typio

Introducing Typ.io. Belatedly.

TL;DR

Collect, share and discover type combinations with Typ.io. It’s live and you can play with it.

The idea

Choosing one font is easy… finding companions is really hard.

When I start a new project I’ll generally go and have a browse of ColourLovers for palette inspiration. I wanted the same for fonts.

I collect samples of webtype in Evernote that I find around the internet. It’s great as far as it goes but when it comes to acting on the inspiration it’s quite painful: go to the site, inspect the elements I like, check the computed style, copy the font, search Typekit, Fontdeck and Google Web Fonts to see whether they have it. Rinse repeat.

Typ.io

To make my life easier, I made myself a little bookmarklet to extract the font data and built a little app to store the data. That’s Typ.io. On Typ.io I can browse the samples I’ve saved, see what fonts are used and what I’ve tagged them with. Each font gets its own page, illustrated with samples people have saved, and what fonts are commonly combined with it. If I find another sample I want to save for later, I can “like” it.

Take Proxima Nova, for example. It’s all over the shop at the moment. Many designers combine it with Lucida Grande and Helvetica Neue. Agencies and apps seem to favour it. If you want to use it, you can get it from Fontdeck, Fonts.com and Typekit amongst others.

Bookmarklet

You can the latest version of my bookmarklet from the Contribute page. When you find a site with type you like, hit the bookmarklet and follow the instructions.

Chrome Extension

On a friend’s suggestion, I extended the bookmarklet into a Chrome extension. It sits in the bottom right hand side of your browser. Click it to see the fonts being used on the page. Click the fonts to see exactly where each one is employed. Click on the plus to start sending a sample to Typ.io.

Next

I’m trying to make the screenshot stage less painful. I want posting to Typ.io to be a single step, rather than the slightly irritating screenshot and crop course you have to navigate.

Done

And that’s it. Care to try it out?

The Pre-Screenshot Binx typo masterlist

EVERYTHONG
O Y DOG
MOMEY
FR8
WOTH
FARF
ACCUIDENTLY
OVER
TYPIOS
SHUIT
NOPT
AT
SEPREMEME
HUS
LEAVD
COMIGN
WONDERFUK / WONDERFIKM
GODO
DAMG
TOEHRS
MILKSHAJES
SLEPE
PARENTA
TEA
ETTIN
WIMMIN
CONTROK
HELLI
CONGA
BUSSING
PIPPY
NIG
FVAE
MASSACHUESETTES
QUENN
TYPOIKIN
OH MY FOD
BETTEF
JAIK
BRON
COMFUSED
OOUTDOOR
NT
WRE
TAS
YAX
DAUGH
DEYAV
TRI
HALI
PUO
TWERL
DREAMSL
KNJEW
SOGDIAN
ORAL GAL
BLOCH CJD D
HOBNOBBING DEFERRING
FUCNTIO
TOBSAY
TYPOD
BUS
WAIRT
BRBO
I IN ME M
FEND/RIEND/FRIED
DAME
REAMING&
DAMMIR
YPY
GIANY
YOY
GPT
ALOJE
WHAY
THAY
KDD / KOD
ISNA
THOP
NERE
DRAEING
DEATG
CUE/CUTW
BRIGHR
FOUDN
POC/PI
OLKD
SEZAIGN / ZEZAIGN
YEATS
EPPPY
JILOS
GAE / GAR
SONT HURT HT!E
NIGHR
SUBURN
PTAUL WAN
STATCLAN
SHOT
CROGN
SWUIFT
CHIKD
ROBBON
NOICS
OOOS
BIP
LIIE
LOVW
CRYIGG
MOOV
DIDE
PPEOLE
NOICD
HO SHITLY / SHITLT / SHITKY
BELLILOP
HELL POKER
BLEES
SIGGUAGE
RALLY
FUCKIONG
THW
AFPO
SHIRT
FUVK
OIT
DIEF
ANACONDO
LMAP
GODD
ACOOBY
OJ
BORBGIFUR / BORDGIFUR
FROID
WRF
BOI
BRUSH
BIFT
IN A VEGETARIAN
BODY
LOAD
WAD
WASPS
NANES
LAMBTAIK / GAIKS
PISSNG
SBIT
CANAK
HAOR
COUPOPE
DAV RYDE
ERNIE
JUMO
FUCKONG
RAWT
BIWEEDUAKL
BIJOU
FODE
LIST JUICES
ASSIST
EGG RY
MISSRD / MISSEF
WERTER
SELFHOOD IDK THEO BEDROCK
HATCH MAURIAC’S USE BEGETTER FOR AMENHOTEP
HOMEWORK JUGS MTV BUNK LED
ODL
AHO
BRAG
PLESSE
GATEM
FABRIC
PERFCTKIT
FIE
MOT
TUCK
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IM GINNA SCRMKEM
COCO
LOP NO
KOOLAOD
SAIS
ULK
STORNFANG
NKMS
GIDD
MONEH
COMOIC
OEE