reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going.

Prana social

LONG VIEW” FORMS: Adventurers gazing from mountaintops — metaphor for gaining perspective on your own life. Perspectival tonality: “Sky’s the limit.” “Pain/perspective.” “Enjoy being small in a giant world.”

From a 2017 study of the TAKE CHARGE (defined as: freedom to control your life, take the lead, realize a vision) territory within the Adventure space in US brand communications.

Tags: Adventure, CODE-X, Take Charge