I earn my crust as a book (& document) designer. As well as typesetting large volumes of text I create a lot of infographics and charts as part of my scope. Typically the data for these will be supplied as excel spreadsheets which I then create a grid convert to charts and apply the visual language of the document in illustrator. Visualizing data into accessible/easily understood chunks of information is an artform - (and a labour intensive process!)
Today I discovered FF Chartwell and I am super excited to give it a test run! As it looks to use opentype features to make this whole data visualisation process much easier!
First released in 2012 Fontshop this week announced an 'All New' Chartwell which has been completely reworked, and includes six styles, that turns simple strings of numbers into charts.
FF Chartwell isn’t like other faces in that its letters and figures aren’t intended to be displayed; They only serve as placeholders for chart and graph elements. When the ‘discretionary ligatures’ OpenType feature is enabled, simple strings of numbers are transformed, snapping into place as chart elements. Want a 60/40 pie chart? Type 60+40, and you’re there.
Not sure where to start? See the PDF user manual for a complete and concise guide through all of FF Chartwell’s styles: Pies, Areas, Vertical Bars, Horizontal Bars, Rose, Rings, and Radar charts, plus all the news ones: Bubbles, Scatter, Lines, Floating Bars, Floating Areas, and Floating Rings. Or check out the video below that shows the face in action.