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We have a periodic table shower curtain. It mostly uses Arial for its lettering, as you can see from the "R" and "C" in the heading below, though some of the lettering is Helvetica, like the "t" and "r" in the smaller caption.

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The lettering is very inconsistent. For instance, Chromium is set in a lighter weight than other elements - compare it with Copper

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Palladium is particularly special

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Platinum is Helvetica but Meitnerium is Arial - note the tops of the "t"s.

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Roentgenium is all Arial; Rhenium has a Helvetica "R" but an Arial "e"!

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It is a very distracting shower curtain.

Date: 2016-10-01 13:36 (UTC)
rmc28: Rachel smiling against background of trees, with newly-cut short hair (Default)
From: [personal profile] rmc28
I find it highly distracting because it sets off the Elements song in my head every time. I should have known it would be fonts with you <3

Date: 2016-10-01 15:44 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm guessing they had a design that was made before the naming of the latest batch of elements, and then updated it with whatever they had handy, apparently Arial? Which doesn't explain Rhenium, though.

Date: 2016-10-01 18:37 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] simont
From the details you describe I don't think I can construct an argument that the makers of your curtain actually did this, but the thought does occur that it would be quite fun to try to construct a periodic table with deliberately varying typography, in ways that were somehow appropriate. Font weight could vary with the density of the element, for example.

Date: 2016-10-02 07:42 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] womump (from
Closest I've found is "uchi’s Typographic Periodic Table of Elements"

Date: 2016-10-02 10:48 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds like a job for Metafont :)

Date: 2016-10-03 10:01 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think this is a thing common to shower curtains for some reason. My tube map shower curtain has the font varying wildly all over the place. In some places it's definitely New Johnston, with proper diamond tittles, but in others it's something definitely different, with round tittles and non-circular Os...

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