Font recognition App - "Shazam for fonts"

Hey guys,

I’m working on an App that recognizes fonts, using Artificial Intelligence (Deep Neural Networks).

The app already recognizes 40k fonts with extreme accuracy, and our library is growing every day.

A typical use case would be…
You are walking on the streets and you found this amazing bauhaus poster. You take a shot with your phone, the app automatically recognizes the Font Family, Subfamily, Author and other useful info. The search is saved on your history. Magic! : )

What you guys think? Would it be useful on your stack?



Also, if you have any comments on what features might be useful, just let me know!

Sounds amazing

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Something similar has been done before, but without the neural network thing:

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if it really works it would be great. If it recognises only fonts of foundries that paid for it, the end user’s UX would be poor


Great, thanks a ton for the support man!

Can you give a range on what you think would be a fair subscription for the app?

Thanks for the feedback Mekka!

Yep, but from my tests most results on What The font didn’t return accurate results… They are probably suing really old tech.

Do you usually use it? If yes, does it solve your needs?

they just display similar fonts on sale in their catalogue

WhatTheFont is pretty old now, so I’m sure you’re right about the tech.

Have you seen this recent talk from TYPO Labs 17? Sounds like they are investigating similar ideas at Monotype, although aimed at helping customers find fonts using various criteria.

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Thanks Jan,

It will recognize fonts from all possible foundries we can find. Currently we have around 900 foundries mapped, about 40k fonts and we are daily adding others to the system. Foundries will not pay for the app, only end users will.

Wow, didn’t know about it. Watching now, thanks for the input!

And yes, it does look very similar o the concept I am working on.

about business model, how about something like 5 or 10 cents by recognition? No charge for duplicate font recognition nor for “can’t find the font” result.

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yep, that is a possible business model.

about the value I’m still calculating our processing costs, Neural Networks demand a huge processing power from servers so is not cheap…

yep, that’s right. Mine will consolidate all catalogs in one place

There’s also this one being developed:

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thanks for the info Bendy!

But this one only recognizes 6 fonts, and needs a special Hardware. I suppose that is why it was never launched.

Mine is currently recognizing 30k fonts, and works with phone camera. : )

Mark, I just watched the video, and their method is for categorizing and finding similar fonts. But they don’t actually discover what font it is. Anyway, brilliant work! ; )

Heh, sort of like, hot dog/not hot dog. :smile:


haha, yep!

Wow, sounds amazing. I would love to have such an app.
Would it only recognize black letters on white background? (That’s what WhatTheFont actually is able to do, as long as the fonts are in their catalogue anyway). It would get really interesting if your app had the ability to recognise, say red letters with a color border and whatever effect the designer had put on it.
As of the business model… subscription is really uncool in my opinion, everybody hates that model, except people who might use it many times every day for professional purposes.
Like Jan said, 5-10 cents per recognition sounds pretty reasonable to me. That’s something I could stomach.
I think this app would be awesome for designer who need it and at the same time be something quite niche in regard to the general market… So my guess would be a subscription model would further reduce the user base. But if you get it out to every designer as a handy and cheap everyday tool this might become a success. Many times a few cents is always better than a few times many bucks imho.

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