Friday, December 19, 2008

The Meaning of Life

This book was the final project for my Publication Design class. Much of my focus this semester has been on how the internet has changed the way we interact with others and understand the world. I decided to take life's obligatory unanswerable question, 'What is the meaning of life?' and display the results as an "answer" according to Wikipedia and Google image search. The Wikipedia article entries at the beginning of each image result section are meant to be informational, while recognizing that Wikipedia results can be misconstrued. The words put into Google image search are taken from the 25 linked words within the first paragraph of the Wikipedia definition for "meaning of life." Each word is represented in a section, divided by blue half gate-folded pages. The images range from humorous and naive to surprising and curious. The forward to the book is an excerpt from Thomas Friedman's book The World is Flat. In the back of the book there is a section representing disambiguations, or popular culture references for 'The Meaning of Life.'













3 comments:

tyler said...

my, what a handsome volume :P

seriously though - the pictures make it look even more attractive. i wish I could spend a dreary sunday afternoon curled up in a big comfy chair with this book...

ellie said...

yeah i agree it is captured really well in the photos. nice work!

Laura said...

Wow! That must have taken a long time to make! Very nice!