VSL:WEB // Turn your words into art

Take any given text — the Declaration of Independence, say, or the lyrics of “Oops, I Did It Again” — and run it through Wordle’s cloud generator. What you’ll get is a visual representation in which words are emphasized (or ensmallened) based on how frequently they appear.

Sound boring? It isn’t. Each word cloud is a beautiful distillation of what your text is really saying. Created by a software engineer at the IBM Research Visual Cognition Lab, the Web app also lets you post the results online for everyone to see. As for us, we’ll never look at the Declaration or Britney Spears the same way again.

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