Posts Tagged ‘presidential’

Tag Clouds – Add one to your blog

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

tag thumbPlease note I have added a tag cloud to my blog in the sidebar at right. The “cloud” is made of all the tags (keywords) and categories I’ve classified my posts here with the last 4 months. The words and phrases are sized according to frequency. So the bigger and darker a tag is, the more posts on that topic. This practice has been around awhile on the net and it’s useful to cross reference and dig deeper (click on one of the tags to do this). You can see at a glance that I mostly talk about maps, design, and promote stuff ’round the net I like. Have WordPress? Install the Configurable Tag Cloud Version 4.1 plugin.

We’ve started publishing tag clouds in The Washington Post starting in December 2007 with the series examining the candidates running for president on both the republican and democrat tickets. Here’s Mitt Romney’s cloud:

tag cloud romney

We did this again for George W. Bush’s final State of the Union address in January:

tag cloud state of the union speach bush

For Valentines day we lead the Weekend section with a large heart shaped cloud in February:

tag cloud valentines day love

Iowa Caucuses – Graphics

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Part 1: How do the Democrats and Republicans “caucus” and what is the difference between that and a “primary”? This interactive graphic from The Des Moines Register explains.

How causeses work

Part 2:
Most maps of tonights elections results will be choropleth (by area). This is not always the best solution as equal looking areas do not in-fact represent equal number of voters / delegates. Read about another solution from’s Jonathan Corum called “Scaling Counties in a Checkerboard State“:

Scaling counties

Part 3: Iowa by the Numbers — I created this typographical map illustration for The Washington Post’s op-ed (opposite editorial, i.e. facing) page. Click image below for slightly larger view.

iowa by numbers