Project 4A: Creating a Word Cloud

February 8, 2014

How to Make a Word Cloud

The website is the place to go if you want to make beautiful word clouds. Use them to illustrate reports or stories or presentations you need to make.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Make sure you have an updated version of Java on your computer. Wordle requires Java to do its magic.
  2. Find some text. The more the better. It’s best to start with at least 15 or 20 words to make a nice cloud. You could start with several thousand, say a chapter from a book, or the US Constitution. Select it and copy it into your computer’s memory.
  3. Go to  You might want to look at some examples and the Gallery to see some possibilities, but, pretty soon, you will want to head to the Create section.
  4. Paste the words you have already copied into the text box.
  5. Click on the “Go” button, then wait a few seconds while Wordle does its magic.
  6. Change the fonts and colors and alignment around until you get something you like.
  7. Ready to use it? Click the “Print” button, then choose “PDF” and “Save as PDF.” Save it with a name you can use. You should have something like what you see below.
  8. You need to go to “Insert” and “Choose” to bring it into Pages.

Click Here if you would like a printout of these instructions.

Project #4: Creating Your Personal Typography

February 7, 2014

Project #4: A Personal Typography

Learn the terms and meanings of 15 terms by illustrating and defining them. Follow the template in Pages to see how to do it. You will learn the terms by listing and defining them, and showing examples for each of them.

Here’s what you put on each page:

Cover sheet:

  • Write “My Personal Typography” and put in the definition of typography.
  • Make a Word Cloud of your name and the 15 terms, and include it on the page.

Page 1:

  • List the 15 Typography terms.
  • Make a fancy colored version of the number “15”
  • Include your word cloud again

Page 2:

  • Write your name on two lines. Make it 72 point
  • Mark and define the words point size, leading, and baseline

Page 3:

  • Pick a musical artist or group and use it to illustrate the terms.
  • Mark and define font and kerning.

Page 4:

  • Pick a team and use it to illustrate the terms.
  • Mark and define Caps Height, X-Height, Ascender, and Descender

Page 5:

  • Pick either a new team or a new artist and use it to define the terms.
  • Put at least one word in a serif font (with tails and wings and legs) and one word in a sans serif font.
  • Mark and define Serif and Sans Serif

Page 6:

  • Pick a game (either computer or an old fashioned game) and use it to define the terms.
  • Mark and define Stroke Weight, Bowl, and Counter.

Click here to see a pdf version of a finished personal typography. It’s often easiest to work from a model.