FontBook™ – The Original Typeface Compendium, est. 1989
By Monotype GmbH
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Since 1989, the FontBook™ Editorial Staff has been the definitive authority on documenting and comparing commercial typefaces. In addition to researching the typographic works of past decades, the editors also keep abreast of new releases, which are now regularly added to the FontBook App in real-time via over-the-air updates, starting in 2011. The printed version of the FontBook was published in several editions from 1989 through 2006.
As winner of many prestigious awards* from around the world, FontBook App documents the libraries of 150 international type foundries who publish the works of 1805 type designers – covering 46,718 typefaces from 9479 font families (status: August 2016). The app presents the extensive content in over 600,000 typeface samples which can be intuitively spread out, searched, layered, moved, scrolled and combined like a collection of maps. While the iPad version is designed as an invitation to browse and play, its iPhone incarnation is equipped with filters, searches and lists, putting more focus on its practical use.
Five gateways invite you to delve into the world of typography visually, i.e. by Class, Foundry, Designer, Year or Name. A quick text search takes you directly to the font families, foundries or designers that you’re looking for. The app also features specially curated Font Lists which help you to search for fonts by practical and stylistic criteria, for example by use-case, genre, stylistic period, similarity or popularity.
On the iPad version only: Two types of bookmarks serve as helpful tools for compiling lists of favorite fonts and / or comparing your chosen typefaces using customizable sample texts and colored backgrounds. You can also share FontBook samples by posting them to Twitter or Facebook directly from the app, or by mailing them or saving them to your personal photo album.
* Apple iTunes Rewind, Top App ›Reference‹ (2011), Communication Arts “Best Interactive of the Year” (2012), TDC award “Communication Design” (2012), Communication Arts “Best Typography of the Year” (2012), Red Dot Award Communication Design Grand Prix (2012).
What's New in Version 5.0.0
• Completely revised user interface
• New app font FF Sero™, new app icon
• Easy access sample text editor
• Type family zoom feature via peek gesture
• Floating context menu (like, share, shop, …)
• iCloud synch (iPad/iPhone) of font favorites
• Smaller app download size
• Type news and features on home screen (iPad only)
• Stability and performance improvements
This app has fallen quite drastically since I first downloaded it five years ago. Today, it is virtually unusable. No clear way to favorite fonts, UI/navigation often breaks or becomes non-functional, many times it has trouble connecting to a network (despite iPad being connected), many fonts don't load, and it seems like there is little to no active support still happening. All support links lead to dead or not-found web pages.
Perhaps it is valuable strictly as a visual reference guide, akin to a printed type specimen book, but as an app it has become a pale shell of what it used to be.
Its alright but...
(this is mainly for the app developer)
There are a few things that could've been improved. The animation when going into tiles are annoying. We could do with a faster much transition to be honest.
Also it would be great if there is a way to display ALL the fonts in an A-Z list. Yes all of them.
Love the new design
Finally! I love this App. Indispensable tool for type lovers. I love that you can now see custom text in their list.