Great Typography in Mobile Apps – 8 Best Examples

Following article is a chapter of a free ebook by UXPin – The UX Design Platform and Movade (media partner – Designmodo) – Mobile Design Trends 2014.

I have a small theory that I’d like to share with you – great typography equals design maturity. Web designers, until a couple of years ago, weren’t paying nearly enough attention to typography. When the whole field matured – typography blossomed and became a huge design trend.

Good typography is not only decisive when it comes to the readability of the text, but also builds up a message that the designer intended to share. It’s an important part of the overall user experience. On the other hand, a lack of good typography shows the unprofessionalism of the whole product. Text is a basic ingredient of the majority of interfaces – if that’s designed badly, why go any further?

The first years of the growth of native applications on iOS and Android were just terrible. It seemed like the majority of designers and developers weren’t thinking about typography at all. It was under-appreciated and looked accidental. Boring fonts were usually applied with no good taste. A design nightmare.

Mobile design is long past its early days now and we can clearly see signs of the maturity of the field. Typography is one of the most vivid examples. Most of the typography on popular applications can be described as “decent”. Whether that’s Facebook, Mailbox, or Twitter – the text is clear and the fonts look at least OK. What’s even more interesting – in 2013 we saw lots and lots of mobile apps with an absolutely stunning usage of fonts. Ultravisual, WillCall, Hotel Tonight to mention a few great examples.

In 2014 we’re absolutely sure that this trend will gain even more power.

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Typography in mobile apps can’t be ignored anymore. Mobile design has reached its maturity.

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Mobile Design Trends 2014

Marcin Treder is a design enthusiast who literally lives for creating best user experience possible. After years working as UX Designer and UX Manager he focused on his own startup UXPin - The UX Design App, that provides tools for UX Designers all over the world and was recently voted the best startup in Central and Eastern Europe. You can follow him on Google+.

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1 Comment
  1. Mordy Golding Feb 19, 7:34 pm

    “great typography equals design maturity”

    What does this even MEAN? Your hypothesis that web designers were flippant about typography in the past is rubbish. The technology wasn’t there to support it. True designers lamented at the lack of ability to use fonts without being forced to convert them to images. And we know why we moved away from images as the web matured.

    The entire reason why Flash was so incredibly popular in the “early” web years was because it offered designers incredible typographic control. Web designers felt they HAD to use Flash in order to address the need for better typography. It was only when CSS matured (and was adopted) and TypeKit came on the scene when web designers finally had the tools to embrace the typography skills THAT THEY ALWAYS HAD.

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