Contribute To A Crowdsourced Digital Domain For Historical Typography
A new app lets font enthusiasts upload their favorite specimens to a digital database to preserve and share.
A love of typography and passion for preservation has combined to create a new Apple app called Fontly. The app allows its users to photograph interesting typography that’s posted in their surroundings and store the pictures in an online database. Posts represent various media, from marquees to painted advertisements on buildings. Through this database, users can browse new or popular postings and even explore posts that have been made in their immediate area.
Brendan Ciecko, who created the app, cites his love of typography. The fonts, he argues, not only serve aesthetic purposes, but also serve as cultural footprints within a community. His main goal is public attention and preservation. In an interview with Co-DESIGN contributor, Kyle VanHemert, Ciecko stresses,