Saturday, August 16, 2008

Boston Globe uses tag cloud for portrait of canidates

Pretty cool if you ask me, I'm just wondering what took them so long.

Anyone whose been online over the last five years can tell you that the illustration is nothing more than a tag cloud, but in print it's a bold move. It's nice to see print taking chances and playing with typography, now let's take it a step further.

Although I do have one nit-pick about the continuation, deliberate or not, of the blue and red colors being used to define the two parties. Why are we still perpetuating red states and blue states? I mean we all know it's just states and fly-over states (zing!).

If you're wondering how they did it, John Schwenkler used the web app "Wordle to pull out the most prominent words from the official McCain and Obama campaign blogs" (And yes, McCain's most prominent word was the name of his rival, go figure)

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