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The First Google Image For Every Word In The Dictionary
By Anthea Quay, 30 May 2012
UK-based artists Ben West and Felix Heyes have created a book that visually interprets the dictionary in 2012.
Entitled ‘Google’, the 1,240-page book contains the first Google image results for every word in the dictionary—21,000 words from the average English dictionary is represented using the first images displayed on Google’s image search.
“We used two PHP scripts my brother Sam wrote for us,” West told Creative Applications.
“The first one takes a text list of dictionary words and downloads each image in sequence, and the second lays them out into columns and outputs a PDF.”
The PDF was then printed, hand bound, and thumb-indexed into a hardcover book—with Google’s logo painted in gold on the front.
“It’s really an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012. I would estimate about half of the book is revolting medical photos, porn, racism or bad cartoons,” West said.
[via Felix Heyes]
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