We were approached to work on ContraClassics early in 2012. By May, we realised only a real revamp would do justice to the quality and quantity of the catalog. So we set out to build something good from the ground up. The first things that were decided on were the fonts. Alright Sans came out as a great workhorse for the interface: open, light and with that deft touch of Braunian modernism that just makes it stand out. It was aching for something sophisticated to support in large use. Lyon is used big everywhere, adding a lot of life to an otherwise very functionalistic design.
The biggest challenge of ContraClassics was and is not in the styling: it’s the complexity of the database. Regardless, a good and clean design opens up the service and makes it more approachable. Alright Sans and Lyon made this happen.