As our first President, George Washington was like hydrogen. Harrison's month-long Presidency was ended by a fatal virus. Ike was a well-known "Rebounder." American politics may not be an exact science, but Griffin Gonzales' innovative diagram draws on the iconic Periodic Table of Elements to present the history of the Presidency. Fascinated by Presidents since his third-grade obsession with Millard Filmore, Griffin now combines his study of government with self-taught design skills.
Traditional line-ups of our 45 commanders-in-chief can be as dry as a chalk board, but Griffin's version offers a wealth of interpretation: political parties, historical eras, leadership traits, and terms in office. The Presidents are still shown sequentially, but by borrowing the scientific structure of the Periodic Table, they're also organized into columns that teach historical and political lessons. There are even subtle "Easter egg" details, like the fact that Presidents who died in office are facing left (RIP, Abe). The poster makes a proudly patriotic display for teachers, young scholars, and political junkies. Designed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where both John Adams and John Quincy Adams attended Harvard University. Printed in Portland, Oregon.