Who creates those incredibly beautiful artworks which interpret literature graphically by theme, word usage etc.?
August 31, 2008 5:01 AM   Subscribe

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The (vague) details from memory: About six months ago, while meandering from place to place to place online, I stumbled across a post about someone's artwork in which they turned statistical data about literature - the themes, word use, that kind of thing- into beautiful coloured graphs. Various kinds of graphs; pie charts, flow charts, time lines. They were presented as artworks, and I think may even have been featured because the artist had released a book full of them.

Visually they were sparse, simple and used muted, perhaps even pastel colours, and very elegant, minimal typography. They had a clean, mathematical look.

I thought one of the novels treated in this way may have been "To Kill a Mockingbird" and there was a Hemingway example too. Basically, I gawped at them lustfully, realised they were one-of-a-kind artworks, not prints I could purchase, and clicked out of there. I really regret not bookmarking, and now I'd like to take another look at them to see if I can interpret the process for some of my own research work.

I think it may have been at an interior design-loving site like Apartment Therapy or Not Martha, but I can't find them through searches at any of those. Maybe my search terms of "Literature Graphs" isn't cutting it. The artist may have been from Seattle or London. This is not good, I am starting to sound like John Edwards in crossing over... "You had a dog ...or was it a cat? a pet...there was a pet..."

Does anyone know who the artist is? Is there a link? I would really appreciate help from anyone who can remember seeing them.
posted by lottie to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Is it Stephanie Posavec's Writing Without Words ?
posted by muhonnin at 5:27 AM on August 31, 2008 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Did the charts look like this?
posted by ian1977 at 5:32 AM on August 31, 2008

Response by poster: Oh, my goodness, those are the ones... I guess I was remembering more mundane (for lack of a better word) examples, because those are sublime.

Thank you so much, I'm very grateful for your answers.
posted by lottie at 5:43 AM on August 31, 2008 [1 favorite]

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