Every Word in Dictionary Represented as Google Image Search

The artists took an average dictionary and replaced every word (approx21K words) with the first Google Image result for that particular word. Designers Ben West and Felix Heyes explain: “The first (PHP script) takes a text list of dictionary words and downloads each image in sequence. The second script lays them out into columns and outputs a PDF.”

The result is a 1,240-page pic-tionary.

Cowbird by Jonathan Harris

This is another really cool project by Jonathan Harris (he also made "We Feel Fine").

"Cowbird is a simple tool for telling stories, and a public library of human experience.

Cowbird is a small community of storytellers, interested in telling deeper, longer-lasting, more nourishing stories than you're likely to find anywhere else on the Web. We are building a public library of human experience, so the knowledge and wisdom we accumulate as individuals may live on as part of the commons, available for this and future generations to look to for guidance.

Cowbird is also experimenting with a new form of participatory journalism, allowing people from all over the world to collaborate in documenting the overarching "sagas" that affect our lives today. Sagas are things like the Japanese earthquake, the war in Iraq, and the Occupy Wall Street movement — things that touch millions of lives and shape the human story. We believe the real story of a saga is the story of every single person touched by the saga. But it's never been possible to tell that kind of story — until now."

Sculptural infographic - Pentagram

I went out in search of some infographics that defy our expectations of medium -- one of the first that I came across was this really well-executed piece from Pentagram.  It was shown in the Tate Modern in London, and you can read a little more about it in the attached article.  Overall, a really cool way to show data. [Link]

I Made My Own Clock Contest

I found a contest that challenged people to make their own clocks and thought that some of the entries were pretty cool. I don't know if these really fall under the category of data vis but it certainly gets you thinking about different ways of viewing everyday objects. I also like how they attach the concept of time to things that we wouldn't necessarily associate it with like shoes, burnt toast, or a shopping cart. I personally liked this one of Dunkin Donuts because it ties in nicely with their tagline of "American runs on Dunkin." Check it out here: David Stark's "I Made My Own Clock Contest"

Christina Dimitriadis,

New Yorkistan

One of my all-time favorite New Yorker covers by Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz.  After 9/11, the duo remade the map of New York and it's neighborhoods as a collection of places based on Middle Eastern countries.  Part zeitgeist, part humor, and part response to the nation's growing Islamophobia, this cover is both cheeky and controversial.