One of my favorite font sites is the Font Shop, which publishes the FontBook, a typeface compendium. Satisfy your font cravings with the FontBook app for iPhone and iPad– 730,000 typeface samples in your pocket.
730,000 Typefaces To Go
If you’re at all like me and other designers then you not only know the value of typography in design, but you scour the web for new fonts and your collection numbers into the thousands.
The FontBook typeface compendium takes up plenty of space on your iPhone or iPad, but you know that’s a small price to pay for the option to view fonts at your leisure.
As they say, ‘if typography were a religion, this would be the Bible.’
This on-the-go reference tool documents the libraries of over 100 type foundries which publish the works of over 1,600 type designers.
That means you have fingertip access to nearly 37,000 typefaces from 8,000 font families, which combine to display over 730,000 typeface samples.
The iPad and iPhone versions differ a bit. The iPhone has filters, searches, and lists, and is more practical on the go. The iPad version is for browsing and lusting.
Navigation is straightforward on the iPhone version.
Visually, search by Class, Designer, Foundry, Year, or Name. There’s also a curated font list with examples by use-case, stylistic period, popularity, and similarity.
Considering the 99-cent price tag, FontBook is hard to beat.
However, I’d be willing to pay more money if a few glaring flaws could be removed.
For example, the font tiles are the wrong way to browse fonts (some become so small as to be illegible).
The iPad is really the better way to view and search for fonts (screen real estate means everything). The iPhone’s screen is too small for the FontBook format.
There’s also no way around the size issue. FontBook needs about half a gigabyte of storage, so make sure you have space before you download.