words images design



Joaquín Sorolla is one of the best spanish painters ever. I like the color and the sunlight of his paintings, especially in his impressionist beach scenes.

I took one of his works, Menina (actually in The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana), and spread the most relevants words of the spanish Sorolla wikipedia article.

I know my sister will love this one. So Raquel, this one is for you!.

The Secret of Jules Verne

He was the pioneer of science-fiction genre, one of the most translated author of all time and certainly a source of inspiration for all of us.  Verne did accurate anticipations of modern times  and wrote about submarines and space travel before they were invented.

You can read more about Verne in his wikipedia article.

I took more than 25 of his books and count all the words. The book list:

A Winter Amid the Ice and Other Thrilling Stories, Five Weeks in a Balloon, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras, In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, ll Around the Moon, The Adventures of a Special Correspondent, Around the World in 80 Days, The Mysterious Island, The Survivors of the Chancellor, Michael Strogoff, Off on a Comet, The Underground City, Celebrated Travels and Travellers, Dick Sand A Captain at Fifteen, Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon, Godfrey Morgan a Californian Mistery, The Waif of the Cynthia, Robur the Conqueror, Ticket No. 9672, In the Year 2889, Facing the Flag and The Master of the World.

The best part is that you can donwload all those books for free.  Search for Verne in the Project Guttemberg website.  There is also differente languaje versions.

Take a look at the first words of the list… Does it remind you something?

day (4878), time (4854), captain (4179), island (4177), now (3924), upon (3815), made (3726), well (3656), like (3445), replied (3416), must (3347), even (3345), great (3305), sea (3213), little (3106), water (3034), first (3008), long (2911), place (2891), make (2817), see (2750), man (2714), say (2692), take (2642), last (2622), reached (2514), hand (2504), still (2504), nothing (2488), return (2437), know (2436), passed (2432), asked (2417), hours (2405), appeared (2403), land (2373), can (2357), might (2356), good (2301), come (2294), much (2285), seemed (2282), found (2244), look (2230), part (2220), new (2191), soon (2177), miles (2173), doctor (2157), men (2137), hundred (2098), way (2089), shall (2080), followed (2079), name (2065), left (2061), point (2040), feet (2019), country (2005), never (1996), towards (1991), may (1960), coast (1958), cried (1939), ship (1933), yes (1916), moment (1910), travellers (1883), answered (1869), however (1836), every (1827), mr (1804), remained (1795), eyes (1782), years (1771), vessel (1770), certain (1766), work (1760), night (1759), words (1734), friends (1731), back (1718), companions (1693), harding (1689), took (1686), far (1683), carried (1667), open (1666), give (1662), thought (1655), came (1628), leave (1628), light (1623), get (1618), near (1609), find (1601), just (1591), think (1578), natives (1564), continued (1552), sailors (1551), several (1547), five (1546), away (1545), head (1537), many (1535), order (1529), arrived (1520), seen (1518), side (1512), end (1498), turned (1498), old (1491), four (1486), large (1484), boat (1482), wind (1472), called (1468), half (1464), right (1449), trees (1440), means (1439), fire (1432), house (1428), observed (1418), town (1410), quite (1409), put (1407), went (1402), formed (1401), hope (1394), set (1377), shore (1364), river (1363), yet (1361), use (1359), air (1356), direction (1352), engineer (1350), fact (1342), twenty (1342), board (1328), earth (1328), also (1323), minutes (1302), mountains (1298), sail (1288), already (1273), possible (1270), chapter (1268), course (1261), saw (1260), ice (1258), whose (1249), arms (1241), nature (1240), degrees (1236), present (1236), less (1223), whole (1222), care (1221), rocks (1217), north (1214), thousand (1203), moon (1198), animals (1194)…

When I read the list it immediately remind me the tv show LOST. I did a quick search and found this link that talks about similarities between “Lost” and the Jules Verne novel “The Mysterious Island”, quite funny.

Here you have another versión of the same visualization, this time the words are rotated.

Enrique Burgos

Enrique Burgos is one of the top spanish bloggers about marketing.  We share a friend, we talked about him and  how interesting would be to know the evolution of the words of his posts.

So I sorted and counted the words from more than 250 post, from october 2007 to september 2010, and here you have the results.

It would be nice to receive some  advices from him.

Hope you like it man!.



An abstract image of a flamenco dancer (hi Melody!). The words from the flamenco Wikipedia article, I counted only the capitalized words.

Download PDF JO-D-100909-Flamenco

Words for a Kiss

It looks like the thing couldn’t get better… but it happened, live, suddenly, some tears… A KISS!

He made a mess of it.

For this image I have collected over 750 comments (in Spanish) about the kiss, made by the readers of 20minutos.es, and I counted the words most frequently used. Then I spread those words with sizes proportional to their repetition. They are all, without censorship on my part, the nice and not so nice ones.

Download PDF JO-D-100827-SaraIker

I know what happened … it passes through his head and probably thought “now or never”. I know because it happened to all of us  once in our live and still regret not having done so. He did … so thanks Iker for reminding us that we must seize the day.

For me it is a gift, a picture to remember … something simple becomes a symbol, a moment that will stay with us forever.

It remember me the famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, the sailor kissing a nurse at the end of World War II.

Iker said “it has been spontaneous”, but I would better say “it has been creative”.

In this second picture I posted two charts. The first shows 40 most used words evolution in groups of 10 comments, the second  table show all the words with the number of times they appears.

Download PDF JO-D-100827-SaraIker2

Paul Newman

Find the top ten Paul Newman movies.

Now there is a greater difficulty because the words are not straight.

Good luck.

Download PDF JO-D-100826-Paul

Woman in words

This image is based on an incredible picture from Michael Ezra.  When I saw it look so pretty I couldn’t resist making a words composition.  But which words to use?

In order to choose the right words I read more than 50 online poems focused on women. Then I manually selected word by word among those who struck me as more consistent with the atmosphere of the image.

I ended up with a highly subjective list of  over 140 words.

I want to thank Michael Ezra for letting me to use his picture as seed image for my work. On his website you can find tons of incredibly beautiful photographs.

Remember that these images are under this license, so the commercial use of them is forbidden.

Download PDF JO-D-100724-MichaelEzra

This second one is a more abstract version.

Download PDF JO-D-100724-MichaelEzra2