Ben Fry – The Preservation of Favoured Traces

The Preservation of Favoured Traces is a project produced by Ben Fry of Fathom Information Design. In this piece, Fry explores Darwin’s On the Origin of Species across multiple editions, color-coding each word of Darwin’s final text by the edition in which it first appeared. Fry produces a book and poster from this work, which traces Darwin’s thoughts and revisions, … Read more


Lexos is a web-based tool designed for transforming, analyzing, and visualizing texts.

Ben Fry – Tendril

Tendril is a web browser that constructs typographic sculptures from the text content of web pages.


With the texturetexture tool you can visualize any text as a network. The visualization output is a graph that can be used to get a quick visual summary of the text, read the most relevant excerpts (by clicking on the nodes), and find similar texts.  

Viégas and Wattenberg – Word Tree

A word tree is a visual search tool for unstructured text, such as a book, article, speech or poem. It lets you pick a word or phrase and shows you all the different contexts in which it appears. The contexts are arranged in a tree-like branching structure to reveal recurrent themes and phrases. Fernanda Viégas … Read more


 Marian Dörk and Dawn Knight created this tool for people to notice and wander through the words they read, write and speak. This tool provides three main text views: cloud, context and comparison.  

inke dialR

dialR is a text analysis tool geared toward recognizing repetition in a text or a group of texts. The browsing tools consist of a series of radar screens, where the user can watch the system scanning through a document while it highlights the results in a set of transparent sheets that provide the document overview. … Read more

Voyant Tools

Voyant Tools is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.


TAPoRware enable users to perform text analysis on HTML, XML and plain text files over the Web.