February 7, 2014
As winter trudges along, we’re drawn to cozy indoor activities—like curling up with a good read. In this week’s sites we like, we’re sharing a few literary-minded sites that show a lot of respect for the written word, be it recommending good reads, publishing them, or (in all cases) setting it in excellent type.
Openings features just the first line from a long list of books, poems, songs, and other works, making for a subtly brilliant site that we got completely sucked into. Livory displays beautifully here as the primary body text font, giving a warm and weighty feel to the quoted lines. Navigation in JAF Bernina Sans is clean and unobstrusive.
We’ve loved reading the thoughtful articles that have appeared on STET, which are accompanied by fantastic illustrations and, of course, a great type pairing. Multiple weights of JAF Facit play the part of headlines and navigation, offset by the gorgeous serif Calluna. The combination makes for an enjoyable, comfortable reading experience.
Designer Daniël Van Der Winden gives us a list of recommended reading in the most stylish manner imaginable with Bookshelf. We love seeing Adelle front and center with a sweeping quote on the main page, immediately setting the deliberate, literary tone for the site. Proxima Nova appears in subheads and navigation throughout, and a long list of other fonts make cameo appearances: Abril Fatface, Futura PT (for The Wes Anderson Collection, appropriately), League Gothic, and possibly even more with the next review he posts up there.
That’s it for this week; share sites you like in the comments!
March 22, 2013
Brooklyn, bitly, and bricks: this week’s sites we like are all brought to you by the letter B!
Slightly rebranded from the original .ly domain, bitly is in the market to help you keep your digital life tidy. It underscores this goal with a clean, organized website design, featuring the extra-legible Adelle for clear copy across the page.
We just love the look of Quatro in a big, bold title format. BKLYNR uses this expertly on their smart new site, whose goal is to provide a platform and funding for Brooklyn-centric journalism. Body text is set in the smoothly modern Proxima Nova.
Many of us played with Legos as kids; however, Nathan Sawaya never put them down. The Art of the Brick showcases his artwork, which uses Legos as a medium for larger-than-life sculptures. The site is thoughtfully put together, with sleek League Gothic used in headings and navigational text, and Museo Slab offering a robust counterpoint.
That’s it for this week! Share sites you like in the comments!
February 22, 2013
We love typography, and we love it even more when great type is paired with quality writing. In this week’s sites we like, we’re featuring a few smart people who are very good with words.
It doesn’t take but a few seconds on writer Jack Cheng’s website to get sucked into reading his perceptive and engaging blog. Chaparral makes for a lovely, unobstrusive body text that keeps the focus on his words, while Anivers SC brings a robust character to headings and the inspiring homepage opener.
We love writing on the web, and the crew at Editorially aims to make that process an even better one for authors and editors with their innovative writing app. In addition to improving upon the mechanics of the modern writing process, they’ve done great work with their website; Adelle is an excellent choice to set the writerly tone for this page. (Doesn’t the descender on the “y” remind you of a typed letter?) JAF FacitWeb balances this nicely, making for clear and inviting site navigation.
Even for those of us who work on the web, there’s nothing quite like the perfect notebook. Draft Supply Co. offers a lovely, simple interpretation of this most essential of tools, and features some exquisite type on its equally appealing website. The page bristles with energy from Stratum 2, a geometric sans serif from Process Type Foundry. The approachable FF Dagny brings a newsy personality to the body text throughout.
That’s it for this week’s sites; share the sites you like in the comments!