(I'm imagining a faux Springsteen number, a regret filled road trip in a convertible cadillac, heading back to Jersey after losing a bundle, Mary and Janey, in Vegas. It's night, the top is down…)
Tag clouds only offer shallow insights but this is far more interesting with categories broken out. In this case a human brain knew what context to search within.
Hmmm, now that we see this, though, we can imagine software that could get us very close to this. Women's names, place names and car brands are all groupings that we could easily look for when processing a body of words. We might not catch every name when comparing it to a list, but patterns would emerge.
It would be interesting to run such a process on the works of various design writers comparing it to lists of type faces, designers, cities, schools, publications/artifacts…
In the future a computer could look at a body of work by a designer, identify all the typefaces used visually, and cough up a complete index of words and type…]]>