Colorpress / Data Portraits of Text

Colorpress is an online (link to be posted soon) and printed collection of grammatical portraits of various books, short stories, poems and other textual works.

These generative data portraits can be described as a pixelated representation of all the words in a book, color coded by various grammar rules. We also code occurrences of various characters and special phrases in each book.

We started out with the aim of creating a portraiture of an entire book to see what would it look like if each word was replaced by a pixel. The kinds of images that resulted looked like fingerprints of the original texts.

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first printed Colorpress book. This book was created using the Canvas API and RiTa.js.

Request a portrait in print here.

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Clara and Sagar

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