Squidspot, a web and print design group, has created a table representing a list of the most “popular, influential and notorious typefaces today”, in a format we are all so familiar with – the Periodic Table.
As with traditional periodic tables, the Periodic Table of Typefaces presents the typefaces grouped by families and classes like san-serif, serif, script, blackletter, etc. 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.
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The table looks incredible and has a beautiful old, worn out look, just like those huge posters you find hanging in schools and college classroom walls – torn and discolored due to age. In fact, unless you looks at it carefully it looks like the original periodic table.
The ranking was determined by statistically sorting and combining various top-100 and top-30 lists prepared by various sources. The final overall ranking was achieved depending on how many lists the particular typeface was presented on and it's ranking on the lists. 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. That was some work!
Now you can order a 45 inch X 31 inch wall decal of this table. (Thanks pixel pusher)