Work

Title

Shakespeare.txt.jpg

Author

Tom Scott

Date

2013

Description

Six different versions of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare in six books. Each book, except for the one that includes the original work, is obtained by applying to the text the JPEG compression algorithm at different quality levels. The cover shows the JPEG image including the altered text.

romeo2 romeo1 romeo3 romeo4

Context

JPEG image compression is lossy, this means that every time a picture is saved, some of the original content is lost.

URL

www.tomscott.com/romeo

Medium

Book, Digital image

Volumes

4

Edition

1

Technology

JPEG

Process

Shakespeare's text was loaded as a RAW file into Photoshop, then it was saved as a JPEG image. The compressed file was finally outputted back to plain text. The same process was carried out several times with different qualities of compression: 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%.

Download

Zipped source files: romeo.zip (8.4mb)

Keywords

digital, language, process, writing

Added

ID

675