Today’s Obsession: Chartwell

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A great idea sure to spawn an army of copies, Chartwell from Travis Kochel is a clever use of the OpenType font format’s scripting capabilities. The typeface is made to create pie, bar, and line graphs in an extensible and portable way so that the chart can be expressed as both text and a graphic. To use it, turn off all ligatures, set tracking to zero, type in the cart’s values connected by plus signs. You’ll see the chart expressed as numbers. Turn on ligatures in the OpenType feature panel, and presto: visual representation with built-in translated intelligence.