November 15, 2013
Sometimes you just want to really work your hands into something—whether it’s something you can eat at the end of the process, wear proudly, or curl up under. This week’s sites we like highlight a few of those handmade creature comforts: warm food, good shoes, and a cozy quilt.
From husband-and-wife team Brian Hoff and Kathleen Watkins, Two Please shows off tempting recipes with luscious photos and some great type. FF Nexus Serif and Sans, both ported over on a license from FontFont, balance each other nicely between cheerful sans headings and the delicately seriffed body text, and Brandon Grotesque looks fantastic in the header navigation.
In operation out of Toronto for the past forty years, Nick’s Custom Boots wastes no time getting to the point: if you’re looking for quality custom-made boots, you’re in the right place. You can also see two of our quality fonts on display on their store website: Bree, somewhat unusually placed as the body text font here, invokes the warm rounded elements of handwriting, while JAF Bernino Sans Condensed keeps the headings and navigation clicking along neatly.
If you’re ready to dive into your own crafty project, Eileen Brown offers us Simply Brown, whose no-nonsense quilting kits and straightforward directions will turn you into a quilter in no time. Type on the site is likewise clear and easy to read, with body text in JAF Bernina Sans and headings in Kepler Std Semicondensed. Read more about the type choices at Fonts In Use.
Well, if you didn’t have plans for this weekend already, that should get you started. That’s it for this week; share sites you like in the comments!
November 12, 2013
Customizing your WordPress.com blog with fonts from Typekit just got even better. In partnership with Typekit, WordPress.com has refreshed the list of fonts included in its Custom Design upgrade, giving you access to some great new options.
Highlights among the new fonts include Abril Text from TypeTogether for classically readable paragraphs, Futura PT from ParaType for elegant headlines, and the always versatile Brandon Grotesque from HVD Fonts and Chaparral Pro from Adobe.
Like before, you can preview any of the fonts on your blog by selecting them from the font menus in the WordPress.com Customize feature:
Then, a click of the Save button applies the fonts to your blog, no coding required.
We’re excited to help make more Typekit fonts available to WordPress.com users through this easy-to-use feature and can’t wait to see the new, creative examples of blog typography that result.
October 25, 2013
We’ve worked up a bit of an appetite looking through this week’s sites we like, which rounds up a few menus we’ve noticed recently—showing both delicious-sounding dishes and (of course) tasteful use of type.
The Electric Diner menu boasts “unfussy combinations of the best ingredients” in their London restaurant, and we might use the same phrase to describe the pairing of typefaces they selected for their website. Proxima Nova is a dependable choice for clear body text, and we love the bold, precise look of Prenton Ultra Condensed in the headers.
Futura gets center stage on the Fuel Cafe website, its geometric shapes working in good visual harmony with the clean design and navigation. Brandon Grotesque adds a touch of warmth to the menu descriptions—not that it takes much to make a “cheddar scallion biscuit with homemade sausage gravy” sound pretty appealing to us. (We’ll take 30, please.)
Not full yet? Let’s head over to Vermont Salumi, purveyors of fine cured meats with an evident flair for type. They use Chunk for an old-fashioned woodcut aesthetic in their standout headings, and News Gothic for no-nonsense navigation—and see if you can detect the tiny traces of Bello and Aviano Sans in there, too.
That’s it for this week’s sites; share sites you like in the comments!
October 18, 2013
Design studio websites are reliably interesting for us, since they frequently want to pack a lot of character into the space while maintaining a wholly-functional work portfolio. It’s easy to mix up signal and noise with those priorities at stake, but here are a few studio sites that get it right.
With an energetic crew based in Charleston, South Carolina, the Fuzzco studio website shows a lot of personality—not to mention a lot of great type. Proxima Nova and Adobe Text are used for most of the body text and headings, but Droid Serif and Hydrophila Iced both make appearances as well. It’s a lot of fonts, but all are used with just the right amount of restraint.
Cultivated Wit is the studio of three former employees of The Onion, who have harnessed their penchant for humor and unleashed it upon all manner of web projects. Their selected web fonts are attractive and lean towards the conventional, which is all the better for tongue-in-cheek statements. Alternate Gothic No. 2 D appears in many headings, with Brandon Grotesque on broad display as well. FF Tisa appears on the blog and in other longer blurbs throughout the site.
I Shot Him is a design studio based in one of San Francisco’s sunnier microclimates. The type on their website does a great job of sturdily accompanying the stunning graphics, with Jubilat for most of the heading text and Gesta in place as a friendly, distinctive sans-serif body font. You’ll also see a few samples of lovely Signalist from Mika Melvas.
That’s it for this week; share sites you like in the comments!
All manner of animals in this week’s sites we like.
If the Stonehenge Veterinary Hospital puts as much care into their services as they do their website, your pet should be in good hands. Friendly, informative, and tasteful, they utilize FF Dax Compact, Museo Slab, and cute silhouetted critters to great effect.
If it’s true that you first eat with your eyes, you might take a bite out of your laptop. Little Goat Diner’s charming illustrated and animated splash screens are a clever prelude to their numerous and extensive menus, set in the appropriately playful Brandon Grotesque.
That’s all for this week; share sites that you like in the comments!