Discover the history behind the world’s greatest typefaces with @Typendium

Typendium – The elegant iOS app of short essays & illustrations on typography that helps you discover the history behind the type.

If you’re anything like me you’re captivated by the variance of fonts. Whether they’re classic or cult, elegant or understated, hand drawn or sleek and timeless, I’ve often looked at typefaces and wondered what the story behind them was. Who invented Times New Roman – the everyday font that’s perhaps the most commonly used in books and newspaper?

Now you need wonder no more thanks to Typendium, an app that smartly tells the stories behind who and how some of the world’s best known and loved typefaces. Typendium is a clever and easy-to-use iPhone app about some of the world’s greatest typefaces. It enables you to discover the stories behind Baskerville and Futura for free, but by paying $0.99 (close on R11) you can unlock the histry behind Gill Sans, Palatino and Times New Roman. Paying for Typendium will also give you access to any type stories that that are added in the future.

Say the creators of Typendium: “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. Obviously that wasn’t the case and there were many ups and downs along the way.”

If you start using Typendium I’d love to hear back from you about what you think of it.