Graffiti Tag Letter Taxonomy (Paris)
August 18, 2011 5:50 AM   Subscribe

Presented really well.
posted by OmieWise at 5:52 AM on August 18, 2011

Incredibly cool. Thank you. Can't wait to see the font families that grow out of this!
posted by oneironaut at 6:15 AM on August 18, 2011

Flash done right. Thanks.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:17 AM on August 18, 2011

Really beautiful.

Can someone explain why it's called a taxonomy, though? I'm used to hearing that word in connection with identifying structure and order. Is this arranged by letter? Perhaps there's a typography connection I don't know about?
posted by bibliophibianj at 6:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

It is arranged by letter. On the front page a letter in each tag is highlighted. If you click through you'll be presented with other examples of the same letter, some similar, some very different.
posted by OmieWise at 6:29 AM on August 18, 2011

Coo-hoo-hoo-ool... thanks!
posted by Rykey at 6:31 AM on August 18, 2011

Very cool. As illustrated, each letter can appear in dozens of radically different ways. No wonder I can't read 90 percent of what I see painted on the sides of railroad cars. I admire the site creator's ability to decipher some of these. Or maybe they were just guessing?
posted by beagle at 7:13 AM on August 18, 2011

This is awesome.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:17 AM on August 18, 2011

As an information architect/taxonomist this is itching me so badly. This is not an information taxonomy unless those letters are related via concepts of some kind. Is there a connection to a person (all the tags in the list light up a certain letter that do not match) in the grouping; or to a meaning or context? If it is merely by letter, than I don't see how it differs from an alphabetic listing; which is an information structure but decidedly not a taxonomy.

Otherwise, it is a fascinating list that is beautifully done and a beautiful example of flash done right.
posted by Librarygeek at 7:30 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]

I like it. Is it me, or are there only ten letters included? Would be nice to see the whole alphabet.
posted by exogenous at 8:03 AM on August 18, 2011

Yeah, I agree -- this is no kind of taxonomy because their is no connection besides the letter -- it's more of a gallery. A taxonomy, among other things, would be predictive -- even if there isn't an "e" there now, it should be possible to imagine at least a range of forms it might take by comparison with similar "a" and "m" forms already recorded based on whatever organizing principles you have developed.

That gripe aside, it is pretty and well designed, so maybe I am just a pedantic grouch.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:15 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

Very nice, thanks!
posted by safetyfork at 8:46 AM on August 18, 2011

This is fucking awesome! Best of the best of the web.
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:50 PM on August 18, 2011

Wow indeed. Next time I'm in Paris I'll be noting down which tags I've seenĀ and looking them up later. Thanks for this.
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