Are you a designer who deals with hundreds or thousands of fonts? Can’t remember which fonts you used in a project that you worked on last month? Tired of previewing different fonts but still couldn’t see the difference between them?
You need a good font manager because it will help make your work much easier and efficient. Notice we mentioned “good”? In fact, there are many font manager apps out there that work for Windows or macOS. For example, Apple has Font Book built into all Macs but it’s not really that great.
Enter Typeface 2 — a beautiful font manager app that makes it a breeze to pick the right font for your designs, saving you time and headache. In this Typeface review, we’ll dive into the app and see how it works and whether it’s worth it.
What is Typeface 2?
Typeface is a font manager app for Mac, which focuses on organizing and previewing fonts. It’s a tool all about fonts. With it, you can pick the font you need, review and even compare different fonts within the app, import other fonts you like, and more.
Here’s the main interface of the app, once you install it on your Mac.
How does Typeface Work?
All the features of Typeface 2 aim at helping you be more organized at fonts so you same time picking the best fonts for your design projects.
After you installed the Typeface, you will see the sleek and beautiful interface like above. The sidebar is for tag management, with all fonts showing in the main interface. You can collapse the sidebar, go to the Quick Collection, enter your text, customize the font size and search. As I mentioned before, the two main functions of Typeface are: manage and preview.
1. Font Management
With the flexible tagging system, Typeface can help you be more organized. You can add the new tag in its sidebar, easily drag the font you need to the tag, and all the fonts can be easily found by using the tag.
The tag system is incredibly helpful especially when you are working with different design projects. For example, you are a freelancer designer and your clients have totally different UI/UX styles for branding.
The tag system will be like your personal assistant. You can add a new tag and name it for your project. Under the project, you can create the sub-tag to organize your fonts clearly. You can also come back and check the projects you worked a long time ago.
For me, the tag system is extremely smart and easy to use. I really love the way it helps me organize fonts on different projects.
2. Font Preview
Before I use Typeface 2, I usually preview fonts by clicking every potential font and see how it looks. Honestly, it’s a headache and takes lots of time.
Typeface app allows you to enter text to preview them right away. When you are picking the right font, it’s way more efficient than the old-school clicking and applying every font method. Instead, all you have to do is sit back, scroll and pick the right one. Sounds pretty cool, right?
3. Font Comparison
Another useful feature is font comparison. Basically, it shows two overlapping fonts directly, and you will find out the differences easily, even if they are tiny.
So, how do you compare? First, choose one font as the basic font, then right-click the font and select “Compare”. See below:
Magic comes…The red and blue color will be shown right in front of your eyes. Remember the blue color is the basic font, and the red is the comparison one. For me, it’s much easier and more visible to do the comparison than by using my memory which can be inaccurate sometimes.
4. Font Import
Last but not least, if there are some fonts that you can’t find on Typeface, you can import them. For example, Google fonts are quite popular if you work on design projects for tech companies. Just click the circle “+” icon and choose “Import Fonts”, you are good to go.
Pricing & Platform Compatibility
As of this writing, Typeface 2 is currently available for macOS only.
You can get it on Mac App Store ($19.99) for a one-time fee, or go for a subscription model on Setapp that has a free 7-day trial and then $9.99 per month. Obviously, Setapp is more expensive, but note that you also get dozens of other cool Mac apps for free. So it’s your choice.
Is Typeface Worth It?
In my opinion, if you are a designer who works with hundreds or thousands of fonts, a font manager like Typeface will absolutely save you time and make you more productive.
Is Typeface fast? Is it stable? Does it have enough fonts that I can choose? My answer to those questions is — yes! Typeface is fast, easy, smooth and beautiful. Personally, I love the font management and preview features.
I’m not a professional designer, but sometimes I also need to work with fonts. I might remember the fonts I used on one project two weeks ago, but definitely not two years ago. So, Typeface is a real productivity tool for me. I have no problem sending their team 20 bucks to get this awesome app. By the way, I’m using Setapp now and it’s almost free.
So, it’s totally worth it to me. However, if you are used to previewing, compare and manage fonts your way and you don’t have that many fonts to take care of, you may not need Typeface 2.
Typeface 2 is a great font management and preview app. The team behind it truly understand designers’ needs and make our work easier. The sleek and minimalist interface is so friendly and pleasing.
I like the app very much and will gladly keep it on my Mac. I recommend Typeface 2 for designers who work on a Mac.
Jessica is the co-founder and content manager. She has been fascinated by the startup culture in Silicon Valley and she loves building things from zero to one. When she is not writing, she loves getting close to nature and shoot photos with her iPhone and Canon EOS 80D.