Sourced from My Fonts’ comprehensive font library, WhatTheFont allows you to identify fonts directly from your phone. Snap photos from within the app or choose from saved photos in your photo library.
In-phone image processing optimises upload for speed and accuracy. You can then view font details in your web browser or share a link. This app is fast, accurate and extremely handy for any designer.
2. Shillington Design Reference App
Designed by a pair of graduates from international graphic design institution Shillington, this app covers useful design basics in a clean, functional layout.
Features include helpful Adobe CS keyboard shortcuts, international paper sizes, typography definitions and tips, artwork checklist and pre-press terminology.
A great reference app, this is a must-have for students and old hands alike.
3. myPANTONE™ X-Ref
A portable swatch-book, Pantone’s colour reference app is the ultimate guide to cross system matching.
Simply enter an RGB, CMYK or Hexadecimal value and to find the closest Pantone Color match sourced from the following colour system libraries:
- New PANTONE PLUS Formula Guides Solid Coated and Uncoated with 224 new colors
- New PANTONE PLUS Color Bridge Coated and Uncoated
- PANTONE Goe™ Coated and Uncoated
- PANTONE Goe Bridge Coated
- PANTONE FASHION + HOME (paper and cotton)
4. Classic Color Meter
Found the colour but need the name? Classic Colour Meter measures and displays the colour values of pixels displayed on the screen, giving you a direct means of identification.
A drop-in replacement for Apple’s DigitalColor Meter application, the app restores all functionality previously available in Snow Leopard’s DigitalColor Meter.
Whilst not free this is definitely a valuable cheapy to have in your back pocket.
5. Ruler 2
Finally the most analogue tool of all – the ruler – has been digitalized. Simply drag the pointer for precise, fully formatted measurements with fractions for inches, decimals or centimeters. Convert between US and metric systems with one tap and save measurements on LED scrap paper to see what you measured and when.
Ruler 2 is a handy tool, not just for designers and at a dollar, is definitely worth the spend.