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FF Chartwell: a graph-making font

Graphic Design, Type / Typography

Posted by Gavin Lucas, 14 May 2012, 10:07    Permalink    Comments (16)

FF Chartwell by Travis Kochel is an ingenious typeface which makes use of OpenType ligatures to create graphs within a text box...

The set of typefaces was added to the FontFont library last week and is now available in seven different graph styles - Chartwell Bars, Chartwell Bars Vertical, Chartwell Lines, Chartwell Pies, Chartwell Radar, Chartwell Rings and Chartwell Rose – examples of each graph style are shown below:

So how does it work? Using OpenType ligatures, strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The data remains in a text box, allowing for easy updates and styling. It’s really easy to use once you've got the hang of it; you just type a simple series of numbers like: ‘10+13+37+40’, turn on Stylistic Alternates or Stylistic Set 1 and a graph is automatically created. To see the original data all you need to do is turn o Stylistic Set or Stylistic Alternates.

If this sounds a little mysterious, a FontShop technician has made a handy how-to-use-FF-Chartwell film and posted it on Vimeo:

Find out more about FF Chartwell at fontshop.com

 

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16 Comments

The simplest ideas are always the best - well done Travis
IWANT John
2012-05-14 11:08:56


Black magic! bravo.
Luke Tonge
2012-05-14 11:47:40


Insanely good!
carolina
2012-05-14 11:51:16


Had this for a while but good to see it updated with a few more tricks, a real time saver
John
2012-05-14 11:57:40


brilliant
marcus
2012-05-15 00:26:47


Great stuff.
Peter
2012-05-15 01:42:57


That idea is off the charts.
Mon
2012-05-15 13:26:27


Fantastic - loads of value with this! Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try it out.
Kate | Fourleaf Ltd
2012-05-15 13:31:21


Amazing - does what is says on the tin.
HTDL Design Agency
2012-05-15 14:10:44


maths and design combined... Wowsers
fizzbomb
2012-05-15 14:50:57


Mon:

Amen to that.

That is most def the bomb.
Cheesy
2012-05-15 18:07:42


This is awesome! Creating cool graphs and pies is usually a fiddly knightmare.
Superfried
2012-05-16 13:35:47


Superb - my data mangling clients will love this
Jim
2012-05-16 16:01:09


Lovely. When I saw this I felt the urge to find out if OpenType ligatures are Turing complete. Apparently they aren't: http://ansuz.sooke.bc.ca/entry/131 but still pretty crazy.
Hester
2012-05-18 00:07:15


Web font! Web font! Web font!
chris27
2012-08-08 11:01:11


This is very interesting and has some good features. I like the way you can make any custom graph.

The different graph styles give you a variety of graphs to work with, to suit must people's needs.

Doing this normally is hard work, but this tool makes it look easy.
kered
2013-12-20 10:25:35


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