I Love Typography

iFont, iPhone

It has been predicted that Apple will have sold 45 million iPhones by the end of 2009. And that’s before it hits China. There aren’t hundreds of type-related apps for the iPhone, but here are few; and a few type-related tips too. (Helvetica Moleskine give-away details at the end).

iPhone apps

Recently released, MyFonts’ What The Font for iPhone is a terrific little app. The biggest barrier is not MyFonts’ image recognition technology (which has proven itself online), but the dreadfully inadequate iPhone camera. However, despite that it does a pretty good job. Just ensure that the lighting is good.



And remember, that even with a great photo and big type, there are no guarantees. Although the MyFonts database of type is big, there are numerous foundries and faces that just aren’t there. For example, you won’t see the likes of H&FJ and the Gothams. There’s a review of the app over at DesignWorkPlan. See my font identification post for further resources.

The next app (free) is imaginatively named Fonts. It’s incredibly ugly (I refuse to post the app home screen here, lest it set off a migraine), but it lists the iPhone’s system fonts.

link to iTunes app store

Knowing which fonts are installed on the iPhone will help with your font stacks. So, if you’ve chosen Lucida Grande, and wonder why it doesn’t display as Lucida Grande on the iPhone, then this app shows you why. [iTunes link]

FontShuffle from FontShop is aimed at helping you find typefaces. You can home in on a selction of faces by selecting from a number of categories and sub-categories (general to specific); e.g. serif > french > or sans serif > grotesque. It’s you pocket type catalogue:

font shuffle for iPhone

It was recently updated with 50% more fonts. Again, it’s a free app. I think it could be educational too — in teaching the basic type categories. [iTunes link]

The next is a fun little game by the name of Kern. Not easy to describe how this one works, so take a look at the Kern site for instructions. Basically you play at letter spacing. More fun than it sounds.

kern iphone

Price: a mere $0.99. [iTunes link]

Another game, and one that can be quite addictive, is iLT’s own FontGame:


I’ll talk to the Kari, the maker of the FontGame, and see if we can develop it further. And of course you don’t need an iPhone to play this one. There’s also a regular (no pun intended) version of the FontGame.

Would be happy to hear your suggestions for improvements, or additions to the game.

iPhone font tip

I’ve heard many complaining that they don’t have access to accents (diacritics) on the iPhone. If you don’t already know, then you simply have to press and hold down the key, and you’ll see a list of alternates, like so:


The standard US keyboard has quite a few accents, but if you want something like ý (y acute), as in Josef Týfa, then simply turn on the Czech keyboard: settings > general > international > keyboards.


ShinKanji isn’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in Japanese, then this is really useful. Includes handwriting recognition. Just draw the character (Kanji) with your finger, and it finds it in the extensive Japanese dictionary:

shin kanji

The Lite version is free. The standard ShinKanji, with an expanded dictionary and alternate input and search methods is $5.99 (much cheaper than an electronic dictionary). Might be worth consulting before you get that gorgeous Japanese tattoo.

Type themed wallpapers for iPhone from TypeNuts:

typenuts iphone wallpapers

Even some for the G1 & BlackBerry. I promise to add more for those devices.

And the lovely poolga. Not all type-themed, but lovely, nonetheless:

poolga iphone wallpapers

I wonder what’s next for the iPhone. Imagine a mobile version of FontStruct, or … well, I have some ideas too, so stay tuned. So, if you’re an iPhone developer and you’re interested in collaborating, then please mail me.

If you have your own type-related tips & resources for the iPhone or other mobile devices, then please share below. And, if you’ve used any of the above, let me know what you think.

My apologies to those who do not have or don’t want an iPhone.

Helvetica Moleskine give-away

I mentioned here that I’d be giving away some of these beautiful limited edition Helvetica Moleskines, produced by the Helvetica Project in Japan:

I have already given away three. I have another two to give away. The winners get to choose black or red. I paid full price, plus postage, so although I’d love to give them all away, I’m stretching it with five. Of course, if there are any philanthropic souls out there who’d like to donate some cash, then I’ll give away even more (and mention you, if you so desire).

helvetica moleskine

So, how to win one? I’ll give one away to someone in the comments below (might regret that); the other I’ll give to a random twitter user who tweets about iLT. It needn’t be a tweet about this competition. And you needn’t tweet multiple times. No prizes for driving twitter users crazy with iLT tweets! I’ll announce the winners within the next few days. Always difficult to know how to run these give-aways; if you have a better idea, then do let me know.

moleskine helvetica limited edition

The remaining 10, I will sell. Not sure of the price (approx US$30 + postage). I’ll set up a shop with someone like bigCartel. Hope to have it live by Monday.

I will also have some limited edition handmade bags (made from sail cloth, and until now, not available outside of Japan):


I’ll try to post some better photos later. And, another type-related Moleskine project. More details to follow.

Other give-away winners

@justincraigen got a copy of the font management app, Suitcase Fusion 2. Courtesy of Extensis. Winner of the Bolda Display font give-away is @chergaoui. I used twitRand to choose the winner (and did some quick checks for multiple accounts).

Coming up …

A monster-sized the week in type, and a number of educational articles, including one all about the zero (promise it’s not as boring as it sounds); some more translations (German & Japanese) … oh, and that iPhone app, and lots more.

Have a great week, and thanks for reading.


  1. Crikey, that’s not Arial on that sailcloth bag is it? And I always assumed sailcloth was used for making sails. Oh, well, thanks as ever for the stunningly mammoth selection of inspiration, and giving me another excuse to get an iPhone.

  2. Ben C

    Gah, I’d so love one of those Moleskines!

  3. Great lovely quality post.

  4. Josh
    Nothing wrong with Arial numerals. However, some of the bags will have my own chosen typeface. I must admit to being quite a fan of my iPhone. By no means perfect, but …

  5. Mhhhh! So much nice iphone app up there. Too bad I can’t afford one of those pretty device.
    And most of all, thanks for you post on FFFFound post :) That’s very nice of you.

    I’m going to re-tweet the contest right now, just in case (I planned to give away my already bought copy to a friend, so I can still complain about not having one).

    Have a great week too!

  6. thanks for that list! i really like Kern, the interface is great too.

  7. Type game? Well, that might be worth a try!

  8. Thanks for posting about the great font related iPhone apps. Installing a few of them now (and looking into the great backgrounds)!

    Article Correction: The “ugly” font app is named “Fonts” (plural).

  9. Thanks, Kevin. Fixed.

  10. Amanda

    Maybe I’m just old fashion, but I just can’t let myself buy an iPhone, at least not yet. I’m just not about to throw down that much money for a phone and, hence, waste even more of my day with the internet so readily available with this phone in my purse.

    I.love.those.moleskins! That deserves to be in my purse much more readily than an iPhone ;)

  11. Those Helvetica Moleskins are soooo expensive, it’s awesome that you’ve given / are giving that many away. Props to you :D

  12. Ah, the black moleskine is fantastic! Granted I have so many empty notebooks lying around, but I’m sure I’d put that one to good use. Also I LOVE the bag!

    I’ve always thought the iPhone was a bit much for me, but with all these awesome apps coming out, I’m beginning to resent my blackberry…

  13. ingie

    it would be great to have one ^___^
    also, you just make me wanna go and get myself an iPod.

  14. Nice post ! Gotta love those Helvetica Moleskines

  15. jarek

    I need to finally get an iPhone. Btw to all iTunes store users, look for iTunes gift cards codes that are selling by iTunes affiliates, I bought $100 for $33… and work perfectly :)

  16. Amanda
    Guess it depends how one works. For me, the iPhone has virtually replaced my laptop when I’m out. They can, however, be quite a distraction!

  17. martien

    i wish i could twitter.. moleskines look beautiful!

  18. giving away the moleskines is nice*, but what about the bag? my freitag bag would love to have a japanese cousin! ;)

    * well, ok, more than nice, as i want one too, but i don’t want to come across as too…you know.

  19. I think I really need an iPhone :/ Why don’t you give away one :D

  20. Commenting and tweeting. :)

  21. jarek

    I would love to use the Black Moleskine for trip reports on my bicycle trip around Africa :)

  22. I WANT ONE! Look up “ilovetypography.com is my heart and soul” on Twitter.

  23. Been a fan for a few months now, and as such I’m ashamed to say it’s taken the possibility of a gorgeous helvetica moleskine to get me to leave a comment. Still, keep up the great work!

  24. Awesome post. Lovely Helvetica Moleskines.

  25. I think you have found my week spot… i have been trying not to buy an iphone for quite some time but after this post i don’t think i’ll be able to resist for much long. Getting really curious with that next moleskine type project!

    Have a nice week!

    Ps: I noticed you’ve been translating some articles, if you ever need help translating to portuguese just let me know!

  26. Another great post. Didn’t know about the Kern app. Looks like fun.

  27. The more type-related apps that are released for the iPhone, the more I want one. I was fine with not wanting one for a long time, but now…damn.

    The kind people at Extensis threw the FontDoctor application in as well. No more duplicate or dodgy fonts!

  28. skay

    moleskine and helvetica….perfect.

  29. Kern is so much fun, I almost feel bad about myself for enjoying it so much.

    Those Moleskinea are so amazing. Definitely going to try to get my hands on one. Thanks for the opportunity, Johno.

  30. jegHegy

    I’d love a red Moleskine. :O

  31. >It’s incredibly ugly
    haha, we are very spoiled within the apple ecosphere

  32. Ben H

    Thanks for telling us about What The Font?! Please put my name in the hat for the Moleskines.

  33. Bárbara S.

    I honestly don’t know whether I hate you (for having all those Helvetica moleskines) or love you (for giving some of them away).

  34. brad

    I think its about time to get me an iPhone.

  35. well, I’ve already expressed my interest in these on Twitter, but I’ll go ahead and get my $0.02 in here anyway: want want want :-)

    I like the black one, actually. The embossing stands out better – IMHO

  36. Roman

    Your blog is the most useful and interesting from all I’m subscribed to.


  38. Is it just me or are these moleskines turning in a god-like item!

  39. WhatTheFont App is great, just finished an full review at my weblog. Just installed KERN, reminds me of the golden oldies arcade games. Have a great week!

  40. Oooh, free stuff!

  41. Want one, love that not everything is “tweeted”. Some people just like posting more than tjilping :p.

  42. Mikko

    Less toys more boys! Still trying not to buy iPhone :) But damn, those Helvetica Moleskines! Thank you for the post again.

  43. NatB

    If I had something creative or constructive to add I would, but sadly not. Will the Moleskines be sold elsewhere around the world? Though having said that my student budget cries at the thought. Please put my name in the hat!

  44. Yep, those Moleskines look beautiful.

  45. Lauren P.

    Thanks for these tips! I just won an iPod Touch on ebay the other day & have been looking for fun apps I can add. Great timing! :) I’m drooling over the Helvetica Moleskines…

  46. The Moleskine looks nice ! Especially the red, but I have a thing with red…

    Still, the more I see about the iPhone/iPod Touch, the more I am convince it’s gonna be the future of computing. With better screen, and resistive technologies ! Get me to dream awake.

  47. That kern app looks pretty sweet.. I love the 16 x 16 grid design! Oh those helvetica moleskines are oh so pretty :).

  48. Yeah, I’m going to have to check out that Kern app!

    I’d love one of those red Helvetica Moleskines! I was hoping to buy one until I saw that hefty price tag, even if I don’t win one of yours, I would gladly pay $30 bucks for one from your store.

    Keep up the great work on the site – you’re still my favorite typography blog!

  49. maeda

    you’ll have to copy paste some lottery algorithms, or letter shape design competition, letter K!

    ))) o(@.@)o (((

  50. I know that I shouldn’t really be feeding my Helvetica habit, but I can’t resist. As someone who has just spent almost the entire weekend (and until 4.30am this morning) tweaking a WordPress template to ‘Helveticize’ it for an imminent site launch, I think it would bring a suitable close to my weekend to know that one of these notebooks was on the way. I can live in hope, can’t I?

  51. Thanks for the post! WTF is a pretty cool app.

  52. Hrvojeb

    Now I really must get iPhone. I don’t know what was I waiting all this time anyway. Also I put you in my RSS reader long time ago. Always enjoy your posts, but I never comment because I didn’t have anything to add. But since this time you give away that nifty Swiss Moleskine… I might give it a shot.

  53. Ivan

    Want one of those Helvetica Moleskines :)

  54. I would love to have a Helvetica Moleskine! They are very beautiful.

  55. the bag is gorgeous! the sling makes it look like a Freitag sailing edition.
    I’m not sure wether it’s acceptable to have Arial on it after watching Spiekerman getting at it here http://www.vimeo.com/2218639
    ; )

  56. I like the Black Moleskine but if it´s red, no problem…

  57. Rafael

    I like the black one as well.

  58. David

    I’d like to have a moleskin!


  59. I do not have a Twitter, so I will have to comment here on the Moleskine giveaway! :) Thank you for this generous offer, I may have swooned a little bit the first time I saw those…

  60. Kari Pätilä

    Improving the font game, eh? It just so happens that I’m starting to have some free time available. Just wondering how it would look if I’d try to extort a Moleskine for the trouble from you… It might be a bit unfair for the readers, though.

  61. Johanna

    Oooh, pretty! :)

  62. Oh, one of those Moleskines would be fabulous!

  63. With a prize like this in the offing, how could I *not* post a comment?

    Also - I’m sitting here trying to think of reasons why I shouldn’t get an iPhone. I’m really trying, but it’s hard!

  64. Catherine

    Ooooh I’d love a red moleskine as I’m Swiss myself!

  65. Wow great post!
    I had no clue about all those font apps except for fontshops.
    & great wallpaper’s too.
    Black & white wallpaper’s look so sick on the iPhone.
    Those moleskins are fantastic too!

  66. Michelle


  67. I was just reading through your post, thinking “Gosh, I should write a tweet about this, ‘cause I know I’m not the only font geek in my Twitter lineup…” … and then I saw your contest :) I’d love a Moleskine - I’ve got a few years worth of calendars already, and would like a place to jot non-daily things!

  68. Eric Ellenberg

    Love the site, and love those moleskines. Thanks for being so generous!

  69. Alexander Seifert

    Ha! That’s timely! Just yesterday I discovered (and subscribed) to iLT, and an hour ago I bought my first iPhone from ebay :-)

    Can’t wait to try these apps and develop my own!

    Greetings from Austria

  70. I wish I had an iPhone reading this post. I also wish they weren’t AT&T exclusives, I really don’t like them.

  71. Tiago Pregueiro

    Great Blog!

    Following iLT directly from Portugal!

    Bright regards!

  72. peter

    No skin like the Moleskines … One anonymus blog reader is me, great inspiration each week again is you … keep it up!

  73. Oh my, I would love a Helvetica Moleskine!

  74. This is a pointless comment left only to have one of those Helvetica Moleskine. :)

  75. nice job — you are really honing in on the burning desire for those Helvetica Moleskines — thing about those I find funny is that it’s probably mostly digital designers that are pining for them, and yet the pen&paper nature of them seems to contradictory…hehe;
    ahh— such is the way of our creative art

  76. Remember that most of these apps (such as the games — but not apps like WTF that need the camera) should work on an iPod Touch also. Some of us don’t want to spend $70/month on phone/data services.

    This is an only slightly less pointless comment to gain eligibility for the Moleskine drawing. (^_^)

  77. Dan

    Can I please have it in the Univers version? ;)

  78. I would love love love one of those moleskines!

  79. Erm, I’d like one of thiose Moleskins. Thanks.

  80. I want a red one! Choose me!

  81. Joe O

    ilovetypography woo!!

  82. Aaron Trubic

    These moleskines are beautiful. I NEED one!

  83. Not Swiss (French, colode, but no) but l would love one of these! :)

  84. Josh


    Just wanted to see if you had any plans to mention the Karmina and Karmina Sans typefaces from TypeTogether. I didn’t see them mentioned over the past year in your Monthly Fonts sidebar. I know Karmina is a few years old, but the sans just came out, and I am a fan of them.
    Karmina Sans:


  85. I would love to win one of the books!

  86. Johno,
    you might want to fix some typo there: “Type themed wallpaers for iPhone …” :)

  87. Oh man. I wouldn’t mind one of those Helvetica Moleskines. No, in fact, I would love one. So, please… Notice me! NOTICE ME! :D

  88. Man, these apps are *highly* addictive! BTW, my first score at FontGame was 30! Not bad, hum?
    And I’d love to win one of these Moleskines… They are so expensive here in Brazil… The red is wonderful!

  89. Emma V.

    A Helvetica Moleskine, now that’s a stylish notebook!

    By the way, lately I’ve been turning into a total typography addict, mostly thanks to your blog :D

  90. I’ve been looking for some new iPhone apps!

    (But mostly I just want one of those Helvetica Moleskines)

  91. sjaq

    That bag looks awesome. Also nice list of iPhone apps, whatthefont works really good. Too bad for the crappy iPhone camera.

  92. niice! i would really love having this.. i have 4 new squared moleskines lined up since i use them so often!

  93. Lot’s of iPhone content today—and typenuts has been consumed by me and my feedreader as well recently :-)

    Speaking of iPhones… A black Moleskine would go well with mine ;-)

    I had to tweet: http://twitter.com/schrader/status/1213457556 ;-)

  94. Great post Johno :)

    I just downloaded the kern game last night and couldn’t stop myself! Eye vs Eye is also a brilliant creation from the same creators of Kern. “What the Font” has also been a handy little app the past few days since it was released.

  95. Joanna

    I enjoy read your blog! The work you show inspires me as I learn more about typography and graphic design! Those moleskins are really cool.

  96. I’m a huge fan. Many thanks for all the hard work you put into making this site a pleasure to visit. The Graph handbags are filthy awesome as well.

  97. Jolin M

    Moleskine? : )

  98. Those moleskines look really cool!

  99. Those Helvetica Moleskines look gorgeous, especially the red one!

  100. Moleskine & Helvetica: can it get any better?!
    Great post about the iPhone apps, hope there will be more!

  101. Those are some great apps! I need that helvetica moleskine! :]

  102. Dustin Lynch

    I want to know where I can find a helvetica iphone!

  103. Jared

    Those Moleskines look great.

  104. Marcelo P

    iLT, Moleskine and IPhone. Now that’s a good jam!

  105. The moleskine would be awesome to have. Such a nice giveaway.
    Oh, and this blog is amazing.

  106. I’m not going to pretend that I would have commented her had you not been giving away a helvetica moleskine. I would have read and enjoyed your post nonetheless, however. (and, like others commenting here, ached for an iphone to purge my wallet on great apps with)

    allow me to spare a moment of your time to describe to you my wish (nay, need) for one of these exquisite moleskines. I have broken this into handy sections, for legibility and accessibility.

    > I have never owned a moleskine, despite buying a great many as gifts for friends and family. I am of the opinion that they are objects that belong to the category of “strictly gift”, and as such, have never purchased one for myself. You might argue that requesting such a gift in a comment on a blog might be cheating the system somewhat, but what better way to start someone on their moleskine journey than a helvetica moleskine?

    > I am about to embark on a long journey (across Brazil, since you ask) and I am in dire need of a good notebook, with which I can document my travels, write down useful portuguese words, and fill it’s pages with intricate and shaky-handed doodles constructed at 3am in the nightbus on the potholed track from Fortaleza to Jericoacoara.

    > These helvetica notebooks should be used, rather than saved and kept in their wrappings and worshipped at the altar of all things swiss typography. I think helvetica is an awesome typeface, and moleskine make good notebooks. Together they are awesome. But saving something that has been designed (so very well) to be used time and time again, in a plethora of different ways, is like buying a wolf, taking it’s teeth out, and making it eat cooked cabbage.

    I hope whoever gets these moleskines uses them, and doesn’t keep them in a drawer.

  107. Liz

    Great post, sharing it with all my friends who have an iPhone.

  108. Thanks to Liz for sharing - and you for posting! this is awesome!

  109. As a huge fan of fonts and the iPhone this is nifty. The Kern app looks nice. :) Typography is awesome.

  110. I only recently discovered iLT. Wow, what a great site, I’ve spend some time going back over the archives and have found it a very informative, stylish and fun place for all things type.
    Keep up the great work.

  111. Lu

    Oh my, that is one nice looking moleskine :). Make it mine

  112. Mark

    A moleskine is a beautiful thing. I never knew there were varieties outside of the traditional black ones, even limited edition ones.

  113. Moleskine please!

  114. Nice moleskiennes. I can’t spell it, but I can put pictures in it :P

  115. Oh! I’d love that black moleskine, it’s lovely! Very generous giveaway. :-)

  116. Omigosh. I have been wanting/needing this moleskine forever.

  117. Oh man, those apps move me ever closer to buying an iPhone. I can’t afford one but it’s so tempting to be able to identify type while walking around (in the rare case I can’t identify one on sight).

    Damn you Apple and you’re amazing products *shakes cane*

  118. Yudhi Sutjiawan

    Hi my name is Yudhi and I’m a Helvetica addict – and a moleskin virgin. I used to use Arial before my friend start shoving Helvetica in front of me. At first they gave it to me for free. They let me ‘sample’ the regular weight to have a taste for it. After a while, I had cold sweats all over my body until I have a fix of Helvetica. Arial just doesn’t do ‘it’ anymore. I started to experiment with the light faces, even up to ‘thin’ ones when I’m feeling lucky. This keep going for a while until one of my friend showed me the 75 bold face. I thought I have met my calling! I kept on using Helvetica 75 Bold up to now, without doctor’s prescriptions.

  119. That Kern game is interesting. Makes me want to get an iPhone, but it’s out of the budget for me (still a student without a job). And perhaps superfluous. But thanks for the info, though.

    I have to get my own laptop first. Haha. :)

  120. Nice collection of iPhone related type apps/webapps. Those Helvetica Moleskines are uber sexy. Had my friend search around Switzerland for them, no luck.

  121. S

    I need an iPhone, so I can identify the 17.

  122. I just bought KERN! I describe it as a pretty Tetris:) I <3 my iPhone and appreciate all the wallpapers, thanks!

  123. Emily

    those are some really cool looking iPhone apps. too bad I don’t actually have an iPhone. :<

    those moleskines look really nice…

  124. Rachel

    I don’t even know how many giveaways I’ve shot for and lost, so here’s hoping once more!

    All these pretty things just make me want an iPhone, dammit!

  125. bárbara

    that is one nice looking moleskine

  126. I love Moleskines!

  127. Nick

    ya its pretty.

    and thinks for the iphone app info!

  128. I love I love typography.

  129. Diogo

    I love typography is the best ! :)

  130. Would love to get one of those red Moleskines!

  131. Count me in. I love Helvetica and Moleskine. Talk about a perfect match.

  132. Bronson

    I really wouldn’t mind a Helvetica Moleskine!

  133. Mmm those are nerdilicious moleskines!

  134. You can buy similar bags at seabags.com, they are made from used sails, and you can get custom designs, numbers and other cool stuff. If you call in your order instead of placing it online, they are very helpful with custom orders.

  135. Agh! I’d love one of those moleskines! I’m obsessed!

  136. Christie

    I wish I could think of something clever to say to get me in the running for one of those moleskines. I guess I will just have to leave it up to fate. Keep up the great work!

  137. If only there was FontCase for the iPod…

  138. I am looking forward to try to skip a swiss customs with that red moleskine ;-)

  139. oh, i didnt know about kern, just bought it. thanks again johno!

  140. iain

    My veteran black Moleskine is pining for a bit of company from saucy young red Helvetica.

  141. David

    I feel quite guilty that my first comment should be for a giveaway but what a prize it is! I love your site, and I always look forward to sundays. i also can’t wait for the serif/sanserif usage article promised long ago =)

  142. im down to purchase one! :D

  143. James

    I’m here to fight for the red Moleskine. :-)

  144. Tomato

    That Helvetica Moleskine! Two perfect things combined. I almost did buy one but I am not allowed to use a credit card! Help me out, give me one, please!

  145. Jack F

    Would love a moleskin :D

  146. Maybe Moleskine will produce a special green version just for iLT?

    They look lovely.

  147. Would love one of those Helvetica Moleskines. Doubt I will win one though sadly, maybe it’s the store for me! Very generous of you to give away so many.

  148. Hi I would like to win one of those moleskines, black or red, I’m not fussy :)

  149. id love to have one of the helvetica Moleskines.

  150. Luuk

    hooray! giveaway!

  151. kalbir

    moleskine, hurrah!

  152. I’d absolutely love a moleskin! Just moved into London, would definitely help me get a little more organised!

  153. I believe I would absolutely love one of those moleskines

  154. H

    I can’t just imagine both Helvetica Moleksine & my iPhone, face to face in my costume jacket…

    Good topic. Think i will test the Kern app.

  155. Well its worth a go - I too would love one of those moleskines. So far I have a collection of 26 (all black), all used from the last few years. A pretty red one would certainly stand out on my bookshelves.

  156. fallenartist


  157. SirCrumpet

    However could I turn down an opportunity like that?

  158. Magic Sam

    That handmade bag reminds me of Freitag: http://www.freitag.ch

  159. Joe Sites

    I’d love to replace my blank black moleskine with one of those beauties. :)

  160. Dean

    Probably an effort in vain. I would love one of those Helvetica books!

  161. More of a vain effort to obtain the moleskine of a lifetime. Oh, sweet sweet typographic nectar.

  162. Helvetica isn’t just a font. It is a lifestyle, and ideology and a font!

    A Moleskine (in red) would be my daily source of inspiration if I was lucky enough to win one.

  163. A Red Helvetica Moleskine doesn’t sound so bad at all!

  164. LibraryGirl

    I am a moleskin virgin, so a Red one would help a girl out. Then I too would truly understand the need…

  165. Interesting apps. Love the moleskins. Love Poolga.

  166. Great posts! Love the moleskines. That iphone apps, specially the FontShuffle is very interesting.

  167. Di

    Obviously, this is THE time for anyone creating typography. Or games, for that matter, such as the KERN.

    I was listening to a National Public Radio interview of one of Apple’s original gamers - don’t know his name. He said the last year with Ipods and Iphones has been a revision of the 80’s when games first came to computers.

    To be the first (if it’s not already too late) to come up with typographies specific to ipods, iphones, blackberries will be the ones who cash in.

  168. Wow, that’s an amazing amount of comments on here! But then again, those moleskines are pretty neat, and those apps look cool too. Yet another reason to purchase that iPhone

  169. Carleton Wilson

    Cool iPhone apps. Unfortunately, I don’t have an iPhone.

    Love ILT though, and would love a Helvetica Moleskin just as much! Cheers!

  170. Those Helvetica Moleskines are totally rad. I only have two pages left in my lowly non-Helvetica Moleskine, so that would be incredibly convenient. Also - nice work with the FontGame iPhone app!

  171. Sebastian

    oh my… I just fell in love with the red Helvetica Moleskine. Would perfectly fit in my grey bag.
    Otherwise I would have to buy an iPhone to get some cool new typo stuff…!

    Anyway. Thanks for the efforts you are doing with this wonderful website. One of the best on the net regarding typo and design.

  172. I’m a big fan of the Font Shuffle app and find that with the new update it became even more versatile. Love the site by the way.

  173. Oh man. What the Font for the iphone? (Swoon!)

    Also, thanks for giving up these yummy Helvetica Moleskines and bag to your readers! You’re the best!

  174. What the font’s a moleskine?

    I’m new here. I like it.

    I am also comfortably, tragically out of touch.

    Enlighten me.

    Thank you.

  175. I would love love love a Helvetica Moleskine. Does it double my chances if I comment AND tweet? Well, just in case, I’m going to. :)

  176. these things are almost to nice to use. I sure they make protective glass cases for it…

  177. Dude, that FontGame is awesome. Great way to train your eye to recognize typefaces (at least common ones, anyway).

    Also, moleskines are awesome. I’d love to have one so I can write a romantic novel and then kill myself out of despair. I’ll even do it with a Swiss Army Knife to fit the theme. It’ll be epic.


  179. Luis Bameule

    I’ve been following iLT for a while, but always in lurk mode as I’m really just a big enthusiast of type and typography - I’m learning a lot and realise I wouldn’t add much of value. But in this case, that Helvetica Moleskine has prompted me to write.

    Keep it coming, and congratulations!


  180. Javier Salinas

    Funny how things are: I have a first generation iPod Touch and besides my music the only movie I have on it is the documental movie: Helvetica (if you have not seen it, check it out, it will like you, trust me) and I been making up my mind for buying an iPhone, here is Mexico they are really expensive, so all the time I only carry my old nokia mobile, but in this article are entangled two subject that keep my interest: the iPhone and Helvetica font.

    by the way: did I mention I really want that Helvetica moleskine? just in case :-)

  181. Bonnie

    Kern is actually one of the top paid word games in the App Store, I think—I’ve seen it before. It’s such a funny little concept…I haven’t tried it yet, though.

    I wish that the iPod touch had a camera….curses! But then, the iPhone is just too impractical. (Data fees + switching to a carrier with practically no coverage in my area? Um, no.)

  182. great info on type and the iphone!

    very nice of you to give away the notebooks, would be great to have that black one :D

  183. Matty Ryan

    Seems like everyone wants the Moleskin. :)

  184. Great post. I love the iPhone even more. And the Helvetica Moleskine and sailbag… sigh, Japan has it all.

    Thanks for sharing.

  185. I want a fancy Moleskine!

  186. Victor Zuniga

    It’s crazy how this page already has a bunch of comments. I wonder if it has to do with that Helvetica Moleskine…

  187. Moleskine’s are an addiction. I love them. I need them. But I have to rob banks to get my fix.

  188. Armando Roque

    Hola John–
    Te escribo desde Caracas (Venezuela). Quiero ganar uno de esos Helvetica Moleskine… the black one would be very nice.


  189. I love my Moleskine, but a Helvetica one… now that would sure be the bee’s knees.

  190. Wooooooooow those Moleskine are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    I’d really really love one :)

  191. Just downloaded the What The Font app. Such a great idea.

    Really digging that red Helvetica Moleskine. So nice!

  192. demargo

    red, please

  193. Victor Zuniga

    If i get lucky, any color would be nice….

  194. I’d be willing to pay $30 for one of the Helvetica Moleskines. Be sure to let us know when you have a store up. Cheers!

  195. How about hosting some simple type-related contests for your give-aways? Say asking which fonts were used on a certain packaging, poster, or posting some background info on a certain typeface and ask readers to identify the type and/or its designer, etc. Just another chance for your readers to brush up/improve their type knowledge. :)

    I’m definitely bookmarking this post and will come back to it when I get an iPhone, probably in summer.

  196. Hamza

    Wow, I did not know these were commercially available! I’d be honored to get one. :) If not, I hope I can buy one from you soon.

  197. Diane O'Rourke

    Thanks for the tips about iphone apps.

    I want a Moleskin, please!! :)

  198. ilkut

    i am totally commenting for the red moleskine.

    thanks for sharing knowledge (and (guess what?) the moleskines )

  199. gina

    i’ve never had a moleskine and would like a black helvetica moleskine to take my moleskine virginity. awww yeah.

  200. Sharleen

    Thanks for the tips! I would love to get a Moleskin; I’ve been wanting one forever but could never afford it, but judging from the number of comments, I doubt I would get it. No harm trying I guess.

  201. The Helvetica Moleskines are really beautiful… you’re so nice for giving them away! :D

  202. great app recommendations for the novice typography enthusiast. can’t wait to get my type on.

  203. Victor Zuniga

    Even though there’s like dozens of comments… hope never dies

  204. Ok, I’m getting an iPhone just so I can read these sweet newsletters on the train. I keep getting distracted by work in the office…

  205. Mmmmmm Moley goodness and sweeeeeet sailcloth! Shuriken me now!

  206. Tom Crichton

    Those moleskines are *very* nice. Thanks for the Poolga link, btw- it’s a great site.

  207. I believe I discovered your blog about 3 weeks ago, and since then have been coming back every 3-4 days… it’s getting addictive. Thanks for providing a nice range of information. Also, the Font Game is tons of fun… will certainly make it on my iPhone as soon as I get one, til then, I’ll have to try to beat my 28 from my laptop.

  208. thanks for the diacritics tip!

  209. ami

    i almost wish i had an iphone to further enable my type geekiness. the diacritics article was much appreciated!

  210. iFont makes me want an iPhone! Damn that touch screen!!!

  211. I never knew any of these apps existed! I now can not wait to get my upgrade in May and download away :D

    Thanks i<3t

  212. Look at all these comments! Keep it up!

  213. I guess this is one good argument for having a twitter account. Oh, well, I’m going to have to settle for less odds. Gimme! :3

  214. Heh, i love moleskines and this site.

  215. Liz

    Thanks for the heads up on the iPhone apps. I am looking forward to exploring these.

    I agree on the camera. My former blackberry had a much better camera.

    Thanks for all you do!

  216. Mary Beth

    mmm helvetica. I want.

  217. I never win anything, but I’ll give it a try.

    I want an iPhone so bad I can taste it. And the funny thing is, I don’t even want it necessarily for the phone, just for the apps. I know, “it’s called iPod touch”. Either way, I can’t justify the expense of it or the AT&T plan. AT&T service in this area sucks big time.

  218. Gab

    God! I love typography…

  219. Jelmar

    Kinda late, but tweeted anyway =)

  220. pick me!
    Helvetica rules the world

  221. Dave Fitz

    Hi Johno - everyone,
    Love the site its fantastic! I’m new to this blog type commenting thing so not sure if I’m commenting in the right place, but was intrigued by all the posts and have recently fallen in love with italics, so i was trying to ID the italic serif that everyones name is in on the site? Probably real easy one, just not for me.
    Any help from anyone would be cool, glad to have found you all?

  222. How about a limited edition sail cloth bag with Helvetica and the swiss cross? First order would be from me!

    I have an iPhone, skipped the Kern app but dig the What The Font from MyFonts!

  223. Lane Meadowcroft

    Please and Thank you!! (black)

  224. Ahhhh!!! I want one of these Japanese Bags!!!! How can I get one???

  225. Thanks for the iFont list… grabbed all the apps!

  226. wes

    man would I love to get a book, would make me popular amongst the other designers…all I got is a pencil with a broken point…

  227. Helvetica Moleskins.
    The quickest way to get 233 comments!

    Must try that myself..! :)

  228. rio

    you….are the cats meow.

    love the post makes me want to defect from t-mobile.

  229. Michelle

    Excellent apps - reason enough for me to consider an iPhone

    And lovely moleskins!

  230. Eleanor

    Despite being of the blackberry clan, I still love the posts re: the iphones, esp. on new backgrounds - just because I don’t have one, doesn’t mean I won’t look at pretty, pretty backgrounds.

    As for the Helvetica moleskins - two great things rolled into one, in my opinion. I’m a huge user of moleskin, and have an even larger weak spot for Helvetica as well. I’d love one, if that’s possible. :)


  231. mark in MN

    Awesome site..linked from Nack blog…will use your site in my InDesign Classes I teach

  232. Oh, man! How I’d love to snag one of the moleskins. I can’t wait to try out this KERN game. :D

  233. wow that Fargo font is amazing!! I bet it isn’t free though…

  234. Erin

    What a sweet thing to do! And, how cool is a helvetica moleskin!?!!!
    Thank you for the chance to win this.

  235. moleskin… yeah that would be nice. But I would LOVE that sail cloth bag!

  236. There is a Helvetica-Moleskine-shaped-hole in my heart. :)

  237. Brad Enderson

    So many people… you think I’ll win?

  238. Mmmm, helvetica and moleskin combined!

  239. Tiffany

    I thought I’d entered this already. I guess I didn’t (sorry if I just missed it, not trying to enter multiple times :P)!!

  240. i wanna win something…i love moleskines…they are the perfect size for my purse….XD

  241. CTC

    Molevetica Helskin …that I could go for.

  242. Just realized that i made the mistake of subscribing this entry… guess i’ll be reading a lot of emails!!! Seriously never had such a full inbox! :P

  243. kimmy

    God I love this site. I read this while in class. Thank god the teacher never catches me. This is like webheaven!

  244. John

    Love the site, and a chance at one of those Helvetica moleskines is brilliant.


  245. No one in their right mind would be caught dead with that bag. No Arial for me, but I would gladly take Helvetica.

  246. I don’t know if i’m too late, but I want a helvetica moleskine!

  247. Wow. I had no idea about the accents or the font apps. I shall investigate! Thanks for a great post.

  248. So how do we get our hands on one of those sailcloth bags? Will all be revealed shortly? I’ve seen other similar bags but not as sexy as that one! I’d like to pre-emptively enter my name into any future prize draw. ;-)

  249. The iPhone really seems to conquer everything, and all around me, more and more of my friends show up with their new bought gadget…Still I find it too expenseive for something I will mainly use to call someone, but now that I realize that it has got typo applications…maybe I will consider into buying one…someday…;)

  250. how did u manage to get so many of them?? i think i missed out, i would have loved to buy one… oh well, maybe i’ll win one instead :)

  251. Thanks for the notes on shinkanji.

  252. i have to say I was going to splurge on one of those beautiful moleskines despite it’s fiscal irresponsibility. And nice paradox, having the moleskines posted with the iphone apps… would you go as far as calling the moleskine the iphone of it’s time for designers?

  253. yen

    would love love love a moleskine! would also love an iPhone, any chance that will happen? =P

    i enjoy your site very much!

  254. How in the world did I miss this contest announcement?!? I am so ashamed, though winning a prize would make me feel better. :-D

  255. I love these moleskins! I keep a journal with me at all times for writing inspiration. I think a Helvetica one would be absolutely perfect for my, er, font obsession.

  256. Thanks to everyone for participating!

    The winning randomly selected comment is Ryan Ragsdale.

    Comments are now closed.

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