Re: pools. Yeah, I left that open since I’ve found that the existing Flickr typography pools are a little “polluted” and figured that if other people want to start new ones with an editorial or quality control role, then people should be able to share that too.
Re: art projects. To my knowledge, it’s only been used to create a “Greg’s been abducted, you need to come to to see him again” type “ransom note” 30th birthday invitations.
In theory, you just need to add class=”FlickrFont” to any existing HTML elements (paragraphs, headings, tables - or even body - tags) to turn any page into a Flickrfied monstrosity.
Typewritr has amused my five year-old nieces (especially now with the awful sound effects) and inspired some ferocious spelling sessions.
One idea I tried (but abandoned due to alignment difficulty) was to mash this up with the text-image service. I thought it would be cool to take an arbitrary image, convert it to ASCII art text (with text-image) and then convert THAT to a FlickrFont version, so the little letters making up the picture are actually tiny photographs of letters.
So, you get images down with letters done with images … and if the initial image happened to be a photo of a letter … well, you can see I have a geekly interest in recursion :-)
Greg, sorry for the late response. FlickrFont looks excellent. I’m particularly interested in the ability to substitute other pools for the onletter and onedigit ones - are there other such pools, or was this done with an eye to the future? I also like the Typewritr experiment - I may write it up here soon.
Your webservice reminds me of Kastner’s Spell with Flickr webservice that we discussed here earlier. I still need to read your blog posts and linked articles on the subject. Has anyone used this yet to make any art projects, I wonder….]]>
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Only just catching up on this … but I’ve always enjoyed William Blake and it’s great to see his poetry living on in this form. (Given his interest in Illuminated Manuscripts I’m sure he would have approved!)
This has inspired me to make this FlickrFont thing available to web publishers everywhere. Simply add class=”FlickrFont” to any HTML elements that you want Flickrfied and away you go. Read about it on my post on Freshblog.