The premise of Word It is deceptively simple and, ideally, creatively addictive.
Word It was originally a feature of the legendary blog Speak Up, actively running since April of 2003 and in March of 2009 it was spun off into its very own “word it” blog which sadly ended on February 2, 2010.
Students at PrattMWP continue to participate in this activity as a part of the Visual Communications course taught by Associate Professor Cindy Buckley Koren. The objective is to create a searchable database of useful visual representations that may be shared through the creative commons license while exposing students to a networking system that promotes their art, design, and future careers.
Students are asked to select their own word, the criteria for word selection may be random: you may tie it with world events, or have heard someone utter a word and thought it would be interesting. Luckily, there is never a shortage of options.
There are absolutely no limitations as to what you can do, the idea is that you define your own challenge and set your own expectations. As Word Its come in, they are uploaded for all to enjoy — and in this new blog, for all to comment. We rarely censor Word Its, only if we deem them offensive or hurtful or there is copyright infringement, but for the most part we post everything.
Word It has proven itself over the years as a nice respite from class work and a space for visual tomfoolery as well as for testing out ideas and allowing your gut to react to the simplest of cues: Words.