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The Periodic Table Of Typefaces?

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

What’s your favorite font? With Gotham Books’ new Periodic Table Of Typefaces, you can find how it stacks up to the rest and more. To celebrate the Fall release of Just My Type by Simon Garfield, the publisher has created a tongue-in-cheek poster modeled after the Periodic Table of Elements used by scientists and school children around the world.

Examining how choices made 500 years ago still have dominance today, Just My Type tells stories about the origins of fonts. From chronicling how Helvetica and Comic Sans conquered the world to profiling great creators of popular fonts, Garfield’s book also documents such details as why the T in Beatles is longer than other letters and more. It reveals the best and worst fonts of the world and even discusses what your font choices might say about you.

A font nerd’s dream and one of interest to everyone from writers, editors and graphic artists to teachers and computer users everywhere.

For more information: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/the-periodic-table-of-typefaces_b55352

For a bigger view of the Periodic Table Of Typefaces itself, try here: http://static59.mediabistro.com/content/just_my_type_font_table_FINAL.JPG


Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net/blog. Connect With Bryan On Google+

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    7 Comments to The Periodic Table Of Typefaces?

    1. by jaletaclegg

      On August 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

      I think I’ve been doing graphic design for too long. I can name most of those fonts without zooming in on the names. The book sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing, Bryan!

    2. by JeffRutherford

      On August 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

      That’s great @jaletaclegg . Good to hear that these are so familiar :)

    3. by jaletaclegg

      On August 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Considering I own thousands of fonts, it’s funny that we tend to pick our favorite dozen over and over.

    4. by BryanThomasSchmidt

      On August 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      My pleasure, Jaleta. Thanks for stopping in. I really own a lot of fonts myself, and, yes, I use a limited few. Part of that comes from what I use them for. Manuscripts need to be submitted in one of two and book formatting/blogging also have limits as far as readability, expectations, etc. On the rare cases where I do covers or graphic design, that’s when I get to playing, and, even then, it’s often easier to go with ones you know look good.

    5. by workformandroid

      On August 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Just found your post via Twitter. I agree that it’s a really cool poster. Penguin and Gotham Books actually gave my site a couple of posters (along with two paperback copies of Just My Type) to giveaway, so if you’re readers are interested, they can enter here: <a href=”http://www.workingforthemandroid.com/main/2012/8/12/contest-win-just-my-type-by-simon-garfield-or-the-periodic-t.html”>Just My Type Contest on Working for the Mandroid<a/>

    6. by workformandroid

      On August 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Just found your post via Twitter. I agree that it’s a really cool poster. Penguin and Gotham Books actually gave my site a couple of posters (along with two paperback copies of Just My Type) to giveaway, so if you’re readers are interested, they can enter here: http://www.workingforthemandroid.com/main/2012/8/12/contest-win-just-my-type-by-simon-garfield-or-the-periodic-t.html

    7. by cam_wilde

      On October 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      The original Periodic Table of Typefaces is here:  http://bit.ly/cZCvHB

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