Lyon-based agency Akaru has produced a very distinguished looking website for a distinguished French composer. The type — Mirador, a recent neo-classical design by Rene Bieder — generally hits all the right notes here. PT Sans is a calm and prudent counterpoint.
Each section is paced by full-screen photography overlaid by a large, reversed headline. It’s a handsome look — and while it’s not an unusal concept in our era of responsive web design, an uncommon and suitable typeface like Mirador keeps things from getting predictable. Lined backgrounds reference sheet music, and an inconspicuous audio player offers a soundtrack as you read. The only thing that puzzles me is the excessive line-height for all body text, a habit that continues to plague the current web trend toward the spacious and airy. It’s fine to leave room for breathing between and around elements on the page, but there’s no need to split your paragraphs apart. More linespacing does not equal better reading.
Still, I credit Akaru for picking interesting type and setting an appropriate tone. It seems to suit the subject quite well.