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A Creative Abuse of Fonts, Words, and Shapes        

Sept. 1, 2010   37159 views

A few weeks ago, a Wordle user CLAIRE made some impressive interesting Wordles using unusual characters (heart shape, punctuation marks), like this:

I was very impressed, so was Jonathan Feinberg (creator of Wordle), who said it was a "delightful, creative abuse of Wordle" (here are his tweet, and my retweet of his). Of course, I immediately tried it ...

The Fiorina v. Boxer Showdown in Tagxedo        

Sept. 1, 2010   34327 views

I just made two Tagxedoes based on the transcript of the Fiorina v. Boxer debate. All settings are identical except the text. I also use the "Deja Vu" option so that the same word shows up in the same color.

What Carly Fiorina said:

What Barbara Boxer said:

A contentious tone was set from ...

Better Font Management        

Aug. 12, 2010   35577 views

There is a few font-related improvements in the latest version of Tagxedo.

Tagxedo will now show custom fonts in red, making them easier to locate. You can now add multiple custom fonts at once (just select multiple files). When a custom font is added, Tagxedo will immediately perform a "respin" with the new font. If multiple fonts ...

A Mini Tutorial on Custom Shape        

Aug. 11, 2010   49665 views

I've always wanted to give a tutorial on using custom shapes, but never got the chance. Custom shape handling is an important feature of Tagxedo. It is easy to do, but not trivial. A Tagxedo user sought my help on using Martin Luther King's portrait, and I'll use it as an example here. Let's just start with the Wiki page ...

101 Ways to Use Tagxedo        

Aug. 9, 2010   1442954 views

I'm glad to announce that the first version of "101 Ways to Use Tagxedo" is completed!

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Please be patient as it does take a while to load the document (10MB, over 150 images).

A few slides:

Each way to use Tagxedo is accompanied by at least one example. I tried to go for the full spectrum ...