Using FontBook to Identify Type

It’s hard to believe that the FontBook app for iPad has been out for almost two months. While we’re glad to imagine all the ways it will be used out in the wild, we’re even more excited to hear them firsthand.

Type designer/engineer Dan Reynolds told us the story this morning of how FontBook helped him pin down a few faces for his talk at ATypI.

I was in a research library here in Germany, the old Prussian state library in central Berlin. I needed to identify some typefaces in a few reference books from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The library was too dark to take clear pictures, and you really aren’t allowed to photograph in there anyway. So I pulled out my iPad, and set a line of text in FontBook, comparing a bunch of different fonts. The three-fonts-at a time Compare screen is my favorite feature in the whole app. I was able to find everything out that I needed (including, for instance, whether one book was set in Linotype Times, Monotype Times New Roman, or Typoart’s Timeless).

We’re glad to have helped make it possible.

Has the FontBook app helped you find something you’re looking for?

Let us know in the comments!

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