I'd like to think that I was the first person to ever Wordle the Uniting Church's Basis of Union, back in in 2010. I reckon I have a pretty good claim to that. Ha.
Wordle is a "word cloud" image based on the frequency of words in a particular text. The more a particular word features in a passage, the larger it appears in the image. I recently used this feature in nVivo as part of my PhD research, analysing my interviews.
The Wordle website was developed by Jonathan Feinberg several years ago as an online toole for making these word clouds. The WWW app/format that it was based on is now rarely used - the Java 2D API. So he has created a downloadable application which I tried for the first time today. It works fine on my Mac. But rather than saving the files as PNGs, I print them to disk as postscript files and then resize them in Photoshop for printing to A4 at 300 dpi.
Here are my creations of John 15 and John 14-17 from the NRSV. I'm going to use them together as a visual comparison alongside texts. I kind of like the "In the beginning was the Word" connection, which is actually part of the conext for the use, namely Jesus' words to his disciples framing a Trinitarian context for mission that connects past, present and future.
Here are a few other Wordles that I've made.