TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Wed Jul 30 08:32:43 EDT 2014
Type in Ireland
Aaron Patrick Ryan
Digital artist from Limerick, Ireland. Devian tart link. At FontStruct, he created the ultra thin squarish face Lithe (2010). In 2011, he created the thread-themed experimental alphabet I Hate Thread. [Google] [More] ⦿
Adult Human Male
Adult Human Male is the typefoundry of Malaysian designer Alex Hy, who is located in Berlin or Ireland. His Twitter account says that he is New York, Paris and Coolock. His Dafont account calls him Irish. Whatever. Alex has two aspects, a commercial one, expressed in his commercial foundry Adult Human Male, and a free one via his Squack site on Dafont.
The commercial Alex created the grunge stencil face Butterworth (2011), the handdrawn Teksi (2011), the monoline squarish family Ebdus (2011), Valis (2011, futuristic), and the thin avant garde monoline face New Slang (2011). Gordito (2011) is a graffiti style bubble font that says Smurf.
In 2012, Alex published the poster caps typeface Areaman, Stink Lines (multilined typeface) and Penang (art deco signage face seen on Penang by the creator). Straights Light is a beautiful pair of bilined all caps faces. Dale Kids is a children's book typeface. Hokkien (2012) is an art deco typeface with Chinese influences. Mister Mustard is a chubby rounded art deco typeface. Barkley (2012) is a textured caps face with a chalk board feel. Liner Notes (2012) is a bilined hand-drawn typeface. Bartleby (2012) is a hand-drawn all caps display font.
The free font foundry Squack has the hand-printed faces Barker Allcaps (2012), Scrapist (2012, sketched), Billy Boy (2011, 3d), Quito Chicken (2011, 3d), Fred Wild West (2011, a grungy western face), Coolock Black (2011), Zapftig (2011), Ringworm (2011), Suicide Draft (2011), National Granite (2011, a 3d stone chisel face), Whiskey Fingers (2010), Wank Hands (2010) and Middle Man (2010), and the irregular faces Zapftig (2011), Shock Corridor, Pollo Asado, Middle Woman, Ghost Words, Late Puberty, Parrannoyed (2010, ransom note face), the hairline face Rexic (2011), Black Grapes (2012), Chump (2012, hand-printed capitals), Areman OT (2012), and the grungy Skidmarks (2012).
Typefaces from 2013: Salas (a chunky cartoon face), Rabid (a crayon font), Strokin (a great brush face---part charcoal part paint strokes), Bevel Hands, Bunk (a layered beveled type system absed on a monoline fat rounded sans, Bunk Base 2), Spengler (inline face), Vastra (Bauhaus style, organic), Swingers (curly and cartoonish), Chump Change, Treves Sans (crayon face).
We read that the fonts are designed by EircomTest. Aka Squack, MiddleMan and Alex H.
Walsh is also a talented illustrator.
Irish graduate from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010, who joined Hoefler&Frere-Jones in New York in 2011 as type designer.
She designed Magnimo while at Reading. Aoife writes: from the Latin Magna, meaning great or large, and the Indic Anima, meaning spirit or soul. Magnimo is a big-hearted typeface with many moods and voices. I am quite impressed by this three-style typeface (Regular, Italic, Upright Italic), which, with its lively angular design, seems just right for green party and energy drink magazines. All the extra features expected of a 2010 typeface are there, including a matching and nicely balanced Greek, and coverage of most European diacritics. Additional scans: i, ii, iii.
Based in Brooklyn, she worked as a full-time typeface designer for the globally acclaimed Hoefler & Frere-Jones Type Foundry in New York City. While at H&FJ, Aoife worked as part of the design team on a number of typeface design projects including the Idlewild family.
She moved to Akron, Ohio, where she continues to work as a freelance typeface designer for H&FJ. She is a part-time teacher at Kent State University, and participates in Crafting Type. [Google] [More] ⦿
ATypI 2010 was organized by Clare Bell and Mary Ann Bolger in Dublin, Ireland. It took place in Dublin Castle [credit: Richard Rutter] and at the Dublin Institute of Technology at Mountjoy Square, from September 8-12. The logo of the meeting was designed by Clare Bell and Dara Ní Bheacháin. Reports and/or photographs: Dan Reynolds, Yves Peters, Nina Stössinger (who organized the Flickr pool), Yves Peters on the keynote addresses. [Google] [More] ⦿
Early transitional Gaelic typeface prepared by the Gaelic Society of Dublin in 1808-1821, which, just as the very early Queen Elizabeth type, used some roman characters, in part to draw in people to study the Irish language. Sample from a grammar book published by John Barlow in 1808. [Google] [More] ⦿
Irish guardian of a Franciscan monastery in Louvain, Belgium, where he died in 1614. He is credited with the first authentic Irish character type, the Louvain type. Brendan Leen writes about him: "One of a group that had sought refuge on the continent of Europe in the aftermath of the pillage of a Donegal monastery in the late sixteenth century, Bonaventure O Hussey entered the Franciscan monastic college at Louvain, Belgium, on 1 November 1601 and died as its guardian on 15 November 1614; it is for the printing of An Teagasc Criosdaidhe by O Hussey that the first authentic Irish type was cut. On 15 April 1614, O Hussey had petitioned for permission to print Irish material at Louvain." Another sample of Louvain. [Google] [More] ⦿
Celtic Fonts by the Celtic Lady
Original Gaelic fonts. Designer Susan Kathryn Zalusky sells California Uncial for 20 dollars. She also gives away for free a simple Gaeilge (Irish Celtic) font, Celtic Gaelige UNICODE (1997). [Google] [More] ⦿
Gaelic fonts for Windows expertly categorized and explained by Ciarán Ó Duibhín. A great jump page. One can find opinions on choices of fonts. For example, on the choice of a Gaelic uncial, we find this paragraph:
I find it useful to classify uncial fonts on a three-point scale of ornateness. The fonts at each point may then be compared on the extent to which their unciality is affected by minuscule or by Latin influences.
Clare Bell received a BA degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London in 1999 after working as a designer in Dublin for eight years. She also worked in the design department of the Guardian newspaper for five years before returning to Dublin where she is undertaking a PhD entitled Typography, Culture & Society: An analysis of the visual representation of the Irish language in Northern Ireland at the Dublin Institute of Design and Technology, where she is a typography tutor. At ATypI 2005 she spoke on Typographic tales from the edge of empire, and deals mainly with the story of uncial, from the Book of Kells to present day murals in West Belfast. She coorganized ATypI in Dublin in 2009. Currently, she is Associate Researcher at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media. [Google] [More] ⦿
Typographer and printer who in 1926 founded Three Candles Press, b. Dublin, 1892, d. 1972. Creator of the typeface Baoithín (1932), based on Victor Hammer's Hammerschrift. Digitized as Loch Garman (1999, with Michael Everson). He and Karl Uhlemann are responsible for Colum Cille, a modern round Gaelic face named after the sixth-century Irish saint, Colmcille (1936, Monotype Series 121, see here). Digitized in 1993 by his son Dara Ó\0Lochlainn, it is now available from Monotype. Colum Cille (or Colmcille) was not commercially popular. Three Candles, the only printing press to offer the typeface, went under, and Irish typography came to a halt until the digital age.
Con Kennedy (Dublin, Ireland) holds a Masters Degree in Professional Design Practice and a Bachelors degree in Design & Visual Communications both from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has worked for a number of high profile creative agencies befdore starting his own graphic design studio.
He created some free original Irish fonts, such as Cinnéide, Oireachtas (1997), Uachtar´n (1997), Uachtar´n Outline, Uachtara´ Sans, and Uachtar´n Fade. In 2014, he created the wide typeface Vector Sans.
Vincent Connare (b. 1960, Boston) is an ex-painter turned type designer, who holds an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in 1999. In the late eighties/early nineties Connare worked in the Ikarus, Intellifont and TrueType teams for Agfa/Compugraphic, and was one of the first type designers to learn TrueType hinting. Then he joined Microsoft, where he designed or had a big hand in Trebuchet (1996) and Comic Sans (1995).
He designed WildStyle for the Agfa Creative Alliance. He created Fabula (a font for children's texts in Basque, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Frisian, Irish, Spanish and Welsh), Amaze (for mazes), and Vixar ASCII (1995, for Microsoft).
Connare also enjoys a reputation as an expert font hinter.
Vincent Connare joined Dalton Maag in the spring of 2001 as production manager. At Dalton Maag he was part of the team that developed Ubuntu and Nokia Pure. Can Comic Sans look good in design? Check Markku Ylisirniö's Comic Sans poster. At Ampersand in 2011, he concluded "I just wanted to let it go; it just looks ridiculous" explaining why he was not involved with Ascender's Comic Sans Pro.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he held academic positions at both Oxford University (1925-1954) and Cambridge University (1954-1963). He is best known both for his fictional work (The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy), and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics (Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain).
His masterpiece, The Illustrated Screwtape Letters (Geoffrey Bles, 1942) has been republished many times. The recent Harper & Collins edition is illustrated by Papas and uses great ink spill lettering on its cover. As far as I know, no attempt has been made to digitize this handwriting. However, an alternate screenprint design has been created by Paul Flanders in 2014. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dandm3 is the design place of Deirdre Idema (Irish born) and Maarten Idema. Maarten was a student at the KABK in Den Haag from 2003-2004. He designed Pam (2004), a typefaces specifically crafted for street maps, as well as the experimental face Before. Unclear if Maarten is Dutch, Irish or Kiwi. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. In 2013, he obtained an MDes from the Glasgow School of Art, specializing in animation. Now based in London, he designed Newer Alphabet (2013), which was inspired by Wim Crouwel's unicase proposal New Alphabet (1967). [Google] [More] ⦿
David Delahunty is convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that code/programming can add a fresh element to design. He used a program to create experimental glyphs in an imaginary alphabet, Alphabreak. David, who lives in Dublin, Ireland, also does some illustration and graphic design work. [Google] [More] ⦿
Researcher at the National Print Museum in Dublin, and one of the world's top experts on Irish type design. Author of Irish Type Design: a history of printing types in the Irish character (Blackrock: Irish Academic Press, 1992). He obtained a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin for work completed on the subject of the Irish Character in Print. He was Art Director of the University of Iowa Press for a number of years before returning to Ireland. He was a lecturer in design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, where he held the position of Head of the Departments of Visual Communication and Fine Art. At ATypI in 2003, he spoke about Irish type design: the Canadian connection. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dublin-based designer of Chop (2013, a display typeface).
Empty Page Studio
Lukasz Kulakowski, a Polish graphic designer in Dublin and Baile Atha Cliath, Ireland, created the free typeface Mosaic Leaf (2011), which was inspired by Akzidenz Grotesk typeface. In 2012, he published Orbits (a prismatic multiline face, done with Zbyszek Czapnik).
Evertype (was: Everson Typography)
Elsewhere, one can find rare Everson creations such as Musgrave (1994). MyFonts.com sells Corcaigh, Doire, Darmhagh and Loch Garman. About Loch Garman: Loch Garman is based on Baoithmn, designed by Viktor Hammer and Colm Ó Lochlainn; Baoithmn was based on Hammerschrift, which was related to Hammer's American Uncial -- though Loch Garman is more authentic Gaelic font than American Uncial. He continues: American Uncial sucks. It is inauthentic and it's not even attractive. It has a "dot" on the i (which it shouldn't) which makes it look like an í (which it doubly shouldn't). Hammer Uncial isn't much better. In my own view, the only one of Hammer's Uncials that I have seen that was any good was Pindar, and then only in its reworking as Baoithín (with Colm ÓÓ Lochlainn).
His bio, in his own words: Michael Everson, based in Westport, Co. Mayo, is an expert in the writing systems of the world. He is active in supporting minority-language communities, especially in the fields of character standardization and internationalization. He is one of the co-authors of the Unicode Standard, and is a Contributing Editor and Irish National Representative to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2, the committee responsible for the development and maintenance of the Universal Character Set. He is a linguist, typesetter, and font designer who has contributed to the encoding in of many scripts and characters. In 2005 and 2006 his work to encode the Balinese and N'Ko scripts was supported by UNESCO's Initiative B@bel programme. Michael received the Unicode "Bulldog" Award in 2000 for his technical contributions to the development and promotion of the Unicode Standard. Active in the area of practical implementations, Michael has created locale and language information for many languages, from support for Irish and the other Celtic langauges to the minority languages of Finland. In 2003 he was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme to prepare a report on the computer locale requirements for Afghanistan, which was endorsed by the Ministry of Communications of the Afghan Transitional Islamic Administration. He prepared a number of fonts and keyboard layouts for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). Michael moved to Tucson, Arizona at the age of 12. He studied German, Spanish, and French for his B.A. at the University of Arizona (1985), and the History of Religions and Indo-European Linguistics for his M.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles (1988). He moved to Ireland in 1989, and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Faculty of Celtic Studies, University College Dublin (1991). In 2010, he made Timenhor, a Latin-script font whose glyphs are based on the uncial letterforms of Coptic manuscripts. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik.
Nice designs by Feòrag NìcBhrìde from Edinburgh, Scotland. Her Mac TrueType and PostScript fonts are mostly reproductions of historic type. Styl, Styl Round, Astradyne and DaySquareCut are futurist in inspiration. Chapbook and Chapbook Italic are based on 17th century type and Vespasian is taken from a late 7th century manuscript. Symbats and Orkney Runes are of particular interest to occultists. Flgheadh, my first shareware font, makes the creation of knotwork rows as easy as typing three characters which happen to be next to one another on the keyboard. Viking Runes from the Orkney Isles, Taisean (2010, angular uncial), Accelerando (2009, nice simple techno face), Day Square Cut (1997; based on lettering designed by Lewis Day, some time around 1900), Cianán (Mac type 1 font based on an old Irish manuscript, 1998), Astradyne (based on the font used on Ultravox's Vienna LP from 1980), Symbats (1997-2008, a Pagan dingbats font), Innsmouth Plain (2011, handprinted), Skelett (2011, blackletter), Maeshowe (2014, Futhark runes), Orkahaug (2014, a grungy version of Maeshowe), Lindberg (2014, a beer bottle font), Lindberg Caffeine (2014), Springmarch (2014). Dafont link. Older URL for her free stuff. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fergus Costello Studios
The font Gaeilge 1 was originally developed by Pádraig McCarthy in 1993. Gaeilge 2 is an updated version, dated 1996, by Padraig McCarthy and Nikita Vsesvetskii (LINBIT group, P.O. Box 234, St. Petersburg 199155, Russia). Both are free at Fergus Costello Studios. Padraig McCarthy resides at The Presbytery, Rathdrum Co., Wicklow, Ireland. Alternate URL for Gaeilge1. Both fonts have proprietary encoding for the dotted consonants, but Gaeilge2 has nicer grave-accented vowels. Dafont download site of Peter Rempel. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of Gaeilge2, another version of McCarthy's Gaeilge1 for Irish/Celtic scripts, in 1997. There exists another Gaeilge 2, but that was made be Padraig McCarthy himself in 1996 with the help of Nikita Vsesvetskii. Free download here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka F.M. O'Carroll Aberystwyth. Creator of the Gael AX and Gael BX fonts. The original version by F. M. O'Carroll (1997) consists of eight Gaelic fonts. These original fonts, packaged with some TrueType font development tools, are freely downloadable from the Celtic Department of University College Cork, Ireland. The Gael fonts come in two slightly-different minuscule styles. The fonts have acute accents on the vowels instead of grave. In 2003 (with an update in 2008), Korvellou An Drouizig made Unicode-compliant versions, Gael AX Unicode, Gael AX Unicode Bold, Gael BX Unicode and Gael BX Unicode Bold, available here and here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Studio Four
Paul Bokslag is a Kilkenny, Ireland-based type designer.
In 2011, he created Things That Go (car silhouette dingbat face).
Faces from 2012: Crazy Fredericka (poster stencil face), Twisty, Remix Chinese Whispers, Toastbread (wavy, 3d) and Plywood (3d), Field Day (blackboard bold), Transfer Window (bilined), Walk in the woods (dot matrix face), Rock Paper Scissors (bilined), One Way Ticket (bilined), White Knight (outlined blackletter), Black Knight (blackletter), Shelf Life (stylish), Oystercatcher, Broken Promises (multiline typeface), Tarmac, Hibernation (German expressionist face), Glendalough (nibbed face), Tartan Permutations (multiline face), Return Flight, Orbital Flight, Quatermaster, Featherstone, Gorilla Republic, Granny's Bear Hunt (stencil), Detour Ahead (multiline face), Shanghai Express (angular), Cassiopeia, Camelopardalis.
Creations in 2013: Solo, C Is For Cookie, Early Riser, Firelighter, Timberline (an angular script), Lupo, Polkastruct, Bridger, Six Quinces, Dompteuse, Scandalous, Lane Seven, Singel (cross stitching font), Shadowbox, Hide And Seek, Playroom, Realta 1, Glimpse, Sinistra, Crash Test Dummy, Flightpath, Close Shave, Popover, Switchboard (electrical circuit font), Black and Amber, Wavelength (prismatic), Sightline (multilined), Structurosa Outline, Sparky, Trasna (stencil), Hold Your Horses (Western), Lupo (a winner in the FontStruct Connected Script competition), Skate Park (multiline face), Circumscript, Blinker, Bobs Your Uncle, Snowcat (inline face), Cottage Industry (house silhouettes), Causeway, Springville, Longitude, Pebble Dash, Tulipano, Hitchhiker, Stretcher, Whalewatcher, Solituda, Carbonium, Railway Sleeper (shadowed face), Bricklayer Sans, Candyfloss, Milvi, Bluebell Carpet, Pinball Dingo, Spinfish (blackboard bold), Pelicano (piano key typeface), Metropolaris, Glimpse.
Typefaces from 2014: Process, Cabin Fever, Hamelin, Olingo, Black and Amber, Surftide, Move Over (stencil like Futura Black), Blackrock (rounded stencil), Windway (stencilish), Olingo (bubblegum face), a set of African-themed fonts (Bakelite, Amuletta, Spooner, Chevronel, Yellowhammer, Pinto), Rush Hour, Canario, Nova Zembla (sci-fi), Sleepless, Things That Go (vehicle dings), Cottage Industry (silhouettes of houses), Glimpse, Ticket to Ride (in the style of Tkachenko's Perfopunt), Oluna, Eyeliner, Linearo, Goldfinger, Permanent Black (fat rounded stencil), Solas (artsy dot matrix face).
Four centuries of printing in the Irish character
Dead link. Brendan Leen (St Patrick's College, Drumcondra) writes about the early Irish alphabets. The preface goes as follows: Although the existing roman letter was officially sanctioned as the standard medium for the printing of Irish language documents in the early 1960s, the four preceding centuries had witnessed a rich tradition of printing in the Irish character. The origins of Irish character typography regress to the high standard of calligraphy achieved by the monastic scribes of the fifth century, and to the two discrete styles __ the half-uncial and the minuscule__ that emerged from the scriptorium to subsequently exert a defining influence on the design of Irish printing types. The full, rotund form of the half-uncial was typically used in the transcription of Latin tracts _____ notably, in the earliest known Irish manuscript, the Cathach, and, magisterially, in the Book of Kells. The Irish minuscule, a more angular form with a pronounced vertical emphasis, was often resorted to in manuscripts where vellum, and as a consequence space, would have been premium, and normally for the transcription of Irish as opposed to Latin texts. Although mostly in Latin, early texts in which the Irish minuscule hand appears include the Book of Armagh and the Book of Leinster. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gaelic Typefaces: History and Classification
Detailed historical listing of Gaelic typefaces by Michael Everson. He says that it is not always easy to classify Gaelic typefaces. His classification proposal:
Garrett Reil (Rain Design, Ireland) is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design and the National College of Art&Design (MA). He has worked in London and Dublin with leading international design consultancies. He founded Rain design partners in 1998 with Clíona Geary. Garrett lives in the picturesque twin towns of Ballina-Killaloe and does much of his work in Dublin and around Ireland. Garrett designed the size-specific New Johnston Book typeface for London Transport with Colin Banks and John Miles at Banks&Miles London; he co-designed signing manuals for Bass Plc and created a number of their retail brands; with Landor Associates he led the implementation of a new identity for Delta Air Lines. In 2008-2009, he got involved in the design of road signs for Ireland, and his proposal is Turas (2009). It deals with matters such as halation (the effect of headlights hitting a highly reflective material used in modern signs. This causes an overglow, which can make the sign difficult to read), bilingual time delay, and the longer Irish names. Ireland adopted the Transport type designed for UK roads by Jock Kinneir, a design lecturer at the Royal College of Art, and Margaret Calvert, his assistant, in the late 1950's and early 1960s. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dublin-based creator of the Gaelic uncial round faces Petrie A (also called Irish Archaeological Society 1 and 3), ca. 1835, and Petrie B (Irish Archaeological Society 2), ca. 1850. The Gaelic Modern round face Petrie C (also known as Thom) is due to Alexander Thom (ca. 1856). Petrie made the Gaelic modern angular face Newman (or: Keating Society) around 1857. That face was digitized as Gaeilge (1991) and Bunchló (1996). Brendan Leen explains: "The artist and antiquary George Petrie occupies a central position in the history of Irish character typography in the nineteenth century. In 1830, Petrie purchased a holograph copy of the Annals of the Four Masters and, shortly afterward, commenced the design and production of an Irish type suitable for the printing of the Annals. An artist of contemporary renown, Petrie possessed a sound knowledge not only of the aesthetics, but also of the mechanics and technology of print production. The Petrie type continued to be used in the Clann Lir periodical, printed until 1922 by Colm Ó Lochlainn at the Sign of the Three Candles, Temple Bar, and by the National University of Ireland until 1957 for the setting of its examinations in Irish." Sample. About the Newman type, inspired by the Book of Hymns, and commissioned by Cardinal John Henry Newman, Leen writes: "A typeface that owed more to the minuscule calligraphic tradition was prepared specifically for the Catholic University of Ireland, also by George Petrie. In order to avoid confusion with the earlier, half-uncial Petrie designs is generally referred to as the Newman type." [Google] [More] ⦿
Typographer and type designer from Waterford, Ireland, b. 1980. Creator of Riley (serif face), Round Riley (rounded serifless version of Riley), Deadly (stone chisel face), and Snap 2 Grid (2009, a gridded face done at FontStruct). Behance link.
The Irish language (Gaelic) is also called Gaoileag, Gaoidhleag and Goidhealg. Its alphabet of 18 letters is Aibghitir, Aibidil, Aibchitir or Abchitir. Older alphabets had the letters in a different order, and those were called Beith-Luis-Nion (for b l n), Bobeloth (for b l) and Bobelloth. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ivan A. Derzhanski works at the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. His fonts include
Ennis, Ireland-based FontStructor who made these typefaces in 2012: Coffee, Arnold, Puncher, Fontstrome Centred, Flora New (kitchen tile face), Square Cutter, Ancientica, Flora, Abacus, JM Squers, JM Aleksandra, JM Dominik, JM Daniels (dot matrix face), JM Beata (experimental). In 2013, he designed Jacek Daniel's by taping up holes of a Jack Daniels No7 bottle case. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dublin-based creator of the Gaelic early transitional angular typeface Christie (1815-1844). This sample is from "The Proverbs of Solomon". Brendan Leen writes: "In 1815, the founder James Christie designed an Irish character type that represented the most legible fount to date. The Christie type also managed to retain the calligraphic qualities of the authentic Irish style. The type required meticulous care in the application of ink on account of its boldness and extreme contrasts of weights." [Google] [More] ⦿
James' Font Page
James Shields is an Irish type designer who designed AceCrickey (1998), Armageddon (1998), ChubbyCheeks (1998), HesDeadJim (1998), Fuzzed (1998), GreenScreen (1998), HoneyIStoleYourJumper (handwriting, 1998), Ragamuffin (handwriting, 1999), Slaine (1999, a modern angular Gaelic font).
At one point director of the "imprimerie de la république". Author of "Alphabet irlandais, précédé d'une notice historique, littéraire, et typographique" (Paris, Imprimerie de la République, nivôse an XII ). This book explains the Irish alphabet, but has little in terms of typographic information. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer from Dublin (?) who, some time in the period 1571-1658 made the Gaelic typeface Queen Elisabeth. Everson says that the roman glyphs are by Pierre Haultin (but he gives no date for that). A draft digitization by Cois Life is mentioned. [Google] [More] ⦿
Artist, b. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1833, d. 1928. John Ward, a printer in Belfast, employed John Vinycomb as the company's artistic director. Vinycomb organized drawing classes at the art studios of Marcus Ward&Sons after normal working hours. These classes were held under the company's auspices and were open to all for the price of a penny a session. Vinycomb was an internationally acknowledged expert in heraldry who was regularly consulted by the British and European royalty and aristocracy. Author of a number of art books such as Fictitious and symbolic creatures in art (Chapman and Hall, 1906) and Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art (1909). He also drew a number of alphabets, such as Italian 14th Century Capitals, Modern Roman french Style, Modern Roman Italics OldStyle, and Modern Sans. The last alphabet was also called a "skeleton" at the time---all letters are of equal stroke width.
In 2012, Dick Pape created the digital typefaces LFD Thin French 208 and LFD 14th C Italian 75, based on Vinycomb's drawings shown in Alphabets Old And New For The Use Of Craftsmen (1910, Lewis Foreman Day).
Designer (b. Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1965) of a few metafonts such as old uncial and cirth (Tolkien runes), to be found here, and Celtic Knotwork Font. Designer of the metafont Cun (runes, cuneiform). Now software engineer for IBM/Lotus in Ireland. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer from Limerick, Ireland, who lives and works in London. Designer of the 3d typeface Jenga (2009), which was inspired by the game of Jenga. He also designed %T London-based designer of
Waterford, Ireland-based designer Aaron Patrick Ryan (b. 1988) set up Magic Fonts in 2013. Creator of the shaky hand typeface Aaron Sans (2013) and the hand-printed typefaces Love Me Tender (2013), Aw Jaysus (2013), Living Dead Girl (2013), When Love And Hate Collide (2013), Shoulda Known Better (2013), How Dumb Was I (2013), Meant To Be (2013), Blurred Lines (2013), You're Still The One (2013), I Tried But Failed (2013), Babylove (2013), Tammy (2013), Kiss From A Rose (2013), Beneath Your Beautiful (2013), Always On My Mind (2013), Soulmate (2013), Impossible (2013), Words In My Heart (2013), Autumn (2013), Aaron's Handwriting (2013), I Miss You (2013), Emerald Isle (2013), Written in my Heart College Upd (2013), Written in my Heart Shadow (2013), Feel This Moment (2013), Scrambles (2013), Not Broken Just Bent (2013), Blocks (2013), Stars (2013), Astral (2013), Static (2013), Bubbly (2013), Cheesy (2013), Irish Comic (2013), Move It (2013), Classy (2013), Stylez (2013), Misti (2013), Misti2 (2013), Forky (2013), So In Love With Misti (2013), Deadly (2013), Flying Without Wings (2013), The Power of Love (2013), My Special Angel (2013), Goodbye My Lover (2013), I Want You (2013), South (2013), Magic Christmas (2013), Ups Downs Highs + Lows (2013), Love Me For A Reason (2013), Baby You're A Star (2013), and Melting (2013).
Graphic designer in Brisbane who created the purely geometric typeface Tritalics and the free dot matrix typeface Circursive in 2012. Born in Tanzania, Martin has lived in Laos, is half Dutch and has an Irish passport.
Visual communication student at IADT in Dublin, who created many highly experimental geometric typefaces in 2014, including Molecule Type, Destruct, D-Struct, Con-Nect, and Constellation Type.
Mike Duggan is a lead typographer in the ClearType and Advanced Reading Technologies team at Microsoft. Mike has a degree in Visual Communications from the National College of Art&Design in Dublin, Ireland. He previously worked for Compugraphic and Monotype Typography. Mike joined Microsoft in 1999, where he develops hinting of new typefaces targeted for screen legibility. Mike was the typographic technical lead on the ClearType Font Collection project. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik on the topic of Cleartype hinting. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ogham was a script devised by a Celtic grammarian from southern Ireland. The Old Irish of his day had no phoneme /p/, a fact which helps date the invention of the script to ca. the 4th century A.D. It was divided into four aicmí 'groups' of five letters each: b, l, f, s, n; h, d, t, c, q; m, g, ng, z, r; and a, o, u, e, i. Later, when diphthongs had developed and borrowings had reintroduced the /p/ phoneme into the language, five more signs, called forfede, were added to write eo, oi, ui, io/p, and Š. Most of the Ogham inscriptions have been found in Ireland, though some bilingual inscriptions with Latin have been found in Wales; a few too are found in Cornwall and Scotland, and on the Isle of Man. The Picts, the non-Celtic indigenous inhabitants of Britain, took up the use of Ogham script as well; unfortunately we do not understand their language. Oghams were in use until the medieval period; the 14th century Book of Ballymote, for which this font has been named, gave the earliest transliteration key. [Google] [More] ⦿
Very early Irish type. Brendan Leen writes about : "Insistent on communicating with foreign visitors to her court in their own language, the Queen--in the period c. 1560 to 1565--commissioned from Christopher Nugent a manuscript Iryshe-Latten-Englishe Primer. The Primer included an Irish alphabet as well as a glossary of words and phrases in Irish with translations in Latin and English." The first book to use the Queen Elizabeth type was Aibidil Gaoidheilge agus Caiticiosma (1571), a catechism in the Irish language, by John Kearney. The hybrid Irish font of Queen Elizabeth was used initially for religious materials. [Google] [More] ⦿
Richie Whyte from Dublin, Ireland, writes about his barcode font: Named after the inventor Émile Baudot, Baudot 5 (2008) is a 5-bit character set predating EBCDIC and ASCII, presented here in simulated punched paper tape form as used in TTY. [Google] [More] ⦿
Irish type specialist. He has a page on type measurements, with a proposal for reform. Creator of the (free) traditional minuscule (angular) Celtic font Gadelica (2007). In 2010, he added Germanica (2010), a textura quadrata face based on a model by Fust and Schöffer (ca. 1457). [Google] [More] ⦿
Irish outfit that released these fonts: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Conneticut, Delaware, Florida, GeorgiaBold, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, MissouriItalic, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, NewHampshireBold, NewJersey, NewMexico, NewMexico, NewYork, NorthCarolina, NorthDakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rho, SouthCarolina, SouthDakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, VermontThin, VirginaNormalItalic, Washington, WestVirginia, Wisconsin, WyomingNormal. These seem to be renamed typefaces from elsewhere. [Google] [More] ⦿
SIAS (or: Signographical Institute Andreas Stötzner)
Andreas Stötzner (b. 1965, Leipzig) is a type designer who lives in Pegau, Saxony. Graduate from the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig and the Royal College of Art in London (1994). Since then, free-lance. Started making typefaces in 1997. He edits the sign and symbol magazine Signa. He spoke at Typo Berlin 2004 and at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki where his talk was entitled On the edges of the alphabet. Coauthor with Tilo Richter of Signographie : Entwurf einer Lehre des graphischen Zeichens. He set up SIAS in 2006-2007 and started selling fonts through MyFonts.
He created Andron Scriptor (2004, free), with original ideas for Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. The Andron project intends to extend this Venetian text face in many directions: right now, it covers Latin, Greek, Coptic, Gothic, runes, Cyrillic, Etruscan and Irish scripts, musical symbols, astronomical and meteorological symbols, and many dingbats. The Andron MC Corpus series (2012) contains Uncial, Mediaeval and Capital styles.
On or before 2006, he created a few typefaces for Elsner & Flake. These include EF Beautilities, EF Ornamental Rules, EF Squares, EF Topographicals, EF Typoflorals, EF Typographicals, EF Typomix, EF Typosigns, EF Typospecs, EF Typostuff.
Fonts from 2007-2010: Gramma (2007, three dingbats with basic geometric forms), Andron Corpus Publix (2007, dingbats including one called Transport), SIAS Freefont (2007, more dingbats), SIAS Lineaturen (2007, geometric dingbats) SIAS Symbols (2009), Andron Freefont (2009, text font), Andron 1 Latin Corpus (2009), Andron 1 Greek Corpus (2009), Andron Kyrillisch (2009, consisting of Andron 1 CYR, Andron 2 CYR and Andron 2 SRB where SRB stands for Serbian), Andron 2 English Corpus (2010, blackletter-inspired alphabet), Andron 2 Deutsch Corpus (2010), Andron Ornamente (2012), Reinstaedt (2009, blackletter family), Crisis (2009, economic sans).
Lapidaria (2010) is an elegant art deco sans family that includes an uncial style and covers Greek. Hibernica (2010) is a Celtic variant of Lapidaria. Symbojet Bold (2010) is a combination of a Latin and Greek sans face with 400 pictograms.
Rosenbaum (2012) is a festive blackletter face, obtained by mixing in didone elements.
Typefaces from 2014: Grund (based on the 1924 art deco signage in Leipzig's Untergrundmesshalle Markt whose architect was Otto Droge), Leipziger Ornamente (based on variopus buildings in Gohlis, Leipzig, dating from the 1920s-1950s).
Commissioned fonts include Runes ( commission by Ludwig Maximilian University Munich), Lapidaria Menotec, Old Albanian, Dania (a special notation for Danish dialectology. Font extension of Latin Modern Italic (Open source), commissioned by the Arnamagn├Žanean Institute, Copenhagen Universit).
Dublin-based graphic designer who studied visual communication at DIT. He created Noodge (2012, with Simon Sweeney). He writes: It's born out of our mutual love for typographic obsessiveness, systems, Wim Crouwel and 8vo. All three styles will be available soon (in OpenType format) to download for free. Noodge was published at Typegroup. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jim Michael's Fresno-based archive of GAELIC-L, a mailing list for users who want to communicate in Irish, Scottish or Manx Gaelic. The home of GAELIC-L is firstname.lastname@example.org at University College, Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brendan Leen writes: "In 1732, an English Irish Dictionary, compiled by Conor O Begly, was printed by Jacques Guérin and the Paris type of its composition represented a major departure from preceding designs (it has been suggested that the type might have been modelled on a calligraphic sample supplied by O Begly). An unusual feature of the Paris type is its inclusion of an uncial, italic form of the letter a. With the exception of the Queen Elizabeth type, Irish character typography had to that point relied exclusively on the triangular or majuscule a." Shown here, it came about as the Moxon type of 1681 was strictly forbidden for religious literature, which had in the early 18th century been printed in roman characters. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Parker type, produced in Dublin in 1787, was the first Irish character type cut and cast in Ireland. It is sometimes called the Brooke or Bonham type, as Charlotte Brooke used it in "Reliques of Irish Poetry". The Parker type was not appropriate for textbooks as it used up too much space. [Google] [More] ⦿
After the Louvain type, the second true Irish type, cast in 1638 in Rome at the College of Saint Isidore. View a sample of its use in Lochrann na gCreidmheach by Fr. Francis O Molloy here. Brendan Leen writes about it: "Not dissimilar to the Louvain type, the Rome Irish type nonetheless represents a marked improvement on its predecessor. The letters have sloughed all of the vestiges of the ligature; now, they compose in a more vertical and distinct manner on the page. [...] On a "visit" to Italy in the early nineteenth century, Napoleon requisitioned the Rome Irish type for the National Print Museum of the Republic, the Imprimerie Nationale. The type was used by the Paris printer J.J. Marcel in the 1804 production of Alphabet Irlandais. [...] The Rome Irish type had been just one of an array of exotic punches pillaged in Italy and transported to the Imprimerie at the beginning of 1801; in an effort to obtain from the Propaganda samples of a range of foreign letters to complete the magnificent Paris collection, boxes of Arabic, Armenian, Brahmanic, Chaldaic, Coptic, Hebrew, Georgian, German Greek, Irish, Illyrian, Indian, Malabar, Persian, Ruthenian, Syriac and Tibetan had been unceremoniously looted and shipped northward. Ultimately, the original punches and matrices of the Rome Irish type were returned under threat of violence by the commissioners of the Tuscan Government." [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic and type designer in London. Foley obtained an MA in Communication Design Central from Saint Martins in 2009. Visiting lecturer on The MA Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins and the BA Visual Communications Course at Bristol University of Art&Design. Designer of the transitional text face Nib (2010; developed under the guidance of Freda Sack) and the sans family Hewitt (2010). Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin, where he discussed the history of Irish type and the roots of his book family, Nib. [Google] [More] ⦿
Irish site with a Celtic font archive: 26, 3DLET(BRK), Aarcover-(Plain):001.001, Alien, AngelOs1, Anglo-Saxon,-8th-c., ArborisFolium, BONES, BarbedWireSWFTE, BatMan, Beth-Luis-Fearn, Beth-Luis-Nion, BetsyFlanagan, BillyBear'sCrayons-Regular, BloodOfDracula, BulletHolz, Bunchlo, BurnstownDam, CHRISTMAS, Calendar-Normal, Campaign-Normal, CarrElectronicDingbats, CarrKeys, CeltGael, Celtic-Knot, CelticFrames, CelticPatterns, CelticPatterns, CelticmdDecorativeWDropCaps, CenturyGothic-Bold, CenturyGothic, ChineseTakeaway, Chlorinap, ChristianCrossesII, Christmas-Tree, Codex, CreepygirlLight, DarkWind, Dingbat-Cats2, ElectricHermesAOECharge, EnnobledPet, EuroSig, FZ-BASIC43, FZ-BASIC43COND, FZ-BASIC43EX, FZ-BASIC43HOLLOW, FZ-BASIC43HOLLOWEX, FZ-BASIC43HOLLOWITALIC, FZ-BASIC43HOLLOWLEFTY, FZ-BASIC43ITALIC, FZ-BASIC43LEFTY, Flakey, Flame, Flamer, Flower-Show, FlowerOrnaments, Frosty, GEMontage, GESheerScript, GabrielsAngels, Gaeilge1Normal, Glanchlo, Gnomes, GroovyGhosties, HalloweenBorders, Hazard-Regular, HolyMoly-Normal, Interdimensional, Iomanoid, Irish-Blessing, Jardotty, Jarman, Jasper(BRK), JewelSet, KarloffFont, KellyAnnGothic, KeltBold, KeltCapsFreehand, KeltItalic, KeltNormal, Kidprint, Lee, Mayan, Meroitic---Hieroglyphics, MomsTypewriter, MonsterParty, MonstersofStone, MostlyWaves-Regular, MusicalSymbolsNormal, National-FirstFont, National-FirstFontDotted, National-Primary, NoFear, Nosfer, Orna3, Orna4, ParaAminobenzoic, Pixel-Shift, Playbill, RNIB-Braille, Rainie'sKids-Regular, Ransom-Regular, Ruritania, Salter-Regular, SanskritNew4, ScratchyMess, Scythe, Seperates, Showboat-Regular, SkinnerAOE, Smartie, SnowCaps, SpiralsFont, Stjernetegn, SunnMoon, TattooNo1, TattooNo2, TeddyberV12, Tuamach-Regular, VintageDingbats, WeatherFont, WebOMintsGD, XmasClipart2, Zombified. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at Bitstream of the elegant Roman sans Artane Elongated BT (2001). Born in Ireland, he designs type in Carrigallen, Co Leitrim. His home page. Check also Padraig (in the Celtic tradition), and his corporate faces BOC 100 Light and CIE 2000 Bold [the CIE Group of Companies includes Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus]. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
In 2012, Conor Nolan (Dublin, Ireland), Bobby Tannam, David Wall and Rob O'Reilly launched the TypeGroup typefoundry. Their first two releases are the sans-serif family Orga and the gorgeous chunky black slab typeface Kettle (which comes with a stencil style). Simon Sweeney and Steve O'Connell, both graduates of the Dublin Institute of Technology, codesigned Noodge.
Their custom typefaces include Gibson Gold (2012, Rob O'Reilly and Bobby Tannam), which is based on Canada Type's Gibson.
TypeGroup should not be confused with the Eastcoast typefoundry GroupType.
A few Celtic truetype fonts at the Faculty of Celtic Studies of the University College Cork. The font collection, GAELA, GAELAW, GAELAX, GAELAXW, GAELB, GAELBW, GAELBX, GAELBXW, shows the following copyright line: TTGL/TTASM (C) F.M. O'Carroll Aberystwyth 1997. The page also has truetype executables such as TTASM, TTBIT, TTGL, TTVIEW, all truetype font utilities allowing even a limited amount of truetype font editing on DOS (not Windows). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design studio in Dublin, Ireland. Their typefaces include Whiskey Type, also called DWC Headline (2013): DWC Headline is a font based on the hand rendered type used on Whiskey casks Inspired by the beautiful hand rendered, stenciled and paint forms we found on old Irish and Scottish Whiskey casks, particularly the casks from the Scottish Islands and distilleries. The font was created to replicate the work of unsung craftsmen from generations before. It is a condensed sans serif, with deliberate industrial characteristics and naturally it has a stencil version for burning onto those barrels. Buy it here.
Based in Dublin, Ireland, Sarhan is a student at The National College of Art&Design, Ireland. He created just one typeface, a sans face made up of line segments and arcs of circles, called Beginnings (2008). He has projects involving geometric types and dot matrix types. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿