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What is the vocabulary of a typeface? Typefaces don’t communicate with words, but instead are able to convey a message with their visual appearance. The character, the features and the properties of a typeface are determined through a collection of shapes, a certain formal language. In the case of Lexik the main trait of the typeface is its rough shapes. While the serifs are pointed and the endings are cut in a radical and mini­malistic manner, the round letters have an uncommon kink at the transition of a stroke. It’s through this juxtaposition of harmonious curves, along with sharp straight lines, that Lexik provides an up-to-date interpretation of a humanist antiqua. The five upright weights are accompanied by distinct italic cuts, ideal for highlighting text

Lexik is the German word for lexis. In linguistics, the term designates the complete set of all possible words in a language. Or it can also refer to the totality of all words in a language that an individual speaker knows or uses. Looking at a typeface, it’s the shapes that determine the vocabulary. They make up the character, the voice with which the typeface speaks.

The work on Lexik started in 2014, on the occasion of the redesign of a magazine. Over the years that makes about thirty offset printed magazines, thirty occasions for verification and subsequent refinement of the font. With every quarterly issue it evolved more and more from a bumpy first version to a smooth typeface. It grew into a fully developed font ­optimised for fluid reading. With Lexik’s raw forms, it also offers a strong presence even in larger sizes.

Design Thomas Hirter (www.thomashirter.ch) in collaboration with Binnenland, 2021
Version 1.008, April 2021

 



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