The art of classifying by color

From McSweeney's:

For one amazing week in November, Adobe Bookshop in San Francisco has agreed to allow its estimated 20,000 books to be reclassified by color. Shifting from red to orange to yellow to green, the books will follow the spectrum continuously, changing Adobe from a neighborhood bookshop into a magical library—but only for one week ...

This temporary public installation will be assembled by the San Francisco artist Chris Cobb and a staff of volunteers, who will reorder all the books in one night and, when the week is over, return them to their original locations.

Full press release. Here are some pictures documenting the piece, and an interview with the man behind it. Via Metafilter.


I did this to my nonfiction, two years ago. And I can find everything, too. i know what my books like, yo. :)

We did that to our CDs (~1500) when we first got married. Impressed the heck out of lots of our friends. Especially the music-geek ones. It mooted some of the more persnickety arguments about filing methodologies (alpha by title vs. date released, numerical vs. alpha by spelling of numeral, segregating genres, etc.).

I always knew where everything was, but she never really got the hang of it. It lasted about 3 years before she insisted we switch back to standard alpha-by-artist-plus-various-by-title. Now if we can't find something, it's usually the fault of our two-year-old daughter's curious hands.

About a week or so ago I had a teacher come in and ask for books on jokes, so I took her to the appropriate section. Once she had the books she wanted, she made the comment "This library is really well organised." I laughed and said, "Yeah, thanks to Mr. Dewey." It took her a minute but she got it and laughed. I remember thinking afterward that I really should have arranged my books by colour and size...never mind this DDC nonsense. It sure as heck would be easier to shelve.


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