Word Art brings to mind a few different things…besides ye good olde Microsoft Word Jokerman-font-with-rainbow-effects of my misspent youth, it conjures up ideas of calligraphy, concrete poetry, Wordle clouds, and my new favourite Tagxedo.
Even my copperplate is scruffy : /
In my first year of university studying Chinese with Creative Writing (no, not creative writing IN Chinese x_x;; ), I had a poetry module. Poetry isn’t my strong point nor my first choice for writing, however I did particularly like this concrete poem about coffee. I may not drink the stuff, but my sister runs a coffee shop so I’m sure I’ll be corrected on the ‘chocolatte’ front at some point.
Another thing I like to do when writing is make word clouds. For massive projects like my Never-ending Fanfiction (the fandom trembles!), I like to give key concepts and wham moments nicknames during planning. I also plan in extensive detail because there are long gaps between updates and I need to know what I’m doing after a hiatus of many moons. Right now it’s a year since I wrote Hell Butterfly (a very complicated Bleach fanfiction) and this Wordle is the best thing reminding me why I liked it.
Abandon hope all ye who enter!
To make all those moments into a visual throng and then use them as a desktop background is a great inspiration station and motivator. So try it yourself next time you have a creative project to do. : )
There are a few different options for creating word clouds, and as Wordle no longer plays nice with some modern browsers, that is how I discovered Tagxedo. *sparkles* I did have to use the site in Internet Explorer and not in Chrome, though, if you have trouble with it.
As you can see, it’s easy to make fun, colourful and custom word art even at the first attempt. Tagxedo also has a very creative and informative blog with several ideas on how to use and abuse their software.
Who doesn’t love Mixedia?
Coming soon: Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them
I’m a shooting star leaping through the skiiies like a tiger~
Tis a woman! ……..No, really.
And as ever, some people in the world like to play on hard mode: I have no idea how this was made or who by, but it’s stunning. It would also make a great T-shirt print.
Kohaku and Chihiro from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away