Google Dictionary Features Image Search Result For Every Word

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The Google dictionary is no mere picture book, even though it’s composed entirely of photos from Google image search.

The 1,240-page printed volume, created by Felix Heyes and Ben West, features the first Google image result for every word in an average dictionary — that’s 21,000 images to be exact.

London-based artists Heyes and West crafted the image dictionary from webpage code that pulled the images from the Internet and laid them into columns alphabetically in a PDF. The finished product was printed and hand-bound with a colorful marbled cover. Google’s logo in gold sits prominently on the front.

Heyes and Felix created the tome as a work of art. While their intent was to document the current state of the world according to Google’s image search results, West said the dictionary is “whatever you make of it.”

“It’s really an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012,” West wrote in an email to Creative Applications Network. “I would estimate about half of the book is revolting medical photos, porn, racism or bad cartoons.”

Although the dictionary is not meant to be reproduced for mass production, which — as The Next Web points out — would likely infringe on copyright laws, a small run of soft-cover editions is reportedly in the works.

 

 

 

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