Magazine article School Librarian

Generating Word Clouds

Magazine article School Librarian

Generating Word Clouds

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Word clouds are dynamic visual representations of text. The more times a specific word appears in a source of text, the bigger and bolder it will appear in the word cloud. Wordle and Tagxedo are two of the best known word cloud generators but Wordle is a little basic and unfortunately Tagxedo no longer works. There are alternatives however, here are two of the newer generators that are becoming popular.

Word Art

Word Art started life as Tagul but changed branding in April 2017. In November, as Word Art they released a new word art creator. To have full functionality you do need to sign up to a pay plan but it is also possible to create word arts for free.

It was very easy to get up and running and within minutes I had created my first word art using a list of authors my student librarians had given me of 'Must Reads' for Valentine's Day. Word Art has an extensive list of images that can be used but you also have the option of uploading your own image. Font and layout can all be customised. When ready click 'Visualize' to create your Word Art. When using Word Art for free it is possible to download your Word Art as a JPG or PNG or it can be shared via Facebook, Twitter or email. I had a play using hashtags from my LRC's Twitter feed in the shape of the Twitter bird to highlight our most used hashtags.

Word Art offers the opportunity to customise every aspect of your word art. The font, size, colour, and angle for each individual word can be altered to your specific requirements. A nice feature is the ability to undo and redo so if you have made some changes and don't like them you can go back to previous versions of your word art.


WordClouds is a completely free open source software. This means the word cloud images are yours to use in any way including commercial uses. …

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