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!
June 27, 2013
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 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.
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.
That’s it for this week’s sites; share sites you like in the comments!