Whether you’re designing for print or multi-media, it’s difficult to avoid developing a love and appreciation for typography. If you are one of these “typography lovers” and haven’t discovered Wordle (www.wordle.net), check it out when you’re looking for inspiration. The site explains itself as “a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide.” How it works is, you copy/paste a block of text, or you can even provide the URL of any blog, blog feed, or any other web page that has an Atom or RSS feed, and Wordle will automatically generate a collage of the words, giving greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Viewers may customize their own word “cloud” by adjusting the colors, layout, and fonts used. See the images below, based on the text in the About FIDMDigitalArts.com page.
Author: Mani O'Brien
Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.