In early 2004, the staff and new owners of the Swiss cultural magazine Du
stuck it out with one another for a grand total of 13 days … before editor-in-chief Christian Seiler
, art directors Beat Müller
and Wendelin Hess
, and picture editor Andreas Wellnitz
handed in their notice to the publishers Niggli
. The only survivor was the typeface Lexicon, which had just been introduced by Müller and Hess.
Better than any other typeface, Lexicon
, designed by Bram de Does
in 1992, combines Swiss and Dutch typographical aspirations: economy, elegance, quality
. The font was originally intended for low resolution printers such as laser printers and newspaper printing presses. Hence it is also suitable for the purpose suggested by its name: reference works, the Bible, timetables and other text-heavy printing.
is composed of two groups of twelve fonts: Lexicon No. 1, with shorter ascenders and descenders, and Lexicon No. 2, with standard metrics. Both have the same character width and can be interchanged freely.