Photo mosaics are a great way to visualize large amounts of content, yet many designers haven’t used them since their heyday in the late ’90s (example: The Truman Show poster).
Mosaics can be used a visual timeline, like this Madonna retrospective produced for Entertainment Weekly or, by importing a mosaic into Flash, can add an interactive element to the same idea like this Beyonce music video retrospective.
The aforementioned EW illustrations were created with AndreaMosaic, which is the best and most user-friendly software for creating mosaics. Simply download the free software, designate the folder of images to use, tweak some numbers and voila! — you’ve got a mosaic. Alternatively, IrfanView is also available for download.
Or, if you just want to kill a little time and have fun with photo mosaics, there’s Montage-a-google. Enter a word or phrase and the app uses Google’s Image Search to create a montage of images. The service is down for repairs, but is definitely worth a bookmark.