But my favorite little gem is how he chooses to represent the tag clouds. Tag clouds can be a really useful thing, but I really hate most implementations of them. In addition to promoting a feast-or-famine information culture, they tend to be ugly, jarring, and hard to parse. But I really, really like the ones he uses here:
|Oo, I think I see a bunny!|
There are two things he's done that make this tag cloud way better than average. Can you spot them?
- Not only are the terms visibly weighted, they are sorted by popularity. You can always tell the top two or three popular things in a tag cloud, but sorting out the rest is next to impossible. This is an easy and obvious solution for communicating popularity levels in a meaningful way.
- He alternates colors, making it easy to tell when one tag ends and another begins.
Bravo, Christian Rudder, not only for research both well-done and well-presented.