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We all love fonts/typefaces, so why not put fonts into a scientific-all form? That is what Squidspot did. They created a Periodic Table of Typefaces. It is really well thought out and genuinely well created. I have some information about the Periodic Table below and how you can get your hands on one. You have to get one!

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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: sans-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” (made up by me simply based on logic), 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 its 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.

The sites used to determine the rankings are as follows :

The 100 Best Fonts Of All Time
(to include top ten personal favorites from designers:

* Jan Middendorp [dorpdal.com]
* Roger Black
* Bertram Schmidt-Friderichs
* Stephen Coles
* Veronica Elsner
* Ralf Herrman
* Claudia Guminski

Paul Shaw’s Top 100 Types survey

21 Most Used Fonts By Professional Designers

Top 7 Fonts Used By Professionals In Graphic Design

30 Fonts That ALL Designers Must Know & Should Own

Typefaces no one gets fired for using
(to include all serious and reasonable opinions stated in the comments section)

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19 Comments so far

  1. bigjobsboard says:

    Nice one! I really like the idea. THanks for sharing this one!
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  2. mljarmin says:

    This is Great! Just perfect!
    even without COMIC SANS! lol :D

  3. This is AWESOME!

    Thank You so much for this Jacques :)
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  4. Theo says:

    Great idea, like it !

    Thank you for sharing!
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  5. Shawn Ramsey says:

    This is a very creative idea. Thanks for showcasing it and bringing it to my attention!
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  7. Jessica says:

    I just love this. I saw it a while ago on another website and it stuck with me. I love the style, lay out and all the fonts chosen. well done this is great work!

  8. Lovin it. Great design, great idea. Cheers Ted.

  9. the idea is really gorgeous, i’d like to pin this poster on mmy wall in bedroom, my frineds would definitely like that

  10. retro clock says:

    I’ve been looking for this for long time, Thank you for sharing

  11. Charles says:

    This is a very creative idea. Thanks for showcasing it and bringing it to my attention!
    .-= Shawn Ramsey´s last blog ..50 Inspiring Examples of Retro Poster Designs =-.

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