If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a really cool online Java application called Wordle that will let you make an attractive visual representation of either text you paste in or from data gathered via a URL/RSS feed. Here’s one I did by pasting in my ma.gnolia tags:
This kind of stuff fascinates me. You can change colours, fonts, and pattern styles but the data is constant. I did this next one based on my Last.fm most played tracks.
You might get the impression that I listen to a lot of Queens of the Stone Age. I guarantee that I listen to them more than even this visual representation indicates. As a matter of fact, I’m listening to them right now.
Anyway, if you love typography, fonts, useless information, trends, or have some time to kill (I’m in bed with a cold), Wordle is for you. And it’s free (though you can donate). If all that isn’t enough, Wordle grants you license to use the images you create in whatever commercial capacity you choose-¬†business cards, t-shirts, book covers… anything. Yours to use. How unbelievably cool is that?
Fun tip: take any website url and put it to the Wordle to see what is interpreted. A favourite gossip blog, fleshbot, geek site… it’s interesting!