Blue sky thinking

In early 2013 I wanted to make an app. Technically I had already made an app, the 2012 iPhone game TEETHING. However having been made in GameSalad, TEETHING was put together without any coding. This wasn’t going to cut it anymore because a side goal of 2013 was to enter the mysterious world of software development, and that just couldn’t be done without learning how to code.

2013's app was going to have to be made in native code. I had an iPhone 3GS and a 2008 MacBook Pro, so Objective C and iOS development it was. I knew a game would be out of my league so I decided to make something static, something easy. Having recently watched Gary Hustwit’s documentary Helvetica, and currently reading Just My Type typography was on my mind, so it was simple, “I’ll make an app about typography”. …


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It is our pleasure to introduce Typendium, an elegant iPhone app about some of the world’s greatest typefaces. You can learn the stories behind Baskerville and Futura for free, but by paying $0.99/£0.69 you will unlock Gill Sans, Palatino and Times New Roman. Paying for Typendium will also give you access to any type stories that we add in the future.

It has been a long road to 1.0. Work originally began in early 2013 as a way for us to learn how to make an app, and we didn’t think it would take more than 6 months of weekends and evenings. We were certain it would be out before iOS7. …

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