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Superfamilies in FF Chartwell Bars

One of the things FF Chartwell Bars does well is it shows how individual contributions add to the whole. This turned out to be a perfect way of showing the numbers involved in superfamilies, and how they added up. To start, I chose two superfamilies to visualize, Novel from Atlas Font Foundry, and FF Meta from FontFont of course, and used bars of differing length to represent individual fonts in each superfamily as they fit into a particular style or classification. You’ll have to excuse the colors, as similarly colored bars hold no relationship from one line to the next. (Maybe that would be an interesting dimension to work with.)


FF Meta

Rather than representing values as percentages, FF Chartwell Bars stacks values up to 1000, leaving plenty of room for me to use actual values. Just to make them easier to see, I multiplied all values by ten.

Novel is 54 fonts spread across five styles. Additionally, I’ve taken those 54 fonts and added them up in different ways to illustrate a few different dimensions of the superfamily.

Choose some colors (I’ve used more or less the process primaries and secondaries) and you’re done.

By way of reminder, Novel Sans Rounded is half off through the end of the week. You also may have noticed up there, FF Meta has a little-known distressed variant, FF Meta Plus Boiled. It also occurs to me that I had not even mentioned FF Meta’s vowel-free variant, FF Mt, a FontFont exclusive.

The FF Chartwell series continues on Monday. To find out how all this type-to-charts magic works, read the last one, or catch up on all previous editions here on our blog. And hey! How are you using FF Chartwell? Let us know.

Tall Things in FF Chartwell Vertical Bars

Let’s start the first of our seven-part series on making charts with type—with a closer look at FF Chartwell’s Vertical Bars. Bar charts are best for comparing a few data points along a single axis. In today’s examples we explore the heights of tall things and the depths of profound things.

Tall things

After coming up with a list of values, just do a little long division to get the numbers you need. Here I divide the height of the items by the height of the tallest item. Translate those percentages to integers between 0 and 100 and put plus signs in between, then choose Set 1 from the OpenType Stylistic Sets menu.

Setting the colors can be slightly tricky. One InDesign tip Jens Kutílek shares in his how-to video is to set the colors in the Story editor. This saves you from all the back and forth of enabling and disabling stylistics sets. Because FF Chartwell is type, you can simply track your vertical bars tighter or looser. I’ve left them at their default tracking values here. And it’s that simple to create great looking bar charts.

Profound things

Look for another edition of our FF Chartwell series here next Monday.


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