March 7, 2011
March 4, 2011
New York and Austin feature in this week’s Sites we like.
Not content with merely making the web better, the team behind Squarespace will also be feeding the masses at SXSW for free. Kulturista’s linear style and sturdy serifs contrast beautifully with the woodcut illustrations in the background.
Mattt Thompson is a hacker living in Austin. Headlines set in Proxima Nova use Lettering.js and
:nth-child(n) pseudo-selectors to alternate the text color. Combined with the grid layout and all-caps text, the subtle color shifts and bright palette lend a bit of playfulness to an otherwise structured design.
Notice any sites that you like? Let us know in the comments, or drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 25, 2011
February 18, 2011
Two kinds of lists and a design for readers in this week’s Sites we like.
Listgeeks is a platform for creating, sharing, and comparing lists of things. Two weights of FF Dagny (regular and bold) serve for all the text on the site. FF Dagny is a workhorse, especially at small sizes, and pairs well with the colorful list design. Currently in closed beta, but you can request an invitation.
Strike is an easy and fun way to create to-do lists and then strike items off. Choose from three different strike styles, all using Proxima Nova, making your to-dos attractive (even if the work isn’t).
That’s all for this week; share sites that you like in the comments!
February 11, 2011
This week’s sites we like features three FontFonts in three unique designs.
Polldaddy is the most powerful and easy-to-use survey software around. FF Tisa feels authoritative but friendly in large headlines. Note the two pixel white text-shadow that suggests the text is pressed into the subtly textured background.
Designers & Books features a lovely and austere layout by Pentagram using FF Dagny. Originally designed for Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, FF Dagny serves exceptionally well in minimalist designs such as this one.
Dan Higbie‘s site also features FF Dagny and FF Tisa. Equally handsome is his latest post which sports Corner Store and Bello in an inspiring masthead. The curved baseline lends a bit of realism to Corner Store’s hand-painted style, courtesy Lettering.js and some carefully-applied CSS rotate transforms.
That’s all for this week! As always, share sites that you like in the comments.
February 7, 2011
Each new site features an app-like design, making it refreshingly easy and quick to flip from one article to the next. Proxima Nova Condensed performs excellently as headings and navigation, offering a density of information in a minimal amount of space. Go check it out!
February 4, 2011
Fish Slaps a Baby is a blog written by the students of 826NYC — a nonprofit dedicated to supporting young students with their writing. Designers enrolled in SVA’s MFA in Interaction Design program worked closely with the 826NYC students (all of whom are between the ages of 5 and 12) to craft a site that would suit their needs for expression. The result is a suite of themes which can be used on each blog post, accompanied by a delightful logo system.
In addition, Frank Chimero‘s lyrical logo system adapts to each theme in playful, lovely ways.
All of which work together to make a wonderful home for the students’ writing, creating variety within a cohesive visual system. We’re glad to see the authors approve.
February 2, 2011
The new Readability has launched, and brings with it a slew of fabulous new features. We’ve written about Readability before, and we’re very happy to see the new version released. Now, in addition to creating a calm, decluttered space for reading, Readability offers tools for saving and sharing your reading list. Plus, a mobile-optimized site makes your content available on the go, as will a forthcoming iPhone app.
The new website sports Adobe Minion for a classy look. Subtle shifts in color, placement, and type size create a clear hierarchy, while the subdued color palette suggests a calm, quiet reading room.
Minion appears again in the aptly titled “newspaper” reading theme; another reading theme features Athelas by TypeTogether. All of the themes offer tools to customize the font size and line length to your liking.
Perhaps most exciting is Readability’s new subscription model: users pay $5 a month (or more if they like), and 70% of that revenue is shared with the publishers of the content they read. That makes Readability not only a tool for a better reading experience, but also an exciting new way to support writers. Try it now!
January 28, 2011
This week’s Sites we like features design studios from both Brooklyn and Portland, and a meeting of the world’s best typographic minds in New Orleans.
OrangeYouGlad hails from Brooklyn and offers print, branding, and web design and development services. Their cheerful site features your favorite internet memes — rainbows and cats — with a whimsical but classy color palette. Playful headlines and navigation are both set in all caps Museo Slab, which lends both fun and earnestness to the site. Be sure to hover over the clouds for some delightful animations.
In Portland, Parliament provides memorable print, retail, and online creative services. Colorful photography is complemented by Proxima Nova and FF Tisa. Proxima Nova Extra Condensed is ideally suited to headlines, and looks especially smart when set in all caps. FF Tisa’s casual style and large x-height pair nicely with Proxima Nova’s geometric and open shape.
Finally, in New Orleans, TypeCon2011 will bring typographic aficionados from the world over for a week of typography-inspired discussion. FF Dagny once again shows off its versatility, serving expertly in major headings as well as tiny footer text, and everything in between. A quick style-switcher trades the standard blog layout for a grid, handy for scanning the latest announcements.
That’s all for this week; share sites that you like in the comments!
We’re back with more Sites we like, this time featuring three sites for designers.
Creative Mornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series of creative types, founded by swissmiss. Atrament’s condensed shape makes it perfect for headline text, while its rounded terminals — paired with the vibrant color palette — create an inviting, affable design.
Megamagro brings your daily dose of visual rock and roll with League Gothic and M+ 1m. M+ 1m is both readable and attractive in short passages of text — a nice demonstration of how to put a monospaced font to good use.
And Jessica Hische is back, this time offering important advice for designers with Should I Work for Free? featuring Museo Sans. A built-in Google translator allows you to translate the page to nearly any language — instantly — taking advantage of the fact that the site is built entirely with HTML and CSS.
That’s all for this week; as always, share sites that you like in the comments.