I was born in 1967, when computers looked like .
At the time of this writing, computers mostly look like , but to me, computers are actually supposed to look like , so I'm kind of perpetually bewildered.
I found all of these little images by using a web site created and maintained by my employer.
I created the Wordle word-cloud layout algorithms while working on a social bookmarking application at IBM Research, in 2005. I created the “Wordle” web application in 2008. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of people have saved over 7,000,000 word clouds to Wordle's public gallery, before the gallery was turned off.
I contributed a chapter about Wordle to the O'Reilly book “Beautiful Visualization”. You can buy the book—all royalties go to Architecture for Humanity—or you can download a copy of the chapter I wrote by clicking on .
News and philosophizing about Wordle go to the Wordle Blog.
I used to be a musician, in New York City. From about 1990 to 2003 I played drums, guitar, and bass on many records and at shows.
Here are a few samples of my work as a musician.
I've made a few little pieces of free software, which I maintain on github. These include:
In fact, they do speak English in What.
Hi, Reddit. The user JonathanFeinberg is really me.