The Periodic Table of Periodic Tables

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.




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.




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".

  • Boris SV 5y

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

  • Periodic Videos 5y

    Gutted you didn't include our Periodic Table of Videos, but kudos anyway!
  • mariannes_stuff 5y

    awesome! this needs to be on a table of the four-legged variety! :D
  • Pat Kight 5y

    I have no idea who you are, but I think I love you. This may be the geekiest thing on Flickr.
  • Nancy Sims 5y

    Awesomest thing I've seen in days!
  • Charles Lin 5y

    "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."
  • simone righini 5y

    yo dawg!
  • rfarahdj 5y

    The zoomable/clickable version at is not yet fully operational ...
  • Bill Keaggy 5y

    @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.
  • rfarahdj 5y

    Bravo ...
  • Erin Stevenson O'Connor 5y

    I love the uber-meta. Well-done.
  • Paul 5y

    wow! fascinating!
  • Ford 5y

    that's hugely ambitious and even more impressive. great work.
  • Stephen 5y

    Neato idea.

    Additions for v 1.2? => Periodic Table of Human Elements:
  • markhenrickson 5y

  • Beth Mazur 5y

    I have the periodic table of veggies on my wall in the kitchen. So love this!
  • arnettpk 5y

    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.
  • Shazz Mack 5y

    Would also purchase a poster!!
  • auntieNkansas 5y

    Great work! What fun to explore!
  • Swapnil.... 3y

    love it! thanks for sharing..
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