iPHONE APPS ARE FUN. Fun to experiment with. Fun to show off. Fun to…well, they’re just fun. But occasionally, an app comes along that can used to help create a “serious” design. One of those apps popped up during a recent web-surfing session.
WordFoto is available for the iPhone. There are some indications that it also comes in Android flavor, but I haven’t been able to verify that as yet.
What WordFoto does is re-render a photograph, using whatever words you choose. And—as you can see from the examples above (created by yrs. truly)—the words can be cast in teeny-tiny letters or letters so large they almost obliterate the face. And the options are many:
• The original photo need not be a face. It can be any pic you want to use.
• The custom styles option allows you to use varied typefaces, and the developers are promising more fonts in the next version, perhaps with the option to install fonts you prefer.
• You can adjust the type size and color.
• You can crop the original photo.
• Or…you can use WordFoto’s presets.
A WordFoto’d image, such as the rightmost Lincoln image, can be used to help create a special section cover for Presidents’ Day. Another idea: WordFotoing a US flag for July 4th. Or a creche photo for Christmas. All you have to do is create the image in WordFoto, then send it to yourself as an email. I tried that left Lincoln image on a tabloid size InDesign file and it looks clean and professional.
No, this is not an ad. And, no, I’m not getting a percentage.