Wednesday, July 15, 2009

text2image fun!

text2image is a fun (and probably totally useless) way to transform any text into an image. Above, you are seeing the visual rendering of 'yofx'. I was thinking that this might be an interesting way for students to conceptualize a function. I hate to say it, but sometimes real-valued functions get boring. Another plus is that we don't actually know how the text gets transformed. Discovering properties of the function by playing around could make for an interesting exercise for students. Is it one-to-one, does an all-caps text string map the same as a lowercase string, what does the domain look like, is there a character limit, are all questions students might generate. I picked this up from Information Aesthetics. Check out that post. There are also some links at the bottom to similar trans-medium mappings.

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