October 31, 2002
Visual Thesaurus

This experiment in language and interface has been around for a few years, but its recent redesign merits the attention of word-lovers around the world. A "tool to explore, study, and analyze the structure of language," this dynamic thesaurus displays the interrelationships between words and meanings. After you type a word into the search box, the Visual Thesaurus displays the word at its center. This is where it gets good -- when you click on a word, you create an entirely new web of words. The updated site not only adds a visual component to the process of finding synonyms, it allows you to find 14 other categories of relationships. Although it might not be the most practical thesaurus on the Web, the amazing site presents a near-perfect combination of content and design.
Thinkmap. Visualize Complex Information.