Every now and then a product comes along that legitimately provides designers with that ‘wow factor.’ And if you’ve spent any time working in publishing you’re probably familiar, and often frustrated, with working in InDesign. We all know what it’s like when that font style didn’t turn out as planned, or that color you wanted just doesn’t seem to exist; where fine-tuning a final layout often turns into a hair-pulling exercise in stress management. Luckily, there’s Spector.
Currently acting as a prototype and developed by a student at London’s Royal College of Art, the Spector is a nifty handheld tool that captures typefaces and colors in the real world, transferring that data directly into InDesign. Simply place the device over a piece of print media and a small camera will capture a snapshot image, uploading it through an algorithm that translates the photo into information regarding the typeface or color’s CMYK/RGB values. A custom app then imports this information into the program and voila, your highlighted text is altered accordingly. And don’t worry if you don’t have a computer handy, the Spector can actually store up to 20 font samples for a later transfer. It’s still in a prototype phase as of publication but let’s hope, as publishers ourselves, this neat little device hits the market soon.