Posts Tagged ipad

Learning Fonts Has Never Been Better

We love new type apps for iPad, & this one is perfect for the novice, & designer alike.

 Typogrpahy Insight is a digital encyclopedia of knowledge for anyone wanting to learn more about typefaces. Only we can assure you – in a much more user-friendly, & intriguing way. 

Typography Insight wisks you through the basics of type terminology, measurements, & type settings, while also allowing you to compare fonts side by side or overlapped.

It is now available to download on iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Type Specimen App for iPad


The Type Specimen App was launched in late February of this year. As the first of its kind, this free app acts as a font viewer for iPad. Once installed, you can begin to categorize & select fonts, view all available glyphs for specific font sets & access details of specific glyphs.

Another feature we love is the ability to combine & compare fonts – all from your iPad. Select the typeface you want, & assign it to a Headline, Subhead or Text area, choose your own combinations or from a list of presets. This app is particularly helpful if you’re in the process of selecting fonts for a project or publication – be it magazine design, web applications, book typesetting or corporate identity designs. Type Specimen also comes preloaded with more than two hundred original font styles.

You can watch a demo video for Type Specimen as well as download the app here.

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Typecasting at Apple

With huge spikes in iPhone and iPad sales, developers and designers are naturally concerned about the lack of typography these devices afford. When the much anticipated iPad was launched in April 2010, we were dismayed to find only a few font options. And while they’ve come a long way in a short time, if these devices are going to accommodate the creative expectations of designers and consumers, they’re going to have to step up their iOS font support.

It’s curious that a visually oriented company like Apple offers such anemic font control on these devices. Function trumps form, and while the company’s intention to keep tight control over its interface is understandable, it is also a bit disappointing. Creatives flock to Apple for its easy interface, its intuitive design, its streamlined structure.

Unfortunately, developers and designers aren’t able to fully capitalize on these functions because of limited choices. It’s a bit like being admitted to Disneyworld, and then being told you can only use the kiddy rides. What’s the point of having an innovative and powerful device that limits your viewing experience?

This contest between device and web design is an interesting one. Can creatives – Apple’s primary customer base – learn to be happy with the limitations? Or will the company be forced to expand its iOS font technologies?

Typography is critical to the user’s experience. Over time, technological breakthroughs in deliverable typefaces will be a game-changer, forcing even the most powerful mobile providers to give their customers an added measure of freedom. It’s just a matter of time.

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New iMac acts like iPad

As I suggested a few days ago with the announcement of the upcoming Mac OS X release (named “Lion”), Apple appears to also be working on a new iMac/iPad/touch hybrid.

Read more here

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iPad creates typographic holograms

This is so cool.

These designers have figured out a way to “light paint” with an iPad to create 3D animations on film.

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iOS4 (iPad, iPhone, iPod) and Fonts

The Prepressure.com website is a great resource for font-related info and tips, and their more recent post about how fonts work on Apple’s mobile platform operating system (now called “iOS”) proves this out.

Check it out here

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Creative Genius for iPhone

Yesterday we released the first version of the Creative Genius iPhone app.

Creative Genius will challenge your skills in art, music, architecture, fashion, and more. Rich graphics, great trivia questions, and fun games built around cool iPhone technologies will test even the most artistically gifted.

Choose from 3 levels of play and win a position in the Creative Genius Hall of Fame.

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