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“IN A DREAM I SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND I WAS FULL OF JOY.” - TOBIAS WONG

"Searching For Words," aims to convert words into images as a way to create new meanings behind them. Taking inspiration from the Deconstruction:Reconstruction process taught and created by Ayse Brisel. The project reflects on a hero of many, the late designer Tobias Wong. 

Searching for words deconstructs Tobias’ process of taking existing creations and spawning whole new meanings for them. While Tobias repeatedly did this with physical objects, this project thinks of a way to manifest new design through words—and in a way that could ultimately be used by anyone—ultimately resulting the in creation of a graphic poster. For the poster above, it pays tribute to the designer/artist Tobias Wong, referencing a well-known quote of his that represents my own ambitions of carving out a life for myself, using design as a catalyst.

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After typing in a “search term,” Google produces a large number of images relating to that search. An algorithm was created to down sample the images by counting the number of characters in the search term word, multiplying that number by ten, then selecting the image that corresponds to its place in the search result lineup. (For instance, the word “dream” will result in the 50th image in the set that Google returns.) Finally, the program renames the images as the search term along with the image’s number order, creating a file such as: “bowl_of_fruit_00001.jpg”, for example. Looking forward, I can imagine this project becoming a website that users can find "random" images their selves.

THE IMAGES ARE GATHERED BY A PROGRAM   BUILT WITH PROCESSING, AND IT USES GOOGLE’S SEARCH API TO SOURCE IMAGES.