Word Vader

I was putting my son to bed, and I said, "I feel like writing a computer program, but I don't have any ideas," and he said, "make something that draws Star Wars characters with words," and I had most of the code for that kind of thing lying around, and here it is.

  • Jonathan Feinberg 6y

    Argh; flickr didn't preserve the full size (or format) of my photo. Boo.

    Edit: If you want a large, high-res version of this, you can get it from jdf.posterous.com/ .
  • Bill 6y

    very, very cool....
  • myfear 6y

    Great idea :) btw: I love wordle :)

    Seen on your photo stream. (?²ˣ)
  • thrower.de 6y

    Whuuuwhuuuu! Great!
  • Ruthann Zaroff 6y

    Your son has a cool dad!
  • Jeremy Zevin 6y

    you and your son rock man! thanks for wordle too!
  • Val Kerry 6y

    Wordaliscious... I get very jealous of the 'clever' people.. brilliant stuff and love the wordle programme... soooooo addictive
  • Chris Mattson 6y

    Niiiice!
  • MrsSuperSpy 6y

    This is great - my boys are Star Wars fanatics. Thanks for sharing!
  • fecsx 6y

    Soo Cool !! i really like to draw stuff from words as well.. can't wait to see Wordle evolve :F Cheers!
  • -Amir Esmann - 6y

    Exelent and creativ work !Congrat
  • da5nsy 6y

    ha thats pretty awesome stuff!
  • Joey 6y

    WOW you are so creative!! fantastic work!
  • kecia85 6y

    Sweeeeeeeeett, how'd you do that?
    May a young Jedi learn?
  • Eleanor Lira 6y

    can you add something to wordle that would make you be able to shape wordles? like a heart or a apple? *wink*
  • Jonathan Feinberg 6y

    Hi, everyone. Thanks for all of the comments. I don't use flickr much, so they kind of piled up.

    I can't really tell you "how" I do it, because the answer is a few hundreds lines of computerese. In brief, I posterize the source image into 3 or 4 colors, then create a mask for each color, then try to squeeze the words into those masks by randomly plopping them into the spaces defined by the masks, making the phrases smaller and smaller as I fail to find room. It's really, really slow.
  • kinetic lensman 6y

    Great stuff - explanation makes sense as well. I just wish I had the bits lying around myself
  • Susan 6y

    Love it!!
  • XxHollisterBOYxX2009 6y

    Thats Sooo Beast >:O
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