This week, we’re all about weighty design: from old computers to even older automobiles. Get ready to do a little time traveling.

Celebrate the Mac website

Celebrate the Mac will be a nostalgic trip for a lot of us. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh, Jonathan Zufi features a selection from his huge collection of Mac-specific photography, paired with a few details about the machines Apple has released over the past three decades. Headings and navigation are set in Futura PT, whose clean geometric shapes are a natural match for a company known for its simple design elegance. Body text is in Proxima Nova, feeling exceptionally light here thanks to the wide spacing.

Chromeography website

We could spend hours poring over the beautiful and endlessly varied designs featured on Chromeography, a site that exists “in praise of the chrome logos and lettering affixed to vintage automobiles and electric appliances.” The site was built by author and type designer Stephen Coles, whose strong taste for type is evident in the tagging methodology, including categories for “Swash” and “Baseline connection.” All text on the site is set in FF Din Round, whose soft edges are a great counterpart to all the shiny chrome, as well as the sharp angles on the hand-lettered Chromeography logo.

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This week’s sites we like make us want to get up and get moving. Whether focusing on the court, the surf, or pair of wheels, they’ll get your typography flowing.

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Vickers Bicycles is all about classic style, which is neatly reflected in their font selections. Headers are set in Adobe Garamond, making nice use of its italics, and the product prose relies on the perpetual favorite, Proxima Nova. Even if you’re not in the market for a new bicycle, we think you’ll enjoy perusing the site.

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Rookie is a sports site that looks at the stories and people behind the scores and stats. They’ve paired the sturdy Futura PT Condensed with some beautiful photos for (we have to say it) a slam dunk.

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If you’re looking for a new board or even want to learn to craft your own, Otter Surfboards is the place to be. Header text is set in
Raleway
, another one of your favorites, and the body text is Droid Serif. The attractive pairing puts the information you need front and center, leaving you plenty of time to get back to the beach.

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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.

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In this week’s sites we like, we’re taking a quick tour through the beautiful, inspiring country of Japan—with, as always, a few side notes about type.

19 Days in Japan website

19 Days in Japan showcases the stunning photographs from a Portuguese couple’s trip to Japan; get ready to feel inspired to take up photography again, or to visit Japan, or most likely both. Image-heavy pages like this one often do well to steer towards an unobtrusive typeface for the text, and FF Dagny does a superb job of this here.

Maru website

Maru is, in fact, based out of Oslo, but is nonetheless all about Japanese design. The shop aims to represent “the highest standard of Japanese quality and design” in its offerings, and everything they sell is designed and made in Japan. The site uses FF DIN Round for the copy, reflecting many of the same subtle, soft edges in its products. (If you were hoping this would be about Maru the cat, we’re sorry to disappoint. Here’s the other Maru.)

Japan Architecture and Design website

Japan Architecture + Urbanism is an English-language magazine produced in Japan, which “offers an insider’s look at the very latest Japanese architecture,” and explores other cutting-edge architecture worldwide. The site features Proxima Nova in a few different weights, giving a pleasant lightness to the body text while keeping the headings firm.

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In this week’s sites we like, we’re getting into the spirit of autumn—the season of transitions, gatherings, and pie. What’s not to love?

We Don't Need Daylight Savings Time website

We Don’t Need Daylight Savings Time draws you in with a mesmerizing spinning globe animation and clean Proxima Nova text, neatly laying out the rationale behind doing away with the biannual time shift. In the meantime, those of us in the US are reminded to change our clocks back an hour this weekend.

Nearly Impossible website

Autumn being a traditional time of gatherings, we couldn’t resist noting the Nearly Impossible conference, which is happening next week in New York and aims to bring together “people who make and sell physical products.” Body text is set in lighthearted PT Sans, and we also enjoyed seeing Latinotype’s Trend Sans in the headers.

Mission Pie website

So, now we’ve got an extra hour and some new friends; let’s make the most of this situation and get some pie. (Perhaps the official baked good of autumn.) Mission Pie serves up delicious options, both savory and sweet—and uses Crete Rounded on their site to boot.

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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.

Electric Diner website

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.

Fuel Cafe website

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.)

Vermont Salumi website

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.

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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.

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In this week’s sites we like, we’ve found a few sites whose business involves a lot of time around film—making it look good, sound right, and helping us regular viewers keep track of it all.

Ende website

We don’t frequently see monospaced fonts used for longer text passages on websites, but Colombian audiovisual design firm Ende uses Inconsolata to great effect on their homepage, giving the text a crisp feel against soft background colors that subtly change as you scroll. Futura PT appears in the headings.

Golden Hum website

Golden Hum, a music and sound production company based in London, shows off its impressive portfolio. Minion Pro, heavy on caps, is used for the text throughout, its classically-inspired shapes looking fit to be carved into stone along with Golden Hum’s precisely-chiseled logo.

Letterboxd website

Gearing up for a scary movie to celebrate another Friday the 13th? Letterboxd keeps track of the films you watch, letting you record notes and create lists—either for your own reference, or to share with friends. Abril Text is used for most of the copy, with Proxima Nova and Freight Sans for navigational text and tags.

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We’re getting down to serious business this week, with one site building giant robots to track down mutants, and another keeping all that technological research well-documented with good technical writing. Proxima Nova, used in both, never fails to impress us.

Trask Industries homepage

The Trask Industries website is a clever tie-in for the upcoming X-Men movie, treating the robotic “Sentinel” program with a smooth, glossy approach that neatly mimics modern PR campaigns. Headings are in Futura PT, with text in Proxima Nova. (And, yeah, we might be a little excited about this movie.)

Tech Writing Handbook

Good technical documentation is critical for managing your robot Sentinel (or, perhaps more likely, your FitBit). Intelligently written and easy to navigate, the Tech Writing Handbook is a great resource for the basic principles of good technical writing. The text is set in Proxima Nova and Proxima Nova Soft.

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This week, we’re looking at the scaffolding that keeps the creative world running: templates, punctuation, and personal missions. Oh, and typography, of course.

oneminutewith

Designer Conor O’Driscoll ties together threads of creative inspiration from an impressive batch of professionals in his interviews on oneminutewith.com. Body text is primarily in Proxima Nova, but the interview questions are offset in blocky Quatro Slab, lending a textured feel to the transcripts.

Screenshot from Quotes and Accents

Minion is a great typographic choice for Quotes & Accents, Jessica Hische’s website dedicated to documenting Mac keyboard shortcuts for accented characters. The font’s clarity of form really comes in handy on a page detailing the subtle rules of various punctuation marks, and looks lovely to boot.

Screenshot from Underscores

We’ve seen Stratum in action before, but it never fails to impress. Here, Stratum 1 sets the aesthetic for Underscores, a WordPress starter theme designed for people who want to build their own themes but don’t necessarily want to begin from scratch. Stratum is available directly from Process Type Foundry; purchase the license from them, and we’ll happily host the font.

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