The Periodic Table of Periodic Tables

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My weekend project.

I kept thinking about how clichéd and pervasive (and fun) the periodic table framework has become, and I thought, "Hey, there's no periodic table of periodic tables." I Googled it and I was right. So I made one. Consider this v 1.0.

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March 24, 2010 update: Updated to v 1.1 to fix errors and optimize. The zoomable/clickable version at is now fully operational, even if it's a bad way to use Flash.

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The big categories ended up being Foodstuffs, Beverages, Elements, Noble geeks, Communication, Design gases, Music series, Earth technologies, Awesomements, Objectments and the Undiscovered.

Dear chemists, dataviz geeks, wet blankets, etc: Please don't look for any true periodicity or science to the organization — it's just supposed to be a little bit fun and not a little bit sarcastic. There may be no end to the Internet, but this might just be the end of the misused periodic table.

Sources: Internet Database of Periodic Tables, jonesthought, Google, Wikipedia, curiosity, restlessness, etc.

Best viewed larger, duh. Actual size 100" x 60".

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  1. Boris SV 60 months ago | reply

    it is astounding how you did it. effort was worth it.

  2. Periodic Videos 60 months ago | reply

    Gutted you didn't include our Periodic Table of Videos, but kudos anyway!

  3. mariannes_stuff 60 months ago | reply

    awesome! this needs to be on a table of the four-legged variety! :D

  4. kightp 60 months ago | reply

    I have no idea who you are, but I think I love you. This may be the geekiest thing on Flickr.

  5. PugnoM 60 months ago | reply

    Awesomest thing I've seen in days!

  6. charleshlin 60 months ago | reply

    "Yo dawg, I herd u like periodic tables, so we put a periodic table in yo' periodic table, so you can look up elements while you look up elements."

  7. rfarahdj 60 months ago | reply

    The zoomable/clickable version at is not yet fully operational ...

  8. ★ 60 months ago | reply

    @rfarahdj: It is, but my server's been slammed so things are running slow. Getting hit by BoingBoing, Mefi, Make Magazine, BuzzFeed, Mental Floss, HOW Magazine, Neatorama, StumbleUpon and more has slowed things down.

  9. kirinqueen 60 months ago | reply

    I love the uber-meta. Well-done.

  10. wuunddasumitakut 60 months ago | reply

    wow! fascinating!

  11. deadjt 60 months ago | reply

    that's hugely ambitious and even more impressive. great work.

  12. sdmonty 60 months ago | reply

    Neato idea.

    Additions for v 1.2? => Periodic Table of Human Elements:

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  14. idblog 60 months ago | reply

    I have the periodic table of veggies on my wall in the kitchen. So love this!

  15. arnettpk [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

    We used to have a periodic table of the vegetables print in our kitchen when I was a kid. I didn't get the joke until many years later, in chemistry class.

  16. Shazz Mack 60 months ago | reply

    Would also purchase a poster!!

  17. auntieNkansas 60 months ago | reply

    Great work! What fun to explore!

  18. Swapnil.... 37 months ago | reply

    love it! thanks for sharing..

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