Posts Tagged ‘wordle’

1000th posting on Thing of the Day!

October 21, 2011

After four years of rounding up the “bizarre and brilliant of the web” the Library blog reaches a milestone today with the publication of our 1000th posting. To celebrate this achievement we thought it might be fun to have a look back at some past TOTD favourites with a list of our ‘Top 10’ sites. So, in no particular order…

  1. Giant Lego Boulder
  2. Anamorphic Illusions
  3. Draw a Stickman
  4. Sodaplay
  5. Flurrious
  6. Wordle
  7. The Ugly Dance
  8. 21 Accents
  9. Galaxy Zoo and our very first entry in October 2007:
  10. Le Book

And in case you just had to have a new one:

http://www.thecardboardbookproject.com/

Jemma Foster’s collection of 12 illustrated short stories made from recycled cardboard and painted by hand in Argentina.

Many thanks to all who’ve contributed links and ideas over the years.  Keep them coming!

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data visualisation

February 20, 2009

TOTD hears that this will be the “next big thing”.  We’ve looked at Wordle before but here are more:

http://www.bewitched.com/ has some interesting examples – particularly the Name Voyager

and here’s a delightfully library oriented lot:

http://www.infochembio.ethz.ch/en/holdings.html

Now why can’t all data be presented in this way?!

Wordle

December 15, 2008

At first glance this just appears to be a gimmick, but the more you play with it, the more you find uses for it!

www.wordle.net

TOTD first saw it used by the keynote speaker of a two-day conference.  He’d taken the pre-published conference proceedings and run them through it to produce a single page image representing the conference.  He did the same with all the notes he’d taken across two days.  It worked well (and the two together were interesting to compare).

You can use it in a presentation as a title (or end) slide.  You could use it as the cover of a dissertation (after putting the text through it).

While it is still a gimmick in many respects, it’s a useful way of representing a lot of text in a simple, easy to understand way.  If nothing else, for those who like words, it can produce interesting art.