For those of us that are lucky enough to own an iPhone, there are hundreds of thousands of apps ready and waiting to be downloaded, all with the aim of bettering your life in one way or another. The more apps there are, the greater the role that the iPhone plays in our lives, reaching the point where it has now become indispensable.
For designers and typographers, the wealth of apps now available on iOS means that the iPhone can help with work and provide you with everything you need to learn, compare, and design various fonts. Last time I wrote about iPhone apps for designers, and here are the top ten font-related apps for iPhones:
Font Maker is an easy to use app that lets you create a wide range of different fonts. Fonts can be designed, customized and then used to write text messages, send emails or copy and paste them onto other apps. If you are really looking to impress (or baffle) friends, you can take to FaceBook and Twitter with your new font.
This app – available in free and paid versions – is a mini font editor that lets you edit font in text and send it out in photo format or by email. There is a wide range of features available (more with the paid version) that can be used to customize fonts to be used for writing fancy emails to friends.
The Font Game
Not an app that can help you in the designing or editing of fonts, but a very fun app nonetheless. The Font Game has been created by typography enthusiasts to test the user’s knowledge of different fonts. The game plays in three difficulty levels and can be good for helping to learn the various different fonts.
TypeDrawing is probably the best app of its kind on iPhone. By typing in a sentence and then drawing with your finger, you can create wonderfully unique images that use your sentences as brush strokes. A really creative app.
The Typography Manual
This app is better suited to graphic designers than it is to typographers who will more than likely be familiar with the information provided. The Typography Manual is a book and a glossary detailing the history of fonts and typography on the Web. A good resource to call upon when needed.
Font Gallery Preview
There is nothing flashy about Font Gallery Preview and its scope is only limited to iPhone users, however, it is still a great app for typographers to have. This simple app provides users with a list of all the fonts available in iOS and provides you with a preview of each.
Font-related apps also play a big role in helping Web designers and app developers. Like Font Gallery Preview, Fonts displays all of the fonts listed on the device, giving developers the chance to see what fonts are available and how they look in different point sizes. Each font family can be fully explored in detail.
With more than 19,000 Unicode font characters, 9,000 colors and a vast range of keyboard codes, Font Browser is one of the most useful apps for designers, developers and typographers on iOS. The app acts like a browser for Unicode font, color and keyboard keystrokes and is very useful if you are looking for the Web code for any color or trying to find out what fonts are used on the iPhone.
For anyone struggling to find the right font for your project, WhatTheFont can be a huge help. If you spot a font that you like the look of on a magazine or billboard, this app lets you use the phone’s camera to take a snap of it and will then searches its database to find the closet match.
This app is awesome and very easy to use. Simply type in your preferred message and watch as the app displays it using letters from various pictures posted on Flickr. The beautiful collage of letters can then be forwarded to friends, or put to good use in a project. All of the rights to photos are displayed when moving across the image, ruling out any fears you might have had about infringing copyright.Tags: apps, fonts, Iphone