In this week’s sites we like, we’ve found all manner of inspiration for our next kitchen adventures—and beyond.

Victoria Eggs website

If you’re seeking kitchenware to match your culinary aspirations, have a look at the work of British designer Victoria Eggs. Her fun, type-centric (!) designs are neatly profiled on this attractive website, which features FF Netto Web—a balanced, understated typeface designed for simplicity.

Brewtoad website

Numbering over 150 thousand recipes, Brewtoad has you covered if you’re thinking about starting a fresh batch of homebrewed beer. Fun icons and a bewildered-looking toad mascot keep the tone lighthearted, and the text is set in Proxima Nova.

Cereal Magazine

Deliberate and graceful, Adobe Garamond does some lovely work on the Cereal Magazine website, where the measured text is deftly balanced with beautiful photography. The magazine itself is “rooted in our passions—for food, for travel, and for books,” a worldly theme that’s sure to inspire.

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

Wouldn’t you agree that it’s a good time of year for a vacation? In this week’s sites we like, we’ve found a few fun places to visit—and are delighted to see some of our hosted fonts there, too.

Mt Hood Territory

Whether or not you’re familiar with Clackamas County, Oregon, you’ve likely heard of Mt. Hood, the volcanic peak gracing the background of many Portland cityscapes. The county, branded “Mt. Hood Territory,” has a lively website maintained by the local tourism office, featuring friendly and approachable Adelle for the lead copy—and, of course, plenty of inspiring photos of their namesake mountain.

Visit El Paso website

The vibrant Visit El Paso website makes a compelling case on behalf of the historic Texas city, with ample resources for visitors and a packed calendar of local events. Museo Sans is a great typographic choice here—versatile and high-contrast, it works nicely against the color splashes throughout the site design, creating an inviting, fun page.

Visit Bruges website

If visiting Bruges in real life is anything near as fun as playing with the animation on the Visit Bruges website, then it’s a city well worth a visit. Proxima Nova Soft and Alt Condensed feature in the type here, and the site content is organized neatly into thematic areas, getting you quickly to the corners of town that most pique your interest.

Escape Flight website

Indecisive? Live in London? Escape Flight is made for the last-minute weekend traveler, and though it’s currently limited in scope, it’s already an inspiring resource for planning a quick trip out of town. Type is mostly set in classic Futura PT, with additional navigation and messaging in PT Sans—two attractive sans-serifs that travel with grace.

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There’s no comfort quite like an old pair of jeans and your favorite t-shirt. In this week’s sites we like, here are two companies whose artful philosophies towards making classic clothing carry over into solid website design as well.

Cotton Bureau website

Cotton Bureau serves up a bright, attractive website and an innovative model for t-shirt sales, resulting in a delightful t-shirt gallery sure to tempt anyone with a taste for design and technology. Text is set in Futura PT, which fits right in with the bold color palette of the background image and the easy approachability of the copy itself.

Hiut Denim website

Based in the Welsh town of Cardigan, Hiut Denim continues a legacy of denim work that’s lasted for three decades—and they’ll make a killer pair of jeans for you in the process. Their website demonstrates a careful, understated personality fitting to their craft, with Calluna carrying this attitude to the headings; Nimbus Sans works well as a sans-serif counterpart for clean body text throughout. Sharp readers of this blog may recall that we liked their previous site design as well.

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This week we’re looking at how three design agencies bring personality to their online presence. All are powerful examples of self-expression through design.

Notchcode Creative website

When your design work includes belt buckles and beer coasters in addition to regular print jobs, how do you create a cohesive portfolio? Colorado-based design firm Notchcode Creative has risen to this challenge with a neatly-organized gallery page and type selections that support the visual design. FF Ernestine is a clean slab serif whose various weights can accommodate both bolded headings and lighter body text, while the rounded shapes of Omnes provide an attractive contrast in the subheads.

Studio Saus website

We had a lot of fun exploring the website of Dutch design firm Saus, whose minimal color scheme works beautifully with the thoughtful visual effects throughout. The ever-flexible Proxima Nova fits effortlessly into this order, with Kepler Std as an elegant alternate for asides and subheads.

47 Media website

Packed with energy, the FortySeven Media website is highly expressive and enthusiastic—but not at the expense of usability, which is no simple accomplishment. Omnes in Black Italic makes a powerful impression as a header font, with lighter weights in place for text throughout the site. Meanwhile, Futura PT and League Gothic add a twist of personality to the navigation and subheads.

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

We talk about pairing typefaces all the time here, and it’s always inspiring to play with the ways multiple fonts can add visual interest to a page. In this week’s sites we like, we’re looking at a few pages that not only pair typefaces nicely, but also put visual design at the forefront. The results are inspiring.

Screenshot from Daft Punk feature in Pitchfork

In most web contexts, FF Spinoza matches nicely with Colfax; it’s a traditional serif-with-sans pairing, but both typefaces are graced with a slightly edgy energy that makes them hum in combination. When it comes to Pitchfork’s feature story on Daft Punk, however, the designers clearly wanted something with more volume—and they accomplish this by incorporating that humming text with some fantastic and loud scrolling visuals. Ever seen a long-form article you could rock out to? This one comes pretty close.

Screenshot from Nautilus homepage

A gorgeous interpretation of what a popular science magazine can be, Nautilus introduces its first full issue with stunning graphics and thoughtful use of the Freight family. Freight Display and Freight Text both contribute to the airy, intelligent feel of the site. Bold visuals do the heavy, upfront communication, with this gentle serif text acting almost more as a side note, while Freight Sans takes on the bulk of navigational and headline duties.

Screenshot from Fabien Seguin's homepage

It’s a treat to see body text set in Futura PT, and designer Fabien Seguin uses this in an understated but effective pairing with Brandon Grotesque. It’s easy to overdo it with geometric fonts like this, but Fabien has a subtle touch that balances the text in his portfolio with a bold, entrancing background image and targeted splashes of color.

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

This week, we’re raising our glasses—or mugs—in celebration of two famous and ubiquitous brews: coffee and beer. Cheers!

Screenshot of Able Brewing Co

If you’re passionate about the perfect cup of coffee, the crew at Able Brewing Co. has you covered with a mesmerizing catalog of specialized brewing tools, focusing on reusable and sustainably-made supplies. The site uses Nudista Web for the headings and body copy throughout—a sturdy and precise font for people who enjoy their coffee the same way.

Screenshot of Arbor Brewing Co

Michigan prides itself on its brews. Arbor Brewing Company, one of Ann Arbor’s most popular brewpubs, is keeping the tradition alive and well. Their informative website assumes a friendly, convivial tone, using FF Meta Serif for most of the type along with FF Enzo in the navigation and subheads.

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

When you’re a designer on the web, your portfolio site is the first and best chance you get to demonstrate your talent. Of course, we think it’s even better if you also take the opportunity to show off your refined taste for typography. This week, we’ll look at a few portfolio sites that accomplish both of these.

Screenshot from Jonathan Suh homepage

Jonathan Suh creates a delicate, light aesthetic for his homepage with generous line spacing and white framing around his Museo Slab headings and body text in Adelle. The medium-gray shade of the body text also contributes to the light feel—and contrasts neatly with the black headings.

Screenshot from Adam Gillett homepage

In addition to neatly organizing his portfolio across themed collections, Adam Gillitt’s homepage also shows adept use of three very different typefaces. Headings are in Jubilat and Nimbus Sans Condensed, while body text appears in Source Sans Pro. Each of these typefaces has a distinctive personality and energy level, but they work together nicely here—helped by the attractive color scheme and attention to layout details.

Screenshot from Geri Coady portfolio site

Illustrator and designer Geri Coady presents us with a clean, appealing portfolio site, incorporating many of her illustrations into the design for an especially charming experience. For type, she features CamingoDos, whose neatly legible forms appear in an approachable bold style for headings.

Screenshot from Christopher Clark homepage

Christopher Clark makes impressive use of three flavors of Proxima Nova on his engaging site, employing Proxima Nova Extra Condensed and Proxima Nova SC OSF Condensed in addition to the regular version of this popular typeface. His portfolio samples are also a delight to browse through.

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

On any given day, we interact with an immense amount of new information. In this week’s sites we like, three groups suggest new ways of expressing some of this data—making it more engaging, simple, and even fun.

Screenshot for Haze

Haze offers us a beautiful new way of visualizing the five-day weather forecast in this app, comprised of very simple interactions swirling with dynamic colors. Futura PT is a perfect type match for this endeavor, its geometric shapes contributing nicely to the simple design of the homepage, as well as the app itself.

Screenshot from Hummingbird

A project of our own Typekit alum Mike Sall, Hummingbird is a fresh new method of musical notation designed to be easier for novice musicians to learn. If you noticed that the website copy is also easy to read, you’re not alone—Rooney Sans makes for clean, friendly text that’s perfect for explaining a project like this, and is attractively complemented by headings in Rooney.

Screenshot from Small Demons

Small Demons chose their name to pay homage to “the devil in the details,” using the power of cross-referenced metadata in their ambitious project to bring books to life. Proxima Nova is used for the majority of the text on this website, but the excerpts from books are set in Chaparral Pro—an aptly bookish choice.

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Let’s round out the week on a lighter note with some burgers and bicycles.

Screenshot from Burger Anarchy

If websites were hamburgers and fonts were the fixings, Burger Anarchy would be a challenge to eat neatly, packed as it is with five different typefaces. Octin Sports leads the typographic aesthetic, taking position front and center in the site’s bold header and top-level navigation. Main body text appears in Chaparral, while Metallophile Sp8 appears for the majority of headings. If that wasn’t spicy enough, they also add in Grad and Expressway for additional navigation and sidebar text. The site may actually make you hungry with their reviews and recipes for all manner of burgers, but you won’t be lacking for typographic inspiration.

Screenshot from Budnitz Bicycles homepage

View a gallery of beautiful, lightweight city bicycles by designer and creative entrepreneur Paul Budnitz on Budnitz Bicycles. FF DIN is a great choice of typeface for the restrained design of this page, carrying just enough weight to command attention but letting the visuals do most of the communicating. Purchase a license for FF DIN directly from FontShop, and we’ll host it for you along with your other fonts.

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

This week, we’re going to spend a little time looking at League Gothic close up. From The League of Moveable Type, League Gothic is a redesign of the classic Alternate Gothic No. 1, which is now in the public domain. Attractive and matter-of-fact, League Gothic shines exceptionally well in headings and is neutral enough for a variety of layouts and font pairings—as we’ll see in the following sites.

Screenshot from Social Forces website

An interactive web agency based in Tampa, Social Forces covers a lot of ground on their homepage, but does so with convincing style. League Gothic appears big in the headings here, and we love the effect of that slight shadow—in combination with the textured background, the letters appear lightly embossed, but not in a distracting manner.

Screenshot from Open Society Foundations website

For an organization as broadly expansive as Open Society Foundations, it’s easy for a website to descend into complete disarray—so it’s refreshing to see such a clean, organized page that nonetheless communicates a lot of information about the nonprofit and its initiatives. League Gothic shows off its condensed properties here, making for efficient and balanced subheads. Prenton Condensed also features as a header, lending a bit of rounded dynamism to the page without confusing its rhythm (or its readers).

Screenshot from Soho Fixed website

Photography dominates on the website for Soho Fixed, beautifully profiling their small collection of hand-built single-speed bicycles. League Gothic matches the attitude perfectly in bold headlines, with FF Meta Serif placed as a thoughtful counterpoint to keep the page nicely balanced; the page makes a strong impression without feeling overwhelming.

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