Because Google has language/culture variants for all over the world, I thought it would be a fun project to see how the zeitgeist-y image portraits might compare to each other across different cultures. This notion was in no small way inspired by the terrific and more rigorous work of David McCandless.
The result is an array of hues tracking various concepts (design, art, music, math, science, and philosophy) through five different languages. You can pick a language and track across the six terms, or you can pick a term and compare it's coloration down the five languages. Or whatever.
It's worth pointing out that almost all of these quilts ("quilts" are the snapshotted images of a Google Image search results page, coined by ET) have a multi-modal distribution of color. That is, they may have a big bump around orange (due to the frequency of humans as the subject of so many images) and a big bump around blue -and the aggregation of those colors could result in green, which is sort-of nonsense. So, temper your interpretation of the fully aggregated color palates with the little color histograms to their right.
Maybe a more meaningful illustration of cultural associations of colors to terms would be to aggregate the average of each term's colors across all countries then calculate where along the spectrum specific cultures tend to deviate from that "global" average. Yeah, that would rule and somebody else should totally do that.
Anyway, have fun looking at this and thanks for stopping by. Below are various elements of this graphic if you'd rather look at it that way, with some wildly anecdotal commentary...
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