I used Didot for all fonts, and varied its weight to create hierarchy. I used an ‘x’ glyph. I used one color in addition to black and white. It is yellow, and used for accents, in the title, the glyph, call out. It was complementary of the color in the photo I used.
I changed the opacity of the header image and I think that was the only effect I used. I kept the design simple.