Bold Visual Narrative

Bold is the creative practice of Leon Butler. We are interested in telling stories and exploring new ways of look at and using technology to help us tell those stories.

email: leon[at]


Draw Text 

Draw text is an ipad app developed in conjunction with Form and Void New York as a micro tool that allows users to expressively layout strings of text using the simple stroke of the pencil or finger. The expressive type size is responsive to pressure & movement. The first concept was developed in before being coded in swift for the app store.

Draw text reimagines our relationship with the setting of text, allowing the user the freedom to set text with the stroke of the pencil or finger. The dynamic controls enable the text to travel in all directions and the user to control the weight, colour and string of text.

Users first input the string of text they want to draw — select a colour and typeface and then simply use their finger or pencil to create an expressive illustration. Users can fill the canvas with colour or upload a photo as a background image. When completed, the image or illustration can be saved as an image file to share on the web or with friends.

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