This brilliant video is based on the work of Ji Lee, a NYC designer who works for Facebook. The challenge was to create images from words, using only the letters contained in the word itself—and using only the shapes of the letters, without adding extra parts. For more examples, check out Ji Lee's brand new Word as Image book.
These remind me of the rebus puzzles which were very popular a few years ago.
1. Show selected images to students and see if they can explain the connection between the word and the image. Van Gogh is a good one!
2. Get students to create their own 'word as image' and show them to the class.