The Best Typography-Based Sites of July 2014
August 4, 2014
This is the sixth installment of my new monthly feature on Type & Grids where I pick my favorite type-driven websites from the previous month and then write a little about the typographic details behind the design. You can check out last month’s post for June here.
Benvingut Bisgràfic Barcelona
This site is a great example of what can be done using only free fonts. Sorts Mill Goudy and Cutive Mono are limited fonts that lack additional weights but they are both available for free. Even with a limited typographic palette, Benvingut Bisgràfic Barcelona still manage to do something exciting and engaging with the type.
Mixing two similar sans-serifs is generally considered a bad idea. However, Readymag seem to know what they are doing when they combine Nobel and Avenir. Nobel is almost used as a display version of Avenir by being set only at large sizes. It’s an interesting and unusual approach but I think it works.
I’m surprised that I don’t see Grad combined with Proxima Nova more often. Both are designed by Mark Simonson and I think they work nicely together. I love seeing the details of Grad when it’s set at a large size.
I love the combo of GT Walsheim with Sanchez. Although I’m not sure introducing the third typeface, Droid Sans, into the mix was really needed. I feel like you already have a geometric sans and a slab serif so what is the need for a humanist sans on top of that? This is still a nice site — just the use of Droid Sans feels out of place to me.
Brandon Grotesque really makes a perfect match for this style of quirky, “flat design” illustration. I feel like Brandon Grotesque might be getting a little overused but this site makes excellent use of the typeface. The type effortlessly switches between uppercase and italics to keep things fun, dynamic and engaging.
Elena Mora’s site uses a minimal amount of type but still manages to do interesting things with it. Benton Sans is set vertically in some places which is a nice touch.
Pitchfork Music Festival
Larsseit is one of my favorite recent sans-serif releases and the Pitchfork Music Festival site makes great use of it. Only one typeface is used and that is all that is needed.
When I featured this site a few weeks ago on Typewolf, it was using Calluna and Proxima Nova. I guess they had a change of heart because it’s now using Chronicle Display and Apercu. I’m not sure I like it as much — Apercu just feels almost too quirky to be combined with a serious typeface like Chronicle.
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