Just when we started to get comfortable with Snapchat, it had to make a daring move and change its font. Before this major font change, all most users had to expect was the changing daily filters (unicorn filter, big eyes, rainbow puke).
Now you might be wondering why us loyal Snapchatters are upset over a simple font change. Before this change, Snapchat was not an app known for constant changes like Facebook or Twitter. Yes, Snapchat has tweaked and added content or features to the app over time (ratings of friend-snapping frequency with emojis, “Discover” stories, daily filters, national/domestic stories) but none on the scale of this font change.
Snapchat changed its font seen on users’ contact lists and stories page from Helvetica, to the new font, Avenir. The change, which went into effect last week, has sparked lots of conversation and emotions. According to a Digiday article, out of nearly 3,000 mentions online of the change about 74 percent of them were negative.
The change, seen on devices with iOS (Apple products), is not one that can be easily fixed. According to The Technews, in order to change the font you “have to jailbreak the their device and then modify your font, but unfortunately, no such jailbreaks are currently supporting the latest version of iOS.”
Photo from Digiday
After thinking some more about the issue and doing more research, I believe that much of the outrage from users comes from users being pushed into an unfamiliar place. Another inspiration to my theory comes from a basic design class I took a year ago. While this might seem strange, there could be some truths to my theory.
The previous font, Helvetica, is one that we are surrounded by and see every day. According to Fonts.com, Helvetica “is one of the most famous and popular in the world.” Helvetica font is used “for every typographic project imaginable, not just because it is on virtually every computer.”
Perhaps what makes Avenir font less favored is its youth and unfamiliarity. Unlike Helvetica, Avenir is not as widely used and is much more recent. The goal behind Avenir’s creator “was to reinterpret the geodetic sans serif designs of the early part of the 20th century in a typeface that would ported aesthetics of the 21st century.”
It interesting how in a world of constant change and motion, that techy-savvy and media-centric people (like you and I) could be upset over a seemingly “simple” change, like a font.
After about a week of survival for the font, it will be interesting to see how Snapchat responds to user feedback. Will they listen to our frustration and make us feel comfortable again with a familiar font? Or will they continue to push us to new places?
Snapchat image courtesy of focal point / Shutterstock.com.
How to take a photo or video in Snapchat
In the home frame, tap on the white circle at the bottom of the screen to take a photo snap. To take a video snap, hold down on the circle and release when you want the video to end. Remember that you can only take videos that are up to 10 seconds long.
Snapchat editing basics:
Once you have taken a snap photo or video, a few new icons will pop up on the screen. These are your snap editing tools. On the following pages, we’ll explain how to use these tools to refine your snaps before you send them to your audience.
Adding text to a snap
In the upper right hand corner, there will be three icons: a square with a folded corner (a sticker), a “T,” and a symbol of a pen.
- Using the “T” symbol, you can add text that is up to 90 characters long, then move it up or down on the snap to the desired location. If you want to add paragraph spaces in between words, copy some blank paragraph spaces from your phone’s email or notes app.
- You can also tap on the “T” again while adding text to make the text appear larger and aligned to the left.
- Tap the “T” again to center the text.
- You can select words or letters and make them different colors using the color scale on the right.
- While editing the text, use your fingers to zoom on the screen to make the text appear larger or smaller.
- You can also resize and rotate the textbox after you have finished editing the text.
PRO TIP: You might be wondering, “Why can’t I turn my text black?” The answer is: you can! To turn the text black, swipe from the top of the color scale all the way to the bottom of your phone. To turn the text back to white, swipe from the top of the color scale all the way to the bottom of your phone, and then to the middle of the left side of your phone, all in one swipe. (This may take a couple of attempts.)
Adding emojis to a snap
- The sticker icon allows you to add emojis to your snap.
- Tap on an emoji you’d like to add to your snap, then use your fingers to move it to a different spot or change its orientation. You can also make these emojis bigger or smaller by using your fingers to expand or contract them.
How to pin an emoji to an object in a video: If you are editing a video, you can pin an emoji to an object in the frame by adding the emoji, moving it to the desired location, and then pressing down on the emoji over the object you want to attach it to.
Drawing on a snapSnapchat also allows you to draw over your photo or video snaps. To use the drawing tool, click on the pen icon and adjust the color using the scale on the right. Using a stylus can be a huge help when writing, drawing, or shading in areas with color.
Changing the length of a snap
Snapchat allows you to change the amount of time viewers can see a snap image before it disappears. In the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a few different icons.
- Number inside a circle (for snap photos): To change the amount of time your snap photo is shown, click on the number with a circle around it. The number shows how many seconds a photo will be seen, up to 10 seconds. Change the number of seconds a photo is shown by tapping on the number.
- Volume symbol (for snap videos): If the snap is a video, you will not see this number—you will see a volume symbol in its place. This icon allows you to control the video’s volume.
- Arrow pointing into a box: This icon lets you download that snap, which you can also do after you’ve posted it to your story.
- Square with a plus sign: This icon lets you add the snap directly to your story.
- Blinking arrow: This icon brings you to a screen that lets you choose where to send your snap, including to your story and all of your friends.
1. General summary of the Snapchat application
To understand the functions of this application, you need to understand how it works and how to use it. Snapchat counts with four principal screens, Snapchats screen, Start/Camera screen, Stories screen, and Discover screen. To navigate through these screens you just have to slide your finger in the direction the image below says, for example, if you want to go to the Discover screen you need to slide your finger twice to the right. Look at an image that explains it better.
11. How to save pictures and videos on the Snapchat Memories
Snapchat launched a new option inside their functions called Memories where you take pictures or record videos on Snapchat and we save them on the Memories screen and if someday we want to resend that snap we have it saved. This function is awesome because before your pictures or videos were saved on your camera roll and occupying a lot of space. Now you can have all the memories on one place and you can also add pictures from your camera roll, so then you upload it to your story or simply send it to a friend. If it wasn’t enough, before sending the picture or video saved on Memories, you can edit it (applying stickers, filters, texts) before sending it and if you have pictures or videos that you don’t want your friends to see, you have the option to move them to a folder called “Just for me” and it is protected by a password or phrase that you choose.
I hope these 11 mini tricks help you to take the most advantage of the Snapchat applications and your experience with it is more fun.