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[Irish postage stamp from 1986, showing a Linotype machine]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
https://luc.devroye.org
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Aaron Patrick Ryan
[Magic Fonts]

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Adam Broe

Digital artist from Limerick, Ireland. Devian tart link. At FontStruct, he created the ultra thin squarish typeface Lithe (2010). In 2011, he created the thread-themed experimental alphabet I Hate Thread. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adult Human Male
[Alex Hy]

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 typeface Butterworth (2011), the hand-drawn Teksi (2011), the monoline squarish family Ebdus (2011), Valis (2011, futuristic), and the thin avant garde monoline typeface 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 typeface 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 typeface 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 typeface 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.

Dafont link. Twitter link.

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Agata Kociubajlo

During her studies in Limerick, Ireland, Agata Kociubajlo designed the Galaxy font (2012, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Hy
[Adult Human Male]

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Alexander Thom

Dublin-based creator of the roman Gaelic typeface Hogan (1891). He also made the Gaelic Modern round typeface Petrie C (also known as Thom) ca. 1856. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy O'Carroll

Dublin-based creator of the pixelish typeface Personal (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy O'Donnell

During her studies in Limerick, Ireland, Amy O'Donnell created Gothic Steeple (2013, FontStruct) and Flying Buttress (2013, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andreas Stötzner
[SIAS (or: Signographical Institute Andreas Stötzner)]

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Andrew Keating

Dublin, Ireland-based creator of a custom sans typeface for the Memento Circus Museum in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Walsh

Kiltimagh, Ireland-based creator of a mechanical ornamental caps typeface called Macha (2011). ZigZag (2011) is a beautiful experimental typeface made for an architectural company.

Walsh is also a talented illustrator.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrzej Poniatowski

Andrzej Poniatowski (Dublin, Ireland) created the bitmap typeface Prototype (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ann-Katrine Johansson

Dublin, Ireland-based designer of the floral typeface Overgrown (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aoife Mooney

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]  ⦿

Arys Design
[Iordache Ionut]

Graphic designer in Dublin, Ireland. His typefaces in 2014 include Tipsy Script, Sketch Up, Woods Woods, Chiply Script, Exuber (a condensed didone), Coplex, Adelaide, Denise, Amalia (a condensed formal script), Paradise (a ronde script), Aberdeen (a vintage handmade typeface) and the extensive typeface family Vernon Sans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ATypI 2010

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]  ⦿

Barlow type
[John Barlow]

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]  ⦿

Bonaventure O Hussey

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]  ⦿

Brendan Leen
[Four centuries of printing in the Irish character]

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Brett Naughton

Creator of Yafit (2013), a Celtic /uncial/ gaelic / insular typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian McGuire

Graphic designer from Ballina, Ireland, b. 1995.He made a basic geometric typeface called We Have A Future (2010). Devian Tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cassandra Walsh

During her studies at Limerick School of Art & Design, Ennis, Ireland-based Cassandra Walsh created a few typefaces over at FontStruct. These include Arkular (2014, octagonal) and Seeing Double (2014, bilined). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Celtic Fonts by the Celtic Lady
[Susan Zalusky]

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]  ⦿

Charles Reed

Dublin-based typographer, and creator of the modern angular Gaelic typeface Reed (ca. 1874), modeled after Newman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cian Hogan

During his studies at SDublin City University, Galway, Ireland-base,d Cian Hogan designed Meadow (2013) and Falling Star (2013, hand-printed). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ciarán Ó Duibhín

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.

  • The most ornate ("Hammer") style is best represented by Loch Garman and by Mórchló GC, either of which is infinitely preferable to American Uncial. The Gaeilge 1/Gaeilge2/Gaeilge 2 family are also of this type, but have come under some minuscule influence.
  • At the intermediate degree of ornateness, the purest is Ceanannas, while Léarchló and Orchló show minuscule tendencies in uppercase, Fíorchló shows Latinising tendencies in uppercase, and the Petrie metal types are digitally represented by Eirinn Gaelic showing minuscule influence in long r and s, and by GaelicLS showing Latin influence in letters like d and g.
  • The least ornate or most "modern" uncials are ┌rchló (pure) and Glanchló and Lánchló (both with minuscule-influenced uppercase), and Colmcille (with both minuscule and Latin influence in uppercase, and minuscule influence in long r and s).
  • A preference for uncial purity would select Loch Garman, Mórchló GC, Ceanannas and Orchló. The suitability of any one of these depends on the purpose, but plainness is a virtue for body text, and Orchló is the uncial font with the most realistic prospects for body text use. It may be noted that Loch Garman and Ceanannas both have bold, oblique and bold oblique variants, and Orchló has a bold variant.
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Ciaran Murphy

Irish designer of the ultra-fat modular typeface Blockage (2010, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clare Bell

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]  ⦿

Cois Life

John Kearney was a typefounder from Dublin (?) who, some time in the period 1571-1658, made the Gaelic typeface Queen Elisabeth. A draft digitization by Cois Life is mentioned. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Colm Ó Lochlainn

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 typeface 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.

Linotype link. FontShop link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Con Kennedy

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.

Klingspor link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Connare.com
[Vincent Connare]

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).

At Connare.com (Seattle), he designed the transitional book text typeface Magpie in 2000. That typeface was published in 2008 at Dalton Maag as Magpie Typo.

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.

Note that there is a movement by Isaac Stanfield to ban Comic Sans, discussed at Typographica and Typophile. Interview by Karen Huang. Piece by Emily Steel.

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.

Video: Influencers and Innovation: Comic Sans (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Conor Design
[Conor O'Driscoll]

Based in Cork, Ireland, Conor O'Driscoll (Conor Design) made the commercial faces Indee and Brushd in 2010. In 2011, he added Gardener. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Conor Hughes

Irish type designer. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Conor Nolan
[TypeGroup]

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Conor O'Driscoll
[Conor Design]

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Cooee Design
[David Delahunty]

Graphic designer in Dublin, where he runs Cooee Design. Some of his posters and projects are about experimental typography, such as A to Z (2009) and Cycles. Behance link.

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. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dandm3
[Maarten Idema]

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 typeface Before. Unclear if Maarten is Dutch, Irish or Kiwi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dara Ó Lochlainn

Son of famous Irish typographer and printer, Colm Ó\0Lochlainn, who designed the Celtic font Colmcille (1936, Monotype Series 121). Dara digitized this in 1993. FontShop link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darren O'Driscoll

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
[Cooee Design]

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Dermot McGuinne

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]  ⦿

Duane Dalton

Dublin-based designer of Chop (2013, a display typeface).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ed Miliano

Irish designer of the dingbat typeface DF Industrials (1994, Letraset). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Edward W. Lynam

Author of The Irish character in print, 1571-1923 (with an introduction by Alf MacLochlainn), New York: Barnes&Noble, 1924 (1969). The book was originally written in 1924. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Egil Moeller

Creator of CurlyHogRunes (2007), a gorgeous Celtic illuminated lettering font that is part of the Open Font Library. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Empty Page Studio
[Lukasz Kulakowski]

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).

Typefaces from 2013 include the free display typeface Rhubarb Display Font (a condensed art deco sans caps family for Latin and Cyrillic done with Zbyszek Czapnik). In 2014, he created the tweetware font Christmas Time.

Emptypage Studio is presently located in New York City. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eoin O Connor

Graphic designer from Dublin. He made the experimental Little&Large Font (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Esther

Irish creator of the geometric typeface Cubic (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evertype (was: Everson Typography)
[Michael Everson]

Michael Everson's (b. Norristown, PA, 1963) brilliant pages on Celtic and other languages and on font standards, featuring the following sub-pages:

  • CeltScript describes Michael's contributions to unicode in general and to Celtic typography in particular. He created (commercial) Celtic fonts such as Gaillimh (1989, bitmap font), Ceanannas (1993), Doire (1993, a monowidth font based on the typeface used on the old Royal Gaelic manual typewriter. Doire Royal (1999) is a rough version of this font), Duibhlinn (1993, after Monotype Series 24), Everson Mono Gaelic (1995, hybrid sans), Acaill (1997, based on the Watts type, an early 19th century transitional angular form of Gaelic type; it was renamed and further developed into a unicode-compliant typeface called Dumha Goirt in 2011), Corcaigh (1997), Teamhair (1993, a monowidth font based on the typeface used on the old Sears Tower Gaelic manual typewriter; the rough version is Teamhair Tower, 1999), Darmhagh Underwood (1993, a "rough" monowidth font based on the typeface used on the old Underwood manual typewriter), and Loch Garman (1999, after Baoithin, Colm Ó Lochlainn). He is working on Cluain (Gaelic modern grotesque), Cois Life (his take on the hybrid Queen Elizabeth type), Darmhagh (Underwood), Doolish (Gaelic modern round, after Biggs), Lóbháin (after Louvain), Páras (after the Paris type).
  • Everson Mono is a huge free monospaced font family started in 1994, but still being adjusted in 2010. As Michael puts it, Everson Mono is a simple, elegant, monowidth font. I designed it primarily to make glyphs available in support of all the non-Han characters in the Basic Multilingual Plane of ISO/IEC 10646-1 (BMP = Unicode, if you prefer), though I hope that users may find it a pleasant alternative to Courier and Monaco for general purposes, e-mail, and so forth. I have found it quite legible at sizes as small as 4 points. It is lighter and a bit looser than Courier.
  • Ogham fonts created by Michael Everson (and free for download): Beith-Luis-Nion, Pollach, Maigh Nuad, Craobh Ruadh, Everson Mono Ogham, Cog, Crosta. Mac and PC. This page also has TITUS Ogham by Jost Gippert, and Ragnarok Ogham by David F. Nalle from Scriptorium.
  • Inuktitut fonts designed by Everson include Allatuq (1998, hand-printed glyphs), Everson Mono Inuktitut, Jiniiva Maanaku, Naamajuttaaqqauq, Sikaagu.
  • The Sutton signwriting fingerspelling fonts created by Everson are free.
  • List of language lists.
  • Fonts for the Sami language of the Barents region.
  • Gaelic Typefaces: History and Classification.
  • Armenian encoding on the web.

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.

Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Feòrag NìcBhrìde
[Feorag's Place]

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Feorag's Place
[Feòrag NìcBhrìde]

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, hand-printed), 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
[Pádraig McCarthy]

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]  ⦿

Fios Feasa

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]  ⦿

F.M. O'Carroll

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]

Paul Bokslag is a Kilkenny, Ireland-based type designer.

FontStructor (aka Four, or Font Studio Four) who made the dot matrix typeface Numbat (2012), the athletic lettering faces Atletica (2011) and Atletica Serif (2011), and the texture typeface Milky Way (2011).

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: Retro Pixel, Spacepixel, Level Rebel, Plutona, Blue Saloon, Seriosa, Bullwhacker, Spiegeltent, Stencilitis, Circumscript, Touchline Script, Brushland, Dordogna, Southbound, Things That Go (ar dingbats), Pacemaker Backslant, Hibernation (wood type emulation), Touchline Script, In Stitches, Stagefright, 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).

Dafont link. Behance link. FontStruct link. Hellofont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Four centuries of printing in the Irish character
[Brendan Leen]

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]  ⦿

Gaelchló
[Vincent Morley]

Since 1994, Vincent Morley has been designing Gaelic fonts, which can be freely downloaded at Gaelchló. His list, as annotated by Ciarán ó Duibhín:

Former Gaelchló fonts now discontinued include:
  • Ollchló (1997); see Bunchló Dubh above
  • Tromchló (1997); see Glanchló Dubh above
  • Léarchló (1999): after Libra Uncial (1938)
  • Nuachló (2000): partially-Latinised minuscule-style
  • Nuachló Rómhánach (2000): Latin-style serif
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Gaelic Typefaces: History and Classification
[Michael Everson]

Detailed historical listing of Gaelic typefaces by Michael Everson. He says that it is not always easy to classify Gaelic typefaces. His classification proposal:

    First order classification
    • Gaelic fonts have Insular letterforms: delta-form d; s-form g; dotless i; round t with no ascender above the crossbar.
    • Pseudo-Gaelic fonts may be identical to Gaelic ones in other respects, but are inauthentic in that they have Carolingian letterforms: a bowled g and/or either a round t with its ascender piercing the crossbar or a rectilinear T. May have a tall f or a two-stroke vertical b and d. May have a dotted i (this is a cardinal sin).
    • Roman fonts use unmodified Roman forms, but have dots above and acute accents required for Irish Gaelic. If dotted i is used, its dot and the dot of lenition must be harmonized with regard to height.
    • Hybrid fonts use both Roman letterforms and Gaelic letterforms. The earliest faces mix special Gaelic glyphs with existing Roman ones. A few faces give Roman capital letters with Gaelic small letters; even if the strokes of the capital letters are "gaelicized", if they are not strictly speaking Gaelic, Hybrid is used to classify the face.
    Second order classification
    • Manuscript fonts are generally spiky or angular; often irregular.
    • Transitional fonts are designs intermediate between faces that reproduce calligraphic manuscript hands and rectified, regularized typographical faces.
    • Modern fonts are regularized typographically.
    Third order classification
    • Angular fonts have the inverted-v type a, though sometimes this contrasts with round-humped h, m, n.
    • Round fonts have the script type a.
    • Uncial fonts give a strong suggestion of pen-based strokes. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between Manuscript and Uncial but the latter is a "pre-Gaelic" class (there are non-Insular Uncials)
    • Monowidth fonts are typewriter typefaces.
    • Sans-serif fonts have no serifs.
    • Grotesque fonts have no serifs.
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Galt Barber

Creator of the gaelic script font Rudhraigheacht (2000), available here. Rudhraigheacht Unicode (2003) has extra characters and was re-encoded in Unicode by Korvellou An Drouizig. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Garrett Reil

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]  ⦿

Gary Chadwick

Irish flash animator. He created the angry typeface Revelations (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

George Petrie

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 typeface Petrie C (also known as Thom) is due to Alexander Thom (ca. 1856). Petrie made the Gaelic modern angular typeface Newman (or: Keating Society) around 1857. That typeface 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]  ⦿

Geraint Franklin

British designer of Playford (2003), a geometric sans with varying stroke width. Geraint works at Network Archaeology Ltd., a company registered in England and Wales. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gerard Gerry Keane

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 typeface done at FontStruct). Behance link.

Dafont link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grant Dickson

Irish designer of the ultra-fat counterless octagonal typeface Belfast (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hilary Kenna

Irish type designer. Lecturer in Design & Digital Media at IADT: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Iordache Ionut
[Arys Design]

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Irish alphabet

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

Ivan A. Derzhanski works at the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. His fonts include

  • CASYL: CASYLTEX (Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics TeX) enables you to typeset Cree/Inuktitut text. The package by Ivan A. Derzhanski was developed in 1999 and is based on James Evans' syllabic script.
  • eiad (IAD's Computer Modern Irish Family of Founts): a metafont family for Gaelic, dated 1993. It was modelled on Irish Texts Society "An Irish Corpus Astronomiae".
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Ivan Dominguez

Dublin, Ireland-based designer of the cursive typeface Sunglasses (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacek Murzyn

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]  ⦿

James Christie

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]

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).

See also here. Dafont link. Fontspace link for Clan Maclarens. Fontspace link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Shields
[James' Font Page]

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James Venteury

Irish creator (b. 1985) of the gothic modular typeface Scarlet River (2009, FontStruct). He lives in Dublin and is a graphic designer. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jean Joseph Marcel

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 [1804]). This book explains the Irish alphabet, but has little in terms of typographic information. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Barlow
[Barlow type]

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John Kearney

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]  ⦿

John Mullany

Dublin-based creator of the roman aspirated Gaelic typeface Furlong (1842). [Google] [More]  ⦿

John O'Reilly

During his studies in Dublin, Ireland, John O'Reilly designed an ornamental caps typeface called My Alphabet (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

John-Daniel Harrington

Irish designer of the geometric sans typeface Ardagh Sans (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Moulton Jaquinta Grant

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]  ⦿

Julian Plant

Irish designer of the free music dingbat font Frets. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laser Gaelic

Commercial fonts for Gaelic: GaillimhLS, GaelicLS. At the same site of Linguist's Software, we also find the Ogham font BallymoteLS. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Louise O'Doherty

Newbridge, Ireland-based creator of the futuristic display typeface Delorean (2014, FontStruct). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lukasz Kulakowski
[Empty Page Studio]

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Luke Kitt

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

Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maarten Idema
[Dandm3]

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Maciek Martyniuk

Dublin, Ireland-based designer of the geometric sans typeface Voltaire (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maeve O'Grady

Dublin-based designer of a few experimental typefaces in 2014, all called Fanfare. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Magic Fonts
[Aaron Patrick Ryan]

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).

Fontspace link. A newer Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Magneto

Dublin-based designer of Flukst (2006, pixel face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin Rotte

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mary Battlebury

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meagan Hyland

Designer in Dublin who graduated from the Limerick School of Art & Design. The moon on a clear night inspired her to create the experimental typeface Me and the moon (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meg McNeice

Irish creator (b. 1992) of Megs Hand (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Biggs

Dublin-based creator of the modern Gaelic Uncial typeface Biggs (1953). A draft of a digitization, called Doolish (Michael Everson), is in the works. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Duggan

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]  ⦿

Michael Everson
[Scribhinn]

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Michael Everson
[Gaelic Typefaces: History and Classification]

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Michael Everson
[Evertype (was: Everson Typography)]

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Michael White

Creator from Trim (Ireland) of the Gaelic modern uncial typeface Binín (1994). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michelle Mckeon

Cork, Ireland-based designer of Odyssey (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mikey Ryan

Dublin-based designer of the lachrymal typeface Akron (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Irish typefaces

MyFonts hit list for Irish typefaces. View a longer list of Irish typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natacha Diaz

Creator of a hand-lettered caps alphabet in 2013. Natacha lives in Dublin, Ireland. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Off

Graphic and web designer in Dublin, Ireland. Creator of Electro Alphabet (2013), a 3d font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ogham

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]  ⦿

Onokono

Dublin-based designer of Average (2014), a typeface obtained by overlaying hundreds of fonts. Little & Large Font (2009) combines upper and lower case in a constructive manner. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pádraig McCarthy
[Fergus Costello Studios]

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Paul Bokslag
[Font Studio Four]

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Queen Elizabeth type

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

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]  ⦿

Roseanna Afrika McGuirk

Roseanna studied Design in Visual Communications at IADT, Dun Laoighaire, Ireland. At he Type @ Cooper program in 2012, Roseanna Afrika McGuirk designed the modular typeface Ogley. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sam Keehan

FontStructor from Limerick, Ireland. His fonts include Teardrop (2011) Sabrefont (2011) and Electric Rain (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scribhinn
[Michael Everson]

Info and links about Celtic fonts. By Michael Everson. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Séamas Ó Brógáin

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 typeface based on a model by Fust and Schöffer (ca. 1457). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sentfactor

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]

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 typeface 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. He also created Andron 1 Monetary (2014), Andron 1 Alchemical and Andron 2 ABC (2014, for children's literature).

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 typeface with 400 pictograms.

Rosenbaum (2012) is a festive blackletter face, obtained by mixing in didone elements.

In 2013, he published Arthur Cabinet, a six-style inline art deco caps collection of typefaces, with accompanying Arthur Ornaments. Meanwhile, Andron Mega grew to 14,700 unicode glyphs in 2013.

Typefaces from 2014: Behrens Ornaments (art nouveau ornaments based on Behrens Schuck by Peter Behrens, 1914), Fehlian (an open capitals typeface family with Plain, Gravur and Precious styles), Happy Maggie (a hand-drawn script based on Maggie's sketches when she was 13 years old), Abendschroth (for lullabies, girl's literature, murder poems, short stories and Christmas gift booksAlbyona English No. 1 (as Andreas writes, suitable for children's books, fantasy literature, crime novels, natural food packaging and poison labeling, for infancy memories, vanitas kitsch items, dungeon museum bar menu cards, introductions to herbalism and witchcraft manuals), Lindau (a Venetian Jensonian typeface with considerable flaring in the ascenders), 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).

MyFonts. Behance link. Abstract Fonts link. Klingspor link.

Showcase of Andreas Stötzner's typefaces at MyFonts. View the SIAS typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Simon Sweeney

Simon Sweeney studied visual communication at the Dublin Institute of Technology from 2008 until 2011. Creator of the modular typeface Noodge (2012). Noodge was published at Typegroup. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stephen Parker

Dublin-based type designer who made the early Gaelic typeface Parker (now also known as Brooke or Bonham), 1787-1815. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stephen Synnott

Dublin-based freelance designer and illustrator. MyFonts page. Creator of the funny dingbat typeface Briefcase (2007). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Steve O'Connell

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]  ⦿

Susan Zalusky
[Celtic Fonts by the Celtic Lady]

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Suzanne Sweetman

Suzanne Sweetman from Dublin, Ireland, drew the ornamental caps alphabet Creatures (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Archives of GAELIC-L

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 listserv@listserv.hea.ie at University College, Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Paris Irish type

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 Irish type

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]  ⦿

The Rome Irish type

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]  ⦿

Thomas Foley

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 typeface 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]  ⦿

Thorsten Weisheit

German designer of Linotype IrishText (1997), a Gaelic uncial. Fontshiop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Tobar.ie

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]  ⦿

Tom Lennon

Irish designer in Dublin who created the italic Henry Ford Type (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tony Fahy

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]  ⦿

TypeGroup
[Conor Nolan]

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.

Conor & David link (for the studio of Conor and David, launched in 2006). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University College Cork

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]  ⦿

Victor Terentiev

Designer of Egoistica at Garagefonts. He lives in Dublin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vincent Connare
[Connare.com]

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Vincent Morley
[Gaelchló]

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We Make Design

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.

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William Doherty

Dublin, Ireland-based designer of Legacy (2014), a typeface inspired by old stone-carved lettering found on two headstones in the Kiltane graveyard in North Mayo, Ireland. [Google] [More]  ⦿

William Neilson

Dublin-based creator of the roman Gaelic typeface Neilson (1808-1845). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Youssef Sarhan

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Sarhan is a student at The National College of Art&Design, Ireland. He created just one typeface, a sans typeface 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]  ⦿

Zoe Kierce

Irish creator of the hand-printed typefaces Questra (2013), Drippy Watercolor (2013) and Seven Magpies (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿