September 23, 2011
Head into the weekend with a special geek edition of sites we like.
Tools & Toys is a collection of items for gadget geeks, software aficionados, snowboard junkies, and more, from Shawn Blanc. Atrament’s narrow, economic design takes on a tech-friendly vibe alongside the products and gear.
And finally, Elliot Jay Stocks is taking a typography first approach to his site redesign. Skolar is classy and smart, without being stuffy, and will undoubtedly serve as the perfect foundation as the design develops. Keep an eye out to see where he goes with it.
That’s all for this week; share sites that you like in the comments.
The risk of creativity, tiny beautiful things, a new way to read, and great printers in this week’s sites we like.
From Designing Monsters comes The Great Discontent, a journal focusing on creativity, risk, and what connects us as artists. FF Meta Serif makes for crisp, wonderfully readable text, with the size smartly adapting at different window widths. Process Type Foundry’s Stratum 1 fills in for headlines; its sharp terminals and angular curves are the perfect complement to the site’s restless, scrappy subjects.
Less than 100g is a blog dedicated to things that are tiny and beautiful. The first issue looks at bottle caps, with (tiny!) text set in Garamond Premier. The very small size flirts with illegibility, but the short measure and ample whitespace (not to mention appropriateness to the topic) are redeeming.
Readmill is a service for sharing what you read, and they lean on FF Scala to do the job. FF Scala’s calligraphic details (look closely and you can see remnants of the pen) make it wonderfully expressive when set large, but aid readability at paragraph sizes.
That’s all for this week! Share sites that you like in the comments.
September 9, 2011
Get your weekend off on the right foot with an extra large sites we like.
Fuzzco, designers of the previously featured Kickin’ Chicken, return with a striking new design for themselves. Droid Serif and Proxima Nova team up with an all red palette for a design you can’t help but notice. Be sure to resize your browser window to see the responsive design in action.
On the other end of the color spectrum, the site for Davor Vrankić is nearly absent of color, but rich in texture. FF Meta Serif and FF Meta are an obvious pairing, and they perform expertly in the simple, art-forward design.
Meanwhile, Strange Native uses Chaparral and FacitWeb. Chaparral’s lesser-seen bold weight is beautifully expressive in this large setting, while FacitWeb’s no-nonsense personality provides the perfect foil. And don’t let go of the corner of your browser window just yet, as this is another excellent responsive design.
Elsewhere, Lefft breaks out of the minimalist vibe and shows how to use a lot of fonts to great effect. Tangerine, Chunk, Cronos, Atrament, and more, combine with CSS image masks for a delightfully quirky (and, yes, responsive) design.
And last but not least, Gidsy has some advice for making the perfect listing, delivered with Nimbus Sans and a spectacular series of vertical scroll effects. Skippy Sharp steps in here and there for a bit of handwritten encouragement, while Adobe Garamond serves for body text.
That’s all for this week; as always, share sites that you like in the comments.
August 26, 2011
Explore the future of journalism, end extreme poverty, love what you do, and more in this week’s sites we like.
The Nieman Journalism Lab aims to discover how journalism can thrive in the internet age, using a classic combination of Minion and Myriad. The two fonts share a common efficiency of space — slightly narrow letterforms that fit many characters per line while maintaining readability, perfect for dense news-oriented sites like this one. Together, they produce a design that’s as lucid as it is informative.
Millennium Promise addresses the root elements of extreme poverty, working with communities for sustainable development. Depot New and Rooney join up for the cause, communicating both empathy and organizational prowess. Depot New’s extensive weights make it extremely flexible, allowing it to serve admirably in both headlines and body text.
Zerply is a new professional network for people who love what they do. Several weights of Adelle combine for a friendly, newsy feel. A subtle text-shadow on the tagline provides a pleasant amount contrast against the textured background.
Last but certainly not least, our very own Jason Santa Maria celebrates ten years of his site with a fresh new design. Carol Twombly’s Chaparral and Mark Simonson’s Proxima Nova make for a lovely pair, while FacitWeb (designed by Typekit’s resident type designer, Tim Ahrens) serves up small text. Here’s more on the redesign from Jason himself.
That’s all for this week! Share sites that you like in the comments, or submit your favorites to firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 19, 2011
Better email, smart investments, and an impressive skyline in this week’s sites we like.
A few folks from the Gmail team want to help you save your friends. Stage an email intervention with the assistance from Mark Simonson’s popular (and recently updated) Proxima Nova. Proxima Nova’s less-commonly used heavy weight provides an amiable complement to the site’s cheeky copy.
True Ventures (who count Typekit among their portfolio), also make use of Proxima Nova, as well as Prenton Ultra Condensed. The latter’s supreme efficiency permits a substantial tagline to coexist with ample white space. FF Tisa makes for nicely contrasting body text.
Designed by Renzo Piano, the Shard London Bridge Tower will be completed in 2012. Klavika’s straight-sided characters and modern, unfussy look complement the streamlined architecture. (Note that you can license Klavika from Process Type Foundry and bring it over to your Typekit account at no extra charge.)
That’s all for this week; share sites that you like in the comments!
August 12, 2011
Three spectacular sites we like this week, from MTV, UnderConsideration, and The New York Times.
From the designers at Happy Cog comes a vivid new site for MTV’s O Music Awards. Bold, all caps Freight Sans complements the hot pink and bright yellow blocks of color; while Pragmatica Condensed contrasts with its narrow, light weight. Be sure to note the vertical parallax effect on the background when you scroll down.
The intrepid team at UnderConsideration are back again, this time at the intersection of food and type. Art of the Menu catalogs great menu design, with help from Mark Simonson’s Proxima Nova and TypeTogether’s Adelle. The combination of a grotesque and a slab serif is classic, and the many small menu-inspired details (rules of different weights, and pinking-sheared edges) make for a pleasing whole.
And last but certainly not least, this week The New York Times launched beta620, a new home for experimental projects from Times developers. FF Meta serves as both paragraph and headline text, showcasing it’s flexibility and personality at both small and large sizes, and letting the playful, cutout-style illustrations take the stage.
Stay tuned for more sites we like next week!
August 5, 2011
End your week right with inspiring apps, easy takeout, and great design at a great price.
Brought to you by An Event Apart and Mix Online, 10K Apart challenges you to create an app that weighs in at just 10K. This year’s contest adds the additional wrinkle that every app must be responsive — guaranteed to have designers and developers resizing their browsers like it’s going out of style. The site — designed by the ever-so-talented folks of Paravel — features Futura PT and Proxima Nova. The two geometric sans serifs complement each other, while each serving at their best: Futura PT in big, chunky headlines; Proxima Nova in small, readable body text. (Added bonus: you can use Typekit fonts in your app, and it doesn’t count against the 10K; the deadline is September 12th, so get started soon!)
A redesigned Seamless ensures you can enjoy great fonts and get your food delivered fast. Museo Slab makes for tasty headlines, and contrasts nicely with the rounded corners and spring color palette that mark the design.
Finally, Warby Parker makes designer glasses that are affordable and ethical: their buy a pair, give a pair program provides a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair they sell. Helping the cause is a classy combination of Rooney and Myriad; Rooney’s soft serifs complement Myriad’s friendly, humanistic shapes, making for an effortless, sophisticated look.
That’s all for this week; as always, share sites that you like in the comments, or join us again next week for more sites we like.
August 4, 2011
We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Behance ProSite. Now, you can use Typekit fonts in your portfolio and sync with the Behance network for creative professionals.
The integration couldn’t be easier: simply hook up your kit to your ProSite account, and your fonts will appear in the dropdown in every text module. You can take advantage of ProSite’s easy design tools and Typekit’s web fonts simultaneously. And it works with any Typekit account, including the free plan. Read more from Behance on the new service. We can’t wait to see what you make with it!
Fast food, plant food, and a good bottle of wine in this week’s sites we like.
Everyone’s favorite late night coffee and pancake spot is made that much better by Mark Simonson’s Proxima Nova. Denny’s uses the regular and condensed versions in a convincing trompe l’oeils of a trifold menu. Note the relief shadow on the headings.
Elsewhere, Food Sense promotes plant eating with resources, recipes, and a curated list of vegan-friendly vendors. FF Tisa serves as headline and body text, communicating effortlessness and clarity. The handwritten logotype is similarly lovely.
That’s it for this week; share sites that you like in the comments!
Smart people, great writing, and sharp clothes in this week’s sites we like.
Takeout is a boutique consultancy with offices in New York and London. A suite of fonts collaborate to produce a cheeky, contemporary take on the takeout menu — expertly demonstrating an exception to the classic rule of limiting yourself to two fonts per design. Prenton Ultra Condensed makes for efficiently compact headings, contrasting nicely with FF Basic Gothic’s sturdy small caps.
Crane Brothers are contemporary tailors from New Zealand. Myriad, Myriad Semi Condensed, and Myriad Condensed join forces with a refined color palette and great photography to show off the bespoke collection. Well-designed feature pages demonstrate how a single font can display different personality traits at different sizes: large and all caps, Myriad is bold and confident; mid-sized and italic, it’s polite; small, it’s unassuming and pleasantly generic.
That’s all for this week; share sites that you like in the comments.