Bloody brilliant… Thank you all!
Words can’t express our delight in seeing Fontli live and being so loved even in these early stages. Many of you have already shared corrections/improvements/features which we are attending and prioritizing for our future releases.
One of the most frequent questions raised to us is the lack of an Android app. The reasons for this decision are many. Firstly, we have a very small crew working on Fontli. Developing a stable app with a set of key features first was our priority. Considering the huge fandom Apple products have among the design community, we took the plunge to create an iPhone app first. We also had a deadline to roll out the app in three months. This would not have been possible if we were targeting Android too, considering the numerous hardware specs that we had to address to. Our decision to go next for WP phone comes from the pure admiration we as type lovers have for the Metro UI. We wanted to make Fontli an ode to the excellent Typography on a Windows Phone. Again, the strict hardware and device spec that Windows has will help us in rolling out the app quickly.
We love Android! We want to build an Android App too. But at this point we are a little short on resources to go in that direction. Our sincerest apologies to all Android Type lovers for keeping you waiting.
Haven’t got the app on your shiny iPhone yet? Here is a taste of what you are missing out on. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fontli/id506650372?ls=1&mt=8
We have submitted the Fontli iphone app on Apple Store for approval!
It has been almost three months since we started working on Fontli. Though none of us from the development team can claim to be typographers, we are all type enthusiasts who love letterforms and have a penchant for the written/printed/rendered type. The idea of developing an easy way to spot and discover exciting typefaces led to the conception of Fontli mobile application.
From the very beginning we had one thing clear: We wanted Fontli to be a place of discovery and inspiration for type lovers. Reaching out to a bigger community of type lovers was our prime objective in shaping up Fontli. We took a “Mobile First” approach for the simple reason that Type is all around us and is the most ubiquitous design element and what better way to capture it than a mobile device. Fontli is designed to make capturing and showcasing of type the moment you come across it.
Thankfully for us Chris Lewis @chrissam42 from Myfonts.com has been very supportive with their wonderful API’s and we have shaped a lot of features based on our original design blueprints. Going forward, we would love to improve upon a number of areas like image quality enhancement, image filters, faster uploads, smoother performance, UX enhancements and more social integration (tumblr, posterous) to name a few. Our website www.fontli.com will also get a complete makeover soon! So stay tuned for more from us…
Geometry can produce legible letter but art alone makes them beautiful. Art begins where geometry ends, and imparts to letters a character transcending mere measurement. — Paul Standard, 1947
Fontli is shaping up pretty well. Hopefully by Jan 2012 we will be able to launch a beta.