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."

Paula Scher Conversation


For class on Thursday, Feb 23, we're changing pace and focusing on design and historical style as practiced by Paula Scher. Scher, a principal at Pentagram, is giving a lecture on typography in Meyerson on Thursday at 530 and we've got her for an hour or so for a conversation on design. She has a new book, MAPS, and if there is time maybe we can show her some of your mapping projects.

Please read these two short essays about design, style and history:Borrowed Design Ch.4-1No More Rules, 79-81

And view these sites, short videos:TED talk Scher video portrait Blog post about appropriation in design

Daytum & Nicholas Felton


http://daytum.com/  is an interesting site I just discovered through Nicholas Felton's site (http://feltron.com). I haven't played around with it much yet but it seems like it's a tool for collecting, organizing, and visualizing personal data over time. Could be useful for anybody wanting to collect data for a future project. Everyone should also check out Nicholas Felton's work, he's an awesome designer who works for Facebook and has had his infographics published all over the place.