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[iPhone] Whims is a social networking app perfect for typography nerds
Posted By Tucker On June 4, 2013 @ 6:23 AM In iOS | 1 Comment
In any social network, it can be hard to stand out from the pack. For the most part, everyone’s status updates look the same, and everything can sort of blend together. If you want to add a splash of color (and a dash of personality) to a boring old status update, there’s an interesting social networking app called Whims that might be just what you’re looking for.
Described by TechCrunch as “If Instagram Were More About Words Than Things,” Whims is a social networking app that lets you take a boring old status update and make it look unique using different fonts and color schemes.
Something that makes this app engaging right from the get-go is the practice of naming font sets after pop culture touchstones, such as Elizabeth Bennett (from “Pride & Prejudice”), Darryl Dixon (from “The Walking Dead”), or Westley (from “The Princess Bride.) There are fonts inspired by franchises as disparate as “Batman,” “Girls,” and “Seinfeld.”
One thing that I like is the “textures” tool. After you enter your text and select your fonts and colors, you can add texture to the background, such as water spills, rust, or crumples. What’s nice here is that you aren’t just slapping a filter on your whim and calling it a day: you can tap the texture multiple times to increase the severity of the texture. You can also blend textures together.
I still think that the whim creation interface could be cleaned up, stripped down, and minimalized. It seems like many of the inputs could be more reliant on gestures: why do I have to use the slow-as-molasses arrow buttons to move a bit of text, when I could drag and drop it? As it stands now, the interface is a little cluttered and confusing.
In a lot of ways, Whims reminds me of the heyday of AOL’s instant messenger. In high school and college, my friends and I were all obsessed with making our profiles pop by using colors, interesting fonts, and clever text (usually a blend of song lyrics, quotes, or observations.) Whims offers that same way for people to express themselves, and I’m interested to see where this app goes from here.
Everyone else is using text to give their social updates. Why say it with words, when you could say it with words AND color…and a pile of fonts that really express your mood? This is a clever tool for people who are visual, and want their status updates to reflect that.
Version reviewed: 2.1
Supported OS: Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Download size: 18.7 MB
Whims  on Apple App Store
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