Sites We Like: National Civil Rights Museum & National Museum of African American History & Culture
We love when we see web fonts in use for institutions of learning and culture. This month is Black History Month here in the United States, so today we wanted to highlight two sites that seemed especially timely for our first profile post in February.
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum is at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the site of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination in 1968, and is devoted to the work he and many others did during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s–60s.
It’s powerful material, and the site orients visitors with clear, straightforward design that puts the message first and doesn’t distract. Headings are in Roboto from Google, and the body text is in FF Tisa from FontFont.
National Museum of African American History & Culture
The National Museum of African American History & Culture opened just last year in Washington, DC, and is the newest addition to the National Mall from the Smithsonian Institution.
The site uses Freight Sans and Freight Text from Phil’s Fonts in a natural and dynamic pairing — the contrast slightly more emphasized here than in the previous sans/serif combo because of the heavy weight used for Freight Sans in headings. In the body text, the sans weight is much lighter and more ideal for longer-form reading.