Visually the work of Stefanie Posavec is beautiful to look at. But like any thing of true beauty its more than just a pretty face. Her 'Writing Without Words' project is a study of the writing styles of certain authors. Below is Posavec's Literarty Organism looking at Jack Kerouac's On the Road. The different colours denote different themes, the branches are chapters sprawling out into paragraphs etc.
I love that the seemingly random beauty of the converging lines in the 'Sentence Drawings' study has a very specific purpose to it.
And below is a collaborative study between Posavec and Greg McInerny, a computer programmer, on the text of Darwin's Origin of the Species. Each diagram represents an edition of the book, the visual changes from one diagram to the next are reflective of the changes from one edition to the next. For instance "each sentence is coloured according to whether the sentence will survive to the next edition (blue) or whether it will be deleted and not be within the next edition (orange)."
I love how the work is displayed like specimen plates from a botanical book.