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Our Mormon Wordles are created from original LDS texts and the wordle tool at Wordle.net.

The process for creating wordles described below can be used to create wordles for any purpose, however we will explain it using the setting of making advanced wordles or enhanced wordles of LDS documents.

Anyone can just grab some relevant texts from the Gospel Library on LDS.org library, throw it in Wordle.net and get a wordle out the other side. We take many additional steps, use several other software packages and processes to arrive at the Mormon Wordles posted on this site.

We will be describing our process more in the future, but offer the tips below at the present. Read More→

To get the most out of one of our Mormon Wordles, you need to be familiar with the original text before your view them. If its been a while since you read it, follow the link if we provide one, or you can find the original text for most of them in the Gospel Library on LDS.org, or in your own scriptures.

At first just take in the artistic impression of the whole piece. The font size used for each word is dependent on their relative frequency (relative number of times they were used) in the text. Your eyes will be quickly drawn to the larger words which were emphasized by the author. Often there will be some words in larger fonts you do not recall being used that prominently. You might later ponder on those words and how they might enhance your understanding of the text.

Your eyes will then begin to run around the artwork to certain words. You will begin to recall their use in the original document. Now you will begin to see and form some associations between some of these words that may not have been apparent from your previous reading of the text. You will begin to recall certain passages or sections of the text dealing with those words or with words similar to them. Just enjoy the colors and the experience.

We are certainly not promoting any new doctrines based on word locations or associations formed by your use of Mormon Wordles, but they do allow us to explore and experience documents in a different way than just reading them. We see them somewhat as being a photograph of the words used by the author. Just as religious paintings help us explore scriptural events, Moron Wordles provide another means of experiencing the Book of Mormon, Bible, hymns, General Conference talks, the Family Proclamation, and other LDS documents. Read More→

Participatory Visualization with Wordle
Fernanda B. Viegas, Martin Wattenberg, and Jonathan Feinberg
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Vol.15. No.6. (November 2009). Pages 1137-1144.

The authors of this great Wordle study discuss the design and use of Wordles. Their study encompasses spontaneous observed behaviors as well as the results of a survey.

Wordle is not alone in the tag cloud generator field. Somewhat similar tag cloud generators include TagCrowd, The Tag Cloud Generator, Many Eyes, and Tree Cloud.

The authors cite Wordle’s ability to convey social information in a non-scientific form, ease of use by non-expert users, user creativity, and a participatory culture as among the reasons for its success against other formats.

One of Wordle’s unique traits is its ability to pack words very tightly by putting some short words inside of others (like the word “felt” is inside the letter “C” of Church in our current header image).

Yet one more uniqueness is the direct linearity of font size with word frequency. Other infovis (information visual) tools typically base the relationship on the square root of word frequency.

The process to generate Wordles is very straight forward, yet the randomness and options allow tremendous customization of images. The authors also recognize the ability to take Wordles beyond the web by imprinting them on t-shirts, cards, and other phsyical objects (as we have done).

Their survey resulted in two primary findings. Read More→

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