An Alternate Way to View a Text

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A TextArc is a visual represention of a text—the entire text (twice!) on a single page. A funny combination of an index, concordance, and summary; it uses the viewer's eye to help uncover meaning.

A TextArc is made by following three simple rules:

1. Draw the entire text in an ellipse around the page. Generally the text is drawn twice: line by line, to preserve the typographic structure of the text; and word by word, to address the subject and vocabulary of the text.

2. Draw frequently used words brighter and larger. Repeated words may be important; they should demand more attention.

3. If a word is used more than once draw it at the center of all of its mentions. This accounts for the scattering of words in the center: think of the word as being attached to every place it is used in the text by tiny rubber bands. Those forces pull each word closer to where it appears most often in a text.

FANTASTIC ! This is a must try ! ^^



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