Let me explain – I’m a collector and I’m often in second-hand stores all over the province. I was recently browsing through some t-shirts on one of my trips to my favorite used goods venue and noticed a shirt with a “Periodic Table” of Brooklyn, with elements listed that show off the best the famous New York City borough has to offer. I thought, “Hey, that would be great for New Brunswick, especially in honour of Canada 150.”
So I dusted off my graphic design training, inspired by that t-shirt, and went to work. I’ve been to every corner of this great province, through personal and professional travel, so I wanted the table to reflect all the great things you can find here, separated in different categories, identified with different colours – like the actual periodic table of elements. And, I also wanted to reflect the Canada 150 celebrations, so I expended and limited the table to 150 “elements”.
I included our post-secondary institutions (both public and private), parks, historic places, activities, museums, world-renowned homegrown businesses, founding nationalities/people, counties, cities, towns, First Nation communities, rural/urban communities (sorry villages, there are just too many of you), etc. I tried to be as inclusive as possible, but in some cases, like the activities and museums, I had to make subjective choices to fit in my 150 elements parameter. So please don’t be offended if your favorite spot is not listed – there is no ill will. This graphic could’ve been hundreds more elements long and I still couldn’t fit everything to see and do in New Brunswick!
This was my interpretation of how New Brunswick, my home, can be displayed as a “Periodic Table”. Maybe it will become a t-shirt someday too…
Noonan (right outside Fredericton, but originally from Edmundston)