3/10/2009

Periodic Table of Typefaces

Posted by tb4

The periodic table of typefaces by squidspot is just brilliant. I have seen quite a few of these different periodic tables running about the design blogs lately, but I have a bit of a soft spot for anything typography related. Make sure you click on the Larger image link its great, and as always where the heck is Comic Sans. A bit about the project below and the portfolio links below that.

"The Periodic Table of Typefaces is obviously in the style of all the thousands of over-sized Periodic Table of Elements posters hanging in schools and homes around the world. This particular table lists 100 of the most popular, influential and notorious typefaces today.

As with traditional periodic tables, this table presents the subject matter grouped categorically. The Table of Typefaces groups by families and classes of typefaces: san-serif, serif, script, blackletter, glyphic, display, grotesque, realist, didone, garalde, geometric, humanist, slab-serif and mixed.

Each cell of the table lists the typeface and a one or two character "symbol" , the designer, year designed and a ranking of 1 through 100.

Ranking was determined by statistically sorting and combining lists and opinions from the the sites listed below. The final overall ranking was achieved depending on how many lists the particular typeface was presented on and it's ranking on the lists (if the particular source list used a ranking system; some did not, in which case just the typeface's presence on the list boosted it's overall score.) After averaging the typefaces appearances and rankings a composite score was given and the list was sorted on a spreadsheet then finally given an overall score of 1 through 100 based on it's final resting position.

Unfortunately, the typefaces could not be sorted exactly numerically on the table while at the same time keeping them in groups of families and classes. It had to be one or the other. Of course it COULD have been done but I would have had to seriously sacrifice aesthetics of the overall design (i.e. it wouldn't have come out looking AT ALL like a traditional periodic table.) However, upon close inspection, you find that at least the typefaces are ordered within their family/class groupings."
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7 comments:

patti said...

if this was in poster format, i'd totally buy it. good work :)

Cam said...

Thanks for the thorough posting (quoting my original text and the links and such). And thanks for the compliment! The response has been overwhelming. And yes, a poster is in the works as well as another little surprise for DIY-ers.

-Cam

pixel pusher said...

We just got permission from the Cam to produce this as a wall decal. You can check it out here:
http://www.scribbleoneverything.com/typefaces/prod_108.html

Don’t you just love sharing.

tb4 said...

@pixel pusher - Thanks for the update I've got a post up now linking to the wall decal.

@cam - Awesome work on this piece, I know we are all waiting for the poster to come out.

Cam said...

PRINTS, SOURCE FILES AND OTHER STUFF NOW AVAILABLE!!!

here:
http://www.squidspot.com/Periodic_Table_of_Typefaces.html

Thanks for all the kind comments and support!

- Cam

Jonathan Bybee said...

Hey there is a new version of this print at Scribble on Everything. Its on black paper with a metallic silver ink.

http://www.scribbleoneverything.com/prints/misc/black-periodic-table-typefaces-poster/prod_180.html

Periodic Table said...

I like it...