Writing Without Words
Writing Without Words was a project completed during the final year of my MA in Communication Design.
The intention of the project was to explore methods of visually-representing text in order to highlight the similarities and differences in writing styles when comparing different authors. While I focused on 20th-century English-language authors, the main text I chose to work with was On the Road, by Jack Kerouac (a novel important to me when I was a teenager). Sentence length, themes, parts-of-speech, sentence rhythm, punctuation, and the underlying structure of the text formed the data that I then visualised.
While the initial intention of this project was to create a straightforward data visualisation, in the end the project also became an exploration in how the process of data-gathering and data visualisation to know more closely a subject that one has an emotional connection with.
I created a series of A1- and A0-sized prints that applied the three visualisation approaches I was working with to the text of On the Road.
The accompanying artist books (Two books, each an edition of 2) explain the visualisation approaches in more detail.
This project was created in an analogue fashion, with data gathered by hand and the final visuals built 'by hand' using Adobe Illustrator. Shown below are artefacts from this handmade approach to visualising data.
In more detail
I sell unsigned, non-editioned prints of this project on-demand through Imagekind (based in the US). Click on the links below to be taken directly to the best configuration for each print (they automatically add framing to the price, so just remove this).
All prints are configured to print on the least expensive paper (Enhanced Matte). Feeling flush? Then select the UltraSmooth Fine Art paper instead: