Literary Organisms

I chanced across the designs of Stefanie Posavec this week on a blog about design. What she does is map some works of literature in intricate and fascinating detail, creating gorgeous illustrations based on maps of the sentences, structure and imagery of texts. The work here focuses a lot on Kerouac’s On the Road and the reviewer writes:

Rather than mapping physical geography, her maps capture regularities and patterns within a literary space. The pieces featured in On the Map focused on Kerouac’s On the Road. The maps visually represent the rhythm and structure of Kerouac’s literary space, creating works that are not only gorgeous from the point of view of graphic design, but also exhibit scientific rigor and precision in their formulation: meticulous scouring the surface of the text, highlighting and noting sentence length, prosody and themes, Posavec’s approach to the text is not unlike that of a surveyor. And similarly, the act is near reverential in its approach and the results are stunning graphical displays of the nature of the subject. The literary organism, rhythm textures and sentence drawings are truly gorgeous pieces.

It’s kinda hard to explain until you see them but they are gorgeous and another kind of reading. Click on the high-res versions for the best look. They are HERE

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