London designers Ben West and Felix Heyes have come up with their version of the dictionary for the web 2.0 culture. Instead of a dictionary filled with words, they decided to make one that shows an image that appears whenever you Google a particular word. Weighing in at 1,240 pages, each word in a standard dictionary is represented by an image taken right from Google images and printed out in order.
Relying on scripts to pull the images from Google, the code allows the search engine to search for a word automatically, download the first image associated with that particular word, and position it in the book’s layout.
As we know though, the first images chosen by the search engine don’t always come out as 100% relevant to the searched word. Therefore, the dictionary becomes less of an educational reference, and more of a coffee table book, with a sidebar commentary on Google’s search functionality.
On top of this, there has been a snag due to copyright implications. Ben and Felix did not obtain the image owners’ or Google’s permission, which means more than likely this dictionary will be run in limited release.
It’s a shame too, because if you’re anything like me, my first thought was “Father’s Day gift!”