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Periodic Table Of Typefaces

It’s a curse of a designer to be obnoxiously aware of type. We see papyrus used on a product and refuse to bye it. We go out to lunch with our friends and say things like “did you see the sign treatment for the restrooms? I mean really.” We will be thrown into disarray over our font choices and what they’re saying to the viewer. Or maybe that’s just me. I hope it’s not just me.

Anyways, once I was taking with a friend and I pointed out a typeface that i though was being used exceptionally well. His reply was, “I don’t envy you designers, memorizing typefaces, it’s like learning 50 periodic tables.” Well I laughed a little because I had stumbled across this poster a while ago the “Periodic Table of Typefaces: Popular, Influential, & Notorious”. It’s laid out just like a periodic table, except instead of elements, there are typefaces, instead if an atomic number they have a raking, instead of the atomic weight they have the creator, and to be honest I don’t know what else is included on a periodic table, but this one also includes the type family, class, and the year created. Perhaps we should hand there out to students to learn instead!Periodic Table of Typefaces

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