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may 28, 2012

google the first google image for every word in the dictionary

‘google’ by felix heyes and ben west, 2012 all images courtesy the artists

UK based artists felix heyes and ben west have developed a printed and bound artwork entitled ‘google’. the massive book contains 21,000 words found in an average english dictionary represented as the first image displayed upon filing a google image search for each word. the two designers bring together a modern internet consensus of english words– a visual interpretation of the dictionary as an alphabetical pictorial book comprised of JPGs, GIFs and PNGs spanning 1,240 pages.

heyes and west used two php scripts west’s brother had written for the pair. the first script brings together a text list of dictionary words and downloads each image in alphabetical order. the second script arranges each image in sequence into columns, resulting in a collection of 1,240 PDFs. the printed pages are hand bound in a marbled, hard cover setting with google’s logo painting upon the front. the designers have indexed the pages, marking along the outer edge of each sheeet to aid the user in thumbing through the google image search result dictionary.

‘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.‘ -ben west

the first page of each letter section is marked in red on the top of the page

a view of the final page displaying ‘z’ words

a marble cover is further decorated by google’s logo written in gold ink

‘untitled’ by ben west

via creative applications / crap is good

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