this is what the content of this blog looks like when it's pushed thru Jonathan Feinberg's Wordle application. Wordle is a digital toy which generates word clouds based on any string of text you put into it; words that appear more frequently have greater prominence.
not only do the images look great, they also demonstrate the usefulness of a visual image in absorbing information. our brains are much better at consuming and processing visual information than text… a glimpse of the above immediately conveys the content and most pertinent themes of the musings on my blog than any scan of the text would.
this could be a great way for companies, brands and even government to convey in a glimpse long bodies of text – for example company reports or even white papers… not as a replacement for the publication of those documents (!) but as an interesting and compelling way to introduce someone to the content and themes before they start reading the document proper…
3 thoughts on “How Creating Pictures with Wordle Makes Content More Consumable”
or…how creating pictures with wordle makes content more consumable for thickos
You should definitely check out the fabulous visualisations at Infosthetics [ http://infosthetics.com ], totally mind-blowing ways of visualising data and information
Also some really interesting thoughts on information visualisation as a medium in and of itself presented at ETech 08, which I blogged [ http://www.kitschbitch.com/2008/04/15/information-visualisation-is-a-medium/ ] -I agree it’s really fascinating stuff!
dude I’m a big wordle fan. putting the Obama speech from last week through made for an interesting read. how’s the essay?