Like colors or images, typography is also an important part of design and can really improve your app. Let’s see how to use Apple supported fonts, but also how to add your own custom font.

1. How to use system fonts

Programmatically

To get font’s real name, you can use the following code. For each font family, it'll list all the font names known by the system.

NSString *family, *font;
    for (family in [UIFont familyNames])
    {
        NSLog(@“\n\tFont Family: %@“, family);
        
        for (font in [UIFont fontNamesForFamilyName:family])
            NSLog(@“\t\t Font name: %@\n”, font);
    }

You can affect it to your UILabel, UITextview, etc :

UILabel *customLabel = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame: CGRectMake(0, 0, 320, 44)];
customLabel.text = @“My perfect font ”;
[customLabel setFont: [UIFont fontWithName:@“AvenirNextCondensed-Regular” size:15]];
 
[self.view addSubview: customLabel];

2. How to add your own font

Using interface builder

In this example, I am using the font “Gaban font” :
http://www.dafont.com/fr/gaban.font

Step 1 : Include your font to your project

Create a "fonts" folder in "Supporting Files" folder and drag’n’drop your font (ttf or otf) to your folder :

Add new font

Step 2 : Check your Ressources

Be sure to find your font in your ressource!

Go to your project —> Targets —> Build Phases —> Copy bundle Resources

If your font isn’t there, add it manually by clicking the "+" button. Find your font, select it and click on "add" button :

Check your Ressources

Step 3 : Include your font in your application plist

In "Supporting Files" folder, open Info.plist file.

By right clicking on the view, add a new row called "Fonts provided by application".

In this row, add your custom font name :

Check your Ressources

Step 4 : Find the name of your font !

This step is important, because many people just copy/paste the name of their fonts. In fact, the font name may not be what you expect. It could be very different. That’s why going to use the little code we use before to find the system’s font name :

NSString *family, *font;
    for (family in [UIFont familyNames])
    {
        NSLog(@“\n\tFont Family: %@“, family);
        
        for (font in [UIFont fontNamesForFamilyName:family])
            NSLog(@“\t\t          Font name: %@\n”, font);
    }

Check your Ressources

As you can see, font name is : Gaban

Step 5 : Use your new font !

UILabel *label = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 100, self.view.frame.size.width, 150)];
    label.textAlignment = NSTextAlignmentCenter;
    label.numberOfLines = 2;
    label.text = @“My custom font”;
    label.font = [UIFont fontWithName:@“Gaban” size:60];
    
    [self.view addSubview:label];

Step 6 : Result

Check your Ressources

System fonts in iOS 8


Font Family: Marion	
          Font name: Marion-Italic
          Font name: Marion-Bold
          Font name: Marion-Regular

Font Family: Copperplate	
          Font name: Copperplate-Light
          Font name: Copperplate
          Font name: Copperplate-Bold

Font Family: Heiti SC	
          Font name: STHeitiSC-Medium
          Font name: STHeitiSC-Light

Font Family: Iowan Old Style	
          Font name: IowanOldStyle-Italic
          Font name: IowanOldStyle-Roman
          Font name: IowanOldStyle-BoldItalic
          Font name: IowanOldStyle-Bold

Font Family: Courier New	
          Font name: CourierNewPS-BoldMT
          Font name: CourierNewPS-ItalicMT
          Font name: CourierNewPSMT
          Font name: CourierNewPS-BoldItalicMT

Font Family: Apple SD Gothic Neo	
          Font name: AppleSDGothicNeo-Bold
          Font name: AppleSDGothicNeo-Thin
          Font name: AppleSDGothicNeo-UltraLight
          Font name: AppleSDGothicNeo-Regular
          Font name: AppleSDGothicNeo-Light
          Font name: AppleSDGothicNeo-Medium
          Font name: AppleSDGothicNeo-SemiBold

Font Family: Heiti TC	
          Font name: STHeitiTC-Medium
          Font name: STHeitiTC-Light

Font Family: Gill Sans	
          Font name: GillSans-Italic
          Font name: GillSans-Bold
          Font name: GillSans-BoldItalic
          Font name: GillSans-LightItalic
          Font name: GillSans
          Font name: GillSans-Light
          Font name: GillSans-SemiBold
          Font name: GillSans-SemiBoldItalic
          Font name: GillSans-UltraBold

Font Family: Marker Felt	
          Font name: MarkerFelt-Thin
          Font name: MarkerFelt-Wide

Font Family: Thonburi	
          Font name: Thonburi
          Font name: Thonburi-Bold
          Font name: Thonburi-Light

Font Family: Avenir Next Condensed	
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-BoldItalic
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-Heavy
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-Medium
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-Regular
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-HeavyItalic
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-MediumItalic
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-Italic
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-UltraLightItalic
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-DemiBold
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-UltraLight
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-Bold
          Font name: AvenirNextCondensed-DemiBoldItalic

Font Family: Tamil Sangam MN	
          Font name: TamilSangamMN
          Font name: TamilSangamMN-Bold

Font Family: Helvetica Neue	
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-Italic
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-Bold
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-UltraLight
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-CondensedBlack
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-BoldItalic
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-CondensedBold
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-Medium
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-Light
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-Thin
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-ThinItalic
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-LightItalic
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-UltraLightItalic
          Font name: HelveticaNeue-MediumItalic
          Font name: HelveticaNeue

Font Family: Gurmukhi MN	
          Font name: GurmukhiMN-Bold
          Font name: GurmukhiMN

Font Family: Times New Roman	
          Font name: TimesNewRomanPSMT
          Font name: TimesNewRomanPS-BoldItalicMT
          Font name: TimesNewRomanPS-ItalicMT
          Font name: TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT

Font Family: Georgia	
          Font name: Georgia-BoldItalic
          Font name: Georgia
          Font name: Georgia-Italic
          Font name: Georgia-Bold

Font Family: Apple Color Emoji	
          Font name: AppleColorEmoji

Font Family: Arial Rounded MT Bold	
          Font name: ArialRoundedMTBold

Font Family: Kailasa	
          Font name: Kailasa-Bold
          Font name: Kailasa

Font Family: Kohinoor Devanagari	
          Font name: KohinoorDevanagari-Light
          Font name: KohinoorDevanagari-Medium
          Font name: KohinoorDevanagari-Book

Font Family: Sinhala Sangam MN	
          Font name: SinhalaSangamMN-Bold
          Font name: SinhalaSangamMN

Font Family: Chalkboard SE	
          Font name: ChalkboardSE-Bold
          Font name: ChalkboardSE-Light
          Font name: ChalkboardSE-Regular

Font Family: Superclarendon	
          Font name: Superclarendon-Italic
          Font name: Superclarendon-Black
          Font name: Superclarendon-LightItalic
          Font name: Superclarendon-BlackItalic
          Font name: Superclarendon-BoldItalic
          Font name: Superclarendon-Light
          Font name: Superclarendon-Regular
          Font name: Superclarendon-Bold

Font Family: Gujarati Sangam MN	
          Font name: GujaratiSangamMN-Bold
          Font name: GujaratiSangamMN

Font Family: Damascus	
          Font name: DamascusLight
          Font name: DamascusBold
          Font name: DamascusSemiBold
          Font name: DamascusMedium
          Font name: Damascus

Font Family: Noteworthy	
          Font name: Noteworthy-Light
          Font name: Noteworthy-Bold

Font Family: Geeza Pro	
          Font name: GeezaPro
          Font name: GeezaPro-Bold

Font Family: Avenir	
          Font name: Avenir-Medium
          Font name: Avenir-HeavyOblique
          Font name: Avenir-Book
          Font name: Avenir-Light
          Font name: Avenir-Roman
          Font name: Avenir-BookOblique
          Font name: Avenir-Black
          Font name: Avenir-MediumOblique
          Font name: Avenir-BlackOblique
          Font name: Avenir-Heavy
          Font name: Avenir-LightOblique
          Font name: Avenir-Oblique

Font Family: Academy Engraved LET	
          Font name: AcademyEngravedLetPlain

Font Family: Mishafi	
          Font name: DiwanMishafi

Font Family: Futura	
          Font name: Futura-CondensedMedium
          Font name: Futura-CondensedExtraBold
          Font name: Futura-Medium
          Font name: Futura-MediumItalic

Font Family: Farah	
          Font name: Farah

Font Family: Kannada Sangam MN	
          Font name: KannadaSangamMN
          Font name: KannadaSangamMN-Bold

Font Family: Arial Hebrew	
          Font name: ArialHebrew-Bold
          Font name: ArialHebrew-Light
          Font name: ArialHebrew

Font Family: Arial	
          Font name: ArialMT
          Font name: Arial-BoldItalicMT
          Font name: Arial-BoldMT
          Font name: Arial-ItalicMT

Font Family: Party LET	
          Font name: PartyLetPlain

Font Family: Chalkduster	
          Font name: Chalkduster

Font Family: Hiragino Kaku Gothic ProN	
          Font name: HiraKakuProN-W6
          Font name: HiraKakuProN-W3

Font Family: Hoefler Text	
          Font name: HoeflerText-Italic
          Font name: HoeflerText-Regular
          Font name: HoeflerText-Black
          Font name: HoeflerText-BlackItalic

Font Family: Optima	
          Font name: Optima-Regular
          Font name: Optima-ExtraBlack
          Font name: Optima-BoldItalic
          Font name: Optima-Italic
          Font name: Optima-Bold

Font Family: Palatino	
          Font name: Palatino-Bold
          Font name: Palatino-Roman
          Font name: Palatino-BoldItalic
          Font name: Palatino-Italic

Font Family: Malayalam Sangam MN	
          Font name: MalayalamSangamMN-Bold
          Font name: MalayalamSangamMN

Font Family: Lao Sangam MN	
          Font name: LaoSangamMN

Font Family: Al Nile	
          Font name: AlNile-Bold
          Font name: AlNile

Font Family: Bradley Hand	
          Font name: BradleyHandITCTT-Bold

Font Family: Hiragino Mincho ProN	
          Font name: HiraMinProN-W6
          Font name: HiraMinProN-W3

Font Family: Trebuchet MS	
          Font name: Trebuchet-BoldItalic
          Font name: TrebuchetMS
          Font name: TrebuchetMS-Bold
          Font name: TrebuchetMS-Italic

Font Family: Helvetica	
          Font name: Helvetica-Bold
          Font name: Helvetica
          Font name: Helvetica-LightOblique
          Font name: Helvetica-Oblique
          Font name: Helvetica-BoldOblique
          Font name: Helvetica-Light

Font Family: Courier	
          Font name: Courier-BoldOblique
          Font name: Courier
          Font name: Courier-Bold
          Font name: Courier-Oblique

Font Family: Cochin	
          Font name: Cochin-Bold
          Font name: Cochin
          Font name: Cochin-Italic
          Font name: Cochin-BoldItalic

Font Family: Devanagari Sangam MN	
          Font name: DevanagariSangamMN
          Font name: DevanagariSangamMN-Bold

Font Family: Oriya Sangam MN	
          Font name: OriyaSangamMN
          Font name: OriyaSangamMN-Bold

Font Family: Snell Roundhand	
          Font name: SnellRoundhand-Bold
          Font name: SnellRoundhand
          Font name: SnellRoundhand-Black

Font Family: Zapf Dingbats	
          Font name: ZapfDingbatsITC

Font Family: Bodoni 72	
          Font name: BodoniSvtyTwoITCTT-Bold
          Font name: BodoniSvtyTwoITCTT-Book
          Font name: BodoniSvtyTwoITCTT-BookIta

Font Family: Verdana	
          Font name: Verdana-Italic
          Font name: Verdana-BoldItalic
          Font name: Verdana
          Font name: Verdana-Bold

Font Family: American Typewriter	
          Font name: AmericanTypewriter-CondensedLight
          Font name: AmericanTypewriter
          Font name: AmericanTypewriter-CondensedBold
          Font name: AmericanTypewriter-Light
          Font name: AmericanTypewriter-Bold
          Font name: AmericanTypewriter-Condensed

Font Family: Avenir Next	
          Font name: AvenirNext-UltraLight
          Font name: AvenirNext-UltraLightItalic
          Font name: AvenirNext-Bold
          Font name: AvenirNext-BoldItalic
          Font name: AvenirNext-DemiBold
          Font name: AvenirNext-DemiBoldItalic
          Font name: AvenirNext-Medium
          Font name: AvenirNext-HeavyItalic
          Font name: AvenirNext-Heavy
          Font name: AvenirNext-Italic
          Font name: AvenirNext-Regular
          Font name: AvenirNext-MediumItalic

Font Family: Baskerville	
          Font name: Baskerville-Italic
          Font name: Baskerville-SemiBold
          Font name: Baskerville-BoldItalic
          Font name: Baskerville-SemiBoldItalic
          Font name: Baskerville-Bold
          Font name: Baskerville

Font Family: Khmer Sangam MN	
          Font name: KhmerSangamMN

Font Family: Didot	
          Font name: Didot-Italic
          Font name: Didot-Bold
          Font name: Didot

Font Family: Savoye LET	
          Font name: SavoyeLetPlain

Font Family: Bodoni Ornaments	
          Font name: BodoniOrnamentsITCTT

Font Family: Symbol	
          Font name: Symbol

Font Family: Menlo	
          Font name: Menlo-Italic
          Font name: Menlo-Bold
          Font name: Menlo-Regular
          Font name: Menlo-BoldItalic

Font Family: Bodoni 72 Smallcaps	
          Font name: BodoniSvtyTwoSCITCTT-Book

Font Family: DIN Alternate	
          Font name: DINAlternate-Bold

Font Family: Papyrus	
          Font name: Papyrus
          Font name: Papyrus-Condensed

Font Family: Euphemia UCAS	
          Font name: EuphemiaUCAS-Italic
          Font name: EuphemiaUCAS
          Font name: EuphemiaUCAS-Bold

Font Family: Telugu Sangam MN	
          Font name: TeluguSangamMN
          Font name: TeluguSangamMN-Bold

Font Family: Bangla Sangam MN	
          Font name: BanglaSangamMN-Bold
          Font name: BanglaSangamMN

Font Family: Zapfino	
          Font name: Zapfino

Font Family: Bodoni 72 Oldstyle	
          Font name: BodoniSvtyTwoOSITCTT-Book
          Font name: BodoniSvtyTwoOSITCTT-Bold
          Font name: BodoniSvtyTwoOSITCTT-BookIt

Font Family: DIN Condensed	
          Font name: DINCondensed-Bold

Image credit

Typography by Taryn is licensed under CC BY 2.0