We’re back with the new year, and delighted to round up a new batch of sites that recently caught our interest—this week, with some special attention to a few sites that give us a glimpse into other people’s lives, stories, and thoughts, and a bit of our own cultural mythology.

Indigy screenshot

Indigy presents a lovely space for a powerful purpose: to share stories from cultures around the globe at risk of being forgotten. Freight Sans and FF Tisa are alternated for both body and header text here, and make for a thoughtful pairing that performs well for the longer blocks of text throughout the site while keeping navigation tidy.

Medium screenshot

It’s already evident to us how dearly the folks at Medium care about type on their site, and we love the recent redesign. The calligraphic shapes of Freight Text immediately pull us in, a great choice for long-form reading, with navigation and other elements in clear JAF Bernino Sans to make the whole experience feel completely effortless.

American Imagery Bank screenshot

Keep an eye on the American Imagery Bank for updates to their fascinating catalog of the iconic images that define the American identity, rendered beautifully in woodcuts. We love the type choices here, too, with the banner in Refrigerator Deluxe, headers in classic Futura, and body text in nostalgic SchoolBook.

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

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.

Fuzzco website

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 website

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 website

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!