Remembering W.A. Dwiggins, The Early 20th Century Designer Who Never Shied Away From Ornament

Even in an era in love with minimalism, Dwiggins’ ornate, stencil-decorated volumes and his inventive methods for making them find widespread admiration.

“Ornament is a music of space.”
—William Addison Dwiggins

The early 20th century designer William Addison Dwiggins was an ardent advocate for decorating the printed page. Like the fleurons of early printers, he designed ornament that harmonized with type, “not by reworking elements culled from early printed books; rather by making his own designs,” said Dorothy Abbe, Dwiggins’ long-time assistant.

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