I have made an improvement to my YouTube Tag Cloud page. While browsing some web design sites I came across a blog post about Beautiful Word Clouds which showed some images of fancy word clouds. They used a fancy font and varied the colors of the words. They also shaped the words into a cloud shape. These simple ideas managed to give the word clouds more style. Word clouds aren’t very interesting so anything you can do to enhance them is welcome, even if it is just a cosmetic change.
I have changed the font for my YouTube Word Clouds to Mirisch, a fancy font popular in Flash animation. If you don’t have that font the word cloud may use the Ravie font which I list second in the CSS. And if you don’t have that font then your browser will use a fantasy font because my third choice was the fantasy font family. On my iBook G4 a random font in the fantasy family was used. Here is how you specify these font possibilities in CSS:
So I managed to make YouClouds look more colorful and fancier. I could have gone further and shaped my cloud using some more CSS but it is probably not worth the considerable effort.
It is important to keep your eyes peeled for interesting web design ideas as you browse the web. In this case it was a simple typography improvement that gave the uninteresting tag cloud a new lease on life.