Hefty book serves up printed version of Google search results

Who needs Wi-Fi and a laptop when you can search Google Images via this thumb-indexed dictionary?

See the embedded video below for a look inside. Ben West and Felix Heyes

"If the Internet goes off, you may need this reference book."

So says artist and designer Ben West on his Web site. West, along with colleague Felix Heyes, has created an impressive, 1,240-page tome made up of the first result produced by a Google Images search on each of the 21,000 or so words found in an everyday dictionary.

"We used two PHP scripts my brother Sam wrote for us. The first one takes a text list of dictionary words and downloads each image in sequence, and the second lays them out into columns and outputs a PDF," West told Creative Applications Network.

"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."

Thank goodness we won't lose access to all that if the Interwebs go dark.

Want a copy? West and Heyes say a soft-bound version may become available for purchase. Shoot one or the other of them an e-mail via the links above.

Screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

Untitled from Ben West on Vimeo.

About the author

Edward Moyer is an associate editor at CNET News and a many-year veteran of the writing and editing world. He enjoys taking sentences apart and putting them back together. He also likes making them from scratch.


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