Tuesday, 15 May 2012

FF Chartwell: A Graph Making Font

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.

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...

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