Matthew Lincoln, PhD Art History and Digital Research

Counting Books

A stylish visualization has been making its way around the internet this week: Edgard Barbarosa mined Google’s N-Gram viewer to visualize which cities are most name-dropped in novels over the last two centuries. You’ll notice that this is actually the result of a school project assigned by Professor Jeane Cooper of Florida Atlantic University for a graphic design course. It makes me wonder if asking students to design visualizations of art history like this might actually make for a productive term assignment?

Edgard Barbarosa

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Lincoln, Matthew D. "Counting Books." Matthew Lincoln, PhD (blog), 12 Aug 2013,

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