Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Periodic Table of Storytelling by DawnPaladin Periodic Table of Storytelling by DawnPaladin
A major update to this project has been released! Go look at the new version here:…


Pick a few squares that look interesting or familiar. Search for them here: Warning: you will probably not emerge for several days.

This was my final project for my Visual Design 1 class. During critique, a student suggested this could be made into a dart-board game, but Hollywood could never be allowed to play. (TVTropes has a similar idea, but without the darts.…
Add a Comment:

Daily Deviation

Given 2011-04-07
Periodic Table of Storytelling by *ComputerSherpa "is an incredibly clever use of the old fashion periodic table but put in a way that storytelling enthusiasts can relate to and understand. There’s a science to creativity after all." (Suggester's words)

Also suggested by =Jeysie:
"Kind of an unusual pick, admittedly, but one with an entertaining concept. It rearranges the "Tropes of Legend" from the TV Tropes Wiki that covers many patterns of storytelling, into an informative and quirky outline. The little "story molecule" examples at the bottom that put the symbols into practice are just fun little icing on the cake."

( Suggested by EmmyIsAZebra and Featured by Lilyas )
You know you have a winner when you spend more time looking at something than you intended to.

Although very tongue-in-cheek and humor-oriented, this piece does indeed breakdown the many elements in storytelling, both modern and ancient, and most likely future too.

Although others have tried to do similar things before, this is the first time that I have seen anything so... elegant, so organized, and so potentially useful.

The fact that it looks very much like the periodic table of elements is a testament to technique and skill.

You sir, probably spend too much time entertaining yourself with fiction. And for that we are all grateful. Have some LOLs on the house!
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
390 out of 394 deviants thought this was fair.

I was in awe of this. One of my favorite things to do on the internet is Roleplay and often plot development starts with trying to combine things we all know but in a new interesting way. You've made something here that i ADORE. I cant find an issue with it other than some of the colors are a little too close to each other and it can get confusing in that nature. I would also look into the abbreviations and see if there's anything you could change there to make it easier to read. my friend and i have already found it useful and i hope you continue to make more.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
164 out of 165 deviants thought this was fair.

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

LunaIntegrity Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haaaaaaaaaaaaa I love this :D
whatisinaname777 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
did you put "the red herring" up there? 
AnoelDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Very very nice.  TvTropes rule!
JPOEH Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
This is absolutely amazing!
DevilKnight292 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done. A quick and handy guide to common plots and their *ahem* elements.
Fiona-Ice-Onixwing Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
errorgance Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this will come in handy for any wouldbe writters out there :P Nice work!
Alura-the-Sage Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Um. How is it that I haven't come across this gem before now?
adberk Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow. Cleverest thing I've seen in ages! Bravo!
Murklins Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
late to the party, but dammmmn this is excellent! Good work. :giggle:
InfinityR319 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for making this TVTropes in a nutshell! It's really useful!
RosemaryStar Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist
I love TVtropes, I get lost in there quite frequently. Maybe this will help in keeping them straight. Thanks.
nodoprawdy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
How awesome. Very well done!
steam4power Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Artist
This is excellent.
I'm going to seriously use it to evaluate both campaigns for gaming and for my stories.
two-smokes Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Well, this is just plain awesome.
neijxyellow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Artist
I've noticed the protagonist of my fanfic
SimpleBend Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
This is so... beautiful. :iconhappytearplz:
Chucho-Luna Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is, like, the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. :iconamazedplz: I must have it!! :iconadorableplz:
ambassador-brouwer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
WOW. My screenwriting routine just got a lot more complicated... and yet a lot more AWESOME...
l0ro Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That... is amazing.
arpegius75 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Chromulus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the last part with the constrution chains of "famous" modern stories! >_< This is so great!
Lien-chan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
This, is the most pro thing I've seen on DA all year. And I've seen some pretty awesome stuff.
SilentKnight4 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bought the print. Love it! :heart:
serene-gemini Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
This is brilliant.
mizzzjulie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome! :)
DeskLife Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012   Writer
I love this! I've also added the poster to my wishlist. Yay for birthdays!
MissLadyGrim Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
dlp lol
HeliopianLycan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
TROPETASTIC! Just ordered a print!
wyntormoon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG, I LOVE THIS. I'm a periodic table junkie and a writer, and this is just the best of both worlds :) MUST BUY THE PRINT ;)
Zorua076 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Awesome. Heh. [Lei]. [Ind]. [Neo]. [Tbl]. [Lol]. This is great.
PlutoEmmaLoo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
sync85 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
SorrowLupe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Ooohhh... LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE!! :heart: Seriously, this is sooo cool! :drool: Very, very well done! :D :clap:
japGaijin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant concept! ...and a great remind yourself how much you don't want to take tomorrow's chemistry final exam...
Prophetella Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I would like to post this in Author Resources to my :iconturtletales: group. It is a wonderful reminder to a stuck fic writer!
Rivas Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very inspiring indeed:)
rymrytr Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Amazing work. Someone found you and posted a link on Scribophile dot com. It became so popular that it got its own Forum Post. :) Good Job!
sammywalkers Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
This is brilliant! :) Very well thought out, and kind of useful, too. Good job.
TheLolyLolGuy Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I want to buy it! O_O
DawnPaladin Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
dooooo iiiiit :D
TheLolyLolGuy Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I'm saving, but i'll see later because it would be nice in my room. :)
You roxx! Good luck! (^_^)
TheFrigidFanatic Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome. If I could use I definitely will.
tsuzuki-inu Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I love this. Seriously considering attaching a copy to some sheet metal so that I can throw magnetic darts at it. xD
cloudstorm101 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I am in a college class right now, and my professor is showing this to us. We are about to spend all class going over it. This is so very amazing.
DawnPaladin Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
That is SO COOL. :squee:
Add a Comment:
  • Art Print
  • Canvas
  • Photo
  • Art Gifts
Download PNG 1303 × 1632

More from DeviantArt


Submitted on
April 4, 2011
Image Size
407 KB


414,554 (20 today)
7,855 (who?)


Creative Commons License
Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.