Want to learn typography during your commute on a train or as you kill time in your favourite café? Then for $1.99 you can download the Typography Insight app. It was designed and developed by Dong Yoon Park, drawing on his experience in typography while attending design school.
He explains on his site: “Students in introductory typography classes are asked to memorize and understand the form of historically important typefaces such as Garamond, Baskerville, Bodoni, Century and Helvetica. As a beginner, it is difficult to see the subtle differences. This is especially true in traditional media such as paper textbook, where the typeface in question is presented in linear, small sizes, virtually unable to be truly examined. This ‘flatness’ makes it difficult to compare and find important relationships among typefaces.
“Typography Insight leverages technological evolutions in tablet devices, most notably the touch interface and high resolution display of the iPad, to visualize and manipulate typefaces. With Typography Insight, students can easily experiment and inspect the detailed shapes of historical typefaces. Consequently they can acquire a deeper understanding of the type, a virtue of any competitive designer.”