Shape Of Things.

In a workshop last week at the art museum we were asked to capture words in shapes. You would open a book and start huddling the words together as kettle to make a summary of that page or a visual representation.

For me this reminded me of the word cloud hype a few years ago. I stopped using a specific app or site for it lately, because with the shapes in Pages, Keynote and Numbers, I can create a word shape out of everything my mind can come up with.

Mixing art and literacy is what pushes my understanding of a language. Everyone Can Create helps me with that.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start from a blank template.

Delete any of the text boxes.

Tap the plus sign on the top right and go to the shapes library.

Choose a shape that you like or that relates to your topic.

Place it on the slide and adjust its style and size.

Start brainstorming words related to your topic. Add as many words as you can come up with.

TIP: Ask Siri to set a timer and push yourself against time.

The last step is to adjust the font, style, color and position of the words.

Make them fit into your shape.

TIP: Adjust the color of your shape or delete it at the end. You could also play with the opacity.

Going Further.

Now that you know how to use this technique with basic shapes, try to challenge yourself by using drawings and paint with words. Or combine shapes to new creatures.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Apple Teacher: Keynote for iPad Starter Guide


Have fun!