Tagul: highly customisable word clouds

I was creating a word cloud at work today, and came across Tagul. You have to sign up to use it, but once you have, it’s brilliant.

You can create a list of the words you want to use, take words from a website or paste in text you want to use.  There are several standard shapes, with customisable aspect ratio, and a range of fun shapes you can choose from, or you can upload your own. Colour, font and word direction are also customisable. If there are any particular words you want in a particular colour, location, size or angle, you can set those for individual words, while leaving the settings random for other words.

The word clouds below give you an idea of what you can do with Tagul (and use this blog as a source for the words).

Rainbow swirl / flower (reminds me of the Altmetric doughnut)

Rainbow swirl / flower: an inbuilt shape, colours and all (it reminds me of the Altmetric doughnut)

It's not just pretty patterns. For example, there's a wine glass (illustrated), flames, a tree and a turtle.

It’s not just pretty patterns. For example, there’s a wine glass (illustrated), flames, a tree and a turtle.

How about a dolphin?

How about a dolphin?

Or just a circle?

Or just a circle?

In any colours you like!

In any colours you like!

Or upload your own image (this one is my one of my dance groups' logos)

Or upload your own image (this one is my one of my dance groups’ logos)

5 highlights from Internet Librarian International 2015

1. Data visualisation

2. Apps in the Library

3. Thinking playfully

4. Ethnographic research in the library

5. Altmetrics

Books to read from ILI2015

Three books mentioned at Internet Librarian International added to my to read list. And all three are available at my local public library 🙂