London graphic designer Allison Haigh has designed what could easily be called the pinnacle of minimalist periodic tables. While it probably won’t get you through your chemistry mid-term, its elegant entries lay out the atomic structure of each element, making it a lot more suited to hanging on your office wall than the specimen inside your textbook. One dot equates to one electron, so while hydrogen is nothing more than a single speck, Copernicium (below) takes on a symmetrical pattern of concentric rings. When it comes to rethinking the periodic table, it’s hard to top Theodore Gray’s treatment in The Elements, but Haigh’s design is beautiful in its simplicity, if not necessarily utility.

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