Data-Visualization: Tag Clouds with Wordle

There are many tools around to create word clouds from text, tag lists etc.

Wordle allows you to copy / paste a text fragment into their user interface or link to a del.icio.us user name to use tags from the saved bookmarks. What differentiates Wordle from other tools are the various features to format the resulting word clouds. You can arrange the text layout in different ways (Horizontal / Vertical / mixed / Free flow), select fonts from a list and apply coloring templates for the display. The results are quite impressive and cover a broad spectrum of popular layouts.

Wordle is a Java application (no source available) created by Jonathan Feinberg. We’ve played around with it a bit and word clouds create with Wordle from some of our recent articles are shown below.


Click on the images below to enlarge

link to image link to image

link to image link to image




















Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.



More information:
Wordle web site and application
Our first sample word cloud
Our second sample word cloud
Our third sample word cloud

Related Posts:


  1. Data visualization: Social networks around the world
  2. link to article
    With new data on Facebook making the headlines yesterday telling us that their user numbers are leveling out in the US and the UK, we remembered that we recently have seen a great info-graphic showing the use of social networks with the most popular providers per country around the world in the French Newspaper “Le Monde”

    The data used in the graphic is from August 2007 but it’s interesting to see the popularity of providers in different countries. There are a few white spots on the map, some…

    continue reading…


  3. Data visualization: Supercities of the 21st century
  4. link to article
    Have a look at the 19.20.21 (19 cities in the world with 20 million people in the 21st century) web site.

    It introduces a study on key aspects of the phenomenon of supercities. The project is managed by Richard Wurman who is also the author of one of the most stylish fact-books called “Understanding USA“. Already included are a few pages on the development of the world’s largest cities from 1000 to 2005…

    continue reading…


  5. Data-Visualization: OpenStreetMap London Progress
  6. link to article
    You might have heard about the “OpenStreetMap” project that creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to everyone. What most users of mapping software and services don’t know – there are often license or technical restrictions how you can use data and maps available commercially or by other providers. That’s what OpenStreetMap is trying to overcome.

    Particularly with mapping data from the UK, where the government agency in charge…

    continue reading…


  7. Data visualization: IA’s web trend map 2008
  8. link to article
    Like in previous years Japanese design agency Information Architects have released a web trend map in the form of the the greater Tokyo-area train map.

    The “2008 version” of the map shows almost 300 of the most influential and successful websites. It’s available as a interactive map online or you can download an A0 version as a pdf file to hang it as a poster in your office or at home…

    continue reading…

Comments Off

Comments are closed.