Create Word Cloud Diagrams with Wordle

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Fonts in Use | Jürgen Siebert | September 4, 2008

Now this is fun. Wordle autonomously creates word cloud diagrams like the one above. All you need to do is enter a bunch of text (or a URL; in this case www.fontblog.de), select the lay-out, specify a typeface and choose a colour scheme, and poof – there you go!

The website was created by Jonathan Feinberg who works at IBM Research. Somewhat remarkable is that his employer graciously allowed Feinberg to use code, which he wrote on their time, for this personal project. While he did develop the Wordle website on his own time, the core algorithms for laying out and displaying words were developed on company time.

2 Comments:

  1. You can do fun things with it as well if you have a Last.fm account. Create things like this: http://tinyurl.com/6gmtk4

    It basically takes your artists, and the more you’ve played them, the bigger they appear!

    How to do it is explained here:
    http://tinyurl.com/6pd7hu

    It’s surprisingly easy and fun!

    Posted by Thomas Vanhuyse on Sep. 11, 2008
  2. @Thomas Vanhuyse

    Excellent tip – I think it helps that I like the same artists :)

    Will definitely give it a go!

    Posted by Anthea on Oct. 28, 2008

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