Wordle – Word Cloud Image Generator

This is a Guest Post by Jamie Northrup who specialises in Web Design and Development, and also the founder and owner of Deuce Group.

As a blogger, I always try and find a great picture to go with each one of my posts. I want something sleek and modern, but an image that is also relevant to what I’m writing about in the blog post.

Thanks to a new free web tool I found called Wordle, I never have to worry about finding relevant images again, as all you have to do is paste your text in their generator and bingo they create a beautiful word cloud image to be used anywhere you want for free. You do need a screen capture program or plugin to be able to take your creation as you can’t just save the image itself, you can use your print screen button on your keyboard and then paste it in Paint if you don’t want to use screen capture software.

The best thing, besides it being free, is that you can customize the shapes, colors, fonts, words, and layout of each graphic or you can even let their generator make a random one for you.

I know a lot of bloggers worry about image licensing, well with Wordle you don’t need to worry about that because you have permission to use them freely wherever you want and you don’t even need to link back to them. It’s great because you can save money when you don’t want to use stock images that you need to pay for, or save time looking for graphics, free or not.

I have created 3 Wordles so far, two for the slider on the front page of my website, and the one for this post.

Enjoy creating, and please share your creations with me.

Author Bio:

Jamie Northrup is a 29 year old Canadian web consultant based in Montreal. He has been working online since 1995 and has experience in web development, web design, e-commerce, eBay, social networking and online marketing. He is also the founder and owner of a company called Deuce Group.

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10 comments

  1. Jamie, Very impressive tool!. Really it cut down unnecessary effort to run behind headers, Logo Name, and label kind of text dependent fine tuning issues and simply provide amazing patterns. Cool. If they could come up a tool for multi image mapping and morphing would greatly help to eliminate adobe and flash player time. Thanks for sharing the nice tool.  

  2. JK just shared this with me last week.  I thought it was pretty clever.  I didn’t quite know what I would do with it however.  I’ve seen these kind of word clouds on blogs but it never stood out to me.  This one is much neater in design so maybe it can work.

    What do you think?  Do you use these word balloons or do you tend to glance right over them?

    Bryce

    1. Bryce – I think it makes sense to use it to create text logos instead of downloading images from the web. You dont have to worry much about licensing or naming the source. Yea, when you create one for all your keywords or tags, it does look a little cluttered. 

    2. I honestly tend to glance over all images to actually get to the content (except for infographics of course), that’s why I like Wordle because I get the feeling most people don’t really care about the picture, so this way you have something quick, relevant and free and it still looks neat.

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