Monday, September 04, 2006

Sighting: tag-cloud as style element

When, on their blog, Adaptive Path pointed me to Chumby, I saw in the left-most column something that made me go "ugh!".They used a tag-cloud as a style element! The early-warning module is actually designed as if it was a tag-cloud, even though the text is meant to be read linearly. Granted, they only used two font sizes but combined with the "random" spacing between the chunks of sentences, the visual similarity is clear. Of course it helps that they used colours from the original set of Web2.0 colours (as shown here).

I am afraid we'll see a lot more of this Web2.0-abuse soon... Have you seen other examples?


Blogger Steve Portigal said...

Awesome - I didn't see the tag cloud at first, but good perspective.

I see a lot of things in print that are meant to evoke online content. The SF Chronicle uses an icon that resembles the YouTube play symbol (the triangle for "play" superimposed upon a curved circle) to pull out and point the reader to online content.

I've seen the Google maps location style - the square box with a "talk balloon" effect used elsewhere as well.

TV ads - especially the dealership ads for major brands of new cars - often pull in these interation metaphors as visual elements.

4:29 AM, September 05, 2006  

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