The Google Image Dictionary

Sometimes my teammates and I spend hours combing through the archives of imagery made available by Google.  So, you could say we have a special appreciation for what it means to find an image that perfectly conveys a given thought or idea.

So, needless to say, I was excited by this side project by London-based designers Ben West and Felix Hayes, that created a 1240-page visual dictionary for the English language.  The trick?  For each word, they used the first image that appeared using Google’s image search.  From what I can tell, no words were included, allowing the reader to summarize what each image is referring to.

Ben describes the project, “Conceptually it’s whatever you make of it…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.”  So there you have it…same as always.

[via Creative Applications]

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