Messaging just got a lot more fun with the new Fontself Messenger

13.03.2014 12:48

Fontself Messenger, a free app available today on the App Store, is introducing a novel way to infuse emotions and personality to the core of our daily conversations – text – via colorful creative fonts.

While the messaging mania keeps shaking our world with battles of the giants, hordes of stickers and a furious debate about security, a tiny outpost has been steadily bringing good old handcrafted lettering to our digital communication tools.

Over the past 6 years, two million users have enjoyed Fontself’s unique creative handmade fonts over the web and more than 350’000 people posted colorful notes with Fontself Pix, the first mobile app that the Swiss startup released a year ago.

“Today, we are finally turning everyone’s text-based conversations into expressive chats, where you can highlight each of your thoughts with a specific font. These are really gorgeous and funky fonts”, says Franz Hoffman, the company’s CEO.

Fontself Messenger behaves as any other messaging app, letting you invite a friend to join a conversation where both can use and see a range of creative fonts.

These fonts feature one-of-a-kind characteristics, like eye-catching colors and textures from the original drawing device as well as illustrated words, all possible thanks to original font creation and rendering technologies developed by the startup.

Despite previous funding from big name VCs and angels, the company is back to its bootstrapping roots, as only Franz - one of the co-founders - kept working on the project: “We had been too late to transition to mobile, and everyone lost faith. But as soon as I saw the sparkling eyes of a kid playing with an early prototype on my phone, I knew someone HAD to bring cool fonts to messaging. Kiddo, this app is for you.”

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