A picture paints a thousand words and, given the choice, I will always use a picture instead of text. There are certain situations however, where a picture, made up of words, can have great impact. I have created wordles in the past, from summaries of complex strategic documents to an impression of a marriage proposal as a keepsake. My most recent has been a joy to put together.
Inspired by the Royal British Legion’s 2017 Poppy Appeal, it presents the words of the John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields in the classic emblem of remembrance, used since 1921 to recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present, the poppy.
What started as a personal project, something to put up as profile picture around the 11th November has now started to take on a life of its own. I thought, perhaps I could make it a frame, like I’ve used to show my support for causes in the past. After following the simple instructions and with a certain amount of trepidation, I set up my image as a frame and put it out there in the world, mainly so that I, and maybe some of my family could use it. The wonder of the internet and Facebook means I now have people I have never met with my wordle on their profile pictures…well that’s exciting.