Family Names in FF Chartwell Lines

FF Chartwell Lines is the sixth in our series of making charts out of type with FF Chartwell. Thinking about how foundries and type designers name their faces, I decided to pull some values from our internal data here at FontShop to see what the prevalence was by letter. For example, we have 625 type families that begin with A, and 723 that begin with B.

Taking the values for all 26 letters, I dropped these into a spreadsheet and then turned each value into a percentage of the highest value. The resulting integers were right where I needed them to be (between 0 and 100), so I put plus signs in between, set the font to FF Chartwell Lines, and enabled ‘Set 1’ from the Stylistic Sets menu within the OpenType panel. I set some colors and labels, et voilà!

But do I have to have some fancy design program to use FF Chartwell, you ask? It helps, but no. You can make charts out of type using FF Chartwell with any program that supports OpenType Stylistic Sets and Contextual Alternates. Word 2010 does. TextEdit that comes with your Mac does.

Above is a precursor image to the next and final segment of our Chartwell series on FF Chartwell pies. Read it here on Monday.


  1. Posted July 17, 2012 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

    My dear INFORMATION ARCHITECTS, STATISTICIANS, MATHEMATICIANS: It’s Ur job to comment this … not that of an impolite typeface.

  2. Posted July 18, 2012 at 5:11 AM | Permalink

    Well, OK: The top of the colored bars must be horizontal.

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