Wednesday, 10:55pm
15 December 2010

Chemical Christmas

the science department
Graphic design
Visual culture

A periodic table of festivity from the London College of Communication

Jamie Hobson and Alison Prendiville at London College of Communication have designed this seasonal take on Dmitri Mendeleyev’s scientific diagram.

Christmas chemistry abounds as carbon, nitrogen and oxygen are transformed into (C)hestnuts roasting o(N) an (O)pen fire, (Sc)rooge turns into scandium and poor old (S)anta (Cl)aus becomes a rather smelly compound of sulphur and chlorine. As for yuletide cuisine, here’s looking forward to (Br)ussels sprouts and (B)randy rather than bromine and boron this year.

Periodic Table Christmas card wide

Periodic Table Christmas card left

Periodic Table Christmas card right

Read Tony Pritchard’s article about the Periodic Table of the Elements in the next issue of Eye magazine.

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