Shakespeare’s sonnets visualized as signatures (pictures)

Shakespeare's sonnets visualized as signatures - close-up

William Shakespeare’s sonnets are unique to the core. Why not showing them as unique signatures?

Here is another great literary visualization from Nicholas Rougeux, a Chicago-based web developer and graphic designer.

Sonnet Signatures project visualizes 154 of William Shakespeare’s sonnets by charting the letters used in each one.

The technique Rougeux invented to generate the digital signatures is impressive. Each line of a sonnet was assigned a point with coordinates on a graph based on:

  • the number of letters used excluding punctuation – X axis,
  • the average value of the letters excluding punctuation – Y axis.

All the points were then connected with a sweeping exaggerated stroke based on the order of the lines in the sonnet (1 to 2 to 3, etc).

The artwork with all 154 Shakespeare sonnet signatures is available on Zazzle. The 24 × 36-inch poster costs $27.80.

What’s more, you can get each of the signatures on a standalone artwork. Check out the entire collection here.

Sonnet Signatures by Nicholas Rougeux

Shakespeare's sonnets visualized as signatures

Sonnet 5 by William Shakespeare

Via Mental Floss.

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