The 28 best typography apps

From iOS to Android, Windows to web apps, the app world is brimming with ways to improve your typography skills and make working with fonts quicker and easier. So typographers, this one's for you – our pick of the essential typography apps that will make your font-oriented life a little easier (and in some cases a lot more fun).

01. AnyFont

  • Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

AnyFont lets you install any TrueTypeFont (.ttf), TrueTypeCollection (.ttc) or OpenTypeFont (.otf) for system-wide usage on an iPhone or iPad, without the need for a jailbreak. The installed fonts can then be used by any other app that accesses the iOS font book. This is currently the case with, for example, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Office Suite Pro, Office²HD and many other apps.

02. Font Candy

Mask your photos custom captions, symbols and gorgeous fonts with the Font Candy app. Developed by Easy Tiger Apps, this cool tool allows users to transform their images by adding shapes and gradients, layering images and applying different blend modes.

03. PicLab

Use the photo editor to create trendy typographic images
  • Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android

PicLab makes it easy to add typography to your photos, offering lots of fonts and full control over size, positioning, opacity, rotation and colour. You can also add things like layer illustrations, ornamentation and other design elements on top of your image.

04. MyFontbook

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Organise and view installed fonts easily
  • Platform: Web

With MyFontbook, you can organise and view installed fonts easily. Providing a number of tools to manage your fonts, MyFontbook is platform-independent and can be used across any web browser.

05. Typecast

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Typecast is a browser-based web fonts app
  • Platform: Web

Typecast is a browser-based web fonts app that enables you to experiment with over 23,000 web fonts from Typekit, Fontdeck, and Google Fonts – even if you don't have an account with those services.

06. Typecast (Google Fonts version)

As above, but accessible through Google Fonts
  • Platform: Web

Monotype has teamed up with Google to release a free, public version of Typecast that can be accessed through Google Fonts. It enables you to select any font on the Google Fonts website and then follow the link to the Typecast app.

From there, you can work with that font on text of any length and use a wide range of type controls to build clear, readable type systems through adjustments such as font size, weight and line spacing. Your work can be exported as production-ready HTML and CSS, or PNG files, to share with others or merge with comps.

07. Fount

Fount helps you identify typefaces that take your fancy
  • Platform: Web

As web fonts have become common online, the range of typography options available has increased dramatically. If you spot a font you'd like to use while browsing the web, it can be a bit of a headache to dig down into the website's code in order to work out which font you're looking at. Fount solves this problem by using a bookmarklet to enable you to instantly identify fonts.

08. Typekit

Typekit is integral to Adobe's Creative Cloud
  • Platform: Web

Font service Typekit was founded in 2008 by some of the web industry's most experienced designers and developers, bought by Adobe in 2011 and now forms an integral part of the Creative Cloud . With it, users can access thousands of fonts from within all the various Adobe tools. Find out more about how to embed fonts into your web designs using Typekit here.

09. Mix on Pix

  • Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Make your mark on your photos with multi-usage photo annotation app Mix on Pix. With an impressive selection of fonts to choose from, this app can help you with a whole range of interesting things, from creating nifty photocards to send to friends and family, to putting your signature on a photo.

10. Tiff

Tiff is a typography app that allows you to compare fonts
  • Platform: Web

This nifty little web app enables you to compare how letters look in different typefaces. Tiff is described as "a typeface diff tool that visually contrasts the differences between two fonts". When you first open the page, the letters R, g, h and e are being displayed in Helvetica ('Font A'). To change the font, click the blue 'Hide' button (which changes to 'Display') and start typing in the field. A drop-down menu of fonts will appear. Make a selection and the letters below will change accordingly.

To compare with another font, do the same in the 'Font B' field and the two fonts will appear next to each other. You can also change the selection of letters at the bottom of the page. And you can see the fonts close up by clicking on the square. At this point, Google Web Fonts is the only source of external fonts for Tiff.

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