Non-profit tutoring, online bookstores, and reusing misprints in this week’s sites we like.

The 826 project is phenomenal, and the new site for 826 Seattle is no exception. By alternating between Atrament Web, Futura PT, and Alternate Gothic No. 1D, the site achieves a very dynamic look — uncluttered but whimsical. Museo Slab serves up a readable and solid foundation.

The Lit Pub manages to do a lot with just two typefaces. The classic News Gothic is used for headings and labels, alongside the elegant and contemporary Arno Pro. The fantastic combination draws attention to the books.

ReprintMe’s site isn’t heavy on text, but it’s a great example of how a little bit of the right typeface can go a long way. The strapping serifs of Kulturista make the case for fun ways to reuse your misprinted pages.

That’s all for this week; share sites that you like in the comments!

Space, a stream, and art in this weeks sites we like.

Allied Works Architecture evokes a sense of space with Calluna and a clever hover treatment. Calluna’s light weight is delicate but sturdy, a perfect pairing for the airy, structured environments. Be sure to hover over a title to reveal a video of the space beneath it. uses Myriad for both headings and paragraphs, showing off its flexibility. At large sizes, Myriad’s humanist touches are confident and friendly; at small sizes, those same details recede and the overall feel is pleasantly neutral. An excellent choice for a design that lets the images stand out.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago uses a custom version of FF Schulbuch in a strong grid layout. FF Schulbuch feels modern without being cold, warming up the minimal design. (Interested in using a custom font for your site? Learn more.)

That’s all for this week; share sites that you like in the comments!

A great cause and making websites better in this week’s sites we like.

Amit Gupta needs you to register to be a bone marrow donor. Bone marrow donations are safe and painless, and registration requires little more than a quick swab on the inside of your cheek. Amit is most likely to find a matching donor among people of South Asian decent, but people of all ethnicities are encouraged to donate; you may find the simple act helps save someone else’s life, too.

Since 2007, Chris Coyier’s CSS-Tricks has helped us get the most out of every line in our stylesheets. Kulurista’s light weight is especially handsome when set large, and it pairs nicely with body text set in the neutral (but never dull) Myriad.

And Kyle Meyer’s minimalist design combines ample white space and a subdued palette with FF Tisa and Futura PT. Futura PT shines when set in all caps (with ample letter-spacing). The unexpectedly bright hover state on the post titles is lovely and refreshing.

That’s all for this week; stay tuned for more sites we like next week.

Showing off great work and making something you love in this week’s sites we like.

AboutDesign is an Amsterdam agency working on branding, editorial, and web design. FF Netto’s slightly condensed width is efficient for setting longer headlines, while its round terminals and geometric shape make for a friendly, but organized look.

Over in New Zealand, 2pxBorder specializes in web design and development. The mostly black and white site plays homage to print designs of yore, with Museo Slab filling in for display and FF Meta Serif for text. Be sure to resize your browser’s window to appreciate the responsive design.

Penguin Creative, based out of Nashville, Tennessee, makes excellent use of Proxima Nova across headlines and body text. The light weight of Proxima Nova is especially graceful in the airy, colorful layout.

And last but not least, next week marks the return of Brooklyn Beta, a small, friendly web conference in our favorite borough. Quatro Slab’s hefty weight plays wonderfully off Alternate Gothic’s narrow letterforms.

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Sites we love

September 30, 2011

We started the sites we like column almost exactly a year ago, so it seems about time to round up some of our favorites. Here are the sites we love.

Jax Vineyards: FF Tisa, FF DIN

An early favorite, Jax Vineyards drives us to drink — in celebration, not despair. The minimal site showcases one of our favorite approaches to type: letting great copy shine.

New York Times Opinion Pages: NYT Cheltenham

The New York Times Opinion Pages relaunched just over a year ago and remain a stunning example of what a good news site can do. With their custom cut of Cheltenham, the Times looks as great online as they do in print.

Lost World’s Fairs: Hellenic Wide, Proxima Nova, Proxima Nova Extra Condensed

Commissioned to show off just what web fonts can do, Lost World’s Fairs continues to set the bar high, both technically and aesthetically.

The New Yorker: NY Irvin, NY Vogue Goat

Perhaps no other publication has a font as recognizable as The New Yorker. We can’t imagine seeing their headlines in anything else.

Twitter Year in Review: Proxima Nova Extra Condensed, League Gothic

Twitter created their own best-of list at the end of last year, and it’s worth returning to. The weathered image masks show just one of the ways in which web fonts have matured alongside CSS3.

Voltage: Hellenic Wide, Proxima Nova, Bello, Bryant, Vinyl, and more

Voltage made us all drop what we were doing when it launched, and it still turns our heads. Dozens of fonts (both artfully and playfully typeset) plus forward-looking CSS combine in a layout that wouldn’t have been possible just a few short years ago.

Big Cartel’s 100 Thousandth Store: Ambroise, LTC Bodoni

From our very first sites we like, the magazine-inspired layout for Big Cartel’s one hundred thousandth store remains a personal favorite.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Adobe Garamond

McSweeney’s does type-centered design like no one else, and their all-Adobe-Garamond all-the-time approach to Internet Tendency is as good as it gets.

The Great Discontent: FF Meta Serif, Stratum, and more

A new arrival and love at first site, The Great Discontent features interviews with designers about their craft. Each article is uniquely art directed, pairing type and illustration to great effect.

Stories and Novels: Chaparral

Stories and Novels shows that classic book typography is alive and well — and can flourish on the screen, too.

FitText: Anchor, Proxima Nova

The fine folks at Paravel build so many wonderful things, it’s hard to choose just one. But FitText’s great big drop-shadowed headline is a show-stopper, and the plugin is pretty nice, too.

There are so many wonderful sites out there, this list could go on and on. We are daily inspired by these and other sites as we work each day to make Typekit even better. Thank you for being great.

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.

Trello is a new collaboration tool for your products. FF Meta teams up with FF Meta Serif for clear, sharp marketing copy, while FF Market chimes in for a bit of friendly contrast.

Chartbeat provides real-time monitoring of your online presence. The popular Museo Slab leads up their pitch, providing a confident, smart voice for the clever copy.

The Golden Grid System is a folding grid for responsive design. FF Dagny shines as the only font used in the minimal (but not cold) design. Be sure to resize your window to see how the grid adapts.

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.

And from Jessica Hische comes Inker Linker, a service for finding a great printer. Skolar pairs with Cooper Black for a site that’s assertive but clever. A CMYK color palette completes the look.

That’s all for this week! Share sites that you like in the comments.

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.

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.

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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!