Cambridge University Design / UX group

Periodic Table of Typefaces

Maybe not hugely intersting to all of you, but I think this is lovely… and a good example of an alternative way of visualising information. The Periodic Table of Typefaces uses the familiar layout of the periodic table of chemical elements, and uses it to display groups and species of typeface. Periodic Table of Typefaces graphic

Each cell of the table lists the typeface and a one or two character “symbol” (made up by me simply based on logic), the designer, year designed and a ranking of 1 through 100.

The layout and ranking of all the typefaces is based on research on a number of typography websites, looking at popularity and style. Something a bit different, that’s for sure, and different ways of looking at things can inspire us, I hope.


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2 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    That is such a clever idea, it is quite brilliant. Made me smile – which is a good thing. Is it the design equivalent of a kitten calendar or kitten in glass poster?

  2. Francis says:

    No kittens here. Move along, please. šŸ™‚

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