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 website

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.

STET website

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.

Bookshelf website

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!

We’ve got a few new fonts we’d like to share with you today, as well as an update to one of our old favorites. You’ll find all of these in our font library; go ahead, play with the Type Tester, see which weights and styles best suit your content. We think you’ll love using these.

Tenso type specimen
Tenso Black and Regular

Fresh from exljbris, the sans-serif Tenso makes for some wonderfully bold headlines that pair well with a number of more delicate serif faces. The rounded shapes of the letters give this typeface an especially playful edge at any weight.

Hamilton Wood Type Slab Columbian type specimen
Hamilton Wood Type Slab Columbian

The difference between Hamilton Wood Type’s HWT Slab Antique and HWT Slab Columbian is subtle; Antique’s slabs are squared off in the traditional style, while those in Columbian are very slightly rounded. Both variants look great in big sizes and add a distinctive character to your work.

Dapifer type specimen
Dapifer Semibold and Dapifer Light Italic

Dapifer, by Darden Studio, is a flexible slab serif suitable for a number of different editorial settings—and with 12 different weights and styles to mix, you can cover a lot of ground with this typeface.

League Gothic type specimen
League Gothic. Text for all specimens from Project Gutenberg.

League Gothic, by open-source type foundry The League of Moveable Type, is a reliable favorite on Typekit, and we’ve just released some improvements to the typeface—namely, hinting adjustments to resolve some rendering issues in Chrome. If you’re already using it in one of your kits, just republish the kit, and the updates will carry through to your sites.

We hope you enjoy using these new typefaces. If you’ve never given Typekit a try, sign up (it’s free!) and upgrade to a paid plan whenever you’re ready.

Brooklyn, bitly, and bricks: this week’s sites we like are all brought to you by the letter B!

bitly screenshot

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.

BKLYNR screenshot

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.

screenshot from The Art of Bricks

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!