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Lexington


Typeface design (Macintosh Postscript)


Fall 2002

In the early 1930s, American type designer William Addison Dwiggins began working on a ‘roman’ sans-serif, a type designed for high legibility in body text, given the working title ‘Experimental 63’. Although he never finished the typeface, his drawings are now kept in the archives at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. My revival of Experimental 63 was primarily oriented around the notion of modularity in Dwiggins’s original drawings. I attempted to maintain the calligraphic quality of the type, while regularizing some of its excentricities. The primary challenge lay in creating those letterforms missing from the original drawings—part of the lowercase alphabet, practically the entire uppercase, not to mention the figures. ‘Lexington’ is an interpretation based on what I found to be the most significant characteristics of Dwiggins’s Experimental 63—its calligraphic and distictly American qualities.



Lexington, full character set
Lexington, full character set

Lexington, original drawings by William Addison Dwiggins
Lexington, original drawings by William Addison Dwiggins

Lexington, original drawings by William Addison Dwiggins
Lexington, original drawings by William Addison Dwiggins

Lexington in context
Lexington in context


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