Showcased Work: Typefaces of the World Poster

January 24th, 2011



Typefaces of the World was a poster I created to show the typefaces that are most commonly used in a lot of today’s design. The poster includes information for each typefaces such as the year it was made, the location and the typographer. These 50 typefaces were chosen based on popularity and usefulness in present design. It was by mere coincidence that the typefaces were nearly split 50/50 between Europe and the United States—the most prominent locations for typographers were in these areas.

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Initially the poster was created as an experiment and excuse to explore new methods of working in Illustrator that I hadn’t attempted before. I’d seen info graphics on Behance where data was fanned-out but evenly spaced—there was no way this was done by hand. It took a while but after figuring out the method of doing it where you can essentially paste in your data with tab-formatting, the poster was on its way. I’d like to play with this further to really nail it down because there aren’t any tutorials on there on creating a dynamic way to showcase information in this way. Hint: its not type on a path.

Typefaces used in this poster: Helvetica Neue LT Std & Univers LT Std

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Posted by on 01/24/11 in Portfolio, Posters, Showcased Work

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  1. Michael says:

    I think this is great, specially today where is an overflow on information its more important than ever to visualize information in a clear way.

  2. rick says:

    get this thing printed, shelby. nice piece of info/art.

  3. thehalvo says:

    Beautiful. I say print it!

  4. Wow this is pretty intense! I would really like to see your process for this. Great work Shelby!

  5. linda says:

    would love to have one!

  6. Chris says:

    Nice work homey.

  7. Jayson says:

    Would love both poster and tutorial on the layout.

  8. Dean says:

    Really attractive layout, Shelby — it’s great to see more of your own work posted. Since the image is small, I can’t see any actual text content. Is it laid out chronologically? Aside from looking nice, are there other motivations for breaking the data into two sets or fanning it out?

  9. img says:

    print it! :)

  10. Nairn says:

    Great work. Hi-res version now please – would love to read it in full.

  11. Will says:

    I’d love a print!

  12. vinh says:

    I believe Asia is part of the world. But awesome nonetheless

  13. Alex says:

    I would most definitely buy a poster of this.

  14. Eddie Mercer says:

    Don’t get me wrong, beautiful innovative work but It might be just a little better if the fanned out names of each typeface was horizontal and thus easier to read. Easily solved by rotating the typface/info and text 90 degrees and leaving everything else in place while adjusting the orange and blue lines to match region with info. I’m sure this is to your personal taste and it isn’t something you’ve overlooked but I think it would be more useful/readable. Either way I’m going to sound like a nit picker but if I didn’t really like this I wouldn’t have typed this out.

  15. steve kennedy says:

    How abt a list of the 50 so we can compare notes?

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  17. Homer says:

    nice work. would be great to see the poster up close.

  18. Peter Nielson says:

    Hello from the CONTINENT OF AUSTRALIA. In case you were wondering, we have made great inroads into design since recently availing ourselves of technologies such as electricity, computers and even the internet. I am lead to believe that our neighbouring continent, Asia as well as the rest of the continent of America have also recently gained access to such vital and modern necessities and too may have thrown off the shackle of fixed key typewriters for the luvacious and seductive curves of a modern font library. I can not however speak with similar authority regarding the continents of the Middle East and Africa.

    It is true that China only represents a mere 6th of the worlds population, but when added to the populations of greater Asia, Oceania, The Middle East, Africa, South America and Canada it seems that almost 3/4 or approximately 5,109,000,000 of the planets human inhabitants seem to be missing from the World as represented in this absolutely beautiful, albeit slightly mis-titled triumph of design.

    Have to go.. my rat is getting tired and the lights are starting to flicker… means the internet is on the way out too… you know the problem!

  19. Scott says:

    Definitely interested.

  20. Jodie says:

    @ Peter :: you rock

  21. Dave says:

    Looks great man.. I would love to buy a copy.

  22. Dave says:

    Looks great man.. I would love to buy a copy.

  23. Hoon says:

    Yes. Please.

  24. Timichango says:

    Super tight! Really great work!

  25. Sarah says:

    I would love one!

  26. NAVIS says:

    Shelby “the daddy” White wins again!

  27. Naomi says:

    Ditto Jayson – my hand goes up for the poster and a tutorial :)

  28. maurizio says:

    Ciao.
    Bellissimo il poster e grandiosa la visualizzazione dei contenuti!
    Let me know where-when-how it will be possible to buy it…

    Grazie,
    m

  29. Rob says:

    Hi Shelby,
    Looks beautiful. Would love to be able to buy prints of this.
    All the best
    Rob

  30. hannah says:

    Would love to know if you do get the poster printed.

    Have you used javascript or a script to manipulate the data within Ilustrator?

  31. maav says:

    I like! I would love to hang one of these in my studio.

  32. corneel says:

    Interested!

  33. jain7th says:

    I want one :)

  34. Nice! You should start a project for it on http://www.kickstarter.com/ if you haven’t done so already.

  35. Dan Sweeney says:

    Put me down for one!

  36. Phil says:

    I would love to buy a copy.

  37. Pierre says:

    I want one badly!

  38. Ben OC says:

    Hi ! I’d love to buy this for the office, let me know when your store is up !

    Thanks !

    Ben

  39. daniel says:

    would love to have one. please inform me when this would be available :-)
    beautiful work!

    cheers from switzerland
    .daniel

  40. Andrea says:

    such an interesting project, would love to support this idea and purchase a poster :)

  41. Eric says:

    Great work, I’d love to see this printed.

  42. Rick says:

    I would really love to purchase a poster! Thanks.

  43. gayle says:

    Yep count me in for a purchase (cost depending), beautiful

  44. Spijker says:

    Love it!
    Print that stuff!

  45. Gerhard Uys says:

    I am super interested in this.

    Please let me know when the online store is up and going.

    Would you be able to ship to South Africa?

  46. JP says:

    Hi,, I would like to buy a 70×100 cm poster in black, are you selling it? How much?

    Let me know, thanks :)

  47. julien says:

    Very nice!
    I’d love to have a copy of this poster!

  48. Mike French says:

    would LOVE…. to see this as inspiration… !!!! EVERY DAY ! Gorgeous and it feels good ! to !

  49. kristina says:

    beautiful! i’d be interested in a print as well….

  50. Luke Marsh says:

    Id hit that, e-mail me if get them printed.

  51. david says:

    count me in(terested).

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  53. paul b. says:

    this is a great poster. how about a pdf so i can print a good, low rez version to pin on the wall of my cube. the jpegs above are so low rez you can’t successfully print them to any size at all.

  54. Martel says:

    Absolutely interested in buying this – great work

  55. Amy says:

    I would love one of these posters! a tutorial on how you put this together would be pretty amazing as well. I’m also working on putting together some info graphics, so this would be great to know!

  56. Jon Bybee says:

    Hey Shelby, I would love to print, market and sale this for you through Scribble. We have a few other posters about typography on in our store. If you’re interested in working out a deal let me know.

    http://www.scribbleoneverything.com/prints/type-o-file/cat_49.html

    Jon-Pixel Pusher

  57. Sean Crowe says:

    I’ll take one on black. Fantastic piece.

  58. Would buy this in a heartbeat. Please let me know if you ever do.

  59. J Pea says:

    Gorgeous! Would love one in black. If you were to also give a little tutorial on the process my swooning would double.

  60. Alwyn Velasquez says:

    very interested in the type poster when you are ready. Thank you. Nice website and great work BTW!

  61. Daniella says:

    This is fantastic. I’d get the purple version. Very nice.

  62. Petra says:

    Greetings from Germany! The poster looks very interesting. Please let me know when it will be available. And: would be great if you would offer shipping overseas…

  63. Tita says:

    It is very hard to read. Can you post a bigger version?

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  65. Steve Allcock says:

    Very interesting, clever work but I cannot read … a larger version is needed to look at the design/typography and/or a list of the 50 typefaces selected.

  66. Elaina says:

    I would LOVE to have a print of this. Fabulous!!

  67. Nathan says:

    Awesome design! I love it, I would totally buy this.

  68. Douglas says:

    I would love to be able to purchase this.

  69. Shawna says:

    Beautiful!
    Please post a higher res version so we can see all the detail work that looks so brilliant but is impossible to see!

  70. Joe Dolan says:

    Would love one! Please let me know!

  71. Margarida says:

    I am interested in one too. Shipping to Europe would also be nice :)

  72. ren says:

    I can’t read it. fail.
    At least post a version you can see!!

  73. Shelby White says:

    Really appreciate everyones feedback.

    Great news—the poster should be for sale online hopefully within the next two weeks. I’ll be emailing everyone when its ready! As of right now the size will probably be 18 x 24 inches.

    I will also be announcing when its ready via the Bloglist

  74. Sara says:

    Yes keep me on your list. very interesting.

  75. Kat says:

    I would LOVE to hang one in my dorm room. Especially as a GD student having things like this can be so helpful. Please put me on your list to be informed on when orders will be able to be placed!

  76. Hey man,

    Love the poster. Would love to know when it’s on sale.

  77. Sara says:

    I forgot to add that I’d love the tutorial as well. Really interesting concept.

  78. I want the poster!

  79. Sara says:

    I also want to know how you collected that data! great project.

  80. Heather says:

    Am interested in the typefaces of the world poster, details? :)

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  82. deano says:

    I would love to get one

  83. Great idea, I am interested to buy a copy!

  84. Matilda says:

    I’d love to buy a copy of this poster!

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  86. P head says:

    Looks great but would love to be able to read it!

  87. Alice Cavalcante says:

    I would love to get one!

  88. warfangle says:

    I’d be interested in getting one if I could actually read the images you have up here. It looks pretty, but I’m also intrigued about the content. Which is impossible to see at such a low resolution. :/

  89. Shelby White says:

    I’m working on getting detail images of the poster so you can see more. Hang in there guys!

  90. Michael says:

    I’M BUYING THIS

  91. bonnie tanaka says:

    yes… print it…. love it….. want it……

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  93. Gerke says:

    I would LOVE on of those. Definitely order one online if you could ship them to the Netherlands!

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  95. DCos says:

    I’d love to have one of these. Beautifully done.

  96. Clive Cooke says:

    My wife loves typefaces – Please put me down for a print/poster

    How much and where do I send payment,

    Clive

  97. I would love to add this to my wall. great reference piece!!

  98. Big Horno says:

    want one!

  99. Lenny says:

    Beautiful.

    Please let me know when they are available for purchase.

  100. Rami says:

    I’d love to buy one of these — and know your technique if you care to share!!

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  102. cfrost says:

    make this happen… please! and add me to an email list of when you put more stuff up for sale!

    You have a guaranteed sale here.

  103. London says:

    Nice, cant wait to see the detail image.

    But Please change the title. Maybe: Typefaces of the Western World? or 50 Common Typefaces?

    I Agree with Peter Nelson above

  104. gtsak says:

    Very nice work Shelby. Congratulations.

    I would love to have one too.

    G

  105. Mauro says:

    Good idea the shop, we are waiting!

  106. Erik Vorhes says:

    I have the same question as @Steve. What are the 50 typefaces?

  107. Melissa says:

    The poster looks amazing, I’d love to be able to hang it on my wall. But it would indeed be really interesting and helpful to know what typefaces you listed.

  108. kathryn says:

    would love a copy of this poster!

  109. Sven says:

    Would Love to get One of those. Get your Shop up ,)

  110. M P Sieren says:

    Nice job!

    Please let me know if and when poster is available.

    m

  111. R says:

    I’d buy one.

  112. clare says:

    i’d buy one for sure. thanks!

  113. Bryan Esler says:

    I’d love to see a copy of this poster in our office…

  114. Luis Suarez says:

    wow definitely would buy one of those. it looks outstanding. love the simmetry.

    excellent piece of work Shelby.

    Luis S.

  115. ondrej says:

    this is pretty cool! i just wonder, where did you get the map of europe? because it still shows czechoslovakia, a country that doesn’t exist for almost 20 years now ;)

  116. Shelby White says:

    @ondrej Good eye! I completely missed that. It’s updated now.

  117. nice poster. But is it really “typefaces of the world”? Dont want to sound like an obnoxious snob, but could not resist thinking about the fact, that its just the US and Europe that have contributed to typography. I know type designers from India. I guess it could be named something else. Yet I say: very nice poster.

  118. Elizabeth says:

    I’d love to purchase a print of this!

  119. justinkine says:

    i hear from a website she said that the form of your site is very good !so i have a try here

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  121. Nic says:

    This is gorgeous. Love it.

    @Peter Nielson – from a fellow Australian, I looking forward to seeing your type poster.

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  123. Popolon says:

    Nice, but this is a really limited vision of the world ! USA and Eureope are only a really little part of world population, and have the common writing but some accents or ligatured letters. In world there are hundreds of writting systems, each one has several typeface style and lot of substyles.

  124. Melinda Kerr says:

    Hi. Great idea BUT as an AUSTRALIAN (remember we’re quite a large continent) I’m a bit put off you chose not to include us. We have world class designers and typographers…we even have electricity, cars and computers. Go figure. Great poster…just not typefaces of the world…

  125. Shelby White says:

    In response to the few comments showing a concern with their continent not being included. I stated in the post that the typefaces included here are the most popular and trending of this century. Its not a listing of every typeface.

    With that said, the majority of the most popularly used typefaces found through research, don’t come from continents such as Australia. This isn’t saying the U.S. is better than any other country, nor was I narrow-minded in putting together this graphic. This is showing research; this is a visualization of that data.

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  127. James Souttar says:

    It’s a nice graphic, but doesn’t ‘World’ include places like Japan, China, India and the Middle East? I also don’t see any lines connecting to Spain, Portugal, Mexico or Argentina, but at least half of the (Latin) types I use these days come from designers working in these countries.

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  129. Sherry Moutal says:

    Rich content, beautifully represented. Would love a print!

  130. ken says:

    As a graphic it looks nice, but as an infographic the bulk of the info is unclear. Lines are tangled in the micro view and for a macro view, the lines become one stream when the reach the continents. An example of how this affects the the info: Is the entirety of the midwest a mecca for typography? You bring alot of attention to the area with the converging lines: much more attention than you bring to where they all end up, California. I know it’s prescribed, but Tufte really does have incredibly insightful things to say about infographics.

    As far as design, I would critique the typography, specifically the letterspacing all around. Much too tight. You also might want to tone down the value on the the countries that are not on the type list. As it is, they are just as important.

    I would say for they type of look you’re going for with the infographic, you do not have enough info to display to really fill it up.

  131. ken says:

    ^Hope my english is good enough:)

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  134. tuomas says:

    Beautiful and readable!

    Just one nitpick, Switzerland isn’t an EU country.

  135. Shelby White says:

    @tuomas, thanks for catching that.

  136. Marian says:

    I like the map, but it’s sad you didn’t use the actual typefaces mentioned at all. Except for one, I reckon.

  137. Shelby White says:

    @Marian

    Initially I used all the typefaces but talk about a mess. Not to mention when you do this, you have to manage several different point sizes and weights for each face. It really was a nightmare and when receiving critique, a big point brought up was that it was much harder to read and virtually unnecessary to include each.

  138. Phil says:

    well done, visually striking, would love to read about how you did it

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  140. Brandon says:

    Pre ordered! Can’t wait to get it, awesome work Shelby.

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  145. lh3 says:

    Looks great … but I would have thought Palatino, one of the top 10 most popular and widely used typefaces of all time, would have been included in this list.

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  147. Tony says:

    Please let me kow when these are ready to purchase. Cheers

  148. Jesse says:

    I would love one!

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  150. Brandon says:

    Got mine today, the graphic looks great. The only suggestion I would make is to pay the extra for insured shipping. I went with USPS and my shipping tube got crushed, it left a quite a few ugly winkles in my print. Really kinda spoils the whole thing.

  151. Brandon says:

    But don’t get me wrong, the print is dope as hell. It’s a freak accident on USPS’s part and not Shelby or Scribble.com.

  152. Katie says:

    This is neat-o and I will be sure to share this (as well as link it!) with readers and friends :)

  153. Bartosz says:

    Hey, I would love to buy a violet one.
    Please let me know how can i buy it.

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  165. Charlton says:

    Fantastic how the written information is tied to its respective place on the center map. I think the purple example works best.

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