This study examines the different themes of communication that take place in video ad campaigns deriving from the French luxury fashion houses Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Cartier and Hermès. By using semiology as a method we were able to recognize the themes of adventure, seduction, love and play in the videos. This study explores also how the myth becomes an important meaning-maker of the luxury commodity and fills it with sensations and pleasure. Unlike all other ads, we could see that the meaning of luxury in the Hermès’ ones was not directly connected to the objects per se but to the experience of human senses in contact with nature. We could further conclude that the visual communication of the ads has no need to be logical as long as it can seduce with its positive signs. The object of luxury constitutes a strong communication tool helping the viewer to discover new places, to fall in love, to create magic and to experience the amusement of play. Embedded in recognizable social narratives, the objects in the moving image are provided with a seductive meaning able to support the eternal myth of luxury.
Background: In 2013, we presented a study entitled “Multimodal document management in radiotherapy”, demonstrating the excellent routine performance of the system about four years after its initiation by evaluating a sample of n=500 documents. During this time the system saw additional developments and significant improvements: the most important innovative step being the automatic document processing. This has been completely reworked, to minimize staff-machine interaction, to increase processing speed and to further simplify the overall document handling. This improved system has been running practically without any problems for several months. Methods: While reworking the automatic document processing, we have developed algorithms that allow us to transfer documents with varying type, within a single scanning procedure, into our departmental system. The system identifies and corrects for any arbitrary order or rotation of scanned pages. Finally, after the transfer into the departmental system, all documents are in the correct order and they are automatically linked to the respective patient record. Results: According to our surveys, the error rate of the system, as in the previous version, is 0%. Compared to manual scanning and mapping of documents, we can quantify a 30-fold increase in the processing speed. In spite of these additional and elaborate processes, code optimizations yielded a processing speed increase of 20%. Pre-sorting of the documents (e.g., medical reports, or documents of informed consents) can be completely dispensed with the automated correction for jumbled documents or document rotations. In this manner 25,000 documents are automatically processed each year in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Freiburg. Conclusion: With the methods presented in this study, and some additional bug fixes, and small improvements, automatic document processing of our departmental system was significantly improved without compromising the error rate.
Keywords: Clinic management, documents, workflow, optimisation, efficiency, automation, Mosaiq, oncology informatics