Thursday, May 7, 2009

Periodic Table Of Typefaces

I found this image on a website for creative professionals called Behance Network. I love the juxtaposition of typeface and the periodic table. Whoever made this was a genius because the typeface you choose in your design could make or break the message you are trying to convey. Just like different elements in the periodic table don’t mix, different typefaces don’t either. The table is ordered by popularity from different websites, and grouped by family and class. It can be very helpful when deciding what typeface to use in your design. Typefaces are like people, they have there own personalities and appearance. So save the image it might become useful someday. Here is the source.


  1. I agree learning and understanding is very important because the right typeface and make and break your design. This week I learned that all headings do not require a bold type face. A thin type face can be just as strong as a bold one. I must look at the message that I want to convey.

  2. This chart is so awesome. Not only does it catch your attention because it uses the framework of something we've all seen in high school chemistry classes, but it's also very useful. The way the typefaces are organized is very clean and logical. It also gives you some historical information on each typeface so you can show off to your designer friends.

  3. This is a totally awesome resource. I am always debating typefaces and end up getting really frustrated scrolling through the bajillion typefaces on the computer. This table organizes the typefaces in a logical manner and gives some historical information as well. It should make choosing a typeface at least a little bit easier. I'm going to try it out for the next project and see how it goes.