We only get the Vancouver Sun on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (and we still can’t find time to read it), so I missed the tag cloud on the cover of yesterday’s paper. Derek didn’t:
The tag cloud (or “weighted list”) is a hip-and-happenin’ visual design trend that’s been around for more than a decade, but which has taken off since its appearance in 2004 at Flickr.
I was surprised to see a similar weighted list appearing on the cover of the Vancouver Sun today: larger, bolder type represents greater increases in property values for different Vancouver-area municipalities.
There’s a small explanation at the top (“The bigger the letters, the larger the growth in property values for 2006”), but otherwise it’s just there, and does its job well.
They used different fonts for the different sizes, but other than that, yep, it’s a tag cloud. Hurray for adoption of new information visualization techniques.