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…

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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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  • The simplest ideas are always the best – well done Travis

  • Black magic! bravo.

  • Insanely good!

  • John

    Had this for a while but good to see it updated with a few more tricks, a real time saver

  • brilliant

  • Peter

    Great stuff.

  • Mon

    That idea is off the charts.

  • Fantastic – loads of value with this! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try it out.

  • Amazing – does what is says on the tin.

  • fizzbomb

    maths and design combined… Wowsers

  • Cheesy


    Amen to that.

    That is most def the bomb.

  • This is awesome! Creating cool graphs and pies is usually a fiddly knightmare.

  • Jim

    Superb – my data mangling clients will love this

  • Hester

    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.

  • chris27

    Web font! Web font! Web font!

  • 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.